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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 204770603
UPC: 085391157045
UPC 14: 00085391157045
Sales Rank: 4877
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"Blu-Ray Disc, Beyond High Definition."
Actors: Apollonia Kotero - Clarence Williams - Morris Day - Olga Karlatos. Director: Albert Magnoli. Format: Blu-ray. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 114 Minutes. Language: English. Subtitle: English Subtitles. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: Unrated. Genre: Music. Release Year: 1984.

"One of the best combinations of rock music and drama.  Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Dynamic concert sequences...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"It sizzles!  Los Angeles Times

Editor's Note
A brilliant, talented young musician struggles for success even as a rival musician threatens to supplant him, both professionally and romantically. "Purple Rain" features Prince, in his own inimitable style, performing many of his latest hits, including "Purple Rain," "When Doves Cry," and "Let's Go Crazy." Academy Awards: Best Original Song Score.

Features

Video Features Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/24/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 114 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1984
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 115704
Video UPC UPC: 00085391157045
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.78:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Apollonia Kotero
Video Cast Info Clarence Williams, III
Video Cast Info Morris Day
Video Cast Info Prince
Video Cast Info Albert Magnoli - Director
Video Cast Info Albert Magnoli - Writer
Video Cast Info Albert Magnoli - Editor
Video Cast Info Donald E. Thorin - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Ken Robinson - Editor
Video Cast Info Prince, et. al. - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Robert Cavallo, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Ward Preston - Production Designer
Video Cast Info William Blinn - Writer
Plot Summary
Music star Prince stars as "The Kid" in this semi-autobiographical film, which follows the escapades of a tortured young musician trying to survive in a dysfunctional environment. He finds solace in the affections of a lovely young singer, but his first love is making his funky, unique brand of music, which he performs at an ultra-hip Minneapolis nightclub. The Kid must also contend with Morris, his nemesis both in music and romance| The popular soundtrack of this highly successful film contains many of Prince's most popular tunes, such as "Let's Go Crazy", "When Doves Cry", and the title song.

Awards


Nominee (1985)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Prince, Best Original Song - Motion Picture

Winner (1985)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Prince, Best Music, Original Song Score

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...When performing on-stage...[Prince] can be a riveting spectacle..." 07/27/1984 p.C5

Variety
"...An impressive feature film....[The concerts] are splendidly realized musicvid-type affairs, awash in purple-hued smoky lighting atmosphere and right-on camera work..." 07/04/1984

Entertainment Weekly
"Showcasing the performer at the height of his creative and commercial success....[T]he performances are nothing short of magical." 08/20/2004 p.108

Uncut
"[T]his 1994 movie brought the liquid-hipped one to middle America, mutating his funk into warped guitar rock." 11/01/2004 p.157

Reel.com 8 of 10
The pop music film--traditionally a thin plot stringing together a series of musical performances--has drawn young audiences into theaters and drive ins for over 40 years, and pop star Prince's contribution to the genre was Purple Rain, the movie, television, and record combo that exploded onto the scene in 1984. The film cleverly showcases his performing talents while mostly hiding the fact that Prince is not an actor...As a pop music package, Purple Rain falls short of A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Quadrophenia (1979) because those films have decent acting, but well ahead of celebrated music films like Girl Can't Help It (1956), the The Monkees: Head (1968), and every film starring Elvis Presley or Annette Funicello. Prince may not have had all the makings of a great screen star--his follow up picture, the turkey Under the Cherry Moon, was proof of that--but his natural showmanship and sheer talent were once a thing of wonder. Purple Rain captured the moment. - Ken Dubois

San Francisco Chronicle 8 of 10
Fresh music and silly dialogue -- those aspects of ``Purple Rain'' haven't changed over the years. The film was directed by Albert Magnoli, who went on to direct ``American Anthem'' and ``Street Knight,'' both bombs. Yet to see ``Purple Rain'' again is to realize that it has something, and it's not just Prince...``Purple Rain'' and its catchy, synthesized soundtrack are as entangled in this '80s myth of redemption and selfish splendor as its characters are possessed by dreams of glory...Prince is no actor -- he tends to mumble. But he can kiss a beautiful woman onscreen without looking like a geek, and not every guy can do that. The real film talent here, though, is Morris Day, who plays the Kid's funkster rival on the Minneapolis club scene...Day, who appears in a different suit in every scene, plays himself as a peacock and ladies' man. As a live performer, he's a worthy foil for Prince -- just as smooth and just as vain -- but lighthearted and self- mocking where Prince is serious. - Mick LaSalle

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