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
Commentary by director Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo and cinematographer Donald E. Thorin
First Avenue: The road to pop royalty - Visit the nightclub where Prince started
Purple Rain backstage pass: Behind the scenes
Riffs, ruffles and a revolution: The impact and influence of Purple Rain
MTV Premiere Party original broadcast
8 music videos: Let's Go Crazy, Take Me With U, When Doves Crry, I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm a Star, Puple Rain, Jungle Love, The Bird and Sex Shooter
This remastered edition beats the previous release hands down as far as picture quality. Sound is great too. Awesome extras on the disc as well. If you're a Prince fan, a music fan or even just a movie fan, this is a must own disc.
If you are a child of the 80's, you have to own Purple Rain. It's like a 2-hour video. Love the special purple casing. It's the only blu ray I know of that comes in that color, truly unique and fitting.
A must-have for anyone who has ever enjoyed Prince's music or him as a person! So happy this movie was remastered to be enjoyed in HD format. The bonus music videos just add to the must-haves library. Prince, you are sadly missed.