Blu-ray, DVD Release: Searching for Sugar Man

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 22, 2013, Digital Release Date: Jan. 8, 2013
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Searching for Sugar ManDocumentary Searching for Sugar Man explores a rock god who almost was.

In the late 1960s, musician Rodriguez was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers. They loved his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics and thought the world would feel the same.

They recorded an album that was expected to secure Rodriguez as a rock star, the greatest recording artist of his generation, but instead, the album bombed in the U.S., and Rodriguez disappeared amid rumors of an on-stage suicide.

A bootleg copy of the recording made its way into apartheid South Africa, and within two decades, the music became a phenomenon and an anthem for the people.

In Searching for Sugar Man, two South African fans try to find out what happened to their hero.

The documentary won the 2012 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize and Documentary Audience Award, as well as the Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.

The PG-13 movie, which was directed by first-time filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, was screened in a limited theatrical run in the U.S., grossing a good $2.8 million.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD contain these special features:

  • commentary with director Malik Benjelloul and musician Rodriguez himself
  • two featurettes:
    • “An Evening With Malik Benjelloul and Rodriguez” in which the two participate in a fan Q&A
    • “Making Sugar Man” about the filmmakers’ process.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.