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'Master Harold and the Boys' [Blu-ray]
(Freddie Highmore, Ving Rhames, et al / Blu ray / PG-13 / 2011 / IMAGE Entertainment)

Overview: On a rainy afternoon in his mother's tea house, lonely 17 year-old Hally and Sam and Willie, two middle-aged black servants, share idyllic memories of their lifelong friendship. But when Hally learns that his invalid alcoholic father is coming home from the hospital, he unleashes his resentment and rage on Sam and Willie with devastating consequences.

Blu ray Verdict: 'Master Harold and the Boys' is a 2010 film, which is based on the original theatre play of the same name by Athol Fugard. Directed by director Lonny Price, the wonderful film is bolstered by principle cast members Freddie Highmore and Ving Rhames.

Set in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, during the early apartheid days, 'Master Harold and the Boys' deals with the coming of age of seventeen year old Hally (played by Freddie Highmore). Hally, a white South African, has a bad relationship with his biological father and is torn between his father’s expectations and opinions of him and those of his surrogate fathers, black waiters named Sam (played by Ving Rhames) and Willie (played by Patrick Mofokeng).

Young Hally is obliged to laugh at his father’s racist jokes and perform humiliating tasks like empty chamber pots. By contrast, Sam exposes Hally to many positive experiences. After being humiliated by his father, Sam shows Hally how to be proud of something he’s achieved by helping him build and fly his own kite.

One day, Hally receives news that his real father, a violent alcoholic, is coming back home from a long stint in a hospital. Hally, distraught with this news, unleashes years of anger and pain on his two black friends.

This is an incredible, truly incredible film to behold and one to be cinematically drawn in with every visual breath. Which is amazing in its own right because the film only had a budget of just under $3m! Watch it tonight, and be party to some incredible filmmaking and storytelling. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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