Thursday, April 10, 2014

Available for the First Time -- Norma Rae 35th Anniversary Blu-Ray (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


"In an Oscar®-winning performance, Sally Field is unforgettable as Norma Rae, the Southern millworker who revolutionizes a small town and discovers a power in herself she never knew she had. Under the guidance of a New York unionizer (Ron Leibman) and with increasing courage and determination, Norma Raeorganizes her fellow factory workers to fight for better conditions and wages. Based on a true story and co-starring Beau Bridges, Norma Rae is the mesmerizing tale of a modern-day heroine. With four Academy Awards nominations including “Best Picture,”* Norma Rae has stood the test of time - remaining a collection staple more than 35 years since its release."

*Best Adapted Screenplay, Harriet Jr. Frank and Irving Ravetch; Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role (won), Sally Field; Best Music (won), Original Song, David Shire (music) and Norman Gimbel (lyrics), “It Goes Like It Goes,” 1979.

Special Features
Hollywood Backstory: Norma Rae
Theatrical Trailer
Still Gallery
Easter Egg - Fan Club Piece
The Making of the Wedding of the Century Featurette

Norma Rae 35th Anniversary Blu-ray
Street Date:April 1, 2014
Prebook Date:March 5, 2014
Screen Format:Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio:English DTS-HD MA 1.0
Spanish DTS-HD MA 1.0
French DTS-HD MA 1.0
Subtitles:English SDH/Spanish/French
U.S. Rating:PG
Total Run Time:115 minutes
Closed Captioned:Yes

My Thoughts:

Don't worry, I will not bore you with a review of the classic movie, "Norma Rae" starring Sally Field.  This triumphant movie which originally released to theaters 35 years ago, is finally available to own on Blu-ray.  Even though I was only a child when this movie came out, it has remained popular through the years that my generation and the ones that followed this movie's release continue to watch it.  

I remember seeing this for the first time at home with my mom.  She is a huge Sally Field fan, and had received a new VHS tape for Christmas one year.  Her previous copy started going screwy from watching it too many times.  I was twelve when I saw it and still remember wishing I could be a strong, courageous woman like Norma Rae when I got older.  And, when I entered high school, this was one movie that my history teacher shared about the women's movement and their fight for equality.  Then again in college, my sociology teacher had us watch this.  I couldn't believe that this movie, seen by so many people, both men and women, continues to be a favorite.  Whenever I bring up Sally Field's name with family and friends, they are quick to point out and talk about her role in this moving film.  

Besides getting to watch this movie again, I thoroughly enjoyed the 20 minute Hollywood-back story on Norma Rae that makes up the bonus feature section.  I couldnt' help but stand up and cheer for Sally Field's character after watching this movie.  I will definitely be sharing this movie with my girls when they get older, to let them know that even though they are women, they are equal to men and should be treated as such.

Even if you have seen this movie, which you probably have countless times, too, why not make a point to pick up this 35th Anniversary 35th Anniversary edition now on Blu-ray, to add to your movie collection?

Disclosure:  I was sent a review from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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