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Color Purple, The

Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 71 (Apr 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong & Whoopi Goldberg

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
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

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 18319
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Disc 1: DVD-9 / Disc 2: DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 154
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1985
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/18/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Steven Spielberg
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"The Color Purple" received eleven Academy Award

DVD Picture:
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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