Blu-Ray  |  Paramount  | 1972 |  144 mins |  Rated R  | February 23, 2021

Director:  Sidney J. Furie

Starring:  Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, Paul Hampton, Virginia Capers

67 %


Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1


English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1

| Film Synopsis |

'LADY SINGS THE BLUES' is a 1972 American biographical drama film directed by Sidney J. Furie about jazz singer Billie Holiday, loosely based on her 1956 autobiography which, in turn, took its title from Holiday’s songs. It was produced by Motown Productions for Paramount Pictures. Diana Ross portrayed Holiday, alongside a cast including Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan, and Scatman Crothers. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1973, including Diana Ross for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

| Video |

Paramount releases 'LADY SINGS THE BLUES' with a 1080p transfer. With the film being released in 1972, the quality of 1080p Blu-ray transfers is decent.  Some scenes are razor sharp with a light layer of film grain that creates a very cinematic appearance.  Blacks are very deep with colors that pop out of the screen.  

| Audio |

'LADY SINGS THE BLUES' includes a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless soundtrack. Dialogue is perfectly clear. The music is nicely presented but sometimes I had to turn the volume up to hear.  

| Special Features |
  • Commentary by Executive Producer Berry Gordy, Director Sidney Furie and Artist Manager Shelly Berger

  • Behind the Blues: LADY SINGS THE BLUES

  • Deleted Scenes

| Overall Reaction |

The Blu-ray disc is a definite upgrade from the DVD release. Sadly, no new special features, all carryovers from the DVD release. "LADY SINGS THE BLUES" is an important achievement in black cinema. Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams chemistry sizzles the screen.  Recommend.

Summary (out of 5)

Film:  3.0   Video:  3.0    Audio:  3.0    Extras:  2.0    Overall:  3.5