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I'm definitely getting this, I loved the movie. I'm glad Whitney Houston did this before she passed, she gave a great performance in it and looked amazing. Carmen Ejogo is also a big discovery for me in this movie, what a performance and beauty.

For those who didn't see it, don't be fooled by the title (which is the name of the main character), it's not a girly movie. But anyways, I pre-ordered it and also ordered at the same time the blu rays of The Bodyguard and The Preacher's Wife. Hopefully they will also release Waiting to Exhale on blu ray soon.

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SPARKLE Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet Out On November 30th‏



“American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks and six-time GRAMMY Award® winner Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard) star in the soulful drama SPARKLE, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD, both with UltraViolet™, Friday, November 30th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The all-star cast also includes Carmen Ejogo (Away We Go), Tika Sumpter (Think Like a Man), Derek Luke (Captain America: The First Avenger), Mike Epps (Jumping the Broom), Omari Hardwick (The Runner) and singer CeeLo Green in the inspiring story of an aspiring singer/songwriter (Sparks) who defies her overprotective mother (Houston) to form a musical trio with her sisters, only to encounter the temptations of success.

Bonus materials on the DVD and Blu-ray include two featurettes. “A Tribute to Whitney Houston” features Harvey Mason Jr. along with filmmakers, screenwriters, and cast paying tribute to Houston. “A Dream Come True” features the filmmakers discussing the arduous, but triumphant journey of bringing SPARKLE to the big screen. Both the Blu-ray and DVD also come with commentary with director Salim Akil.



In addition to the featurettes on the DVD, the Blu-ray also includes “A Sparkling Performance” in which Sparks, Ejogo and Sumpter discuss the singing, dancing and glamorous costumes from the film.

“Sparkle and Shine” provides insight into the wonderfully complex characters in the film. Also exclusive to the Blu-ray is an extended performance of “Hooked On Your Love,” as well as a music video for “Celebrate,” featuring Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks.

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Sparkle is a timeless story of the bonds of family, the trials of success and the power of music. In her feature film debut, “American Idol” sensation Jordin Sparks stars as Sparkle, a young woman whose big dreams seem almost impossible. She’s been warned against the pitfalls of the music industry by her protective mother (Whitney Houston), yet encouraged by the handsome and ambitious Stix (Derek Luke), Sparkle forms a trio with her sisters (Tika Sumpter and Carmen Ejogo). Together, they perform the soul-stirring songs that Sparkle pens. But as their fame grows, so do the risks of jealousy, self-doubt and insidious temptation. A sweeping drama is brought to life with a powerful cast including Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and CeeLo Green.

SPARKLE was directed by Salim Akil from a screenplay by Mara Brock Akil and a story by Joel Schumacher and Howard Rosenman. The film was produced by Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, Debra Martin Chase, T.D. Jakes and Curtis Wallace with Whitney Houston, Gaylyn Fraiche, Avram Butch Kaplan and Howard Rosenman as executive producers.

DVD Bonus Material Includes:
Director’s Commentary
Two Featurettes: “A Tribute to Whitney Houston”
“A Dream Come True”


Blu-ray Bonus Material Includes:

All DVD bonus content, plus…
Director’s Commentary
Two Additional Featurettes: “A Sparkling Performance”
“Sparkle and Shine”
“Hooked On Your Love” – Extended Performance
“Celebrate” Music Video by Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks


SPARKLE has a run time of approximately 120 minutes and has been rated PG 13 for mature thematic content involving domestic abuse and drug material, and for some violence, language and smoking.
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I heard it was a flop.

I'll pass, but thanks for your post!
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I heard it was a flop.

I'll pass, but thanks for your post!
It debuted top 5 and grossed over 24 million at the box office, which means 3 million tickets sold. Not bad, since it's a small budget movie with a 14 million budget and has limited appeal. The promotion was small but on the other hand I'm glad that Sony Pictures was respectful by not overplaying the Whitney death angle or moving up the release date.

