‘Black Magic’ comes to DVD on October 28

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 12, 2008

NEW YORK — “Black Magic” the highly aclaimed production from ESPN and Award-Winning Filmmaker Dan Klores comes to DVD on October 28, 2008

Directed and Produced by Klores, and Co-Produced by basketball legend and Winston-Salem State University graduate Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, “Black Magic” tells the story of the injustice which characterized the Civil Rights Movement in America, as told through the lives of basketball players and coaches who attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

Klores said: “‘Black Magic’ is about injustice, refuge and joy. It’s a story I have been yearning to tell for a long time… a story of exclusion and therefore invention.”

“The film exposes a system characterized by quota systems, the blacklisting of players, the murder of innocent children, the pride of attending an HBCU, the psychological effects of desegregation and the long-term debates surrounding integration. I have met so many men who share a beauty, courage and dignity, that I feel very, very blessed.”

Originally televised on ESPN as a commercial free, two-part, four-hour film in primetime back in March 16-17, the show featured rare footage of basketball legends Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Willis Reed, Earl Lloyd, John Chaney, Bob Love, Ben Jobe, Perry Wallace And many more.

The film was ESPN’s most highly rated documentary ever.

ESPN Home Entertainment, in collaboration with Klores and Genius Products, LLC, is set to release the critically acclaimed film, on a 2-Disc DVD, Tuesday, October 28, for $19.95 SRP.

Narrated by Academy Award Nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, jazz great Wynton Marsalis, and New Orleans Hornets All-Star point guard Chris Paul, the DVD will include exclusive bonus content from the film’s Apollo Theater Red Carpet event, as well as a Q&A session at Morehouse College, ESPN vignettes narrated by Tavis Smiley and Jesse Jackson, and 17 extended interviews with past and present NBA legends.

“In an era where posters of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James adorn the walls of basketball fans across the country, it may surprise many Americans to know that when the NBA was founded, in 1949, there were no black basketball players. None.”, said Paul Lieberman of the Los Angeles Times