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Get on up

Blu-ray Disc - 2014 | Blu-ray version.
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A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to one of the most influential musicians in history.
Audience: OFRB rating: 14A.
Publisher: Universal City : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2014.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Get
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English dubbed in French and Spanish with French and Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Sep 22, 2019

The movie is hard to watch. I almost gave up after 15 minutes. Its a mixture of the movie itself and the events that are portrayed. James Brown's Dad was a terrible man and it seems he grew up to be just like him. I couldn't finish watching this actor go on acting like an A-H for almost two hours.

Mar 05, 2019

Fine acting, however I wish there was more about his life.

Feb 14, 2019

Great acting by the lead, including the incredible vocals and dancing JB was famous for. A really well-done montage of little boy and early gospel-singing JB interwoven with his later stuff we all know. Interesting to see in the credits that this film was produced by Mick Jagger!

Nov 22, 2018

I liked this biography DVD. It is 140 minutes long. It is too sexual for young kids. There is some violence with spousal abuse. There is lots of drinking alcohol. I like the music by James Brown. The movie is 50% music and 50% dialogue. It moved at a semi-fast pace. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Dec 20, 2016

Really good movie and an AMAZING performance by Chadwick Boseman as James Brown

britprincess1ajax Aug 04, 2016

Too long and unsubstantial to be a truly remarkable biopic of the godfather of soul, GET ON UP has very little to get on up about. The good? Famed for his role as baseball player Jackie Robinson in 43, Chadwick Boseman does a wonderful job of mimicry, getting the mannerisms and speech down pat, but the character never feels quite like a person. It feels like a caricature and the only part of the film that humanizes him is the fleeting flashbacks to his rotten childhood that revealed the racist streaks of the times and the damage they did to little James's developing psyche. I would have preferred the film to have run more chronologically, to tell us all the horrific details of his early life at the start, instead of bouncing around like someone forgetting the lead-in to the punchline. But I did catch a little bit of gold in the overly long winding river that was this film, and that was Brandon Mychal Smith playing little Richard; I'd keep my eyes peeled for that star on the rise. Overall, GET ON UP fails to encapsulate James Brown's life the way I expected and thus left me feeling disappointed at its feathered disorganized retelling.

Apr 23, 2016

"I don't know karate, but I do know ka-razy!"-James Brown
How do you distill the life of one of the greatest forces in popular music into a 2 hour movie? Well, you don't, which brings up the inherent problems of the biopic. Few musicians are as worthy of a biopic as James Brown and while the film is certainly flawed, it should appeal to any music fan. At the very least, the music makes it worthwhile. Chadwick Boseman, who has also played Jackie Robinson, is great as Brown and doesn't shrink from how difficult the man could be. The energy he brings to the live performances is the film's highlight. Director Tate Taylor ("The Help") skips around in time and has Boseman talk to the audience, which is mildly novel, but also a little distracting. You get his dirt poor childhood and many greatest hits, like his legendary Apollo show and his performance on "The TAMI Show," where he upstaged the Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger is one of the producers). Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, and Octavia Sepncer co-star. Also check out James McBride's new biography of Brown and the DVD set "I Got the Feelin'."

Mar 17, 2016

Great music, sad story in part. Very interesting man.

Nov 23, 2015

A fantastic and entertaining film, one of the best music bio-pics ever made! I was lucky enough to see James Brown live and this film captures the energy of his live experience. Besides great acting, wonderful music, and innovative editing; this film features a rare component that is seldom exposed in this genre: it actually explains the origination of the music! How was funk birthed? Watch this film to see!

Only criticism is that Brown's drug addiction and domestic abuse issues are handled with kid gloves which sanitizes his history a little too much for my comfort.

real_thing Oct 30, 2015

didnt like how he talk to the camera. FUNNY TO WATCH

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