Purple Rain [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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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.
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 The 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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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".
This 20th Anniversary edition looks excellent thanks to the digital remaster.
The nightclub scenes are just brilliant, absolutely capturing the essence of a time when musicians could be daring and odd and still be loved for it. Check out some of the hairstyles and clothes of the audience members. Blimey!
The story-line is fairly auto-biographical, we all know that, and it's a fairly simple 'kid from messed-up family wants to break free thru his music' type scenario, but it's lack of a complex plot is more than made up for in the 'live' performances throughout the film. These bits capture Prince at possibly his most vibrant, electrifying and vital best. He engages both his audiences, us and the film one, through his performances, some of which are so damn foxy it hurts. The Darlin' Nikki bit anyone? Hot damn!!!
There are some real tender scenes aswell, I love the bit where he's talking through the puppet thing, and also some of the family scenes with his mum and the tragically sad story of his father. It's in these scenes we really see Prince's acting abilities, which through the rest of the film, it has to be said aren't always evident, bless him. Very touching.
The love story is a little flat, but I believe that's due to Appollonia not Prince. She's a little staged and it doesn't seem she could let herself go completely with him, even though they were lovers in real life I think?
Morris Day is quite a comic talent, and along with Jerome Benton, their scenes are of a fairly good comic/slap-stick standard.
The extras on this version are most interesting too.Read more ›
If you don’t like Prince or his music, leave this alone, but if you even have a passing interest, then buy it. Featuring the bulk of his greatest songs, the setting of them to a storyline gives a new insight to them. Yes, the acting is often poor and stiff, the hairstyles and approach very dated 80’s and the script not very innovative, but it does capture the flavour of the time in a pop video culture manner. The humour is mainly dry and dark with a fair amount tongue-in –cheek, some of which Prince aims at himself.
This two disc set has the widescreen film on one disc, the other containing interviews and 8 Prince music videos, plus behind the scenes commentaries. The film contains some swearing and nudity which rates this as a 15 but despite the flaws is well made and has a great sound presence making this a ***** movie.
I was very upset by Prince's death. He was like the Mozart of pop and that is no exaggeration of his genius. At the same time he was a difficult man. Our geniuses never needed to be perfect people too. genius really is a burden.
Much of Prince comes out in this movie: his mysogyny, his charisma, his genius, his narcissism and his inner damage. It makes you cry but I cried more for the female characters.
It really evokes that time and place. The music is brilliant . The style is amazing. The plot is intense. But it is mysogynistic though it explores the cycle of male to female violence and abuse.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great . Only if you're a prince fan can you feel the need to watch him for longer.Published 14 days ago by katylou
A great debut movie from the L8 gr8 legendry prince.
The songs that acompany the film are great.
Prince wrote exceptional songs and was a great performer.
Dolby 5. Read more
Video and sound quality not great. I had also forgotten how poor the storyline was, but still enjoyed Prince and the songs.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
No words can describe how awsome this film really is and what it means to alot of Prince fans myself included - Just sit and watch, thats allPublished 1 month ago by MrBen