Posted Thu May 17, 2012 at 06:00 AM PDT by Tom Landy
The drama based on the New York Times bestseller is in the works for Blu-ray in August.
In an early announcement to retailers, Lionsgate says 'Blue Like Jazz' for Blu-ray on August 7.
Based on The New York Times best-selling novel that swept the nation, 'Blue Like Jazz' brings Donald Miller's semi-autobiographical stories and reflections to life, following his path to self-discovery and progressive views on faith. Directed and co-written by GRAMMY Award nominee Steve Taylor (The Second Chance), 'Blue Like Jazz' is also co-written by Miller and Ben Pearson (The Second Chance). Known for his Christian singing/songwriting and record producing, Taylor eloquently delves into the intricacies of friendships, faith and finding one's self to reveal that everybody belongs somewhere. This film was also made possible by a dedicated fan base that refused to let this project fall through the cracks. In starting the "Save Blue Like Jazz" Kickstarter grassroots campaign, fans not only raised $350,000 in one month to bring this project into theaters, but in doing so congregated a passionate, built in fan base committed to spreading the word about the film's release. The Kickstarter donors hosted pre-screenings, enlisted street teams to sell out screens in advance and were actively engaged in social media reaching out to their peers and communities. The campaign was successful in attracting the largest audience by utilizing people who believe in the story as ambassadors of the film.
Marshall Allman (HBO's "True Blood") gives a solid performance as Don, a pious nineteen-year-old, who uproots himself from his Southern Baptist upbringing and ventures to Portland where one new experience after another teaches him the true meaning of life. (The New York Times) hailed the film as "sincere and literary," while (Paste Magazine) deemed it "witty, provocative and life-affirming." 'Blue Like Jazz' also stars Claire Holt (TV's "The Vampire Diaries"), Tania Raymonde (TV's "Lost"), Justin Welborn (TV's "Body of Proof") with Eric Lange (TV's "Victorious"), Jason Marsden ('Transformers: Rescue Bots'), Will McKinney ('Super Zeroes') and Jenny Littleton ('Deadline').
Praised by Christian audiences everywhere, (Beliefnet) stated, "The vocabulary of faith should not be the exclusive property of one small subset of believers, it is heartening to watch a movie that makes that point with such grace."
The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements will include: Commentary with author/co-writer Donald Miller, cinematographer Ben Pearson, and co-writer/director Steve Taylor; 7 behind-the-scenes featurettes; deleted scenes; photo gallery; and theatrical trailer.
Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $39.99.
You can find the latest specs for 'Blue Like Jazz' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under August 7.
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