Mar 032021

Lady Sings the Blues stars Diana Ross as the incredible singer, Billie Holiday, and arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Paramount and includes a featurette and a set of deleted scenes.



Lady Sings the Blues

Genre(s): Drama, Biography, Music
Paramount| R – 143 min. – $17.99 | February 23, 2021

Date Published: 03/03/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Writer(s): Terence McCloy and Chris Clark and Suzanne de Passe (screenplay)
Cast: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James Callahan

Features: Commentary, Featurette, Deleted Scenes
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH, French
Disc Size: 45.48 GB
Total Bitrate: 39.20 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

Paramount provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


Diana Ross portrays legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in this biographical drama. Beginning with Holiday’s traumatic youth, the film depicts her early attempts at a singing career and her eventual rise to stardom, as well as her difficult relationship with Louis McKay (BILLY DEE WILLIAMS), her boyfriend and manager. Casting a shadow over even Holiday’s brightest moments is the vocalist’s severe drug addiction, which threatens to end both her career and her life.



This release comes with an Audio Commentary by Executive Producer Berry Gordy, Director Sidney Furie and Artist Manager Shelly Berger; Behind the Blues: Lady Sings the Blues (23:06) making-of featurette; and last some Deleted Scenes (21:03).


VIDEO – 4¼/5

Paramount releases Lady Sings the Blues onto, well, Blu-ray, where it’s presented with a 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. For the most part the picture is pleasant in appearance. Detail is relatively sharp and although I did detect some minor pixilation, it’s still a fine transfer going on nearly 50 years old.

AUDIO – 3¾/5

The disc features a solid Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track that excels mostly with the music-centric scenes but dialogue still comes across fairly well but the depth is on the limited side with the rear channels barely getting much usage in the non-musical moments, but even then it’s nothing amazing.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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