The Color Purple (Special Edition) (2-DVD)

Closed Capationed Starring: Whoopi Goldberg & Danny Glover Director: Steven Spielberg  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
The Color Purple (Special Edition) (2-DVD)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 34 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1985
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Digipak
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85

Disc 1:

  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Surround - French
    • Stereo 2.0 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailers (3)

Disc 2:

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette:
      1. CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ANCESTORS
      2. A COLLABORATION OF SPIRITS
      3. THE COLOR PURPLE: THE MUSICAL
      4. CULTIVATING A CLASSIC
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Stills/Photos:
      1. Cast Gallery
      2. Behind-the-Scenes Gallery

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by , , &
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by &

Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 03/01/1985
"...Remarkably faithful in incident and detail to Alice Walker's original..."
New York Times - 12/18/1985
"...Momentum, warmth and staying power....[Goldberg] eventually grows into a tremendously compelling figure..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/18/1985
"...An intimate story of suffering, endurance and triumph....Distinctive and deeply moving..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/21/2003
"...Goldberg's stoic turn will go down as one of cinema's great breakouts..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 02/07/2003
"...A heartbreaking, joyous masterpiece..."
Total Film - 03/01/2011
3 stars out of 5 -- "[Spielberg] elicits career-best performances from Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey..."
Empire - 03/01/2011
4 stars out of 5 -- "[F]ull of riveting set-pieces, bravura filmmaking and great performances from Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey."

Plot Synopsis:

Steven Spielberg's gentle film is a masterful adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a southern black girl's rise from tragedy to personal triumph through the course of her lifetime. The acting in the film is superb, including terrific performances by Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, and Adolph Caesar.

Plot Keywords:

Battered Women | Essential Cinema | Family Interaction | Recommended | Tear Jerker | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: December 18, 1985.
  • The film was shot in North Carolina and Kenya.
  • Writer Alice Walker was very involved with the film version of her novel and made sure that the filmmakers accurately portrayed the family as middle class, not poor.
  • Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey made their screen-acting debuts in the film. The film's producer and composer, musician Quincy Jones, happened to spot Winfrey on television hosting a local Chicago talk show and considered her perfect for the role of the spunky, outspoken Sofia.
  • Winfrey, as Sofia, is married to Harpo (Willard Pugh). Winfrey has said that she felt destined to play the role--and interestingly enough, Harpo spelled backward is Oprah, adding proof to her theory.

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  • Sales Rank: 75,020
  • UPC: 883929149247
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