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Freedom (2014/Arc DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: D Film: A-

Samuel Woodward (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and Captain Newton (William Sadler) are two men separated by 100 years. One brings slaves to the new world, the other runs from slavery. As Samuel and his family journeys through the underground railroad, he learns of the past and his connection to Captain Newton. Captain Newton himself faces his own conscience of having a ship full of slaves one of them whom is Samuel's grandfather. Both men's spirit and faith will be tested, what future is the new world going to be for them?

Peter Cousens' Freedom (2014) is based on a true story. Samuel is a slave and journeys North with his family through the Underground Railroad, but he is completely jaded by society and white men who that always look at them as not a man, but a lesser man. As he journeys North he is aided by various people who work the underground railroad and is moved by those who is willing to risk and die for their freedom and begins to change his views. He is connected to Captain Newton by a Bible passed down from Samuel's grandfather whom received it from Captain Newton, Captain Newton a hundred years earlier faces his own conscience when he foresees and realizes the misery that his slave ship is creating for generations to come.

This movie is about man's inhumanity to man, how one man can be a slave and how another can treat him as thus. It reminds people of how the slaves kept their hope through their songs and the song help kept their faith in God, and that God will lead them to freedom one day.

The anamorphically enhanced image and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound are so good here, that this release is just asking for a Blu-ray version, but this plats back well. A trailer is oddly the only extra.

- Ricky Chiang


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