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Purple Rain

Special Edition

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Purple Rain: 20th Anniversary Special Edition (Dbl DVD)

A young man (Prince) with a talent for music has begun a career with much promise. He meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs. A complicated tale of his repeating his father's self destructive behavior, losing Apollonia to another singer (Morris Day), and his coming to grips with his own connection to other people ensues.

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Whether you're hot for extras or simply after a Purple Rain release that does justice to the film, this special edition is the one to spring for. The movie appears in its original widescreen dimension (optimized for widescreen viewing), and its picture is dynamic and grain-free, letting the film's luscious, meticulously patterned colors shine through. Running commentary from director/co-writer/editor Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo, and cinematographer Donald Thorin highlights both the challenges overcome to make the film and the wonders of working with a musician as prolific and as brilliant as the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.

Disc 2 offers three short documentaries drawing from contemporary interviews with the filmmakers, the management of First Avenue (the Minneapolis club where Prince began his rise to fame), and members of Prince's former band, The Revolution (including Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman). Footage from MTV's premiere party is notable for the absence of a single worthwhile utterance from any of the party's celebrity attendees, but MTV's flip side saves the day: eight music videos from Prince, the Time, and Apollonia 6. Sizzling, post-film performances of "Take Me with U" and "I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm a Star" both feature extended instrumental jams and exciting looks at the real-life Revolution's Purple Rain tour.

The only thing missing is movie outtakes, many of which are referenced in Magnoli's commentary. Still, this otherwise definitive Purple Rain is a sumptuous feast for eyes and ears. --Michael Mikesell


Special features

Audio Commentary: Director Albert Magnoli, Producer Robert Cavallo and Cinematographer Donald E. Thorin Featurette: Three new Featurettes 1. All-new documentary on the Minneapolis music scene, the importance of the First Avenue club and Prince's career prior to Purple Rain. 2. All-new documentary on the making of the movie and the Academy Award winning music. 3. 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. Music Video: 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 MoonAudio Commentary: Director Albert Magnoli, Producer Robert Cavallo and Cinematographer Donald E. Thorin Featurette: Three new Featurettes 1. All-new documentary on the Minneapolis music scene, the importance of the First Avenue club and Prince's career prior to Purple Rain. 2. All-new documentary on the making of the movie and the Academy Award winning music. 3. 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. Music Video: 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 MoonAudio Commentary: Director Albert Magnoli, Producer Robert Cavallo and Cinematographer Donald E. Thorin Featurette: Three new Featurettes 1. All-new documentary on the Minneapolis music scene, the importance of the First Avenue club and Prince's career prior to Purple Rain. 2. All-new documentary on the making of the movie and the Academy Award winning music. 3. 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. Music Video: 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 MoonAudio Commentary: Director Albert Magnoli, Producer Robert Cavallo and Cinematographer Donald E. Thorin Featurette: Three new Featurettes 1. All-new documentary on the Minneapolis music scene, the importance of the First Avenue club and Prince's career prior to Purple Rain. 2. All-new documentary on the making of the movie and the Academy Award winning music. 3. 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. Music Video: 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 MoonAudio Commentary: Director Albert Magnoli, Producer Robert Cavallo and Cinematographer Donald E. Thorin Featurette: Three new Featurettes 1. All-new documentary on the Minneapolis music scene, the importance of the First Avenue club and Prince's career prior to Purple Rain. 2. All-new documentary on the making of the movie and the Academy Award winning music. 3. 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. Music Video: Let's go Crazy - Prince take me with u - Prince When Doves Cry - Prince I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm a Sta

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  • Actors: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos, Clarence Williams III
  • Directors: Albert Magnoli
  • Writers: Albert Magnoli, William Blinn
  • Producers: Robert Cavallo, Joseph Ruffalo, Steven Fargnoli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: WarnerBrothers
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 2,541 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002CTSUY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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