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"Raisin in the Sun" on DVD

By admin Published: February 26, 2008

The new production, which aired last night on ABC, will be on DVD in May. Details after the jump ...

This is from Sony:

The critically acclaimed, Sony Pictures Television movie adaptation of the Tony® award-winning Broadway revival, A Raisin in the Sun will debut on DVD May 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Recreating their roles for the television adaptation are Sean Combs (Made, Monster’s Ball), Emmy® and Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad (TV’s “The Cosby Show”), four-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald (TV’s “Wit” and “Private Practice”), Tony Award® nominee Sanaa Lathan (Out of Time, Something New), and John Stamos (TV’s “ER”). A Raisin in the Sun was also the very first broadcast network television film to screen at the Sundance Film Festival. The DVD will be available for $24.94 SRP.

Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. It premiered in 1959 with a cast that included Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Ruby Dee and Louis Gossett, Jr. A Columbia Pictures feature film with the same cast followed in 1961. Hansberry helped pave the way for playwrights like Amiri Baraka, Ed Bullins, and August Wilson, who have since come to represent the high-water marks of African-American drama.

This television adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun premiered on ABC February 25, 2008, and was directed by Kenny Leon (TV’s “I'll Fly Away: Then and Now”), who also helmed the critically acclaimed 2004 Broadway revival with stars Combs, Rashad, McDonald and Lathan. ...

DVD Special Features Include:
Featurette: Audio Commentary with Director Kenny Leon
Featurette: Dreams Worth While: The Journey of A Raisin in the Sun
Digitally Mastered Audio and Video
Widescreen Presentation
Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
Subtitles: English, French
Bonus Previews

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