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SIGN O THE TIMES (2003)

 NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008DDSZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,319 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "SIGN O THE TIMES" on IMDb

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece movie gets dissapointing DVD-treatment April 12, 2003
Format:DVD
Let's get one thing straight: Prince's Sign O' The Times (1987) is a masterpiece, and that goes for the album as well as this movie... That's why it hurts me, as a Prince-fan, that this fine work of art got a REALLY lousy transfer to DVD... It already begins with the box: spelling errors, and pictures from other eras than Sign O' The Times. Ok, for some people it might nog be a big deal to have a 1984 Purple Rain-picture on a box of a 1987-film, but hey: why didn't they just use the sleeve of the VHS-tape? Oh well, what's really important is ofcourse the disc itself. The picture is very dark and the sound is very flat, even near mono if you ask me. The subtitling is so poor that it almost becomes amusing: full of errors!
A masterpiece like Sign O' The Times deserved a better treatment than this; this DVD looks like a cheap bootleg. In fact: it probably is, because nowhere on box or disc can I find logos and catalogue-numbers of record-company Warner and movie-company MCA (which is the company that released Sign O' The Times, if memory serves me right).
People please: stay away from this DVD and wait for a proper, official release in the future (I hope that's not whishful thinking). Or try to get the Laserdisc-version, that was released sometime in the 90's, that one was pretty acceptable...
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE the DVD! April 8, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
It appears the DVD version of this spectacular concert is a bootleg manufactured in Brazil.
It does not appear to be official at all. Nothing stating any affiliation with Prince or Warner Bros. appears on the packaging aside from the name 'Prince.'
The quality of the packaging is poor with a photograph from the 'Purple Rain' era on the cover and no inserts at all.
'Extras' include 'fotos'(pictures of Prince mostly taken from 'sign...' or post name change. Pictures that are frequently seen. Nothing that you can't find in a quick online search.), 'biografia'(What appears to be a biography of Prince...in Spanish!), and 'discografia'(All the album covers through 'The Rainbow Children' and the release year of each album...I didn't take the time to check the accuracy.)..
After waiting months to receive this, I was extremely disappointed and I would recommend getting the VHS version if you are considering this.
It is a legendary performance that needs to be seen, but if you must have a DVD version, you could probably make one of your own from the VHS version that would surpass this one as far as quality goes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! Not an official version of the film April 11, 2003
Format:DVD
This is a Brazilian DVD that is a lame copy of the original film on VHS tape. This is not an official release. Scenes are missing, the picture quality is dark and it's not even in stereo. You're better off buying the VHS tape - at least that's the real deal and better quality. That said, this movie rocks! Just don't buy this DVD...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning Signs April 17, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
There is a reason why there isn't an image available for the DVD release of Prince's Sign O' The Times. This is such a poor product that it would be wise not to show a preview because people wouldn't waste their hopes and money. What this is is a bootleg of some sort with horrendous sound and picture. The cover uses a Purple Rain-era image of Prince and my word, the majority of the information on the packaging is in Spanish. That wouldn't be so bad if I knew how to speak and read Spanish, but I don't and I didn't anticipate having to do so to fully enjoy this. I am returning this DVD with a warning sign: STAY AWAY!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NOT A BOOTLEG June 6, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I have read several reviews that talk about just how poor the quality is of this dvd and how bad the packaging is. To clear up a few misunderstandings, number one: This is not a bootleg. This DVD is an import from Brazil. In Brazil, they have different copyright laws and the packaging is the sole responsibility of the manufacturer (which I don't believe is Wanner Bros. or MCA). If you're a well seasoned Prince fan, then I'm sure you've seen countless promotional posters for concerts in years such as 1995, with 1985 pictures on them. This is very common outside of the United States. As far as owning this DVD as a "Must Have," buy it at your own risk; but don't blame Amazon. Amazon is actually doing die hard fans a favor by making this DVD available. Left in the hands of Wanner Brothers, we probably wont see another Prince DVD until long after he's gone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Concert Film of All Time! April 28, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Prince was recovering from the critically panned "Under the Cherry Moon" when he recorded, arguably his greatest record ever, "Sign O' The Times" and released the concert movie of the same title. I don't know what the man did with this record and the film but he hit the target everytime. From "Housequake" to "If I Was Your Girlfriend" every song performed live became an experience and made me a Prince fan in the process. This film is least talked about and the folks at Universal or WB should consider releasing this on DVD. Prince's "Sign O' The Times" is a hidden gem in Prince's illustrious career.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sign O' the Times-the DVD April 10, 2003
Format:DVD
Let me start off by saying that I gave this disk 2 stars because it is Prince. beyond that, i highly recommend that you pass this one up.After waiting since early February, I finally got it today(April 10th). I expected problems when all the packaging was in spanish with a different cover picture. i put it into my player, and that's where the real dissapointment came in. The picture is awful. The sound is awful. the so-called dolby digital sound came mostly from my center channel speaker. I had to actually walk over to my other speakers to see if anything at all was coming out of them(very little). The quality of the sound is also awful(muffled). I pulled out my old VHS copy that i was hoping to retire, and it is far superior even after 15 or mor years of heavy use. Do not buy this disk unless you are just looking for disappointment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible sound and picture quality!
The disc I received was such a poor quality item ,I couldn't watch it for more than ten minutes! The cover was different from the picture I saw online. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Troy Hambrick
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome!
Am a huge fan of Prince. The tape came quicker than expected and is in alright condition<some of the tape seems like it has a tracking problem, will check later>but... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paulie G
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome concert
I'm not the biggest Prince fan, but I believe he's very talented and I do own some of his music/video and do enjoy most of his work.
But this concert video is just awesome. Read more
Published on September 3, 2007 by Doctaah
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See!
This video shows what Prince can do when he has just the right musicians on stage with him. The songs come from the album of the same name and they are all very well done. Read more
Published on March 19, 2007 by B. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince is Brilliant!
I've been a Prince fan for years and came across this on cable about two weeks ago for the first time. Read more
Published on August 26, 2005 by Melissa A. Alford
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT THE PEOPLE NEED
When this hit the big screen back in 1987 I could not see it. I was a mere 13 yrs old and everyone around me gave me a hard time for listening to Prince. Read more
Published on June 26, 2004 by "antonfurst"
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever In MY Life!
'Sign O' The Times' is the most accomplished album Price ever
made and he's made some classics. Read more
Published on May 11, 2004 by Andre' S Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Obviously a Classic
I remember this like it was yesterday. My old worn out VHS copy is still hanging in there, but if Warner Bros. Read more
Published on March 4, 2004 by Fred McGhee
3.0 out of 5 stars confused.....song list on this release????
I absolutely love this concert film, and have not purchased this dvd yet. I am puzzled that in all of the previous reviews there was no mention of the songlist difference from the... Read more
Published on December 7, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars I think some people are being over-critical, here.........
....considering the fact that this is:
a) an import
b) a film that was made 16 years ago
and
c) completely unavailable in a domestic version
.... Read more
Published on August 28, 2003 by EyeGetzRaw
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