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THE HELP Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
review by David Blackwell

DETAILS:   146 minutes, deleted scenes, featurettes, music video
VIDEO:   1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Blu-ray), English 5.1 Dolby Digital (DVD), English 2.0 DVS, French 5.1 DD, Spanish 5.1 DD
Subtitles:  English SDH, French, Spanish

STUDIO:  Touchstone Home Entertainment/ Dreamworks Pictures/ Reliance Entertainment/ Participant Media/ Imagenation
RELEASE DATE:  12-6-2011

THE HELP is an entertaining and amusing film while touching on the prejudices and fear of the days in White controlled South in 1960s USA.  One young white woman, Skeeter (Emma Stone), looks to tell the story of the black maids who have to deal with the racism of the people who employ them including having separate bathrooms just for the help.

THE HELP elevates to a movie about friendship and sacrifice for a better future for their children.   Skeeter strikes up a friendship with many of the maids while one of the maids has a friendship with a new maid to help her around the house (without letting her husband know).

Six deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor are included on the blu-ray (with three of the scenes also included on the DVD).   Two of the scenes are interesting (with one being cut to make for a more uplifting ending for a character) while most scenes were cut for pacing reasons.   The Music video for Mary J. Blige's "The Living Proof" is both on the Blu-ray and DVD.

The Blu-ray also has two very interesting featurettes:
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: A TRIBUTE TO THE MAIDS OF MISSISSIPPI has interviews with the maids who inspired the characters in THE HELP (including the one who helped raise the director) and their children.

MAKING OF THE HELP: FROM FRIENDSHIP TO FILM is more of the story of how the novel came to be written, published, and Tate Taylor got to direct it.  Not much of it focuses on the actual making of the film itself.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  THE HELP is a touching story of friendship during the difficult 1960s in Mississippi.   I wish they had more extras even though most of the extras are rather good.

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