Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE Blu-ray Available January 31

In our QUEEN OF KATWE movie review, Mark Oguschewitz said the film was about much more than chess.  The QUEEN OF KATWE Blu-ray is available on January 31 and earlier on Digital HD January 10.  The home edition of the heartwarming and inspiring tale behind-the-scenes features with the film’s extraordinary cast and the real people behind this true story. Continue reading for all the bonus features available when Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE Blu-ray is released on January 31.

Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE Blu-ray

From Walt Disney Home Entertainment’s Press Release

Home audiences will cheer for Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, the inspirational journey of a young girl from the streets of Uganda to world-class chess player, which has earned widespread critical acclaim, including a 93% Certified Fresh critics consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. The triumphant film, which is based on a true story, arrives home on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on Jan. 10 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Jan. 31.

The in-home release of QUEEN OF KATWE takes viewers behind-the-scenes with filmmakers, as well as the cast and their real-life counterparts, through extensive bonus features, including a three-part documentary highlighting the amazing personal stories behind the film; audio commentary by director Mira Nair (“Salaam Bombay!,” “Mississippi Masala,” “Monsoon Wedding”); a short film by Nair depicting the life of Robert Katende; in-studio access to 15-time GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist Alicia Keys during the creation of her new original song “Back to Life;” deleted scenes; and more.

QUEEN OF KATWE

Madina Nalwanga stars as Phiona Mutesi in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, based on the true story of a young girl from Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. Directed by Mira Nair, the film also stars Oscar (TM) winner Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo. © 2016 Disney Enterprises Inc. All Rights Reserved.

QUEEN OF KATWE is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl (Madina Nalwanga) from the streets of Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. It is a remarkable story of perseverance against all odds that will leave viewers feeling humbled and inspired. According to director Mira Nair, “The triumph of the human spirit is not to weep for what we don’t have but to focus on what we do have and allow that to take us to a place we never imagined possible.”

The film stars David Oyelowo, Golden Globe nominated for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma,” as dedicated chess mentor Robert Katende; Lupita Nyong’o, who earned worldwide acclaim with her Oscar-winning performance in “12 Years a Slave,” as fiercely determined mother Harriet; and luminous newcomer Madina Nalwanga as chess champion Phiona Mutesi.

Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, QUEEN OF KATWE is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a., and John Carls, p.g.a., with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film features a cutting-edge Afrobeat soundtrack curated by the Ugandan rapper Young Cardamom (aka Zohran Kwame Mamdani); Alex Heffes’ buoyant orchestral score highlighting traditional Ugandan instruments; and “Back to Life,” performed by Alicia Keys, written by Keys, Carlo Montagnese and Billy Walsh, and produced by Illangelo and Keys.

QUEEN OF KATWE Blu-ray & Digital HD Bonus features include:

  • Queen Of Katwe: Their Story – Discover the stories behind the people who came together to bring the film to life, and how they reflect the vibrant community, culture and spirit it celebrates.
  • A Fork, A Spoon & A Knight – Director Mira Nair’s short film about Robert Katende, a boy who grows up to transform a Ugandan city into a globally renowned chess sanctuary.
  • In The Studio With Alicia Keys – Go behind-the-scenes with Alicia Keys for an inspiring look at the song’s recording.
  • Alicia Keys “Back To Life” Lyric Video – Sing along with on-screen lyrics.
  • Young Cardamom & HAB “#1 Spice” Music Video – The Ugandan hip-hop duo bring the flavor in a music video directed by Mira Nair.
  • Audio Commentary – With Director Mira Nair.
  • Deleted Scenes (8) – With Introductions by Director Mira Nair.
    • Graduation – Robert is alone at his graduation.
    • Job Application – Robert checks in on the status of his job application.
    • Dancing and Rent – Phiona joins in dancing with local girls before the landlady pulls her away.
    • Entering the Hospital – Harriet tries to look presentable as they rush Brian to the hospital.
    • Escape from the Hospital – The family sneaks out of the hospital.
    • They Can’t Go to Budo – Robert second-guesses taking the kids to the competition at King’s College Budo.
    • Flood (Extended Scene) – A nearly 7-minute scene before, during and after the house is flooded.
    • Phiona’s Chess Club – Phiona comes full circle as she teaches a little boy the same lessons Robert taught her in chess club.

QUEEN OF KATWE DVD Bonus features:

  • Audio Commentary
  • Alicia Keys “Back to Life” Lyric Video
  • Young Cardamom & HAB “#1 Spice” Music Video

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