The infamous book “Fifty Shades of Grey” took the publishing world by storm and, as expected, it took the world of film by storm as well (for better or worse, depending on who you talk to and how much you know about the behind-the-scenes drama of the film). In any event, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is now ready for its home release. The BDSM-romance film will come to DVD, Digital HD, Blu-ray and On Demand May 8 via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Fans of the film will love that the Blu-ray™ and Digital HD releases will have an exclusive unrated version that includes a never-before-seen alternate ending and nearly two hours of all-new bonus features that take viewers behind the scenes.

In case you have been away from pop-culture and haven’t soaked in the book and film’s premise just by osmosis, here you go:

“The worldwide phenomenon comes to life in Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in the iconic roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Ana is an inexperienced college student tasked with interviewing enigmatic billionaire Christian Grey. But what starts as business quickly becomes an unconventional romance. Swept up in Christian’s glamorous lifestyle, Ana soon finds another side to him as she discovers his secrets and explores her own dark desires. What results is a thrilling, all-consuming romance as Christian and Ana test the limits they will go to for their relationship.”

There are a ton of special features to look forward to, and I do mean a ton. Along with the theatrical and unrated versions, the Blu-ray release comes with featurettes about the world of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the characters and actors, a detailed look at Christian’s apartment and wardrobe, the sheer amount of vehicles and other items Christian owns, a focus on Ana’s transformation from a college student to a kept woman and Ana’s wardrobe. There’s also a special featurette featuring author E.L. James and the making of the film and a featurette featuring a discussion on BDSM with a BDSM consultant. There are also music videos by The Weeknd, Skylar Grey and Ellie Goulding as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Weeknd’s “Earned It” music video.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD releases come with featurettes about the friends and family of Ana and Christian and a behind-the-scenes look at the film with director Sam Taylor-Johnson, James and fellow producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti and the actors. In this featurette, there will even be a “candid discussion about the most challenging aspects of the story.”

What do you think about the upcoming release? Give your opinions in the comments section below.

Fifty Shades of Grey Blu-ray/DVD

By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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