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Thursday, 01 November 2007 |  Written by Jerry Del Colliano  | 
Purple Rain 1984 was one of most culturally important years in popular culture. Musically, bands like Van Halen, Genesis and Michael Jackson were at the top of their game. On television, Miami Vice was raising the style benchmark for most of America, and on film, musical all-time classics, such as This Is Spinal Tap were making waves in theaters and eliciting some of the best reviews to grace a feature film. Yet, no one film/album may have been more important than Prince’s Purple Rain. Released in 2007 on HD DVD, complete with 1080p video and Dolby True HD 5.1 audio, Purple Rain is the semi-autobiographical story of Prince and his rise to musical fame in Minneapolis. Set around the now famous First Avenue night club, (note: in 1984 – people actually went to night clubs to hear music - not buy a $450 bottle of Absolute Vodka in order to get the right to ...
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Thursday, 01 February 2007 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Ray “Ray” is an ideal subject for a high-definition DVD release. It is, of course, full of music, and the sound recording here is excellent. It’s also a period piece, which means that everything is designed for the film, so there’s an automatic emphasis on detail provided by hi-def. Furthermore, the extras are numerous and interesting, the commentary track is way above average, and the documentaries are well-produced even if, as common with Universal DVD releases, somewhat repetitious. “Ray” is not as exceptional as Ray Charles, its subject—how could it be?—but it’s a terrific movie biography, engrossing and involving for its entire two and a half hour length. The time slides by so gracefully that at the end you’re likely to wish it were even longer; partly because it comes to a surprisingly abrupt end, thirty years before Ray Charles died. Ray Charles died after the film was finished but before it was released. For ...
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Tuesday, 01 August 2006 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
Phantom of the Opera, The “The Phantom of the Opera” tells the story of orphaned ingénue Christine Daae (Emmy Rossum) who is taught by a masked tutor living beneath the Opera Populaire in Paris. In love with Christine, the deadly Phantom (Gerard Butler) will stop at nothing to put Christine in the spotlight, but though initially attracted, even deluded, Christine is ultimately repulsed by his impulsive violence and his deformed appearance. Gaston Leroux’s crowded tale of mystery, terror and tragic romance has stirred filmmakers’ imaginations for over 80 years and has been adapted over a dozen times for film, stage and television. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit stage musical is undoubtedly the most successful of them, having run on Broadway, London and internationally since 1986. Joel Schumacher’s film adaptation of the Webber musical comes fairly late in the game (too late by far for stage leads Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, originally going to appear in a 1990 ...
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