This week Paramount Pictures will release the award winning “Florence Foster Jenkins” on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Based on a real life story, the film tells the story of a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Directed by Stephen Frears, the movie stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg. Rising Opera star Aida Garifullina makes a special appearance in the film as Lily Pons and performs the famed Bell Song from Delibes’ “Lakme.”
In the DVD and Blu-Ray set, Paramount has included a deleted scene of the legendary performance at Carnegie. The scene is an extended scene of Meryl Streep performing the Queen of the Night’s aria from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” The scene is quite hilarious and it is does justice to the real Florence Foster Jenkins’ now legendary performance.
“Florence Foster Jenkins” was nominated for four Golden Globes including Best Picture in a Musical or Comedy and also received nominations for all three lead actors. It also performed incredibly well at the box office making over $20 million nationwide.Paramount is currently campaigning the film for awards season as it is expected to garner Academy Award nominations.
The real Foster Jenkins recorded an album in the 1940s that included Coloratura arias from Delibes, Mozart and Strauss and has been one of the best selling records of all time. RCA Victor owns the rights to the recording which has never been out of print. She is recognized with having one of the worst voices of all time and being a lover and patron of the arts.