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Purple Rain [DVD] [1984]

Release Date:06/25/1997
The film that helped establish Prince's public persona comes to DVD with this lackluster release from Warner Bros. The transfer is a standard, full-frame 1.33:1 image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack is recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include production notes and theatrical trailers. The best aspect of this disc is the sound, which was also the best aspect of the movie. Considering Prince's stature as one of the superstars of the last 20 years, one wonders if a special edition release of this film on DVD might be in the works.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (749 out of 756)

    Special Features

    • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
    • Interactive menus
    • Production notes
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Scene access
    • Subtitles: English, Français, Español


    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
    • Jerome Benton
      Jerome Benton - Jerome
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      Billy Sparks - Billy Sparks

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