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Purple Rain Academy Award Winner! 

By Jim Emerson

When Prince's dazzling and dynamic Purple Rain (movie and soundtrack album) and the hypnotic hit single "When Doves Cry" exploded onto the pop-culture scene in 1984, it seemed there was nothing the purple one couldn't do. The film is basically a feature-length music video, but no musician has ever had a better big-screen showcase for his many talents. The plot is really just a theme (about the son of an abusive father struggling not to continue the pattern) upon which to hang some of Prince's most dazzling songs (including "Let's Go Crazy" and the title tune), and some sizzling live-concert numbers. Apollonia Kotero is ravishing as the romantic interest, and Morris Day and The Time provide some terrific musical competition. Purple Rain is an essential artifact of the mid-'80s pop Zeitgeist. Prince took home an Oscar for the song score.

Great news for Prince fans! A 20th Anniversary 2-DVD release of Purple Rain will be shipping on August 24th! It features a remastered widescreen film plus three featurettes/documentaries and the videos for Let's go Crazy, When Doves Cry, I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm a Star, Purple Rain, Take Me With U, The Bird, Jungle Love, and Sex Shooter! It will also feature commentary with director Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo and cinematographer Donald E. Thorin. Pre-order your copy today from!

Warner Brothers is also giving Under the Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge similar treatments and they too will ship on August 24th! Now if someone will just release Sign of the Times on DVD...

Academy Awards

Purple Rain received an Academy Award for Music Scoring Awards (Best Original Song Score; Prince).


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"This movie rocked - literally! I have a 15 year old brother who is not at all into either Prince or R&B, but he loved this movie. In that sense, its timeless even if the music, which was once state of the art and charttopping, sounds dated now. Prince and his cohorts are not great actors (not even good ones), but this is an extended music video that takes many us back to our childhoods. Glad to own it on DVD as my third videotape is worn out!"


"This movie reminds me of a very special relationship that I had at the time. We were young and helplessly in love. Life was simpler then.

The soundtrack song, Purple Rain was "our" song. Our relationship has been compared to Romeo and Juliet. Since that time. left ahs led us in different directions, but the love never died. (And probably never will!)"




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Director: Albert Magnoli

Stars: Prince, Morris Day, Apollonia, Clarence Williams III, Olga Karlatos, Jerome Benton, Billy Sparks

Released: July 27, 1984

Availability: DVD VHS CD

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