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Blu-ray Review: The High Note

August 11, 2020

By John Corrado

One of the movies to bypass theatres and go straight to video on demand this summer was The High Note, director Nisha Ginatra’s mildly enjoyable musical dramedy about a pop diva (Tracee Ellis Ross) and her assistant (Dakota Johnson), who has ambitions of becoming a producer and starts secretly working with a young musician (Kelvin Harrison Jr.).

The film is now arriving on Blu-ray this week, and as I wrote in my original review back in May, The High Note “works as a predictable but fairly charming romantic comedy.” The movie features delightful chemistry between Johnson and co-star Harrison Jr. in their scenes together, and also allows Ross to show off her impressive vocal range. For more on the film itself, you can read my full review right here.

Original Film Rating: ★★½ (out of 4)

Release Date: May 29th (Digital/VOD), August 11th (Blu-ray/DVD)

Bonus Features (Blu-ray):

The Blu-ray comes packaged with a regular DVD copy of the film, a code for a digital copy, and a very shiny gold slipcover, as well as the following bonus features.

• Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes (25 minutes, 48 seconds): A healthy selection of moments that were cut from the film, 22 to be precise, including So It’s Water?; Someone Should Clean That Up; I’m a Doctor. That’s Not a Thing; Does This SUV Have a Spit Bucket?; We’re Not Gonna Rehearse, Are We?; Hallway Acoustics; Vocal Warmup; Just You Jimmy; Women in Comfortable Shoes; What Are You Guys Eating?; Do I Look Like the Pool Guy?; Know Just the Drummer; Who is This; Late-Night Song Writing; You Wanna Come?; The Doors Won’t Shut Themselves; Are There Lighter Weights?; I Don’t Have Anywhere Else to Be; Don’t Look at My Mum Like That; If I Talk I’ll Cry; I Knew She Had to Be Nice and I Knew She Had to Be Nice V2.

The Dream Team: Inside the Creation of The High Note (5 minutes, 16 seconds): A short featurettete that offers a brief overview of the production, including interviews with director Ginatra, members of the cast, and first-time screenwriter Firoa Greeson.

Making a Legend: The Grace Davis Story (4 minutes, 4 seconds): A brief look at the fictional singer that Tracee Ellis Ross plays in the film, done in the style of a biographical piece.

• “Like I Do”: Original Song Music Video (3 minutes, 8 seconds): A music video for one of the film’s original songs, performed by Ross and Harrison Jr., who both have strong singing voices.

The High Note is a Universal Pictures Home Entertainment release. It’s 113 minutes and rated PG.

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