Aretha Franklin biopic ‘Respect’ gets Blu-ray release

Film stars Jennifer Hudson

The Aretha Franklin biopic Respect is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 9th from via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, in partnership with MGM. A 4K UHD version is only available at digital outlets.

The film stars 2x GRAMMY Award, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner, best-selling author, and actress Jennifer Hudson as Franklin. Hudson was handpicked by Franklin to portray her in the film.

Following the rise of Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of Aretha Franklin’s journey to find her voice, in the midst of the turbulent social and political landscape of 1960s America.

Leroy McClain, Forest Whitaker, Tate Donovan, and Marlon Wayans also star. Hudson is also an executive producer of the film.

The film opened in theaters in August bringing in a modest $29 million in box office revenue during its theatrical run.

The Respect Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features Hudson breathing new life into 17 Franklin classics, paying homage to the “Queen of Soul” with each recording. The soundtrack, which includes Hudson’s versions of “Ain’t No Way” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” — is available on CD, 2 LP and digitally via Epic Records.

Earlier this summer, Hudson set the stage for the soundtrack with the new original “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” — co-written with 4x GRAMMY Award winner, Kennedy Center Honoree, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Carole King (marking their first collaboration) and Jamie Hartman [Lewis Capaldi, Christina Aguilera]. GRAMMY Award-winning Black Eyed Peas co-founder and mega-producer produced the track.

The film is rated PG-13 and runs nearly two and a half hours.

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