Apr 302021

Judas and the Black Messiah, starring Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stainfield, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, on May 5th and comes with two featurettes.



Judas and the Black Messiah

Genre(s): Drama
Warner Bros.| R – 126 min. – $35.99 | May 4, 2021

Date Published: 04/30/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Shaka King
Writer(s): Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas (story), Will Berson & Shaka King (screenplay)
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Martin Sheen

Features: Featurettes
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size: 44.70 GB
Total Bitrate: 40.27 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



Plot Synopsis: William O’Neal (LAKEITH STANFIELD), a thief turned FBI informant, infiltrates the Illinois Black Panthers to track their charismatic leader, Fred Hampton (DANIEL KALUUYA), whose rising political prowess has captured the attention of J. Edgar Hoover’s (MARTIN SHEEN) bureau. As O’Neal manipulates both his comrades and handler, a battle wages in his soul.



This release comes with a matted slip cover and inside a redemption code for the Digital HD copy. The only bonus material are two featurettes: Fred Hampton for the People (9:19) and Unexpected Betrayal (7:47).


VIDEO – 4½/5, AUDIO – 4½/5

Warner Bros. releases Judas and the Black Messiah onto Blu-ray presented with a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. Detail, as one would expect for a new release, is sharp and well defined throughout and colors appear to be in keeping with the time period, so tones are more on the natural realm versus any bright colors, however there are some pop here and there.

The disc comes equipped with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which is satisfactory enough given the bulk is pretty much dialogue driven with some era-appropriate music alongside the score comprising the front and rear channels with some modest depth thrown in for good measure.

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