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Sparkle (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2012)

Jordin Sparks , Whitney Houston , Salim Akil  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo
  • Directors: Salim Akil
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, Korean
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008Y1YKTO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,289 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Commentary with Director/Producer Salim Akil
  • Extended performance of “Hooked On Your Love” by Jordin Sparks
  • A Tribute to Whitney Houston
  • A Dream Come True
  • Sparkle & Shine
  • A Sparkling Performance
  • "Celebrate" Music Video By Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks

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    Sparkle is a timeless story of the bonds of family, the trials of success and the power of music. In her feature film debut, “American Idol” sensation Jordin Sparks stars as Sparkle, a young woman whose big dreams seem almost impossible. She’s been warned against the pitfalls of the music industry by her protective mother (Whitney Houston), yet encouraged by the handsome and ambitious Stix (Derek Luke), Sparkle forms a trio with her sisters (Tika Sumpter and Carmen Ejogo). Together, they perform the soul-stirring songs that Sparkle pens. But as their fame grows, so does the risk of jealousy, self-doubt and insidious temptation. This sweeping drama is brought to life with a powerful cast including Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and CeeLo Green.

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    56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Blu-ray
    I went to see this movie because I wanted to see Whitney Houston's last performance.

    Sparkle tells the story of three sisters, raised in a nice home by a strict mother, played by Whitney Houston who used to be an alcoholic, but has found the Lord and wants to keep her daughter on the narrow path.

    As you watch this movie you will begin to notice this strategy has limited success.

    It's also framed as a cautionary tale about the bumpy road to fame.

    One daughter is a beautiful talented singer, another Sparkle is a talented songwriter who has always been in the sister's shade but prepared to sacrifice for the good of the group. The other one is simply brainy and attractive.

    The pitfalls of music and life are explored as the girls form a group and the singer gets into a relationship with a tv comedian and experiences a fall from grace. The movie explores themes of drugs and violence. Will she manage to retieve herself or will tragedy ensue? Rifts occur which threaten the family itself.

    I found the movie enjoyable. I loved Whitney Houston's singing solo. The quality of songs were pretty good with a mixture of gospel music and 60s motown type pieces.

    After I saw this movie I watched the original Sparkle with Philip Michael Thomas of Miami Vice, Irene Cara of Fame, and Lonette McKee.

    I highly recommend you check out the original. If you happen to be an Amazon Prime member as I write you can watch it for free. While the production values of the current movie are better, the original movie definitely has its moments. It features songs by Curtis Mayfield, a funk master, and I loved the singing performances of the girls with their delicate close harmonies.
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    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "THIS ONE IS FOR WHITNEY HOUSTON!" August 17, 2012
    This Movie is a musical and a drama combined, and I could not wait until it was released. I have been a huge fan of Whitney Houston from the very beginning of her career, and watched her move up to fame. I had great respect for her, and Love all of her music. 'The Bodyguard' is one of my favorites for her music and acting. In Sparkle, her Performance was outstanding. Her own music, I will forever Treasure. In this Movie, Jordin Sparks struggles to become a star. She is troubled with issues that are tearing her and her family apart. The story portrays an affluent Detroit area as a daughter to a single mother, Whitney Houston plays the mother, must face many challenges. Sparkle tries to balance a new romance with her music manager, while dealing with the unexpected issues of her new life as she and her two sisters strive to become a dynamic singing group, during the Motown Era. The story is based on success, family relationships, and the Musician's life. I loved the movie, Acting Performance is Stunning and the memories from 'the Motown era' was delightful and Enjoyable. The music was fantastic, and the Memories of 'Motown' was mesmerizing. Her own music will live on, and all she contributed to this world. Once again, she was Amazing. My thoughts on Whitney Houston, "I Will Always Love You!"
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    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Dedication From The Voice October 15, 2012
    Format:DVD
    There is so much that many people have said about Whitney Houston through the good and the bad. When she planned on making a remake of the film Sparkle, a film that she had watched when she was a teenager, she never thought she would plan to remake the film. Sadly, she made the film and finished it shortly before she had passed away, earlier this year. No one ever thought that this would be her swan song. Nevertheless, loss was all around the film when she originally planned the film remake. The late singer Aaliyah was tapped to play the lead role in Sparkle in 2001, but because of her untimely death in a plane crash, the film was placed on the back burner for nearly a decade. The film which was released earlier this year was a somber farewell to the most important female singer in the world. With Jordin Sparks taking on the lead role, the question is could the chemistry work here. Well, it did just that.

    The 2012 remake of Sparkle stands tall, telling the tale of a inspiring singer Emma, raising her 3 kids, and surprised about seeing them drive into the world of stardom. Jordin, Carmen, and the cast had a lot to learn on the film, and drive not just through Whitney Houston, but also the shadows of the people who did the original film and the music. They did it nobly well. The film showcases a inspiring mother, but also wants her children to be bigger than the wastes of life with fame. Carmen takes that lead, but sadly hides her scars well from physical abuse and drug abuse from her family. Jordin shows that she can deliver well in acting, but had more to deliver in voice. Whitney's presence in the film is the real showstopper overall.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!! September 4, 2012
    I had the pleasure and opportunity to see "Sparkle" this past weekend and I loved it. I can't wait for the DVD to be released. I will probably watch it over and over...
    The whole cast was magnificent. Whitney did a marvelous job with the song, His Eye is on the Sparrow, and Jordin did an excellent job with the song, One Wing.
    The movie was a little bit different from the original version. I love both versions.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't outshine the original, but watchable nonetheless
    If you haven't seen the original Sparkle, then you will probably love this. However, if you have seen the original, you will notice that this version is as far from the original as... Read more
    Published 8 days ago by The Fancy One
    5.0 out of 5 stars I loved Whitney Houston and I miss here dearly
    This was a must have for me. I loved Whitney Houston and I miss here dearly. I love to hear her sing and I enjoy all of her movies. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Klowdy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Loved it
    Published 13 days ago by carol harrington
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love it
    Published 16 days ago by Elizabeth O Lanchester
    5.0 out of 5 stars Whitney Huston Last Body of Work
    This was a long awaited movie for me in CD form. I look forward to purchasing it for movie collection. Just made me even more sad that Whitney Huston.
    Published 18 days ago by Samantha Penigar
    3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
    It was ok, but Jordin Sparks ONLY sings at the very end :-( her sister was very good though with the singing and Whitney was done :-(
    Published 20 days ago by Char
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    love it
    Published 20 days ago by LAWRENCE
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
    Original packaging plays clear, I love this movie
    Published 27 days ago by Toni C. Lloyd
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    I loved the movie
    Published 1 month ago by Sam Ferguson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the movie
    I loved the movie, not as much as the original, but love it just the same.
    Published 1 month ago by Christian With A Pen
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