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Sparkle [Blu-ray] (2013)

Dwan Smith , Irene Cara , Sam O' Steen  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dwan Smith, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Philip Thomas
  • Directors: Sam O' Steen
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AY770AM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Irene Cara (Fame) and Lonette McKee (Round Midnight) sing and struggle their way to show-business glory in a Supremes-like girl group. Dynamite Curtis Mayfield soundtrack.

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Sparkle" SPARKLES! September 30, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this film in the movies as a teenager and I've never forgotten how it made me laugh, cry and want to sing right along. "Sparkle" is the fictional story of the struggles of three Harlem sisters who are trying to make it in the music business in the late 1950s, but each of them encounter individual problems on the road to fame. Only one of the sisters eventually go on to stardom, while one gets engulfed into the street life, with heartbreaking results, and the other hates the life she's living and decides to leave for good.

There are fine performances in this movie. Irene Cara (who plays "Sparkle"), Lonette McKee, and Dorian Harewood are particular standouts. Look for future "Miami Vice" star, Philip Michael Thomas, as Sparkle's enterprising boyfriend. It has been compared to Broadway's "Dreamgirls" and the Supremes' story, but it has its own strengths, plus a slammin' soundtrack, written and produced by the late, great Curtis Mayfield, and sung by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. "Something He Can Feel" is STILL the jam. I gave it four stars because the ending was predictable, but all around this is a wonderful film. Highly recommended. Now where's the DVD?
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVORITE MOVIE! January 3, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I must say Sparkle is my favorite movie. I've seen it probably hundreds of times since the 70's. Lonette McKee and Irene Cara were great in this movie. Making it big in the "Music Business" was their dream until Sister (Lonette McKee) let something over power her dreams. Fortunately, Sparkle (Irene Cara) was able to succeed with the help and encouragement of her boyfriend Stix (Philip Michael Thomas). This is definitely an African-American Classic. I hear there's going to be a remake of this film soon. It may be good, but it will never come close to the original.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Can I Do? Buy This DVD!! December 15, 2006
By Duane
Format:DVD
I thought for sure this DVD would be released in 2001 for a 25th year anniversary. When that year can and went, I figured 2006 would be the year of release for the movie's 30th year anniversary. Oh well, at least the DVD is finally being released.

The release of this movie in 1976 was a big deal in Detroit, because it was the movie debut of Detroit native Lonette McKee. She even attended the Detroit premiere! Her reviews were great, and she had appearances on many talk shows afterwards--including Dinah Shore's. On one show, she expressed disappointment that an album featuring the songs as sung by her, Irene Cara, and others in the movie wasn't released, but thanked Aretha Franklin for recording an album featuring the songs from the film. She was later cast as Ali's wife in the movie 'The Greatest', but later quit after creative differences with the director. She was then cast as one of the female co-stars in the hilarious 1977 movie 'Which Way Is Up?' with Richard Pryor (who had taken McKee under his wing and who she was rumored to have been dating). Her next big movie role was in 'The Cotton Club' in 1984, where she played a Cotton Club girl who later passes for white to get gigs in higher-paying clubs. Other roles include Haley's tv movie 'Queen' (where she played a slave who passes for white) and Oprah Winfrey's tv movie 'The Women of Brewster Place' (where she played a lesbian school teacher fearful of losing her job if her sexuality became known).

Back to 'Sparkle'...One of my all-time favorite movie characters is the tall, sexy, strutting, long-haired, high-yellow, gum-chewing, I'm-hot-and-I-know-it Sister! McKee owns the movie, and the three girls in red dresses singing "Hooked On Your Love" is a screen classic!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IF IT FEELS THIS GOOD IT MUST BE A SIN!!!! January 13, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Needless to say I was absolutely thrilled when Sparkle finally became available on dvd, because I refused to buy it on vhs! Unfortunately the packaging is very misleading regarding it being a 2disc set, considering it's a single disc with a cd of the soundtrack, which only includes a few songs. Normally I would'nt find fault in the extra disc, but I just hated the fact that the original soundtrack does not include the songs being sung by the girls in the movie. When I first hear a song I enjoy there is an instant connection to the person who sings it. When I heard Lonnette McKee sing Hooked on your Love or Irene Cara sing Look into your Heart, these are the singers who I want to hear on the soundtrack not Aretha Franklin!!!

Eventhough Aretha is the Queen of Soul she did'nt sing those songs in the movie, and therefore did not make them her own!!!

Despite a few flaws in the dvd release of Sparkle, I did really enjoy seeing this 70's classic!!! I always thought Phillip Michael Thomas and Irene Cara were pure magic together. She possessed such a sweet innocence as Sparkle and Phillip Michael Thomas was just so damn fine!!!! And still is!!!! He's aged very well!!! It would have been nice to see a current interview with the original cast, but unfortunately alot of older black films from the 70's just don't get the royal treatment like alot of current films that get released on dvd. At this point I'll just be grateful that Sparkle is finally available on dvd!!!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST Movie hidden!!! May 2, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Sparkle is a classic and excellent cast and directed film. This movie is hidden from getting the attention that is deserves. The story and acting is superb! It's a classic movie in the class with "The Imitation of Life" (but a different type of story here). I STRONGLY recommend this film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A movie library collector's edition
Quality of picture was not too great. If you want to view this original movie to the remake, this one tells the story a little differently and the ending is different. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Lisa Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
good and inspirational and intense, this is one movie everybody should look at and great music by Curtis Mayfield better than the remake.
Published 24 days ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School
Very good movie. It is an old school movie that I had not seen since 1976. It brings back good memories
Published 26 days ago by Byron Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars love
Love it was a great movie and always wanted it. Enjoyed it would watch it again nice movie want to watch it again
Published 1 month ago by pealie crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I just think it is a great entertaining movie with a good soundtrack. All actors and actresses played there roles very well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amelia
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkle by Dwan Smith
This is one of my all time favorite movies. All of the stars did a wonderful job in portraying their characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Never saw the latest version but I sure love the original version. It's a very good movie to check out.
Published 1 month ago by Sabrina Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie to watch. Enjoyed it very much.
The movie was great. Enjoyed it very much. I had seen the newest version of Sparkle and wondered about the original version. It was a lot different but I found it to be very good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rhonda
5.0 out of 5 stars sparkle review
i love the movie. i am glad i found it on amazon.com. it always have the movies i need anytime..
Published 1 month ago by marian winn
5.0 out of 5 stars Poster of 1976 Version
Sparkle was such a good movie. I don't remember too much about the original Sparkle movie. But I'm sure it was good. The way ladies are just beautiful on this cover.
Published 2 months ago by Brenda Lee Gray
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