Blu-ray, DVD Release: Wadjda

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 11, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Wadjda movie scene

Waad Mohammed is Wadjda.

Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour, the 2013 drama Wadjda represents a bunch of “firsts” — the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, the first Saudi film written and directed by a woman, and the first Saudi submission to the Foreign Language committee for the Academy Awards.

In the film, Wadjda (newcomer Waad Mohammed) is a fun-loving 10-year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia who has her heart set on a beautiful new bicycle. However, her mother (popular Saudi television star Reem Abdullah in her first feature film role) won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue.  Determined to turn her dreams into reality and buy the bike on her own, Wadjda uncovers the contradictions and opportunities in her world.

The PG-rated Wadjda received a limited theatrical run in the U.S. beginning in September, 2013, where it met nearly universal acclaim from the critics, garnering a remarkable 99% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 90 published reviews. It has since earned an impressive $1.3 million at the domestic box office.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo release of Wadjda includes the following bonus features:

·      Commentary with Writer/Director Haifaa Al Mansour
·      The Making of Wadjda featurette
·      Director’s Guild of America Q&A with Haifaa Al Mansour

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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.