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Purple Rain 20th Anniversary   DVD Two-Disc Special Edition (2004)

Special Features
- Digitally remastered widescreen presentation
- All-new documentary on the Minneapolis music scene
- All-new documentary on the making of the movie and the music
  including commentary by Director/co-writer/editor Albert Magnoli, 
  Producer Robert Cavallo, and  Cinematographer Donald Thorin
- All-new documentary on the impact of the movie and music on Pop Culture
- 8 Music Videos: Let's go Crazy, Purple Rain, take me with u, When Doves Cry, 
                             I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm a Star, Jungle Love, The Bird, Sex Shooter
- The 1984 MTV Premiere Party in Hollywood

Editorial Review by Michael Mikesell
Whether you're hot for extras or simply after a Purple Rain release that does justice to the film, this special edition is the one to spring for. The movie appears in its original widescreen dimension (optimized for widescreen viewing), and its picture is dynamic and grain-free, letting the film's luscious, meticulously patterned colors shine through.

Running commentary from director/co-writer/editor Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo, and cinematographer Donald Thorin highlights both the challenges overcome to make the film and the wonders of working with a musician as prolific and as brilliant as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.

Disc 2 offers three short documentaries drawing from contemporary interviews with the filmmakers, the management of First Avenue (the Minneapolis club where Prince began his rise to fame), and members of Prince's former band, The Revolution (including Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman). 

Footage from MTV's premiere party is notable for the absence of a single worthwhile utterance from any of the party's celebrity attendees, but MTV's flip side saves the day: Eight music videos from Prince, the Time, and Apollonia 6. Sizzling, post-film performances of "Take Me with U" and "I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm a Star" both feature extended instrumental jams and exciting looks at the real-life Revolution's Purple Rain tour.

