New Release: For Colored Girls Blu-ray and DVD

The largest cast of African-American actresses ever assembled comes together under the direction of Tyler Perry (Meet the Browns) in the drama movie For Colored Girls, which Lionsgate released on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 8, 2011.

Based on the 1975 stage play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange and adapted to the screen by Perry, the film does indeed feature a remarkable cast, which includes Janet Jackson (Why Did I Get Married Too?), Loretta Devine (Lottery Ticket), Kimberly Elise (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy), Macy Gray (Idlewild), Thandie Newton (2012), Anika Noni Rose (The Princess and the Frog), Phylicia Rashad (TV’s The Cosby Show), Tessa Thompson (When A Stranger Calls), Kerry Washington (Mother and Child) and Whoopi Goldberg (The Color Purple).

Like its source material, the film interweaves the lives of nine women, each dealing with a different personal conflict, such as love, infidelity, rape, abortion and abandonment. The characters are represented by a color Jo (Red), Juanita (Green), Yasmine (Yellow), Tangie (Orange), Alice (White), Gilda (Gray), Crystal (Brown), Nyla (Purple) and Kelly (Blue).

A partial list of the bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD includes the following:

  • interactive documentary that looks at the origin and evolution of the stage play
  • making-of featurette
  • and songs from the soundtrack.

Timed to coincide with the celebration of Black History Month and the DVD release of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne: Volume Six, For Colored Girls carries the list prices of $39.99 for the Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + digital copy) and $29.98 for the DVD.

Here’s the trailer for the movie:


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.