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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.]]>
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
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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.
Auto-biographical he’s “The Kid” and plays out of a nightclub in Minnesota. He lives in the basement with his mixed ethnic parents--enduring their violent, yet passionate relationship. His dad is a composer but unfortunately drunk most of the time.
He escapes by leading his group--selfish, all for himsef..then learns to love others and himself.
The musical numbers are GREAT! Prince and the Revolution, Time, and other groups--WOW!
You can watch it just for the music and showmanship and also for some great sex scenes! Prince is 5’2” of raw sexual power. And how can he rid that huge motorcycle in high heel boots? Zowie!
The music performances in this movie are wonderful! I have watched it over and over just to see Prince and The Revolution perform. The Purple Rain soundtrack brings me back to 9th grade everytime I hear it. Hard to believe Purple Rain is 32 years old! Man this movie could have been an A+ if Prince's love interest Apollonia's acting was realistic, or if the casting director casted someone who could actually deliver a line. It is painful to watch her at times her acting is so bad. Purple Rain is and always will be a classic and no matter what, Prince was mesmerizing and we will always feel his absence. :((