Just in time for summer break, Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” from acclaimed director Ava DuVernay, comes home June 5 on Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD™, DVD and On-Demand. The stunning story of an ordinary girl’s extraordinary adventure through time and space offers exhilarating entertainment and positive messages for the whole family—encouraging self-confidence, inclusion and pushing imagination to the next level.
Families who bring home “A Wrinkle in Time” will go behind the scenes to meet the talented crafts persons, actors and filmmakers who brought to life every spectacular detail of this triumphant tale. Bonus material includes an extended featurette providing inside access to the A-list cast and crew; insightful audio commentary from director Ava DuVernay and team; deleted scenes; bloopers; and two music videos, including “I Believe” performed by GRAMMY®-nominated music mogul DJ Khaled and featuring GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Demi Lovato.
More than 50 years after Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult novel “A Wrinkle in Time” was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal, the big-screen retelling of this timeless classic takes audiences on a transformative journey, exquisitely illustrated through jaw-dropping visual effects, a stirring musical score and diverse, star-studded cast. Three celestial guides, Mrs. Which (two-time Academy Award® nominee Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Emmy nominee Mindy Kaling), come to Earth to share their wisdom and love with struggling eighth-grader Meg Murry (Storm Reid) as she journeys across dimensions with classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) and younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) in search of her father (Chris Pine), a world-renowned physicist who mysteriously disappeared four years ago.
As fantastical as the film’s premise and imagery may seem, “A Wrinkle in Time” centers on a universal human need that feels particularly relevant and relatable today. “This is a story about belonging,” says DuVernay. “It’s about a girl who just doesn’t feel strong in her mind, body and spirit. But through this epic journey, she finds her strength and learns that the center of the universe starts inside her. It’s about Meg feeling like she belongs in the universe and has a mighty part to play… as do we all.”
Thanks to Disney, we received an advance copy to review the bonus features. Take a look at our review below!
Bonus features include:
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:
A Journey Through Time
Director Ava DuVernay discusses what attracted her about A Wrinkle In Time to bring it to the big screen. Producers also comment on how Ava was able to bring he boom to like yet re-intent it in a modern way. She evokes the book but brought viewers something they hadn’t seen before. Ava wanted to have a diverse cast to portray the real world.
She did a great job in casting the kids because they ring realness to the film. Chris Pine and other cast members share what working Storm Reid was like and how amazed they were of her maturity and honesty.
Celestial Beings: we get a look at the casting of the misses. How Oprah, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling where cast and what others felt working with them. We also see the designs for their costumes and hair and makeup to tie in the looks. The team worked alongside the talent to chose the right tones and colors to create their individual character looks. We see what cultures inspires the different the styles.
Layering Worlds: Here we are the set designs for each location described in the book. We get a look at how ideas for sets came to life and how they were built. Some of the locations used were close to where Ava grew up in Los Angeles and around California. They also filmed in New Zealand which helped create a magical vibe that fit the theme of the story.
A Diverse World: The female cast of the film discuss about the moment in time were living in. How it’s a moment in time for women where there is more outward recognition in the approach in film making. Making films where everyone should feel represented.
Deleted Scenes (with optional director audio commentary)
Ava explains the filming of some scenes from the book and why they were not included in the final cut. Fans of the book will be excited to see these brought to life. Below is a list of the scenes that didn’t make the cut.
– Ant on a String
– Aunt Beast
– Meg Learns About Calvin’s Dad
Here we see some footage of the silliness that took place while filming.
Original Songs/Music Videos
“I Believe” performed by DJ Khaled featuring Demi Lovato
“Warrior” performed by Chloe x Halle
The extra features also contain the option of watching the film with audio commentary with Director Ava DuVernay, Producer Jim Whitaker, Co-Screenwriter Jennifer Lee, Production designer Naomi Shohan, First assistant director Michael Moore, Editor Spencer Averick, VFX supervisor Rich McBride.
Overall, the bonus features give an enthralling look behind the making of A Wrinkle In Time that will leave fans of the book dazzled with how Director Ava DuVernay brought the material to life. Bringing the story to modern times but remaining true to the theme. The way she brought the characters and places to life will astound even newcomers to the story.