Blu-ray Review: INVICTUS

John Mulhern

by: John Mulhern
May 25th, 2010

Blu-ray Rating: 4/5

This review will only cover the Blu-ray and its features, and not the actual film. You can check out Wilhem's review of the film HERE.

Clint Eastwood started off his career as an actor who became one of the biggest and most prolific movie stars of all-time. Along the way he found another place that was very comfortable for him, and that was the director's chair. Once again he proved himself to be a driving force in Hollywood, and built up his reputation as one of the most respected directors of all time. He has proven time and time again that he must have the Midas Touch, because it seems that any film he touches turns to gold. INVICTUS certainly made that same impact when it was released, and brings that same sentiment to the Blu-ray release.

They went out of their way to make sure that this home video release was worthwhile and packed with features (and love). I've always thought it was very important for a film based on a true story to have plenty of special features. INVICTUS definitely does just that, and goes on to be a great historical asset to compliment the film.

The main feature on the disc is a picture-in-picture documentary/commentary called Vision, Courage and Honor. I've always been very partial to these, as they are basically a commentary with a much higher production value. This feature isn't always on the screen, it often disappears during the more dramatized scenes. They certainly didn't skimp though, as it is constantly talking about all the true life events as they happen in the film. It is a very cool way to fully immerse the viewer into the experience of the film.

There is also a very interesting behind the scenes featurette called Mandela Meets Morgan, which isn't only about what the title leads you to believe, although it is a very big part. The first half of this thirty minute featurette was focused on the meeting of Nelson Mandela and Morgan Freeman. The meeting was pretty amazing, as Mandela had actually suggested that Freeman play him in the film, and they ended up hitting it off.

The other half of the feature focuses on the overall making of the film, mainly focusing on the actual filming. A lot of thought was put into the production of the film, including choreographing the Rugby games to actually match the real life plays and events. It isn't every day where a film goes that far out of its way to put in that much attention to detail.

Another really interesting feature is called The Eastwood Factor, which is a twenty minute portion of a longer film of the same name. It is a documentary chronicling Clint Eastwood's career, mostly from the Clint's point of view. A series of interviews with Clint are the bulk of this, as he reminisces about his long career. It's very fun to watch him joke around about all of these films that made him the name that he is today.

To top it all off, a digital copy of the film is also included, which really seals the deal. All of these features collectively make INVICTUS a very worthwhile Blu-ray set to any history buff, and especially fans of the film. I strongly suggest checking it out in the beautiful Blu-ray format.

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