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Music of the Heart [Blu-ray]

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Meryl Streep stars with Angela Bassett in a heartwarming, acclaimed true story of how one woman's musical gift affected those who least expected it.
Roberta Guaspari (Streep) overcame the skepticism of everyone who didn't think she should be teaching violin to students in a tough inner-city neighborhood. But even after a decade of ever-growing popularity and countless success stories, Roberta and her kids must rise to meet an even greater challenge—budget cuts aimed at shutting down her valuable program for good.
Also starring Aidan Quinn and Grammy® winner Gloria Estefan in a stellar cast, this extraordinary story will inspire anyone who's ever thought their dreams were too far out of reach.
Special Features: Commentary Track; Deleted Scenes; Behind the Scenes at Carnegie Hall; Making of the Music Video; Scoring Session; Interviews with the Musicians

Product Details

  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Michael Angarano, Angela Bassett, Aidan Quinn, Gloria Estefan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AZF12U2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Yau on September 1, 2000
Format: DVD
Wes Craven, director of the Scream trilogy, shifts gear and releases "Music of My Heart" based on a true life story of a violin teacher in New York City. The incessant ovation of this movie has proved that shift of genre can be successful.
Roberta, mother of two boys, moved to New York City after her husband had left her for another woman who happened to a good friend of hers. Through connection of a friend, Roberta secured an interview with the principal of an elementary school in Harlem. Roberta was later offered a position as a substitute music teacher.
Due to meager supplies and budget, Roberta offered her own violins for students to practice. With much difficulty and challenge, Roberta founded a violin program for elementary school kids within the neighborhood. Roberta was met with immediate challenge like student discipline, low self-esteem, and opposition from parents. On one occasion, one of the kids' mother refused her son to take violin lesson because playing violin is considered a Whiteman's practice. Roberta's love for the kid has, however, won his mother over.
After almost 10 years as a non-contract substitute teacher, the school faced substantial oppression from the district about dismissing Robert due to budget. The community joined together, along with Roberta's two grown-up sons and prominent musicians to raise money to preserve the program.
"Music of My Heart" is a movie about love and perseverance. Meryl Streep plays a non-showy music teacher; yet through her persistance and self-denial, many students' lives are changed. A true inspiration.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Beatrice Miller on October 23, 2005
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I just happened to be surfing the channels when I came upon this film. I stopped and watched it to see who was starring in it. When Meryl Streep appeared on the screen, I knew I had to stop and take notice. Well, I was blown away by the performances and the story. This is a perfect film to watch with your child, who is reluctantly taking musical instrument lessons. The dedication of this woman to teach music to children as well as teach them how to apply themselves to whatever their dreams might be, was overwhelming! I highly recommend this as a film to reach and teach the unreachable.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on August 27, 2005
Format: DVD
This heartwarming film taken from actual events is brought to life by the marvelous Meryl Streep. It is sentimental to be sure, but also an inspiration and a reminder not to give up on kids. Once exposed to the arts and finding a sense of accomplishment in their success, children will carry this over into other areas of life as well. It is a message that is at once good, and true. It is brought nicely to the forefront in this very underrated Wes Craven film that boasts a terrific cast and an uplifting story of hope.

Meryl Streep is Roberta Guaspari, given a chance to teach violin to some kids in East Harlem, New York, by principal Janet Williams (Angela Bassett). Roberta is a single mother with two boys of her own. She initially has to provide the instruments for the children herself. Though some of the parents can't see how playing the violin will be of any use to their children, she pushes forward with a little encouragement from teachers like Isabel Vasquez (Gloria Estefan) and the response of her students.

She is demanding of her pupils, which rubs both them and their parents the wrong way at first. But as time goes on and she adjusts to them and they begin to know her, the program takes on a life of its own, giving the kids a sense of accomplishment and the ability to dream of something better in their lives. As the years pass the program becomes well known and is a shining point to a school system that is not always equipped to deal with the number of children as compared to the number of good teachers.

Roberta's boyfriend Brian (Aidan Quinn) can not see Roberta's true worth and she finally lets the relationship drop and concentrates on her kids.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul on July 29, 2000
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"Music of the Heart" represents the hope that all lives in us. The hope and courage to stand by our beliefs and have a positive though about most of the negative aspects of life. Meryl Streep plays Roberta Guaspari, a newly single mother of two, with no job and a desperate need of a man in her life. When friend/lover Brian Sinclair (Aidan Quinn) sends Roberta to Harlem, New York, to become a violin teacher, Roberta gets more than she expected. The rest of the cast, Oscar award nominee Angela Bassett as Janet, the school principle, and Grammy Award Winning singer, and making her motion picture debut, Gloria Estefan, as Isabel Vasquez, (who should have debuted as Eva Peron in "Evita") give superb performances that are believable and real. Cloris Leachman, Jane Leeves Jay O. Sanders' performances were essential and very effective to the story. Director Wes Craven, who is best known for the "Scream" trilogy, proves that switching genres is, in fact, POSSIBLE. Estefan and N'Sync's closing ballad, "Music of My Heart" fits the theme of the story very well. This 2 Disc DVD Set, is a true must-have to everyone's collection.
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