Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Respect

Digital Release Date: Available now; Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 9, 2021
Price: Blu-ray/DVD/Digital $34.99, DVD $19.99
Studio: Universal/MGM

Oscar and Grammy Award winner and vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) stars as the legendary singer Aretha Franklin in the musical-filled biographical drama Respect.

Following the rise of Aretha’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, the film offers a look at the journey of the music icon’s path to find her voice.

The film—which is filled with 17 classic Aretha Franklin songs—is  directed by Liesl Tommy from a screenplay written by Tracey Scott Wilson and a story by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri of Thelma & Louise fame.

The film on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital comes packed with all kinds of bonus features, including the following:

  • The Making of Respect – Explore the unique telling of this Aretha Franklin story, what the project meant to all involved and how music played a pivotal role in crafting this film.
  • Becoming Aretha – Take a behind the scenes look at Jennifer Hudson’s incredible transformation into the Queen of Soul including her commitment to the character, her connection with the late singer, and why inhabiting the legendary artist felt more like destiny than anything else.
  • Capturing a Legacy – A celebration of director Liesl Tommy’s artistry and professionalism as the cast and crew express their appreciation and admiration for her and her process.
  • From Muscle Shoals – Sit-down with the cast, crew and some of the original musicians that recorded with Aretha at Muscle Shoals to learn about this crucial time period in Aretha’s life and how it helped propel her evolution.
  • Exploring the Design of Respect – Production designer Ina Mayhew and costume designer Clint Ramos discuss the research they conducted in order to create the beautiful sets in the film as well as the various custom-made wardrobes that span three decades of style.

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About Laurence

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.