SANTA MONICA, CA – The Oscar-nominated, mesmerizing, and heartbreakingly beautiful film, Moonlight, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD February 28 from Lionsgate. The unforgettable drama, lauded by critics and audiences alike, is nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mahershala Ali), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Naomie Harris), Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing. Written and directed by Barry Jenkins and based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, the film chronicles the life of Chiron, a boy growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami, Florida. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths.
The poignant film stars Mahershala Ali (TV’s “House of Cards”), Naomie Harris (Spectre), Trevante Rhodes (TV’s “If Loving You Is Wrong”), André Holland (Selma), and GRAMMY Award winner Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures). To date, Moonlight has won the Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama and was nominated for an additional five Golden Globes. The critically acclaimed film is also nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Independent Spirit Awards, and additionally is the this year’s recipient of the Spirits’ Robert Altman Award, which honors an outstanding ensemble cast in a motion picture. Moonlight has been named the Best Picture of 2016 by the Gotham Awards, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, The National Society of Film Critics, and The New York Times. Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, the film was theatrically released by A24, and is being called “a piece of art that will transform lives.” (The Playlist).
A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast,Moonlight is profoundly moving portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.
The Moonlight Blu-ray and DVD release special features include audio commentary with director Barry Jenkins and three featurettes looking behind the scenes at the making of the film as well as a deeper dive into the music and locations featured in the film. Moonlightwill be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Director Barry Jenkins
- “Ensemble of Emotion: The Making of Moonlight” Featurette
- “Poetry Through Collaboration: The Music of Moonlight” Featurette
- “Cruel Beauty: Filming in Miami” Featurette