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Venus and Serena [Blu-ray] (2012)

Serena Williams , Venus Williams , Maiken Baird , Michelle Major  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Serena Williams, Venus Williams
  • Directors: Maiken Baird, Michelle Major
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 2, 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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VENUS AND SERENA takes an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act professional tennis has ever seen. With unprecedented access, the film tells the inspiring story of how these two women, against all odds, but with the help of visionary parents, made it to the top.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sister sister April 7, 2013
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"Venus and Serena" follows the tennis stars during 2011, when Serena was coming back from a series of severe injuries and Venus was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. At the time, it was unclear whether either sister would be able to play much longer. This material is presented along with archival interviews dating back to when the sisters were girls in Compton, California, as well as film of other key events in their lives.

The movie presents a nice balance between their tennis careers and personal lives. Obviously, this documentary is going to appeal most to fans of Venus and/or Serena. I like both of them and am a huge Serena fan in particular. I read articles about them routinely, so there wasn't a great deal new here for me, but it was still interesting. The story of two sisters from Compton becoming the best tennis players of their generation is amazing no matter how many times it's told, imo.

I was disappointed that Venus' role in helping get women get equal prize money wasn't discussed; overall, Venus is given a bit less attention and too often painted simply as a 'protector' to Serena. Also, there wasn't much behind-the-scenes information as I hoped. For example, there are numerous people always around the sisters, but they are rarely introduced. Finally, the interviews made for the documentary are just ordinary - I don't recall any earth-shattering insights. But then Venus and Serena both tend to play things pretty close to the vest. I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary, and I think fans will as well. Others will probably want to skip this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like the authenticity April 14, 2013
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definitely insightful into the way the ladies have lived their lives in public with grace and dignity. I wish we had more examples like these ladies who are not flawless but are living their lives in purposeful and meaningful way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serena Raw and Uncut April 9, 2013
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Great documentary, very insightful into the lives of the Williams Sisters. The bond between them two is unbreakable and just to see Serena unfiltered is hilarious!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Venus and Serena documentary July 28, 2013
By gerald
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Being a huge fan of the phenomenal sister act, I've pretty much heard it all regarding their lives and ascension to the upper echelons of tennis, but this documentary was an even deeper glimpse into their very guarded lives. The information I was already familiar with was packaged in a way that made it seem as if it were the first time I was hearing it and there was new material in the way of "straight from the horses mouth" insight into how the most colorful characters in the family - Venus, Serena and Richard - think away from the glare of any unwelcome media presence. Along with gaining insight, the documentary also inspires by capturing the full breadth of what it takes to set goals and achieve them with the odds stacked against you. So, if you fear not learning anything new from viewing Venus and Serena, I would assure you that you will come away with yet another valuable perspective on this history-making dynamic duo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I am so happy this Movie was made!!! Love it, and must own a copy soon! I have nothing but LOVE for them because they truly have made a positive impact on Women's Tennis. While I'm not able to watch all their matches, I watch as many as I can. This Movie is very motivational, and Educational, too! I respect their Father, Richard for having the Dream he had for his daughters, and for following through. I recommend this Movie to all ages and groups.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE FABULOUS WILLIAMS SISTERS and FAMILY! May 28, 2013
By KatKat
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Already being a HUGE fan of Venus and Serena Williams and an owner of "Raising Tennis Aces- The Williams Story", 2002, I was elated to see another wonderful film highlighting the intimate parts of their lives.

"Venus and Serena" expands beyond just what the two sisters have done in their illustrious careers through 2011. This films gives the viewer an opportunity to hear their mother Oracene Price speak very candidly when giving Serena advice on beating the "crap" out of her opponents and even giving a "word" of advice to Mr. Williams new wife. You also get to see the "never-quit" spirit that each one continues to harness as they struggle through physical ailments. The workouts that the sisters endure while rehabing are intense; this is what separates these two sisters from the rest. Their persevearance is astonishing, as is their love for one another.

It is well known that Serena and Venus already have an incredibly deep bond, and this movie just enhances the fibers of that relationship even more. These two are co-joined in heart, spirit and love. Their connection jumps off of the screen as they speak to one another and about one another. Their devotion, though, is not just limited to one another, but their entire entourage as well.

This is a "must see" movie for any fan or curious seeker of why these two women are the phenomenal dominant game changers to ever grace the tennis courts. Venus and Serena Williams are a force to be reckoned with! Testimonies by their parents, former coaches, John McEnroe, former President Bill Clinton, comedienne Chris Rock, Editor of Vogue Ana Wintour and many more contribute to that sentiment. These are two fabulous sisters with extraordinary talent, family and love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see!!!
I'm a big fan of Serena Williams so when I found out that this documentary was out. I had to have it in my dvd collection. The film was done very well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charlene Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome DVD
This was an awesome DVD that gave a real insight into the background of two of the most amazing female sports figures of all time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Diane M. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful!
This documentary shows you how much talent, drive, determination and skills one must have to become a master of their craft. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TD
5.0 out of 5 stars must see film
This film will inspire people of all ages.
Serena and Venus worked very hard and they are proof that hard work does pay off.
Must see film for people of all ages.
Published 5 months ago by Kim M. Boswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
As a big Serena Williams fan, I have no complaints and I am completely satisfied with everything. Thank you. Dedric
Published 5 months ago by Dedric Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars Venus and Serena ( Blu-ray)
The story of Venus and Serena is awesome , however, the blu-ray dvd was skipping, pausing, etc. I thought I had purchased a bootleg. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ollie washington
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I think the Williams sister's are fantastic they are such hard workers and have a great Father that helped make them so successful. This movie is a great rags to riches story..
Published 6 months ago by Lisa M. Dunn
3.0 out of 5 stars review of documentary
Had difficulty with hearing dialogue and sub titles were too fast. Focused too much on just one year but it was worthwhile viewing.
Published 6 months ago by beverley j conte
5.0 out of 5 stars they inspire me
I love the movie and I love these ladies. I watch every match and I am truly grateful that they bring so much passion and love to the game! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep em Comin!
I liked this documentary because it really made me laugh (alot!). Not alot of new information, but great to watch nonetheless. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jah
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