Along with the movie, Disc One of this two disc set offers a waste-of-time cast and crew selection, an awards list, two teaser trailers, and the theatrical trailer. More substantial features are found on Disc Two, starting with the 27-minute documentary Conversations With The Ancestors: The Color Purple From Book To Screen, which features memoirs from author Alice Walker. Next is the 29-minute documentary A Collaboration Of Spirits: Casting And Acting The Color Purple, which is loaded with interviews with the cast and filmmakers embracing their roles in the production of this groundbreaking movie. Other features included the 24-minute making-of documentary Cultivating A Classic, the eight-minute
"The Color Purple" received eleven Academy Award
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD, when compared to the previously released DVD, exhibits a picture that is slightly smoother and cleaner regarding apparent pixelization. Images exhibit satisfying detail and definition, while retaining a slightly soft nostalgic quality. For the most part, contrast and shadow delineation are well balanced, though some scenes are slightly hazy with contrast that seems a bit low. Colors are well balanced with, at times, richly saturated hues. Fleshtones are accurately rendered and blacks are deep and solid. While edge enhancement is still apparent and can be somewhat distracting in its own right, it lacks the excessively annoying presence of the previous version. As with the previous DVD, the source element is revealing of film grain and minor dirt. Unlike the earlier DVD version, the entire film here fits on a single-sided, dual-layer disc. (Suzanne Hodges)
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