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Purple Rain [20th Anniversary Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1984]

Release Date:08/24/2004
It only seems fitting that the purple-clad funk master would get the royal treatment in this special-edition release from Warner Bros. Home Video, and for fans who long for when the doves cried, this DVD release will most certainly be an essential addition to their collection. The feature is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with accompanying audio rendered in a selection of either closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 or French Dolby Digital Mono with optional English, Spanish, or French subtitles. In addition to offering seven classic music videos by the Time, Appollonia 6, and the man himself, this disc also offers audio commentary by director Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo, and cinematographer Donald E. Thorin, and three featurettes that cover the Minneapolis music scene, the making of the film, and the influence of Purple Rain on pop culture.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (746 out of 753)

    Special Features

    • Digitally remastered for its 20th anniversary
    • First-time widescreen video release
    • Commentary by director Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo, and cinematographer Donald E. Thorin
    • Languages: English and Français
    • Subtitles: English, Français, and Español
    • First Avenue: The Road to Pop Royalty - visit the nightclub that gave Prince his start
    • Purple Rain: Backstage Pass - go behind the scenes of the Purple Rain experience
    • Riffs, Ruffles and a Revolution: The Impact and Influence of Purple Rain - explore the lasting legacy that Prince and Purple Rain had on an entire generation
    • MTV Premiere Party - the original broadcast
    • 8 great music videos - Let's Go Crazy, Take Me With U, When Doves Cry, I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm a Star, Purple Rain, Jungle Love, The Bird and Sex Shooter
    • Closed Captioned


    Purple Rain
    Purple Rain, the first starring film for Prince, is the story of an arrogant, young black singer, born and raised in Minneapolis, who reaches the pinnacle of stardom. The dramatic complications include "The Kid's" (Prince) miserable home life, where he suffers the brutalities of his father (well played by Clarence Williams III) and the youth's efforts to win the love of the beautiful Apollonia. Despite the misogynistic undercurrents in Purple Rain, the film's biggest fans were young women. Gorgeously photographed by Donald Thorin, Purple Rain is essentially a glorified music video, highlighted by a catalogue of Prince's hits, including I Would Die 4 U, When Doves Cry and Let's Go Crazy; the score deservedly won an Academy Award and a Grammy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Prince
      Prince - The Kid
    • Morris Day
      Morris Day - Morris
    • Olga Karlatos
      Olga Karlatos - Mother
    • Clarence Williams III
      Clarence Williams III - Father
    • Jerome Benton
      Jerome Benton - Jerome

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