Queen & Slim - press release

DANIEL KALUUYA AND JODIE TURNER-SMITH STAR IN THE HIT FILM

EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE TALKING ABOUT 

 

QUEEN & SLIM 

 

INCLUDES SPECIAL COMMENTARY WITH LENA WAITHE AND MELINA MATSOUKAS, A SPECIAL SCRIPT READING AND MUCH MORE 

 

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL FEBRUARY 18, 2020 

ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™ AND DVD MARCH 3, 2020 

FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT 
 

AN EXTRAORDINARY BLACK ODYSSEY” – ROBERT DANIELSTHE PLAYLIST 

 

CERTIFIED FRESH ON ROTTEN TOMATOES®  

 

Universal City, California, January 8, 2020 – From Emmy Award®-winning writer Lena Waithe (Netflix’s “Master of None”) and Grammy Award® winning director Melina Matsoukas (Beyonce’s “Formation” and Nike’s “Equality”), comes the unflinching new drama, QUEEN & SLIM, arriving on Digital February 18, 2020 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand March 3, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as “urgent and beautiful” (Mark Kennedy, Associated Press) and simply gorgeous” (Cate YoungJezebel), QUEEN & SLIM is a timely and powerful love story that confronts the staggering toll of racism where it meets the shattering price of violence. 

 

Daniel Kaluuya (Get OutBlack Panther) and Jodie Turner-Smith (“The Last Ship, “Nightflyers”) bring QUEEN & SLIM to life as the titular characters. Kaluuya and Turner-Smith are accompanied by outstanding supporting performances from Bokeem Woodbine (“Fargo,” Spider-Man: Homecoming), Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry, “Big Love”), legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea (Baby DriverBoy Erased), American country singer, Sturgill Simpson (The Dead Don’t Die, “One Dollar”) and Indya Moore (“Pose,” Saturday Church). QUEEN & SLIM comes from production company Makeready.  

 

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Kaluuya) and a black woman (Turner-Smith), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, and the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country. As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances, forging a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.  

 

Packed with thrilling and provocative moments from beginning to end, QUEEN & SLIM delivers exclusive bonus content that will take viewers deeper into the meaning and the message behind this gripping story that takes “a powerful look at places and issues not often explored in movies” (Mark Kennedy, Associated Press) 

 

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL: 

  • Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Melina Matsoukas and Writer/Producer Lena Waithe 
  • A Deeper Meaning - Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith and filmmakers discuss the complicated journeys of Queen & Slim and explore the deeper meanings of how far these characters have come from where they began. 
  • Melina & Lena - A behind-the-scenes look at the creative partnership between director/producer Melina Matsoukas and screenwriter/producer Lena Waithe. 
  • Off The Script - Screenwriter Lena Waithe reads from her original screenplay for Queen & Slim. 
  • On The Run With Queen & Slim - Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of Queen & Slim as they film in Cleveland and New Orleans. 

 

QUEEN & SLIM WILL BE AVAILABLE ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL 

  • 4K ULTRA HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience. 
  • BLU-RAYTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound. 
  • DIGITAL lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download. 
  • MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit https://moviesanywhere.com. 

 

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FILMMAKERS:  

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Flea, Sturgill Simpson and Indya Moore 

Casting By: Carmen Cuba 

Music Supervisor: Kier Lehman 

Score By: Devonté Hynes 

Costume Designer: Shona L. Turini 

Editor: Pete Beaudreau 

Production Designer: Karen Murphy 

Director of Photography: Tat Radcliffe, BSC 

Executive Producers: Pamela Hirsch, Daniel Kaluuya, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth 

Produced By: James Frey, Lena Waithe, Melina Matsoukas, Michelle Knudsen, Andrew C. Coles, Brad Weston and Pamela Abdy 

Story By: James Frey and Lena Waithe 

Screenplay By: Lena Waithe  

Directed By: Melina Matsoukas  

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K ULTRA HD: 

Street Date: February 25, 2020 

Selection Number: 61210919 

Layers: BD-66 

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1 

Rating: R for violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language, and brief drug use 

Video: 2160p UHD Dolby Vision/HDR 10 

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish Subtitles   

Sound: English Dolby Atmos and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 

Run Time: 2 hour 12 minutes 

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAYTM: 

Street Date: February 252020 

Selection Number: 61210465 

Layers: BD-50 

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1 

Rating: R for violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language, and brief drug use 

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish Subtitles 

Sound: English Dolby Atmos and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 

Run Time: 2 hours 12 minutes 

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD: 

Street Date: February 252020  

Selection Number: 61210463  

Layers: DVD 9 

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1 

Rating: R for violence, some strong sexuality, nudity, pervasive language, and brief drug use 

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish Subtitles 

Sound: English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1  

Run Time: 2 hour 12 minutes 

 

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