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Fruitvale Station [Blu-ray] (2013)

Michael B. Jordan , Octavia Spencer  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand, Melonie Diaz, Chad Michael Murray
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E1LQRWY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.

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Filmmaker Ryan Coogler makes his feature directorial debut with this drama centered on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a vibrant 22-year-old Bay Area father who was senselessly gunned down by BART officers on New Year's Day in 2009, and whose murder sent shockwaves through the nation after being captured on camera by his fellow passengers. Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, and Kevin Durand co-star.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life January 15, 2014
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This film was hard to watch because I knew the horrible conclusion. It is heartbreaking, but Michael B Jordan somehow makes it more so with his performance as the flawed hero. He and the director brought to life a young man struggling to overcome his own mistakes and the obstacles our society places in front of young black men from the inner city. I am not one of those young men but this film briefly brought their world to life for me.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy at Fruitvale Station August 10, 2013
By C. Tsao
Format:DVD
An independent film written and directed with stunning effectiveness by newcomer Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station is based on a true story, and even though its story of an unarmed black male who is shot on New Year's Day, is pulled from national headlines, the film is a character study of the choices in life and how a cruel twist of fate intervenes. It lingers in the heart and mind long after the end, and as such is one of the best films of the year.

We witness video footage of police rounding up black youths at a transit train station, and while the suspects are on the ground and restrained, a gun goes off striking one of them in full view of witnesses. What follows is a flashback account of the final day of Oscar Grant's life and the events leading up to New Year's Day 2009. Amid the backdrop of the Oakland Bay area, Oscar (Michael B. Jordan in a breakout performance) is a young black man whose background is a mix of prison, drug dealing, and failed jobs amid a serious relationship with his girlfriend, Sophina (Melonie Diaz), and their little daughter. He loves his family especially his mother (Octavia Spencer is rock solid) and vows to make a better life for them. It is New Year's Eve, and he helps to prepare his mother's birthday celebration. Just as he is on the brink of a new start, fate intervenes at a transit station and a deadly encounter with police.

Oscar is a man who has a conscience and a sense of responsibility. On the one hand he is portrayed as a devoted father, a passionate lover to his girlfriend, and loving son to his mom, and yet he lies to his loved ones and is in constant turmoil. It is affecting to see that he genuinely wants to leave behind his broken life and get a second chance.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see January 23, 2014
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This film was incredible. Very moving. It has a bit of a student-film feel to it in parts, but the story is so intensely told that you can over look that. And I am appalled that the young leading man did not get any nods for this role - Oscar or Golden Globe. He was amazing. You have to see this film - just bring tissues.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Thinking-Man's Movie February 18, 2014
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While not the most exciting or thrilling movie I've seen all year there are definitely merits to FRUITVALE STATION. I vaguely remember this event and paid little attention to it as I live in the Pacific Northwest far from the hullaballo of the Bay Area in California. This slice of life movie deals with the main character's last day, which happens to be New Year's Eve. We get to know his family and friends and all the important players in one man's life.

This is a sad commentary on our society. Other's have already described the plot so I will spare you the retelling. This is a thinkiing person's movie. It will leave you pondering our society and questioning the motives of those involved. This is not a movie that will leave you feeling uplifted or good about yourself. There seems to be more questions than answers at the end. An okay movie but not one I would want to watch again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sad, moving and unfortunately real January 23, 2014
By Loretta
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it was sad and moving and very much to the point. They did a good job of painting a well rounded portrait of the main character - how he interacted with friends, family, co-workers and everyday family stuff. I think the goal of showing him as a human being with many sides and emotions and not just a one dimensional character was done well considering it was not a very long film.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A small but very important movie September 20, 2013
Format:DVD
Living in the Bay area one could not have avoided the story of Oscar Grant, and his totally unnecessary tragedy.

The story of him being shot by a BART police officer while face down on the ground at an Oakland BART station, on New Years day 2009 sparked a series of riots there.

Happily, a movie has been made which brings the situation more fully to light, and it raises questions about, for example, profiling, civil rights for black people, and the simple issue of justice. Around the same time the movie was released the George Zimmerman trial was in progress and decided. The acquittal of George Zimmerman on the grounds of self defense in the slaying of Trayvon Martin sparked outrage, and national protest. Unfortunately, one of those protests was in Oakland where there was property damage and injuries inflicted on innocent people.

May I say, the movie does not start out promising, it is low budget, and looks it, however as it went along I was totally transported by it knowing its dreadful end. Some of the storytelling elements are clunky and obviously manipulative. Undoubtedly, this was done to make the character look more sympathetic, but the story could have achieved the same effect with less manipulation.

Told in a non linear fashion we are not always sure where we are in the scheme of things. Oscars has faults, and the movie does not attempt to hide them. If it played up only those faults, there would be a danger of stereotyping. Go too far the other way and it's manipulative. Yes, he had substance issues, yes he did time, yes he lost his job because he was unreliable. But these are not the only things that define a character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I really do not have words to describe this movie. I would just recommend that you watch it, it is well worth it.
Published 2 days ago by C. Laud
5.0 out of 5 stars Fruitvale Station
This was a great movie. I think all teenagers should view this movie as life can change at at any time. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Lisa B. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Love this movie, had it pre-ordered and was ecstatic to hear it would arrive soon. The movie is about my nieces dad which makes it emotional. I recommend this movie to anyone.
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This was much better than I expected. Shows just how important each day really is and how quickly it can all change in a minute.
Published 8 days ago by Dana Pulliam
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't believe racism is still alive and thriving in America,...
Fruitvale Station thoughtfully shows that mistrust and fear still simmers beneath the surface of our interactions, and, unfortunately, it doesn't take much for it to erupt.
Published 9 days ago by Jody
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth Watching
Fruitville station...Fruitville station...was that about the crazy guy shot by police? NO! Too many incidents like this happen--it becomes hard to keep them straight. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Karl E. Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Close to home
The worst thing about this movie is it was not nominated for an oscar. Yes, "12 Years a Slave", "The Butler", and many other deserving films were just as worthy,... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Timothy W. Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars Rating on what they showed me.
I am always a bit weary by what Hollywood shows in a movie that has a racial or other "social" issue that it centers on. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Frank D. V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!!!
This movie was so gooooooooooooooood I would highly recommend it. I cried for the young man, his daughter and his finance. Read more
Published 12 days ago by P. Gaines
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Day in the Life of Oscar Grant
Ryan Coogler’s first feature-length film “Fruitvale Station” is based on the real-life 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant at Fruitvale Station, Oakland, but those who want to know more... Read more
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