RESPECT DVD/Blu-Ray Review – A Winning Must Have For any Home Collection

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RESPECT, from MGM and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, presents a musical biopic of Aretha Franklin, from her childhood in Detroit, a sexual assault that left her pregnant at 12, and her hard-won victories to reach her destiny.

With an all-star cast including Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Audra Mcdonald, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Haley Kilgore, and Jennifer Hudson, who recently won the NAACP Image Award for her performance as the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, the film is a showcase of exceptional moments blending both singing and acting.

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Beginning in the suburbs of Detroit, a young Ms. Franklin, played by Skye Dakota Turner, is the singing sensation at her father's, played by Forest Whitaker, church. She is well known, even at a young age for her gift.

The film follows the rise of Aretha Franklin's career from a child singing in the church choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable journey of the music icon's path to find her voice.

With an incomparable talent, comes the struggles to find the right producer and company to push the Queen of Soul to the top of the charts. It was fraught with abusive relationships, male dominance, discrimination, heartache, family estrangements, hurt, injury, substance abuse and finally after all the hardship she finds the right producer who allows her to voice her beliefs and directions.

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The film on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital comes packed with all-new exclusive bonus content including behind-the-scenes featurettes about Jennifer Hudson's transformation into the Queen of Soul, director Liesl Tommy's filmmaking process, the creation of the beautiful sets and custom wardrobes, Aretha's experience at Muscle Shoals, and more taking audiences deeper into the empowering story and world-renowned chart-topping music that has become a global anthem for strength, independence and positivity.

Experience the cinematic music event of the year featuring Oscar® and Grammy® Award winner and vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson as legendary singer Aretha Franklin in the inspiring true story RESPECT, available to own for the first time on Digital now and on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

Hailed by critics as "electrifying" (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) and "extraordinary" (Pete Hammond, Deadline), MGM's musical biopic gives an authentic inside look at the life and legacy of one of the greatest, most influential recording artists of all time.

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Directed by Tony Award® nominee Liesl Tommy from a screenplay written by Emmy Award® nominee Tracey Scott Wilson and story by Academy Award® winner Callie Khouri, RESPECT is the biggest female-led musical drama in recent history and a must own film with extraordinary showstopping performances to watch over and over in spectacular Dolby Atmos quality sound, available exclusively on Blu-ray™.


The Making of Respect – Explore the unique telling of this Aretha Franklin story, what the project meant to all involved and how music played a pivotal role in crafting this film.

Becoming Aretha – Take a behind the scenes look at Jennifer Hudson's incredible transformation into the Queen of Soul including her commitment to the character, her connection with the late singer, and why inhabiting the legendary artist felt more like destiny than anything else.

Capturing a Legacy – A celebration of director Liesl Tommy's artistry and professionalism as the cast and crew express their appreciation and admiration for her and her process.

From Muscle Shoals – Sit-down with the cast, crew and some of the original musicians that recorded with Aretha at Muscle Shoals to learn about this crucial time period in Aretha's life and how it helped propel her evolution.

Exploring the Design of Respect – Production designer Ina Mayhew and costume designer Clint Ramos discuss the research they conducted in order to create the beautiful sets in the film as well as the various custom-made wardrobes that span three decades of style.

A triumph over circumstance story of one of the greatest voices in history, RESPECT challenges anyone who believes the circumstances are insurmountable.  Entertaining, and revealing. A must see! See it; Own it; Enjoy it. 

RESPECT is rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, strong language including racial epithets, violence, suggestive material, and smoking

RESPECT is available on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital.

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County: USA.

Runtime: 2 Hours and 25 Minutes.

Screenplay By: Tracey Scott Wilson.

Story By: Callie Khouri and Tracey Scott Wilson.

Directed By: Liesl Tommy.

Director of Photography: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC.

Executive Producers: Jennifer Hudson, Liesl Tommy, Sue Baden-Powell, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth.

Produced By: Harvey Mason Jr., Scott Bernstein, p.g.a., Jonathan Glickman, Stacey Sher

Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Mary J. Blige.

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