Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has announced that Golden Globe-nominated film, Loving, will be available on Digital HD on January 24, 2017 and on Blu-Ray & DVD on February 7, 2017, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD features include a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the film and insightful commentary from writer/director, Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special).
BLU-RAY and DVD BONUS FEATURES:
- Making Loving- Filmmakers and cast discuss the importance of staying true to the story of Richard and Mildred Loving.
- A Loving Ensemble- The filmmakers describe how they assembled the perfect cast.
- Loving v. Virginia- A look back at this historic court case and its impact on American history.
- Virginia: A Loving Backdrop– Filmmakers and cast describe how shooting on location in Virginia added to the film’s authentic feel.
- Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Jeff Nichols
Loving premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and has already cemented itself as a strong Oscar contender. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols, the film stars Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Black Mass). Negga and Edgerton portray the real life interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving who were icons of the civil rights movement as their fight for equality led the Supreme Court to rule the ban on interracial marriage unconstitutional.
The interracial couple from Virginia were married in June 1958, when interracial relationships were illegal. Authorities broke into their home, arrested them, and sentenced them to a year in the state penitentiary. The sentence was then suspended under the condition that the couple leave the state of Virginia. The couple then spent nearly a decade fighting a legal battle that ultimately resulted in the Supreme Court’s declaration that the ban of interracial marriage were unconstitutional (the landmark Loving v. Virginia decision of 1967).
The film was inspired by Nancy Buirski’s beautiful 2011 HBO documentary The Loving Story which consisted of footage of the couple and contemporary interviews with Peggy Loving, their daughter.
Due to Negga’s critically acclaimed performance, there is buzz for a Best Actress Academy nomination, and after receiving a Golden Globe nomination, speculations are not so far off. Negga has been working as an actress in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 2004. Her first major role was in the Neil Jordan film Breakfast on Pluto in 2005, and was then featured in Misfits, World War Z, 12 Years a Slave (uncredited), the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She currently stars on the AMC series Preacher, and was recently seen in Universal Pictures’ Warcraft.