The UK branch of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of Tate Taylor's The Help (2011), starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Street date is March 12th.
Octavia Spencer won Oscar Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
The Making of The Help: From Friendship to Film
In Their Own Words: A Tribute to the Maids of Mississippi
Deleted Scenes with introductions by director Tate Taylor
A Senator's Son; Humiliated; Johnny's Home; A Book about Jackson; Keep on Walkin'
As an older member of Blu-ray.com who is in his sixties, born a white Mississippian, who was a young person raised by wonderful people, brilliantly characterized by the great Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in THE HELP, I take great exception to YOUR characterizations (Gunslinger and Scarface) of the characters (very real) of this film as "caricatures" and "stereotypes." I contend that neither of you were even born at the time the film is set and know absolutely NOTHING about the world as it was then or the people inhabiting it. It is your right to dislike a film and to declaim that dislike to the heights. But it is NOT your right to characterize an entire world and era in such bigoted (yes, you!) terms, particularly on a website devoted to entertainment and the discussion thereof.
I don't care if you didn't like THE HELP. But you have a lot to learn about bigotry and the expression thereof. Or maybe you just haven't realized what true Bigotry looks like. If there's a mirror at hand, pick it up, look in it and find out.
Meanwhile--- THE HELP is a superb film with unforgettable performances that HONOR some wonderful people of our past-- who DESERVE that honor. And do NOT deserve to be characterized as "caracatures." And don't say you were just referring to the movie---- because you were NOT.
Mods-- if you disapprove of this comment, remove it....but remove the two above it as well.
There's nothing bigoted about rejecting stereotypes and caricatures. (How ironic.)
If you feel that the portrayal of "the help" in the film is representative of your experience, that's fine, but that doesn't mean that anyone who thinks that the characters were stereotypical is racist.
(It seems like you think you've got something to prove; I noticed that you referred to yourself as a "white Mississippian," but to the ladies as "wonderful people.")
I saw the film and enjoyed it. I didn't get the sense that the film treated anyone unfairly.
Before this develops into a flame war or a witch hunt, let's just all repeat to ourselves: "You is kind. You is smart. You is special."
Operaghost, Boothill and Scarface-- You guys are right. I did take those comments out of context and replied without thinking it through and I apologize for that. I do not believe any of you are bigots. People my age of both races have found themselves in the position of defending that world as being accurately portrayed in the film....and the fact that those of us raised by those "wonderful people" have a special connection with them that was and is real. I know that the characters as portrayed in THE HELP are anything but stereotypes. They are very, VERY real. Indeed, the funniest line in the entire film is in the final credit crawl. It's a disclaimer exonerating a certain cooperative mid-MS social club of being like "that" during the period in which the film is set. If you believe that, I've got a long, lonnnng bridge over Lake Ponchartrain that's for sale cheap! LOL and hope peace has been made.