Blu-ray, DVD Release: Venus and Serena

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 2, 2013
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Magnolia

Venus and Serena Williams following the 2008 Wimbledon Women's Singles Final, which Venus won.

The 2012 documentary film Venus and Serena chronicles the lives and careers of the greatest sister-act professional tennis have ever seen, Venus and Serena Williams.

In a sport where they have always courted controversy and they arguably appeared not to be welcome, the indomitable Williams sisters not only faced their opposers on and off the court and broke new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere, but dominated the women’s game for over a decade.

Directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major and filled with interviews with the Williams sisters and others, the film picks up in 2011, when Venus grappled with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease and Serena battled back from a dangerous pulmonary embolism

The PG-13-rated film, which opened in a limited theatrical release in May, 2013,  popped up in the news in a big way yesterday when the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) slapped a copyright infringement lawsuit on the producers. The suit claims the filmmakers used some video footage shot during the U.S. Open without permission and that the filmmakers had “broken their promises to the USTA by including unlicensed US Open footage in their commercial, for-profit film.”

Might this be a boon for business? Or, yikes, maybe this means it’s July release date could be delayed! Stay tuned!

Bonus features on the discs include the following:

–Deleted Scenes
–Interview Director Maiken Baird
–Interview Director Michelle Major
–AXS TV: A Look at Venus and Serena

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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.