Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls" to Be Released on DVD in Early 2011

News   Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls" to Be Released on DVD in Early 2011
"For Colored Girls," Tyler Perry's film adaptation of Ntozake Shange's Tony Award-nominated play for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 8, 2011.


The Lionsgate release promises an interactive documentary that will look at the evolution of Shange's original play, a featurette about the making of the film, as well as songs from the soundtrack.

Perry directed the 145-minute film, called "For Colored Girls," based on Shange's 1974 play that interweaves the stories of African-American women through a series of poems, both individual and choral, which trace their battles through life, love, violence and self-discovery.

The cast boasts Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Loretta Devine, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Tessa Thompson, Kimberly Elise and Macy Gray.

"Nine women are the central characters who share their lives and experiences," according to press notes. "Each woman is looking for different things in their lives. Some are acquaintances, some are not. But all of them are brought together through crisis, heartbreak and support which ultimately allows them to find commonality and understanding for issues that affect women, and women of color in particular."

For colored girls premiered at the Public Theater and moved to Broadway in 1976 with playwright Shange featured as one of seven women who "reveal themselves, their lives, loves, hardships, and ultimately their discovery of strength and love." The production was nominated for a 1977 Best Play Tony Award, and actress Trazana Beverley won a Tony in the category of Best Actress in a Featured Role (Play). The original Broadway company also featured Laurie Carlos, Risë Collins, Aku Kadogo, Janet League, Paula Moss and Ntozake Shange.

The film has a suggested retail price of $39.99 (for the Blu-ray Combo Pack: three discs, including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy) and $29.98 for the DVD.

Here's a look at the film trailer:

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