Following its U.S. broadcast premiere on BET last month, “The Book of Negroes” miniseries will be available as a special edition 3-disc DVD release on April 7, 2015, exclusively from Entertainment One.
The DVD set will feature more than three hours of in-depth bonus features, collectively going behind-the-scenes, deeper into history and into the minds of those involved in the production, and more.
Extras include the featurettes “History of the Black Loyalists Society” and “Amistad”; ten cast interviews with stars Aunjanue Ellis, Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr. and others; two exclusive interviews with best-selling author Lawrence Hill; and 30-minutes of deleted scenes. Additionally, the set contains a 28-page collector’s book featuring an exclusive essay from Hill.
An epic dramatic adaptation of the critically acclaimed, Oprah Winfrey listed novel by Lawrence Hill, “The Book of Negroes” depicts the extraordinary life of Aminata Diallo – an indomitable African woman who survives against all odds in a world that forever underestimates her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century.
For consumers interested in digital options, “The Book of Negroes” is currently available for purchase through all major digital download platforms, either as a complete mini-series or episodically.
An official Canada-South Africa treaty co-production, the miniseries was produced by Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment, Entertainment One and Idlewild Films. Executive producers include Damon D’Oliveira and Clement Virgo for Conquering Lion Pictures; Lance Samuels from Out of Africa Entertainment; Bill Niven of Idlewild Films; and eOne’s Carrie Stein and Margaret O’Brien. Other executive producers include Daniel Iron and Michael Levine.