‘Lady Sings the Blues’ Coming to Blu-ray Feb. 23 From Paramount

Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross as singer Billie Holiday, will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time Feb. 23 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

A new film about Holiday, The United States vs. Billie Holiday directed by Lee Daniels, is coming next year.

Ross gives a tour-de-force debut performance as the legendary singer in the 1972 drama nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ross. Capturing the essence of Billie Holiday, one of America’s most loved and memorable blues singers and filled with the greatest songs of the incomparable “Lady Day,” the film won Image Awards for Best Motion Picture, Best Actress (Ross) and Best Actor (Billy Dee Williams), as well as a Golden Globe for Ross as the year’s Most Promising Newcomer — Female.  Richard Pryor also stars as the unforgettable Piano Man.

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The disc includes previously released bonus content in standard definition: commentary by executive producer and Motown founder Berry Gordy, director Sidney Furie and artist manager Shelly Berger; the making-of featurette “Behind the Blues: Lady Sings the Blues”; and seven deleted scenes.

Blaxpoitation Films Coming on Disc in April From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release a double-feature Blu-ray of Black Gunn and The Take and a six-film DVD (plus digital) of blaxploitation films in April.

The Black Gunn and The Take Double Feature Blu-ray stars Billy Dee Williams and Jim Brown. Both follow a “brother with a badge” who takes on the mob.

Soul Team Six, a collection of six blaxploitation films on DVD and digital, features The Black Angels (1970), with Des Roberts, James Whitworth and John King III; The Black Godfather (1974), with Rod Perry, Diane Sommerfield and Jimmy Witherspoon; The Black Six (1974), with Gene Washington, Carl Eller and Mean Joe Greene; Black Gestapo (1975), with Rod Perry, Charles P. Robinson and Phil Hoover; Black Fist (1975), with Richard Lawson, Dabney Coleman and Philip Michael Thomas; and Black Brigade (1070), with Stephen Boyd, Richard Pryor and Robert Hooks.