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November 30, 2011

THE HELP on Blu-ray and DVD Review

The Help, the inspirational summer hit film people can‟t stop talking about, arrives in homes just in time for the holidays, delivering this powerful story on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand, December 6, 2011.  

The #1 New York Times bestseller by Kathryn Stockett comes to vivid life through the compelling
performances of a phenomenal ensemble cast including Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
and Bryce Dallas Howard. The Help is a courageous and empowering story about very different and
extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing
project.

“Davis and Spencer are both brilliant”  Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly 
The Help Blu-ray Combo Pack provides audiences with the chance to delve deeper into the movie
through compelling, never-before-seen bonus features, including “The Making of „The Help:‟ From
Friendship To Film,” an intimate look at how the life-changing experiences of close-knit childhood
friends director Tate Taylor and novelist Kathryn Stockett led to the creation of the best-selling novel
and its transition to the big screen.

Additional bonus includes “In Their Own Words: A Tribute To the Maids Of Mississippi,” which is an
honest observation of life in the South from real-life maids, including director Tate Taylor‟s childhood
caretaker, Carol Lee; Deleted Scenes; and nine-time Grammy Award®-winning and multi-platinum
selling singer/songwriter, Mary J. Blige‟s “The Living Proof”music video from the film‟s end titles.

In continued efforts to provide consumers with multiple viewing choices and unprecedented quality,
value and portability in a single purchase, The Help has been packaged as follows:

3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack  (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) = $44.99 U.S./$51.99 Canada
 
Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Features:
 The Making of “The Help:” From Friendship To Film
 In Their Own Words: A Tribute To The Maids Of Mississippi
 Three deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor, including „Humiliated,‟ „A
Book About Jackson‟ and „Johnny‟s Home‟ (which is a Blu-ray exclusive)

DVD Bonus Features:
 Two deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor including „A Senator‟s Son‟
and „Keep On Walkin‟
 “The Living Proof” music video by Mary J. Blige


2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada 

Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Features:
 The Making of “The Help:” From Friendship To Film
 In Their Own Words: A Tribute To The Maids Of Mississippi
 Three deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor including „Humiliated,‟ „A
Book About Jackson‟ and „Johnny‟s Home‟ (which is a Blu-ray exclusive)

DVD Bonus Features:
 Two deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor, including „A Senator‟s Son‟
and „Keep On Walkin‟
 “The Living Proof” music video by Mary J. Blige


1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada
Bonus Features:
 Two deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor, including „A Senator‟s Son‟
and „Keep On Walkin‟
 “The Living Proof” music video by Mary J. Blige

High Definition Digital Download = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada Bonus Feature:
 Three deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor, including „Humiliated,‟ „A
Book About Jackson‟ and „Johnny‟s Home‟ (which is a Blu-ray exclusive)
 “The Living Proof” music video by Mary J. Blige

Standard Definition Digital Download = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada Bonus Feature:
 Three deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor, including „Humiliated,‟ „A
Book About Jackson‟ and „Johnny‟s Home‟ (which is a Blu-ray exclusive)
 “The Living Proof” music video by Mary J. Blige

On-Demand 
For additional information and pricing, please contact your television provider or favorite digital
retailer. Bonus features are not offered with On-Demand.

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:
STREET DATE:   December 6, 2011  (Direct Pre-Book: 10/11/11 / Distributor Pre-Book: 10/25/11) Feature Run Time: 138 minutes
Ratings: U.S.: PG-13/Canada: PG/Canadian French: G (Bonus Not Rated)
Aspect Ratio:   Blu-ray: 1.85:1
DVD: 1.85:1
Audio: Blu-ray: 5.1 DTS HD-MA; 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital
DVD: 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital
Languages & Subtitles:  Blu-ray: English, French Canadian, Spanish
DVD: English, French Canadian, Spanish

About The Film & Cast: The #1 New York Times bestseller by Kathryn Stockett comes to vivid life through the powerful
performances of a phenomenal ensemble cast. The Help is an inspirational, courageous and empowering
story about very different, extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around
a secret writing project — one that breaks society‟s rules and puts them all at risk. Filled with poignancy,
humor and hope — and complete with compelling, never-before-seen bonus features — The Help is a
timeless, universal and triumphant story about the ability to create change.

The Help stars Emma Stone as the courageous Eugenia „Skeeter‟ Phelan, who goes against the beliefs of
her family and friends to find her own voice. The critically praised, emotional performance of Viola Davis
as Aibileen Clark, a woman who secretly dreams of one day having more than she has been given, offers
a deep emotional storyline. The breakthrough performance of Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson, whose
sass and tough exterior disguise the pain and fear she faces every day, brings both drama and humor to
the film. Bryce Dallas Howard breathes life into the catty Jackson socialite Hilly Holbrook and Jessica
Chastain brings charm and humor as Celia Foote, a kind housewife living outside of town who longs to fit
in. Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney and Ahna O‟Reilly also provide vivacious performances that round out
this all-star female ensemble.

About The Filmmaker:
The Help 
is directed by Tate Taylor and co-produced by Michael Barnathan (Percy Jackson & The
Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
), Chris Columbus (Percy
Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Night at the Museum
 franchise, Harry Potter 1, 2, 3),
Brunson Green (Fool’s Gold) and Tate Taylor. The screenplay for The Help is written by Tate Taylor and
is based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett.

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Our Review:
I went to see "The Help" with a couple of my friends when it came out in the theaters. I thought it was a fantastic movie.  My husband did not get a chance to see while it was out, so it was nice to get the Blu-ray and DVD copy so that we could watch it together. After watching it the second time, I was able to appreciate more of the film than when I watched it the first time. When I saw it in the movie theater, I was focused on the plot and how the story line was moving along. Watching it on Blu-ray made me realized how amazing the casting was. I thought everyone did an excellent job playing her part in the film. There were so many likeable characters in it. The Blu-ray and DVD also offer extra features that you will want to check out even if you have already seen the movie in the theaters. I enjoyed watching the deleted scenes and I thought that "The Making of 'The Help'" was really interesting. This is definitely a Blu-ray and DVD combo worth picking up.

To pick up a copy, please check your local retail stores where DVDs are sold, you can also pre-order a copy from Amazon.com here: http://www.amazon.com/Help-Emma-Stone/dp/B004A8ZWVK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322769012&sr=8-1

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I also received compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.  

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