Purple Rain (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Albert Magnoli

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 204770603
UPC 085391157045
UPC 14 00085391157045
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/24/2012
Rating Rating
Character Study
Essential Cinema
Personal Triumph
Rock And Roll
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
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
Albert Magnoli
Cast & Crew
Albert Magnoli - Director
Albert Magnoli - Writer
Albert Magnoli - Editor
Apollonia Kotero - Actor
Clarence Williams, III - Actor
Donald E. Thorin - Cinematographer
Ken Robinson - Editor
Morris Day - Actor
Prince - Actor
Prince, et. al. - Original Music By
Robert Cavallo, et. al. - Producer
Ward Preston - Production Designer
William Blinn - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1984
Catalog ID 115704
UPC 00085391157045
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 114 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
Nominee (1985) Golden Globe, Prince, Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Winner (1985) Oscar, Prince, Best Music, Original Song Score
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review 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.
Reviewer Ken Dubois
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review 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.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune One of the best combinations of rock music and drama.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Dynamic concert sequences...
Los Angeles Times It sizzles!

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