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A United Kingdom (2016/Fox Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/C+ Sound: B+/B- Extras: A Film: A-

Based on a true story, a story of a nation, it's king and a love story that changed it course in history. The story of Seretse (David Oyelowo), Ruth (Rosamund Pike), their forbidden love & marriage in a time where inter racial marriage was forbidden and looked upon with shame in the 1940s in Amma Asante's A United Kingdom (2016).

For 20 years, Seretse was raised and educated in England to return to Botswana to be it's King and England's proxy protectorate. That was until he met and fell in love with Ruth, a white English woman. Because of their marriage, they faced an uphill battle with both countries England and Botswana. Seretse and Ruth stood and fought for equality and independence for their country and their marriage, while everyone else told them they were fools and to consider otherwise. They endured discrimination and racism and were threatened with exile, but they discovered they were only political pawns in a much larger game, government agendas for mineral/diamond rights in South Africa. In the end, they won both the respect for and from the people and for their marriage as well, yet ugliness and trouble remained and even still does as you read this.

This was an eye opener to some of the history of South Africa. It makes one ask, 'in what way is government superpowers of the world today doing them same things in foreign countries in which they have an invested interests?' Effective and well-cast, it avoids cliches and is more than worth your time, especially considering the talented leads.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image and fine-sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless track are top rate and among the best on regular Blu-ray we've encountered from Fox. The anamorphically enhanced DVD with lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is passable, but not as good. Extras include making of the film, filming in Botswana, Legacy of Seretse and Ruth, London Film Festival Opening Night Gala Premiere and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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