Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejifor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in 1840s America. He makes his living as a fiddle player, and his wife is a teacher. He is shanghaied by a pair of nefarious white men, and soon finds himself on a ship headed to New Orleans where he is informed he will be called Platt and is sold into slavery by an unscrupulous businessman (Paul Giamatti). As he toils away for the kindhearted but conflicted plantation owner Mr. Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), who recognizes that Platt is both educated and an artist, he butts head with Ford's underlings, especially the casually cruel Tibeats (Paul Dano). After they have a violent altercation, Ford fears for his slave's life and sells him to Mr. Epps (Michael Fassbender), an alcoholic sadist who owns a cotton plantation.
Though Epps reads from the bible to his property, as he frequently refers to his slaves, he is himself not immune to sins of the flesh. He has taken the young Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) - his best cotton picker -- as his lover, and this doesn't sit well at all with his severe wife (Sarah Paulson), whose particular hatred for blacks and her jealousy fuels her many degrading actions toward Patsey. Solomon bides his time, attempts to preserve a modicum of self-respect, and waits for the chance to reclaim his rightful name as well as his family.
Closed Caption; The Team - Meet the creative minds assembled by Director Steve McQueen and bring Solomon Northrup's journey to life; The Score - Follow film Composer Hans Zimmer creating his dramatic score
Disc #1 -- 12 Years a Slave 1. Scene 1 [6:02] 2. Scene 2 [4:10] 3. Scene 3 [2:45] 4. Scene 4 [3:25] 5. Scene 5 [2:54] 6. Scene 6 [5:42] 7. Scene 7 [2:46] 8. Scene 8 [4:19] 9. Scene 9 [3:59] 10. Scene 10 [3:31] 11. Scene 11 [5:37] 12. Scene 12 [2:19] 13. Scene 13 [4:50] 14. Scene 14 [2:07] 15. Scene 15 [4:59] 16. Scene 16 [:36] 17. Scene 17 [1:37] 18. Scene 18 [4:16] 19. Scene 19 [3:50] 20. Scene 20 [2:52] 21. Scene 21 [:09] 22. Scene 22 [2:30] 23. Scene 23 [3:04] 24. Scene 24 [2:36] 25. Scene 25 [2:38] 26. Scene 26 [2:39] 27. Scene 27 [1:52] 28. Scene 28 [3:03] 29. Scene 29 [2:47] 30. Scene 30 [4:03] 31. Scene 31 [3:36] 32. Scene 32 [3:28] 33. Scene 33 [7:50] 34. Scene 34 [1:36] 35. Scene 35 [5:35] 36. Scene 36 [3:45]
Disc #1 -- 12 Years a Slave Play Set Up Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1 English Descriptive Audio 5.1 Español Surround Dolby Digital 2.0 Français Surround Dolby Digital 2.0 Subtitles English For The Deaf And Hard of Hearing Español Subtitles: Off Scenes Extras The Team The Score Sneak Peek Play All The Grand Budapest Hotel The Book Thief Baggage Claim Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom MGM 90th Anniversary Homeland Season 2 The Bridge Season 1 The Counselor
12 Years a Slave 4.8 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
A powerful story and a beautiful film! It was absolutely worthy of the Oscar it received.
More than 1 year ago
I purchased this film without having seen it because I'd heard so many flattering things. At the risk of upsetting those who love this film I have to say that while it was a decently made film and opened the eyes to what slavery really involved I'm still not sure that it was worthy of a Best Picture Oscar. I've watched it several times and it was a moving experience but somehow I always hear myself saying "that was it?" at the end of the film. I enjoyed this film and have no desire to detract from it's merits but I remain unchanged with regard to it's Oscar worthiness.
More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Easily one of the finest films ever made. Lupita Nyong'o Ocar win was inevitable. Perhaps the best performance by an actress in history.
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