Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed the long-awaited Blu-ray debuts of two classics directed by John Singleton. ‘Poetic Justice’ and ‘Higher Learning’ will both be available to own separately on Blu-ray for the first time beginning February 5, 2019. Continue after the jump to read the full announcement for the releases including bonus content listings and more.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Written & Directed by Academy Award® Nominee John Singleton, Starring Janet Jackson & Tupac Shakur
Debuting on Blu-ray™ February 5 with All-New Bonus Content, Including Never-Before-Seen Deleted & Extended Scenes, Original Screen Test and Retrospective Interview with John Singleton
Plus Singleton’s HIGHER LEARNING Debuts on Blu-ray February 5
CULVER CITY, Calif. (December 10, 2018) – Grammy Award® winning superstar Janet Jackson makes her big screen debut for Academy Award® nominated Writer/Director John Singleton (Best Director & Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Boyz N the Hood, 1991) in the acclaimed and beloved romantic drama POETIC JUSTICE, newly remastered and debuting on Blu-ray™ February 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Jackson, nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Song for “Again”* from the film, stars as Justice, a poetry-loving hairdresser on a road trip from South Central Los Angeles to Oakland with Lucky (legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, Juice). POETIC JUSTICE also stars Regina King (Ray), Joe Torry (Tales from the Hood), Lori Petty (A League of Their Own) and acclaimed poet Maya Angelou (How to Make an American Quilt), whose poems are featured in the film.
The POETIC JUSTICE Blu-ray comes loaded with all-new bonus content, including 10 never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes, a rare look at Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur’s original screen test and a new retrospective interview with Writer/Director John Singleton.
*Jackson shared the Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Also available on February 5, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings Writer/Director John Singleton’s bold look at college life to Blu-ray: HIGHER LEARNING, starring Omar Epps (“House”), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Michael Rapaport (Deep Blue Sea), Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (Best Supporting Actress, A Beautiful Mind, 2001) and Ice Cube (Ride Along). Newly remastered and debuting on Blu-ray, HIGHER LEARNING includes a commentary from John Singleton and the theatrical trailer.
POETIC JUSTICE Synopsis:
Superstar Janet Jackson makes her stunning film debut in director John Singleton’s (Boyz N the Hood) streetsmart love story, POETIC JUSTICE. A mismatched pair pushed together for a road trip from South Central L.A. to Oakland, Justice (Jackson) and Lucky (Tupac Shakur) have only one thing in common: they can’t stand each other. But as their friends Iesha and Chicago (Regina King and Joe Torry) fight –and make up– in the back of the van, Justice and Lucky find themselves reluctantly drawn together before being confronted once again by the shocking violence they thought they’d left behind. Featuring the music of Naughty by Nature and Tony! Toni! Tone!, and the poetry of Maya Angelou.
POETIC JUSTICE Blu-ray Bonus Materials Include:
▪ ALL-NEW SPECIAL FEATURES:
- 10 Never-Before-Seen Deleted & Extended Scenes
- Janet Jackson & Tupac Shakur’s Rare Original Screen Test
- Retrospective Interview with Writer/Director John Singleton
▪ ALSO INCLUDES:
- Director Commentary
- Theatrical Trailer
POETIC JUSTICE has a run time of approximately 109 minutes and is rated R for pervasive strong language, and for violence and sexuality.
HIGHER LEARNING Synopsis:
Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson and Michael Rapaport star as first-term freshmen who get a crash course in diversity, identity and sexuality in writer/director John Singleton’s bold look at contemporary college life. Also starring Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Jennifer Connelly and Tyra Banks.
HIGHER LEARNING Blu-ray Bonus Materials Include:
- Director Commentary
- Theatrical Trailer
HIGHER LEARNING has a run time of approximately 127 minutes and is rated R for scenes of violence and sexuality, and for strong language.
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