Universal City, California, October 19, 2017 – Queen Victoria finds unexpected companionship with a humble servant in the heartwarming and uplifting story, Victoria & Abdul, coming to Digital on December 5, 2017 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on December 19, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena), this emotional film features stunning and witty performances from Academy Award®winner Judi Dench (Shakespeare In Love, Philomena), Ali Fazal (Furious 7), Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen), Addel Akhtar (The Dictator, The Big Sick) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter franchise). Victoria & Abdul beautifully depicts an unusual bond between two unlikely people from opposite worlds.
Victoria & Abdul is the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that the Queen’s inner circle attempts to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.
BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL
- Judi & Ali: The relationship of Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim is one of the most unique in history. Hear why Judi Dench and Ali Fazal were the perfect pair to portray them on screen, and how they developed their own friendship while making the film.
- The Look of Victoria & Abdul: Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss how the authenticity of locations, costumes, and props contributed to the realism of the film.
Victoria & Abdul will be available on Blu-ray™ combo pack which includes Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital.
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