Warner Bros. will finally release a widescreen anamorphic DVD of Prince’s PURPLE RAIN with remastered 5.1 audio.
Yes, kids, that guy with the once unpronounceable symbol for a moniker is now old enough to be your father, or even grandfather. But his name is still Prince, and he is funky!
I’m not kidding. I like Prince.
Remastered at last in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, extras include a new audio commentary with director Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo and cinematographer Donald E. Thorin, three new featurettes (on the Minneapolis music scene and Prince’s career prior to Purple Rain, a second on the making of the movie, and a third on Prince’s fans, his legacy and impact on pop culture), no less than seven music videos (four from Prince, two from the Time and even the immortal “Sex Shooter” from Apollonia 6), 1984 MTV premiere party footage, and theatrical trailers for all three of Prince’s Warner movies. Retail will be $26.95.
And if you just can’t get enough of His Royal Shortness, Warner will also release two other, rather horrrendous Prince flicks, Under the Cherry Moon and the Purple Rain “sequel” Graffiti Bridge, on the 24th. Each is remastered in anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1, and extras include four music videos on each plus theatrical trailers. Retail? $19.95 a pop.
Can’t say that I care for GRAFFITI BRIDGE, but I don’t have any problems with UNDER THE CHERRY MOON. I remember well heading down to the local theater to check it out on opening day in 1986. There were two other people in the theater. Ooftah.