February 04, 2014 8:00am PT by Scott Feinberg
'12 Years a Slave' Debuts Historic DVD Extras (Exclusive Video)
12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen's big screen version of 19th century American slave Solomon Northup's 1841 autobiography, will be released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on Digital HD on Feb. 18 and on DVD and Blu-ray on March 4 -- two days after the 86th Academy Awards -- accompanied in those formats by several educational extras, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
THR is pleased to exclusively premiere a teaser of one of them (above): "A Historical Portrait," a documentary about how the film came together and the book that inspired it, featuring readings from the latter by the star of the former, Chiwetel Ejiofor. The special feature will appear solely on the film's Blu-ray edition.
Meanwhile, both the DVD and the Blu-Ray will offer the segments "The Team," which profiles McQueen's creative partners on the film, and "The Score," which chronicles Hans Zimmer's composition of the music that plays over the film.
Slave, which appeared on over 250 top 10 lists at the end of 2013, won this year's best picture (drama) Golden Globe Award and is nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture, best director (McQueen), best actor (Ejiofor), best supporting actor (Michael Fassbender), best supporting actress (Lupita Nyong'o) and best adapted screenplay (John Ridley).