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Rock star Prince makes a spectacular feature film debut in this highly autobiographical blockbuster that won both an Oscar and a Grammy award.Headstrong, vulnerable young musician The Kid (Prince) struggles with his own inner demons and with his alcoholic father who beats his mother. But the madness infects his music, fueling a sound that transforms the struggling, young rocker into a star.]]>
- Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
Top Customer Reviews
This movie, like Quadrophenia, would make a good subject for an English literature class targeted towards aimlessly rebellious under-achievers (rather than the 4.0 GPA high school students that most English literature classes are designed for).
[This review is based on the VHS version of the movie.]
This movie finally brought Prince into the mainstream and showed the genius that he was.Although he'd been making records since 1978,he made his mark with such albums as Dirty Mind, Controversy,and 1999(his breakout album with his first top ten hit Little Red Corvette)but only to a limited R&B and underground market.But once Purple Rain hit,things were never the same.The movie also brought Morris Day and The Time to the mainstream which unfortunately they would soon break up to never enjoy the fruits.
The movie is pretty much about a musician called The Kid (Prince) who dreams of making it despite his troubled homelife and a rival band, The Time.The movie has it's fair share of bad acting as well as misogyny ("That ain't Lake Minnitonka")it's the musical numbers as well as Morris Day's comic timing that steals the show.The music still sounds fresh, especially the minimalist When Doves Cry which could even be released today.
Hopefully Warner brothers will release a 20th anniversary edition DVD with loads of extras as well as deleted scenes which were featured in the trailer.And with Prince's comeback in 2004 including his Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction, Grammy performance and tour,it would really be the year of Prince.
Never was this more manifest in the music and the struggle that accompanied it that is Purple Rain. With a soundtrack made up of an album where each and every song was on its own a bonified hit (and the album doesn't include anything by The Time, for whom Prince wrote and arranged most of their stuff!), the musical landscape of the film gets intersticed with the pseudo-biography of the young man's effort to release the musical genuis inside of himself and remake a local (and, for us, international) music scene. The performances are occasionally stilted and we're sometimes reminded that these for the most part are not actors...yet, somehow, where that would debase another film, here that truth adds to the authenticity of the music-scape and, ultimately, the journey Prince's "The Kid" takes. In the course of becoming, we explode with joy, tears, and music made manifest all coming together to signify something beyond ourselves, yet linking each of us one with the other. Indeed. Let this film wash over you.
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
English DD5.1 Surround
French DD1.0 Mono
English, French and Spanish subtitles
Audio Commentary with Director Albert Magnoli, Producer Robert Cavallo and Cinematographer Donald E. Thorin
All-new documentary on the Minneapolis music scene, the importance of the First Avenue club and Prince?s career prior to Purple Rain
All-new documentary on the making of the movie and the Academy Award winning music
All-new documentary on the impact of the movie and music on Pop Culture, the response from Prince?s fans and the enduring legacy of Purple Rain
Let's go Crazy - Prince
take me with u - Prince
When Doves Cry - Prince
I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm a Star - Prince
Purple Rain - Prince
Jungle Love - The Time
The Bird - The Time
Sex Shooter - Apollonia 6
TV Special : The 1984 MTV Premiere Party
Theatrical Trailer : Purple Rain, Graffiti Bridge and Under the Cherry Moon
This is a vast improvement on the bare bones FULLSCREEN version of PURPLE RAIN out there. Go ahead and trade those in! This looks like the real deal. Prince has never been more electric, and the film is pretty good. The music is what makes it! And it's a great piece of 80s nostalgia to boot. I'm putting on my purple raincoat, my hoop earring, and sitting down to watch a simpler time when all we had to worry about was if Wendy and Lisa were happy being in the Revolution! If you own one Prince movie ... this one's it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Being a native Minnesotan, this was a must have for my very small DVD library. Whenever I need a good cry, I just grab my hankies, my Prince t-shirt and hit PLAY.Published 16 hours ago by Dawnie Put
Awesome movie. Worth every penny renting this to watch. Great quality.Published 3 days ago by Jennifer L. Delamar-Goss
The best peek into what was happening in the 80s, having lived through it and having had Prince deeply affect my adult 20 to 25-ish years .... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Charles Parker Mccauley
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