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Due October 4 on Blu-ray: Prince Movie Collection - Purple Rain, Under the Cherry Moon, Graffiti Bridge

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On April 21, 2016, one of the music's most unique talents suddenly passed away. Prince was indisputably one of the most gifted musician-songwriter-performers the world has ever seen. His untimely departure (at age 57) left millions in mourning.

His cinematic legacy is being honored by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on October 4 with the release of the Prince Movie Collection on Blu-ray. The set will contain a remastered edition of Purple Rain (1984) and—debuting on Blu-ray, newly remastered in 1080p high definition—Under the Cherry Moon (1986) and Graffiti Bridge (1990). These were all theatrical releases, with Purple Rain (directed by Albert Magnoli) of course being the smash hit that helped make Prince a superstar. 
 
PRINCE_PurpleRain_BLU-RAY_3D_WRAP (271x380).jpg Prince himself directed the black-and-white Cherry Moon, a box office disappointment in its time that now deserves recognition as Prince's finest cinematic hour. Also directed (and, in this case, written) by Prince, Graffiti Bridge may be lacking in narrative cohesion but it benefits from its great soundtrack (and guest appearances by Mavis Staples, George Clinton, and Tevin Campbell).
 
PRINCE_UTCM_BLU-RAY_3D_WRAP[1] (271x380).jpg The three-movie set will carry a retail price of $24.98. Each film will also be available separately (SRP $14.97). Purple Rain retains the previous edition's special features: Commentary by Director Albert Magnoli, Producer Robert Cavallo, and Cinematographer Donald E. Thorin, "First Avenue: The Road to Pop Royalty: Visit the Nightclub Where Prince Started," "Purple Rain Backstage Pass: Behind the Scenes, "Riffs, Ruffles and a Revolution: The Impact and Influence of Purple Rain, "MTV Premiere Party Original Broadcast," eight music videos, and the film's trailer. 
 
PRINCE_GraffitiBridge_BLU-RAY_3D_WRAP[1] (272x380).jpg Somewhat disappointingly, the music videos contained on the previous DVD editions of Cherry Moon and Graffiti have not been carried over to the new Blu-rays, which (according to Warner press materials) only feature each film's theatrical trailer. That said, it's the newly remastered 1080p transfers that should have fans excited. (Note: Warner press materials did not contain details on audio options—the previous Blu-ray edition of Purple Rain featured lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1, but it's unclear if that's what will be offered on the new disc. It's also unclear at this point whether or not Cherry Moon or Graffiti will feature 5.1 mixes.)

In a very classy touch, the individual plastic Blu-ray cases for each film will be purple rather than the traditional blue.

(Note: Sign o' the Times, Prince's 1987 theatrically-released concert film, is not a Warner Bros. property, hence its exclusion.)

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Chaz Lipp is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose focus is music and film. As “The Other Chad,” he has written for the online magazine Blogcritics since 2008. When he’s not writing, Chaz can be found trolling jazz clubs, attempting to find somewhere to play his sax (whether anyone wants to hear…

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