“A wild ride!” ~ Stephen Whitty, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“Cheadle is flawless” ~ Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
“Don Cheadle gives one of the best performances of his career” ~ Lou Lumenick,
NEW YORK POST
Don Cheadle Stars as Internationally Renowned Music Icon Miles Davis
Debuting on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital July 19
CULVER CITY, Calif. (May 26, 2016) – Oscar® nominee Don Cheadle (Best Actor, Hotel Rwanda, 2004) makes his bravura feature film directorial debut and stars in the critically-acclaimed MILES AHEAD, in which he gives a career defining performance as music legend Miles Davis. Inspired by events in his life, MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses. Based on a script co-written by Cheadle and Steven Baigelman, the film also stars Ewan McGregor (Star Wars franchise, The Impossible) as wily music reporter Dave Braden and Emayatzy Corinealdi (TV’s “Hand of God,” Middle of Nowhere) as Davis’ wife Frances Taylor. Sony Pictures Classics’ MILES AHEAD, debuts on Blu-ray®, DVD and digital July 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of MILES AHEAD come loaded with bonus material, including commentary with Don Cheadle and co-writer Steven Baigelman, the featurette “The Truth: Becoming Miles Davis” with Don Cheadle, members of the Davis family and others discussing Don’s incredible transformation and the enduring legacy of the man on which the film is based; a Sundance Film Festival Q&A with Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi and LaKeith Lee Stanfield sharing their insights on the project at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining exploration of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. In the midst of a prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz, which Davis referred to as “Social Music,” he virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications. Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor), a wily music reporter, forces his way into Davis’ life and, over the next couple of days, the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest compositions. Plagued by years of regret and loss, Davis flirts with annihilation until he once again finds salvation in his art.
Directed by Don Cheadle and co-written by Cheadle and Steven Baigelman, MILES AHEAD was produced by Darryl Porter, Vince Wilburn, Jr., Daniel Wagner, Robert Ogden Barnum, Don Cheadle, Pamela Hirsch and Lenore Zerman; with Mark Amin, Steven Baigelman, Cheryl Davis, Erin Davis, Robert Lewis serving as executive producers.
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Bonus Materials Include:
- Commentary with Director Don Cheadle and Co-writer Steven Baigelman
- Featurette – “The Truth: Becoming Miles Davis”
- 2016 Sundance Film Festival Q & A with Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi and LaKeith Lee Stanfield
* Commentary available digitally on iTunes only.
MILES AHEAD has a run time of approximately 100 minutes and is rated R for strong language throughout, drug use, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence.
Columbia/Legacy will commemorate the 90th birthday of globally renowned music innovator Miles Davis with the release of two very special new Miles Davis album projects:
MILES AHEAD – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, available now and to be released on vinyl July 8, explores the breadth and depth of Miles Davis’ musical innovations, combining 11 highlights from the legendary trumpeter/composer/bandleader’s Prestige and Columbia Records catalogs with original new compositions written and performed by Grammy Award-winning jazz/hip-hop artist Robert Glasper. Select new tracks on the soundtrack album include guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, rapper Pharoahe Monch and more. Both the CD and vinyl packages for MILES AHEAD – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack feature revelatory new liner notes penned by Don Cheadle.
EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL, reimagined interpretations of Miles Davis’ music produced by Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper (who also served as coproducer of the MILES AHEAD soundtrack) with musical guest artists including Bilal, Illa J, Erykah Badu, Phonte, Hiatus Kaiyote, Laura Mvula, KING, Georgia Ann Muldrow, John Scofield and Ledisi, and Stevie Wonder. A visionary exploration of the music of Miles Davis, EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL incorporates Davis’ original recordings into new collaborative soundscapes and will be available Friday, May 27 (the day after Miles’ 90th birthday).
Miles Davis, international musical icon and cultural archetype, would have turned 90 years old on May 26, 2016. To commemorate Miles’ 90th, Legacy Recordings (the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment) and Polygraph (a publication for thoughtful, data-driven storytelling) is launching The Universe of Miles Davis, an immersive destination website visualizing the astounding ongoing cultural impact and importance of Miles Davis.
Built from data collated from over 2,000 Wikipedia pages mentioning the artist, The Universe of Miles Davis uses stunning visuals and animation to construct charts, graphs and interactive models illustrating that Miles Davis’ larger-than-life impact extends beyond music into the worlds of fashion, film, politics, fine art, popular culture, social media and more.
An innovative 21st century interactive platform, The Universe of Miles Davis is as revolutionary as the artist and genius it celebrates.