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Purple Rain Blu-ray

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Warner Bros. | 1984 | 114 min | Rated R | Jul 24, 2007

Purple Rain (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital Plus 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 3.2 of 53.2
Based on 6 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Music100%
Drama49%
69%
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Purple Rain

 (1984)

Purple Rain Blu-ray offers decent video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

A young man (Prince) with a talent for music has begun a career with much promise. He meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs. A complicated tale of his repeating his father's self destructive behavior, losing Apollonia to another singer (Morris Day), and his coming to grips with his own connection to other people ensues.

For more about Purple Rain and the Purple Rain Blu-ray release, see Purple Rain Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Prince, Apollonia, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos, Clarence Williams III
Director: Albert Magnoli

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Purple Rain Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Purple Rain's 1080p, VC-1 encoded transfer is full of hits and misses. The source print is nearly immaculate, with only a few spots and speckles throughout the film. Colors are generally bold, with big washes of blues, yellows, reds, and—of course—purples soaking the stage during Prince's literally off-the-wall performances. The overall look is far better than the dull presentation of the DVD, but it's far from Warner's best restoration jobs. While certain sections of the film look sharp, many scenes have an almost gauzy softness and the image in general lacks any real HD pop. Black levels are inconsistent, sometimes looking great, occasionally crushing detail—the strands of Prince's hair get easily lost—and other times looking grayish and washed out. Grain levels are similarly helter skelter, with outdoor scenes, like the motorcycle sequence, appearing almost grain- free, while darker interiors and night shots show rampant patches of analog noise. The film looks good, don't get me wrong, but it lacks the crispness and depth of other restored catalog titles.


Purple Rain Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

For a rock 'n roll film, Purple Rain's TrueHD 5.1 surround track lacks some serious punch. Like the image quality, the audio is never bad, but it does show the limitations and age of its source materials. Bass sounds undefined and overpowering, the mid-range rhythm section feels occasionally flat, and the high-end screeches and squalls of Prince's face-melting guitar solos are rendered thin with compression. Rear channels are used almost entirely for ambience—I can't recall a single discrete effect—and most of the music is blasted from the front speakers. Though the lack of directionality in the music is perhaps accurate for a rock concert—where the speakers are all facing outward—I could live with a rounder sound at the expense of realism. Dialogue, on the other hand, is mostly clear and discernable, though occasionally a line will get lost in the din of the First Avenue club. Overall, this is a clean but dynamically flat track that never rocks the house quite like you imagine it could.



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