[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/vQr6HF3ghJQ”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]”Selma” is a film that left me incredibly torn. Over a short period of time in the Fall/Winter, I became familiar with Ava DuVernay’s work due to a bunch of it being release in a short amount of time via theaters, VOD and home video. The end result was an over saturation of a new female directorial voice that I felt didn’t stand out in the crowd. She could work amazing wonders with her cast, but the story felt like it was coasting on the vibe of needing to be important. It didn’t hurt that she also had Bradford Young as her cinematographer.
I work with creative narrative, so I’m willing to forgive a few things. However, historical recreations create this blurred line between fiction and reality that confounds so many people. There is a need to see truth onscreen, but you also want to tell a story about people that go without direct representation. Plus, it doesn’t help that your film is about a still active political lightning rod.
So, what does a creative team do? They tell the story they want, shoot it with lighting in a bottle and then free it onto the world. Parts of the film feel a little TV-movie hokey, but other parts frame the Civil Rights struggle with a sense of cinematic beauty. While I don’t believe it was one of the best films of the year, David Oyelowo brought amazing dignity to a role that so many others have been intimidated in portraying. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a definitive take on the film, but I invite all readers to give it a chance.
The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD, Digital HD copy, featurettes, music video, commentary and deleted/extended scenes as the special features. The A/V Quality is insane for a historical drama. The 1080p transfer shows off the amazing cinematography in what amounts to a reference quality transfer. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is supportive for the crowd scenes. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Release Date: 05/05/15[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]