New Release: The Help DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Dec. 6, 2012
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD $39.99, Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy $44.99, Standard-Definition Digital Download $29.99, High-Definition Digital Download $39.99
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

The HelpOne of the most loved movies of 2011, The Help is based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett.

Set in Mississippi during the civil rights movement in the 1960s, the film stars Emma Stone (Easy A) as Skeeter, an aspiring author who decides to write a tell-all book from the point of view of the African American maids who work for wealthy white families in the South, the titular “help.” When Skeeter finally gets her best friend’s housekeeper Aibileen (Viola Davis, It’s Kind of a Funny Story) to open up, it’s in secret. Other maids join in despite the danger, and as Skeeter hears their stories, her life-long friendships — as well as her opinions of society — are challenged.

Rated PG-13, the movie also stars Bryce Dallas Howard (Twilight Eclipse), Octavia Spencer (Dinner for Schmucks), Jessica Chastain (Jolene), Allison Janney (TV’s Mr. Sunshine) and the hilarious Sissy Spacek (3 Women). The book was adapted for the screen by writer/director Tate Taylor (Pretty Ugly People).

The Help Three-Disc Blu-ray boxThe comedy-drama grossed a whopping $165 million in theaters, and scored a huge 92% approval from audiences, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Most critics applauded the movie as well, although there were some holdouts. Slate‘s Dana Stevens said, “The Help is a high-functioning tearjerker, but the catharsis it offers feels glib and insufficient, a Barbie Band-Aid on the still-raw wound of race relations in America.” That might be taking things a bit far. This is a movie, afterall.

Disney loaded up its releases for the home market — including digital download — with special features.

The DVD contains:

  • two deleted scenes with introductions by Taylor: “A Senator’s Son” and “Keep On Walkin'”
  • Mary J. Blige music video “The Living Proof”

The digital downloads contain the music video plus three different deleted scenes, also with introductions by Taylor: “Humiliated,” “A Book About Jackson” and “Johnny’s Home”

Both the Blu-ray/DVD combo packs offer all of those special features as well as two featurettes:

  • “The Making of The Help: From Friendship to Film”
  • “In Their Own Words: A Tribute to the Maids of Mississippi”

The only difference between the two-disc and three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo packs is a downloadable digital copy in the three-disc version.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.