The only thing missing is movie outtakes, many of which are referenced in Magnoli's commentary. Still, this otherwise definitive Purple Rain is a sumptuous feast for eyes and ears.
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07-26-2019  Purple Rain Director Gets Deep About Working With Prince: ‘How Is It You Just Told My Life Story?’ (Variety)
08-07-2017  Prince’s Sign 'O' The Times: celebrating 30 years of genius (GQ)
05-07-2017  The Director of Purple Rain, Albert Magnoli, Honors Prince With Memories (updated) (Huff Post)
12-08-2016  Prince’s closest Friends share their best Prince Stories (GQ)
08-29-2016  Purple Rain at the Academy (Hudlin Entertainment)
05-06-2016  The Director of Purple Rain, Albert Magnoli, Honors Prince With Memories (Huff Post)
04-29-2016  Oral History: Prince's Life, as told by the People who knew him best (Star Tribune)
04-28-2016  Prince was a diminutive giant who revolutionized pop music (Ch. Riemenschneider+Jon Bream, Star Tribune)
04-22-2016  Why Prince was Headteacher at Superstar School (GQ)
04-22-2016  Purple Rain Director writes heartfelt tribute to Prince: 'Travel well, friend' (Entertainment Weekly)
04-22-2016  Re-watching Purple Rain After 30 Years (Forbes)
04-22-2016  Prince’s Silly, Sexy Purple Rain: A Cinematic Soap Opera for All Time (The Daily Beast)
04-21-2016  Prince's movie legacy: Will there ever be another like Purple Rain? (Los Angeles Times)
04-21-2016  Read Purple Rain Director’s Heartbreaking Sendoff to ‘Friend’ Prince (The Wrap)
04-21-2016  Flashback: Purple Rain Director Albert Magnoli Reflects on Iconic Film (Yahoo)
05-04-2015  ​Six Sexy Feminist Reasons Why Sexy Feminists Should Love Sexy Prince (xojane)
01-01-2015  Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of Purple Rain (The Daily Beast)
12-24-2014  All Possibilities: The Purple Rain Story (7:19 min) (NPR interview with Alan Light)
12-09-2014  Let's go crazy: Inside the making of Purple Rain (The Verge, Alan Light)
12-04-2014  Thirty years on, how Purple Rain made Prince a superstar (The National)
11-29-2014  Inside the unlikely making of Purple Rain (New York Post)
11-28-2014  Filmmaker Albert Magnoli Merged Movies and Music in Purple Rain (Below the Line)
08-15-2014  Purple Rain Outdoor Movie Screening at the Autry in Los Angeles
08-12-2014  Purple Rain at 30: The Companion Piece to Prince’s Masterpiece (CoC)
07-26-2014  Purple Rain at 30: Why It’s the Musical That Defined the ’80s (Variety)
07-26-2014  10 things you didn’t know about Purple Rain (New York Post)
07-26-2014  Purple Rain Taught Me How To Be In A Band (NPR music)
07-25-2014  Interview by Robert Cashill, - Purple Rain 30th Anniversary: 
                      Director Albert Magnoli Remembers His Rock Music Classic
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                      An exclusive excerpt from Alan Light's "Let's Go Crazy" 
                      Book  "Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain"
07-25-2014  First Avenue retrospective: Prince's Purple Rain film turns 30 (MPR news podcast)
07-25-2014  Purple Rain Director Albert Magnoli Looks Back on Film's 30th Anniversary (Yahoo)
07-25-2014  Purple Rain movie a great concert film with Minnesota roots (Pioneer Press)
06-29-2014  Prince Celebrates Purple Rain Anniversary With Apollonia Kotero (Rolling Stone)
06-26-2014  Purple Rain (1984) as Quality Cinema (Steven Cohen's 365 Days of Reviews)
06-25-2014  Bobby Z shares his Purple Rain memories on the album’s 30th anniversary (The Current)
06-24-2014  Prince's Purple Rain at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review (Billboard)
06-19-2014  Purple Rain Still Reigns At 30 (
05-24-2014  Festival De Cannes - Special Screening of Purple Rain Bio Page
05-20-2014  Purple Rain highlights influence on local music scene: Reunion Interview (KARE11)
05-15-2014  Winning It All: Prince's Purple Rain Revisited (The Quietus) Epic Album Review
05-01-2014  Celebrating 30 Years Of Purple Rain (The Dawn Experience - TDX)
                      (Prince & Associated Artists Fan Forum - St. Paul Peterson Blog)
04-29-2014  What might emerge from Prince's vault of unreleased music? (Jon Bream)
04-28-2014  CINEMA JUKEBOX series: Purple Rain, 1984, at Coolidge Theatre
04-18-2014  Prince Plans Purple Rain Reissue and New Studio Album (SPIN)
04-17-2014  Revisiting Purple Rain's Original Reviews (New York Village Voice) 
04-16-2014  Purple Rain, 1984, and the importance of artistic transcendency (cinapse)
04-11-2014  Do You Want Him? : Purple Rain's Pure Performance (Todd Gilchrist)
02-23-2014  White Night Melbourne: Purple Rain (Photos by j_pang) 
02-23-2014  White Night Melbourne: Purple Rain  Video 1   Video 2 
02-15-2014  19th Annual Johns Hopkins Film Festival - Special Screening of Purple Rain 
01-20-2014  Prince's Film Purple Rain to Be Remade by Tuareg Musicians (Pitchfork)
01-15-2014  A Tuareg Remake Of Purple Rain Starring Mdou Moctar (okayafrica.)
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09-13-2013  Outdoor Movie Night! How to create your own Backyard Purple Rain Screening Party (Studio 34)
08-02-2013  Film Review: Purple Rain, 1984 (Forever Cinematic)
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06-11-2012  Cruel Summer: Purple Rain, 1984 (Indie Wire)
04-30-2012  Book Review: Music on Film: Purple Rain by John Kenneth Muir
                      A behind-the-scenes look at one of the greatest music films ever made (Cinema Sentries)
04-13-2012  Book Review: Purple Rain: Music on Film by John Kenneth Muir (BC - blogcritics)
04-10-2012  Exclusive Book Excerpt: 
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11-28-2011  Minnesota Historical Society - Collections Up Close: Purple Rain 
10-29-2011  LoftCinema: Let's Go Crazy - The Purple Rain Sing-A-Long! 
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10-19-2010  Fashion & Film: Purple Rain (Parsons Paris School of Art & Design)
05-30-2010  CINESPIA: Purple Rain Outdoor Screening Event (Photos by Kelly Lee Barrett) 
04-14-2010 Thread: Purple Rain, 1984
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07-27-2009  Happy Birthday, Purple Rain (Rhythmic Soul)
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2004             Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Tribute to George Harrison:
                      Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others perform "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
03-15-2004  Prince inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame  Acceptance Speech  Complete Opening Act  
03-25-1985  57th Academy Awards -  Acceptance Speech by Prince, Winner for Music (Original Song Score)
                      in the film Purple Rain  Lyrics: Purple Rain 
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July 1984     Purple Rain - A Collection of Reviews from various Publications
07-27-1984  Premiere of Purple Rain at Mann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California, with MTV (film by Tony Blass) 
Purple Rain (1984)  Warner Bros.
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James Beshears
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Sound Mixer
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Production Designer
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Purple Rain: 20th Anniversary DVD Special
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Albert Magnoli Answers Fan Questions About Purple Rain
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Original Review of Purple Rain by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert
Watch Video here (fast-forward to 08:40) 
Purple Rain ranks #5 in Gene Siskel's Top 10 Films of 1984 and #10 in 
Roger Ebert's Top 10 Films of 1984
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*** APRIL 21, 2016 - PRINCE PASSES AWAY AT AGE 57 ***
Prince Tributes around the world  Photo Gallery
May 5, 2016: Albert Magnoli, Writer/Director/Editor of Purple Rain remembers Prince. Insightful Interview by Cody Cain published at and Huffington Post
August 29, 2016: Purple Rain at the Academy  It was a MAGICAL NIGHT !!

Special Purple Rain Screening and Panel Discussion with Writer/Director/Editor Albert Magnoli, Producer Bob Cavallo, Actors Apollonia Kotero, Jill Jones and Jerome Benton, and
Costume Designer Marie France. Hosts: Reggie Hudlin and Marcus Miller

Video - The Genesis of the Film (Albert Magnoli + Bob Cavallo) 
Video - Writing and Casting 
Video - Apollonia 
Video - Jill and Jerome 
Video - Costume Design 
August 31, 2016: Prince Tribute at the Hollywood Bowl
Part of "The Black Movie Soundtrack II" Produced in cooperation with A.M.P.A.S.®
Producer/Director Reginald Hudlin and Grammy Winner Marcus Miller
Host Craig Robinson, featuring the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra