By BENJAMIN NJOKU
After showing at the cinemas across the country for more than one year, two of Nigeria’s blockbusters:Tango with Me and Phone Swap, have been released on DVD.
The award-winning movies, produced by Mahmood Ali-Balogun and Kunle Afolayan, and which are being distributed by Gabosky’s G-Media, hit the market yesterday, in 21 physical outlets, across 21 states, including online platforms such as Konga, G-Media and Afolayan’s Golden Effects Production company.
While Afolayan is also joining works such as Figurine and Irapada in an attractive package called Kunle Afolayan’s collection, Ali-Balogun’s Tango with Me is an eye-catching stand-alone, bearing photo of the beautiful Genevieve Nnaji and the handsome Joseph Benjamin.
Afolayan’s three works which precede his current movie, October 1, have won several awards and enjoyed rave reviews in the media.
Irapada, one of CNN’s listed ‘must watch African movies, made some of the earliest hits at the AMAAs, as Best Indigenous Nigerian Movie in 2007. The supernatural suspense thriller, The Figurine, won four awards in AMMA 2010, while the romantic comedy Phone Swap also held sway in 2012 as one of the top Nigerian movies in the cinema, clinching Best Achievement in Production Design. Tango with Me, shot on film 35mm format, on the other hand, is a romantic drama written by Femi Kayode, starring Genevieve Nnaji, Joseph Benjamin, Joke Silva, Bimbo Manuel, Ahmed Yerima, Kate Henshaw, and Bimbo Akintola. The film swept six awards at the maiden edition of Nollywood Movies Awards in 2012 and had six nominations at AMAA 2011.
Tango with Me has also received positive reviews from critics, and according to NollywoodForever, which rated the movie 80 percent; “Tango with Me is beautifully shot with a soundtrack to compliment. Joseph and Genny look good together and have an easy chemistry… the performances were passionate and heartfelt.” According to Gabosky, fans stand the chance of getting the collection of Afolayan’s works at discounted rate on the online platforms from December 15.