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Purple Rain [DVD] 2 Disk 20th Anniversary Edition [1984]


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  • Actors: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos, Clarence Williams III
  • Directors: Albert Magnoli
  • Writers: Albert Magnoli, William Blinn
  • Producers: Joseph Ruffalo, Robert Cavallo, Steven Fargnoli
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002WYRSC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,216 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Flamboyant rock musical marking the film debut for maverick pop singer Prince. Prince stars as The Kid, an ambitious and talented young musician from a harsh, poverty-stricken background struggling to win love and musical recognition in Minneapolis. When he meets fellow aspiring singer Appollonia (Appollonia Kitero), he is completely smitten - but when he replicates the abusive behaviour of his father (Clarence Williams III), he looks set to lose her forever. Can he win her back from his arch enemy, lead singer of rival group 'The Time' Morris Day? Essentially a vehicle for the tracks from his album of the same name, the film is loosely based on events in Prince's early career.

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While "rock musical" remains a phrase used by sadistic parents to give their offspring nightmares the genre does occasionally throw up the odd gem, Purple Rain being perhaps the shiniest example. Given the theatricality of Prince's stage shows, it was only a matter of time before the diminutive pop potentate found himself a big-screen vehicle but few could have predicted that Purple Rain would become nothing less than a cultural phenomenon. The story, co-written by one-time Starsky & Hutch scripter William Blinn, may be a somewhat hackneyed tale with His Purpleness overcoming a troubled background and musical rival Morris Day to achieve his dreams of rock stardom. However, the cast, which also includes Prince protegée Appollonia, rises above the clichés to hand in a set of performances which, while never likely to trouble the Oscars, prove that all concerned can at least play a rough approximation of themselves with minimal difficulty. What really helped push the film's box-office receipts through the roof, however, was its soundtrack featuring a clutch of hit singles--notably "When Doves Cry"--and which cemented our pint-sized hero's position as one of the globe's premiere performing artists. Sadly, subsequent attempts to re-bottle this particular brand of lightning with Under a Cherry Moon and Graffiti Moon would prove substantially less successful but Purple Rain still looks--and, more importantly sounds--rarely less than funktastic. --Clark Collis

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
As a big-time Prince fan of the last three to four years, I really can't believe I've only just got round to watching "Purple Rain". The brand new 2-disc anniversary Special Edition led me to buy it. Wow, I was really looking forward to watching it, but I wasn't prepared for just how electric it actually is. Prince's musical performances throughout the movie are nothing short of astounding - he REALLY has the moves in this one. I am very familiar (from repeated listens) with the classic "Purple Rain" album and all its songs, but to see them in the context of the movie completely alters your perception of the tunes and lyrics - like COMPUTER BLUE, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES, WHEN DOVES CRY and PURPLE RAIN itself. There is something undescribably hypnotising about the scenes where Prince and The Revolution perform. The closing songs BABY I'M A STAR and I WOULD DIE FOR U show how much energy and sheer talent Prince was brimming with in his mid-20s (he's overflowing!), it blew me away. It even makes Michael Jackson seem inanimate even in his peak years.
Prince shows you how to win the girl of your dreams - drive her to a lake, make her jump in, then drive off - absolutely hilarious stuff in hindsight.
Some of the scenes are very 1980s and unintentionally hilarious but this adds to the film's overall charm. Morris Day is the coolest cat on the block (and hilarious), and when his group The Time perform THE BIRD you get to see Morris Day and Jerome Benton light up the stage Minneapolis funk style - I love their dancing in this bit, and how Benton provides Morris with a mirror mid-performance.
I already can't wait to watch it again, I really can't!
Extras are terrific - particularly seeing a young Eddie Murphy pre-Beverly Hills Cop admit he is a "Prince groupie".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 29 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
This movie is soooo 80's and watching this last night had me dying while bringing back some fond memories. This semi-biographical tale of Prince's struggling to make it in the music industry is hit and miss throughout. For those who haven't already seen this; the film is really nothing more than a feature-length music video marking Prince's acting debut; he is essentially playing himself here, and is surprisingly charming. Prince is no actor...he mumbles his lines and resorts to melodrama in serious scenes...but his performance truly conveys a great deal of pain and conflict.

For a musician in his first role, he is actually quite good. Morris Day is a virtual scene-stealer; the "Time" leader plays, who else, Morris Day and his performance is inspired and funny. Prince's then-band mates Wendy and Lisa also shine as well as Apollonia who is adequate as The Kid's love interest. Clarence Williams III ("The Mod Squad") gives the best performance here as The Kid's father; his rage, confusion, and guilt truly come through in a brilliant performance, and his role should have been bigger.

"Purple Rain" is certainly an ego trip for its star. But Prince certainly deserves to have a big head because the music in "Purple Rain" is nothing less than awe-inspiring. He deservedly won an Oscar for his score, and the excitement of his live shows are truly on display here. The Time is also fun to watch; "Purple Rain" includes their performances of two of their biggest hits, "The Bird" and "Jungle Love."

"Purple Rain" is not without its imperfection. The film doesn't fully investigate The Kid's home life with the exception of a few throwaway scenes. Despite the charms of most of the performers, the acting is amateurish and often laughable. Despite its shortcomings, "Purple Rain" is a modern classic, the quintessential 80's picture. If you get a chance, rent or buy this DVD, the quality is great as well as the music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
Let's be honest: Prince isn't a great actor. He is, however, a superb musician and one of the best live performers I've ever seen, and this film provides a glimpse of the great man doing what he does best.

The story is very, very simple: Prince (or "The Kid") is a musician who regularly plays at a club in Minneapolis. As his music becomes more self-indulgent the manager of the venue threatens to ditch his star act unless he plays what people want to hear, and as a result tensions begin to build within the band. The Kid falls in love, makes a woman strip and jump into a lake, two of his band members write an instrumental song called "Purple Rain", Prince plays it, drives the crowd wild, and his job at the club is saved. Hurrah.

In some ways the film falls into the category dubiously named "so bad it is brilliant", but on the whole it is tremendous fun. The live performances are great, the songs are just superb, and Prince plays with a puppet. What more could you want?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wizo on 3 Nov 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Picture and sound quality is impeccably sublime in comparison to the DVD. This movie ticks all the right boxes in terms of entertainment, plot, biographical references to the emotional and professional conflicts experienced by Prince. Interesting perspective into the world of Prince a peek into some of the mechanisms within the mind of Prince. Snapshot of a particular and significant period in the evolution of this creative multi talented world renowned genius. Funky soul shaking music with words that can penetrate the coldest heart and this movie is a must for any lover of real music. Love watching it again and again it will move you in many ways, prepare to be inspired.
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