Ever since Black Panther came out in theaters, I have been obsessed! And now Black Panther is on Blu-ray today! We had a Q&A with Executive Producer Nate Moore about bonus features and secrets from Black Panther.
Bonus Features on Black Panther DVD
Sometimes we skip over bonus features, because we’re so focused on the movie. Ever since I watched the extras on the Moana Blu-ray, I’ve learned my lesson. Do not skip the bonus features!
Nate Moore: “There’s a ton of great bonus features on this DVD. There’s director’s commentary, as you come to expect. There is a good deal of deleted scenes, which I think are really cool. The Crowning of a New King is sort of a behind the scenes of how we put Wakanda together. It goes through everything from production design to visual effects to cast and story. There’s something called the Warriors Within. This is getting to know Wakanda’s women.”
Yes, I’m here for the women of Wakanda! As the mom of 5 girls, I’m showing this over and over to my kids.
Nate Moore: “The female characters are such a big important part of this film. They are. And our actresses are amazing and how they portrayed the roles. So, you get to see a little bit of the behind the scenes of how they brought Okoye and Nakia and Shuri to life, which we think is fantastic.”
When talking about deleted scenes, Nate says there are good ones that got cut! “There’s a great scene in the deleted scenes between Okoye and W’Kabi, and it’s after Killmonger has taken the throne and it’s there sort of differing points of view as to what side to take…So, the deleted scenes that are in the film are all scenes that people loved but ultimately when we removed it, it actually helped the movie play better.”
What Else You Can Expect
Nate Moore: “So, you’ll get deleted scenes. You’ll get director commentary. We did an interesting thing which we’ve never done before and we might try again where we did a roundtable with some of the actual writers of the comic.
So, to hear from the people who create the character, Don McGregor who did a run in Jungle Action, Christopher Priest who did sort of a seminal run in the ‘90s and then Ta-Nehisi Coates is doing the run now with Ryan and Joe Robert Cole who cowrote the movie. To sort of hear what they thought worked and didn’t and things that they found challenging about the character when they were writing, it was interesting to see how through different eras the character was handled and different challenges they faced because of audience expectation and market expectation.”
I love that he wanted to add things you wouldn’t expect. That’s the purpose of extras! You can feel like you were part of the action and behind the scenes. You get the why and how.
The Black Panther Blu-ray Bonus Features give you that gateway to Wakanda. And for those of you who have been waiting for Black Panther to come out on DVD to show your kids, now’s your chance! Check out my ‘is Black Panther kid friendly’ review where I do recommend waiting to show your smaller kids the movie.
Black Panther is now on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital!