After its Digital and VOD release, Kevin Macdonald’s The Mauritanian is now available for audiences to bring home on either Blu-ray or DVD.
Across the pond, the film earned five nominations for the BAFTA Awards: Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. I’ll be curious to see what acclaim the film picks up during awards season for those groups that didn’t add a two-month extension.
The Mauritanian follows the remarkable true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim) who was captured by the U.S. government and imprisoned for years without trial at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO). It is an inspiring account of survival against all odds as Slahi, in his fight for freedom, finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Through Nancy and Teri’s controversial advocacy and evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), a shocking and far-reaching conspiracy is revealed. The Mauritanian is a commentary on the importance of the Rule of Law and extremism of all kinds, but is also a tender, funny, uplifting film about Mohamedou, an extraordinary man whose humanity triumphed, leaving those around him profoundly changed.
BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES:
- Alternate Opening
- Deleted Scenes
- Behind the Scenes of THE MAURITANIAN – Get an inside look into the storytelling behind the real-life account of THE MAURITANIAN from cast and filmmakers and meet the extraordinary real people behind the gripping story.
- A Look at Director Kevin Macdonald – Hear the cast and crew discuss what makes Director Kevin Macdonald the perfect person to bring this astounding tale of courage and conviction from the pages of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s memoir to the screen.
DIRECTOR: Kevin Macdonald
SCREENWRITERS: M.B. Traven and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani
CAST: Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Zachary Levi, Saamer Usmani, with Shailene Woodley and Benedict Cumberbatch.