*As “Red Tails” prepares for its May 22nd release on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download, we caught up with one of its stars to look back at the film’s impact since its Jan. 20th release in theaters.
“The theater release was amazing, with people turning out in record numbers and showings that were sold out all over the country,” said Eliijah Kelley , who played pilot Samuel “Joker” George. “That was one of the most emotional happenings in my life thus far – just being part of a movement that people want to be a part of.”
Produced by George Lucas and helmed by Anthony Hemingway, “Red Tails” also stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and Nate Parker in the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II.
Special features on the Blu-ray includes the documentary “Double Victory” along with profiles of the filmmakers and behind-the-scenes featurettes.
“To know that it’s going to keep going is amazing,” said Kelley. “The DVD is releasing and we’re screening in Cannes on May 25th.
Kelley also said the film will finally be released in Europe next month – which comes as a shock since statistics show that foreign audiences tend to avoid films with large African American casts. American studios, in turn, usually refuse to release black films overseas for fear of losing money. It’s an issue Lucas brought up himself during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January. [Scroll down to watch.]
Below, EURweb’s Lee Bailey brings this up during his exclusive phone interview with Kelley, as well as the issue of an interracial relationship in the film that put off some African American women. But first, the 25-year-old Georgia native gives us another reason why “Red Tails” is more than just another film coming out on DVD Tuesday.
The Blu-ray and DVD will be available for an average retail price of $25.00 and $20.00 respectively. [Scroll down for the Blu-ray trailer.] The Blu-ray Combo Pack Special Features:
- Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War
- George Lucas: Executive Producer
- Anthony Hemingway: Director
- Terence Blanchard: Composer
- The Cast of Red Tails
- Movie Magic
- THX Media Director