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DVD Tuesday: Best Picture Oscar winner '12 Years a Slave', plus 'Catching Fire'

After last night’s Academy Awards, people are buzzing about the drama “12 Years a Slave”, which took home the Oscar for Best Picture. If you haven’t seen it yet, or want to see it again, you’re in luck, because it is one of the movies new to DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday. The highest-grossing film of 2013, “The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire”, is also coming out on DVD this Friday. Read about those movies and this week’s other new releases below, and leave a comment at the bottom letting us know what you’ll be watching.

Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his first master (Benedict Cumberbatch) in "12 Years a Slave"
Summit Entertainment

Pick of the Week: “12 Years a Slave

Directed by Steve McQueen, in this historical drama Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, an African American living in New York with his family in the years prior to the Civil War. Solomon is a free and learned man, one who is well-distinguished by his peers. But when his wife and children go out of town, Solomon is tricked by two men posing as circus managers who want him to play the fiddle for their show, and kidnapped and taken South to be sold as a slave. With no papers on him to prove his freedom, Solomon is threatened and forced to pretend he truly was born into slavery, and isn’t well-educated, out of fear for his life. As the title implies, Solomon serves as a slave for twelve years before he is freed, working for a few different masters, some of whom are kind and others cruel, and witnessing firsthand the horrors of slavery, from which he was once so far removed. Runtime: 134 minutes.

Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality.

Read my full review of the film.

Other new releases:

· “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (available Friday, March 7)

· “Oldboy

· “Hours

· “The Grandmaster

· “Girl Rising

Looking to rent or buy the latest releases? Find a Redbox, Blockbuster, or Family Video in the St. Louis area.

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