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“Chi-Raq” film

*SANTA MONICA, CA  – The film everyone is talking about that has received four NAACP Image Award nominations is now available for its initial Home Entertainment release from Lionsgate.

Chi-Raq is available for purchase at all Digital HD retailers and simultaneously available via early On Demand on select digital platforms such as Amazon, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, Google Play and MGO. Blu-ray + Digital HD and DVD + Digital will be available on January 26.

Nick Cannon (TV’s “America’s Got Talent”), Wesley Snipes (Blade franchise), Teyonah Parris (Dear White People), Oscar® winner Jennifer Hudson (Best Supporting Actress, Dreamgirls, 2006), Steve Harris (Minority Report), Harry Lennix (Man of Steel), D.B. Sweeney (Taken 2), Oscar® nominee Angela Bassett (Best Actress, What’s Love Got to Do with It, 1993) as “Miss Helen,” with John Cusack (Love & Mercy) and Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) star in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, a searing satire of gun violence in America inspired by the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata.”

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Touted as “the freshest film of 2015” by The Village Voice, Chi-Raq transports Aristophanes’ classic battle of the sexes to Chicago’s South Side, where the death of a child by a gang member’s stray bullet inspires a group of women to organize against the ongoing violence. From acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee, Chi-Raq is the first original feature production from Amazon Studios, which brought the world the Emmy®– and Golden Globe®-winning series “Transparent.”

Chi-Raq is a powerful and timely tale of a community at war with itself, with scathing commentary on gun culture, black-on-black violence, corrupt politicians and urban decay. Two rival gangs, led by Chi-Raq (Nick Cannon) and Cyclops (Wesley Snipes), are locked in bloody combat on the streets of Chicago, until the beautiful Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) persuades the women of the Spartan and Trojan gangs to swear off sex with their men until the fighting stops. Featuring raw, original music by Cannon, Chi-Raq ignites a provocative dialogue on the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.

The Chi-Raq home entertainment release includes “The Making of Chi-Raq” featurette, deleted scenes, extended scenes and a music video for “We Gotta Do Better” from Kevon Carter. The Chi-Raq Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.  Digital suggested retail prices will be $14.99 (HD) and $12.99 (SD).

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES*

  • “The Making of Chi–Raq” featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • “We Gotta Do Better” Music Video