WIN the Powerful Drama "SELMA" on Blu-ray Combo Pack,
DVD Compliments of Paramount Home Media Distribution
By Gatsby Melodi'
In 2005 I was invited to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic
Site Center in Atlanta, GA, in recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the
"Voting Rights Act of 1965", to view an original exhibit chronicling the
journey of African Americans toward guaranteed enfranchisement.
Legal and extralegal hindrances; such as poll taxes, gerry-
mandering, lynching and blatant intimidation; created hostile
environments that prevented African Americans from exercising the
constitutional right to vote afforded them through the 15th Amendment
ratified in 1870. The nearly 100-year-long campaign would yield a
succession culminating with President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing
of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965.
Honorable Congressman John Lewis told a throng of reporters, "40
years ago you had to get a white person to vouch for you to register to
vote. Today we have a new meaning of courage with dignity."
"Looking at this exhibit reminds me of the Selma to Montgomery March. Bloody Sunday is what they
called it", Betty Wright, an elementary school principal who now lives in Atlanta told me in an interview.
She said, "I was on the Selma Bridge that day. John Lewis lead us. I was in junior high school. We
kept hearing that failure was not an option even when they chased us with bats, threw tear gas bombs
at us and screamed 'Jump in the river Nigger'. We were kids and did not understand the struggle.
Andrew Young, Dr. King and Stockley Carmichael were there." said Mrs. Wright.
Director Ava DuVernay delivers the “definitive depiction of the 1960s American civil rights movement”
(Lou Lumenick, New York Post) with the incredible story of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the epic
march from Selma to Montgomery to secure equal voting rights in an event that forever altered history.
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary march.
David Oyelowo is “mesmerizing” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times) as Dr. King and leads an
outstanding ensemble cast including Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey, Academy Award
nominee Tom Wilkinson, Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr., Academy Award nominee Tim
Roth, Grammy®-winning artist Common, Giovanni Ribisi, Carmen Ejogo, and Lorraine Toussaint.
SELMA became available May 5, 2015, in a Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet™ that includes an in-
depth exploration of the making of the film, historical newsreels, a video for the Academy Award-
winning song “Glory,” featuring John Legend and Common, commentary by director Ava DuVernay
and actor David Oyelowo, a photo gallery and more.
The SELMA Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio,
French 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French and
Spanish subtitles. The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs
with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English,
French and Spanish subtitles. The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film, as
well as the following:
Blu-ray: Feature film in high definition; The Road to Selma; Recreating Selma; “Glory” Music Video
featuring John Legend and Common; Historical Newsreels; Photo Gallery; Deleted and
Extended Scenes; National Voting Rights Museum and Institute; Selma Student Tickets:
Donor Appreciation; Commentary by director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo;
Commentary by director Ava DuVernay, director of photography Bradford Young and editor
DVD: Feature film in standard definition; National Voting Rights Museum and Institute; Selma Student
Tickets: Donor Appreciation