SRP $28.99 1.85:1 DOLBY TrueHD 5.1 WARNER BROS




"PURPLE RAIN" is one of those films, that even with its many flaws, warts and worse, still makes one smile with a sense of nostalgia for those remembering the film and the music when it first came out in the early '80s.  MTV was still new and music videos were typically dreadful. However, Director Albert Magnoli at least opted for some creative "music video-like" segments, far better than what existed at the time.

Prince, is sometimes unintentionally hilarious, taking his intended sexuality over-the-top, without realizing he comes across as just feminine in more than a few scenes. There may be some rightful criticism in misogynistic overtones, but "PURPLE RAIN" isn't to be taken seriously, and it is entertaining.

WARNER BROS has provided a 1080p/VC-1 transfer with 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this hd-dvd release.  The high-def presentation offers vibrant colors with impressive detail, even in darker scenes. Grain is persistent throughout the film, but it appears to have been a problem with the original material, as the previous "remastered" dvd had the same grain problems.  It's a good transfer, just not up there with the best of WB's HD-DVDs thus far.

WARNER BROS has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix.  Being a fan of Prince, this reviewer was excited to hear the mix with all the potential TrueHd offers. Unfortunately, the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix is disappointing.  Separation is minimal, surround use is extremely dated, and the dynamic range is mediocre. Bass is virtually non-existent. Dialogue and music aren't well balanced either.

WARNER BROS. has provided a terrific 3-part documentary, audio commentary and more. The commentary is pretty dull, but the documentary is just terrific!