The Help hit the cinemas in a big way in American on the back of the success of the book of the same name, written by Kathryn Stockett. However, it didn’t have quite as much of an impact in UK cinema box office, so the release of The Help DVD provided another chance for British film lovers to watch this great piece of cinematography.
The Help is set in Jackson Mississippi during the Civil Rights movement as Skeeter (Emma Stone – Gangster Squad) returns home after finishing college with ambitions of becoming a writer. However, when she starts to see how bad the levels of racism are within her community, including within her own family she is inspired to write about the life of maids in Jackson Mississippi for Harper Row.
She manages to persuade Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer), who work for Skeeter’s childhood friends, to tell her their stories behind the slim veil of decency that hid the truth. The plan starts to take shape to shine a light on the racism, going on to shake the foundations of the southern city as the Civil Rights movement shakes the entire country to its core.
The Help DVD promises to include a whole host of additional bonus material, including Deleted Scenes introduced by director Tate Taylor (Pretty Ugly People). The additional content reiterating the film’s homage to the stories behind the lives of everyday people of all races that lived through, fought for and eventually won the battle to outlaw racial discrimination against African Americans and reclaim their rights to vote.
The film is as poignant as it is funny, inspirational and brilliantly produced. Performances are flawless and the great story, script and uplifting feel will make The Help a long time DVD shelf winner. The Help DVD was released on the 12th March 2012 with a Blu-ray version out on the same day.
Nominated for four Academy Awards in 2012 including Best Picture, Best Actress for Viola Davis, Best Supporting Actress for Jessica Chastain, as well as the win by Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress. The film was also produced by legendary director, producer and screenwriter, Chris Columbus, as well as Michael Barnathan (Night At The Museum) and Brunson Green (Pretty Ugly People).
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