REVIEW: QUEEN OF KATWE
Home audiences will cheer for Disney’s “Queen of Katwe,” the inspirational journey of a young girl from the streets of Uganda to world-class chess player, which has earned widespread critical acclaim, including a 93% Certified Fresh critics consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. The triumphant film, which is based on a true story, arrives home on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on Jan. 10 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on Jan. 31.
The in-home release of “Queen of Katwe” takes viewers behind-the-scenes with filmmakers, as well as the cast and their real-life counterparts, through extensive bonus features, including a three-part documentary highlighting the amazing personal stories behind the film; audio commentary by director Mira Nair (“Salaam Bombay!,” “Mississippi Masala,” “Monsoon Wedding”); a short film by Nair depicting the life of Robert Katende; in-studio access to 15-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Alicia Keys during the creation of her new original song “Back to Life;” deleted scenes; and more.
SYNOPSIS: “Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl (Madina Nalwanga) from the streets of Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. It is a remarkable story of perseverance against all odds that will leave viewers feeling humbled and inspired. According to director Mira Nair, “The triumph of the human spirit is not to weep for what we don’t have but to focus on what we do have and allow that to take us to a place we never imagined possible.”
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.39:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English
Spanish and French subtitles.
Widescreen (2.39:1) 16x9
English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital,
Latin Spanish/French 5.1 Dolby Digital
English SDH,Spanish French
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Queen Of Katwe: Their Story – Discover the
stories behind the people who came together to bring the
film to life, and how they reflect the vibrant community,
culture and spirit it celebrates.
A Fork, A Spoon & A Knight – Director Mira
Nair’s short film about Robert Katende, a boy who grows up
to transform a Ugandan city into a globally renowned chess
In The Studio With Alicia Keys – Go
behind-the-scenes with Alicia Keys for an inspiring look
at the song’s recording. Alicia Keys “Back To Life” Lyric
Video – Sing along with on-screen lyrics.
Young Cardamom & HAB “#1 Spice” Music Video –
The Ugandan hip-hop duo bring the flavor in a music video
directed by Mira Nair.
Audio Commentary – With Director Mira Nair.
Deleted Scenes (8) – With Introductions by
Director Mira Nair.
Graduation – Robert is alone at his
Job Application - Robert checks in on the
status of his job application.
Dancing and Rent - Phiona joins in dancing
with local girls before the landlady pulls her away.
Entering the Hospital - Harriet tries to look
presentable as they rush Brian to the hospital.
Escape from the Hospital – The family sneaks
out of the hospital.
They Can’t Go to Budo – Robert second-guesses
taking the kids to the competition at King’s College Budo.
Flood (Extended Scene) – A nearly 7-minute
scene before, during and after the house is flooded.
Phiona’s Chess Club - Phiona comes full circle as she teaches a little boy the same lessons Robert taught her in chess club.