As for the movie itself, it got more positive reviews than negative ones from critics, and also an A cinemascore. For me it was a refreshing movie with a great message and story, in an otherwise summer full of over-the-top action flicks, silly comedies and superheroes movies. Don't get me wrong I enjoy those films for what they are, but Sparkle was a refreshing welcome.

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It debuted top 5 and grossed over 24 million at the box office, which means 3 million tickets sold. Not bad, since it's a small budget movie with a 14 million budget and has limited appeal. The promotion was small but on the other hand I'm glad that Sony Pictures was respectful by not overplaying the Whitney death angle or moving up the release date.

As for the movie itself, it got more positive reviews than negative ones from critics, and also an A cinemascore. For me it was a refreshing movie with a great message and story, in an otherwise summer full of over-the-top action flicks, silly comedies and superheroes movies. Don't get me wrong I enjoy those films for what they are, but Sparkle was a refreshing welcome.
Have you seen the original Sparkle ( released in 1976) starring: Irene Cara, Lonette McKee and Dwan Smith? Aretha Franklin recorded the original soundtrack album, but her vocals wasn't featured in the movie. The songs in the film, were performed by the three leading actresses.

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Have you seen the original Sparkle ( released in 1976) starring: Irene Cara, Lonette McKee and Dwan Smith? Aretha Franklin recorded the original soundtrack album, but her vocals wasn't featured in the movie. The songs in the film, were performed by the three leading actresses.
Yeah I've seen it too. Personally I prefer the remake, but I also enjoyed the original it has its own charm. As for Aretha, she's a great vocalist but I don't like her as a person.
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the Facebook page of the movie also said that there will be extended scenes on the blu ray, and also that the Whitney tribute featurette is 20 minutes.
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the Facebook page of the movie also said that there will be extended scenes on the blu ray, and also that the Whitney tribute featurette is 20 minutes.
Interesting. I might rent it first before I buy.
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Yeah I've seen it too. Personally I prefer the remake, but I also enjoyed the original it has its own charm. As for Aretha, she's a great vocalist but I don't like her as a person.

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Sparkle Blu-ray Review


'Sparkle' shines on Blu-ray.

Reviewed by Martin Liebman, November 15, 2012



There's no shortage of movies about the dreams of stardom, the costs of success, the allure of money and power, and both the fragility and strength of family. Few of them bring all those elements together as well as Sparkle, Director Salim Akil's (Jumping the Broom) heartfelt period Drama about a trio of sisters honing talents, battling the past, making choices, experiencing the ebbs and flows of life both on the big stage and in the intimate surroundings of family, and finding their destinies in Vietnam-era Detroit. It's a relatable story for anyone who's ever dreamed, been caught between encouragement and discouragement, and discovered that life isn't always what it seems, that those curveballs are very much real but that so too are those pings of hope and glimpses of success that sometimes ask only for a little effort to make them reality. Akil's film balances the ups and downs with the sort of artistic precision seen in the finest Dramas, and combined with beautiful music and great talent at the top of its game, it's easy to see why Sparkle is one of 2012's most dazzling movies.




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Sisters Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) and Sister (Carmen Ejogo) perform at Detroit's Discovery Club in 1968. They catch the attention of Stix (Derek Luke) and his cousin Levi (Omari Hardwick), both of whom are impressed with what they see and hear. As Levi woos Sister and Stix keeps his eye on Sparkle, the cousins attempt to convince the sisters -- including aspiring medical student Dee (Tika Sumpter) -- to form a vocal group and head on out towards a career of musical fame and fortune. The girls' mother, Emma (Whitney Houston), disapproves of their singing beyond the church's walls, however. The girls go ahead with the idea behind their mother's back and begin to make it big. Things are complicated, however, when Sister falls for the big money and smooth talk of successful Comedian Satin (Mike Epps). When she announces her intention to marry him -- a man who humiliates the family at dinner -- Sister is forced from the house and the group's success hangs in the balance. Can a broken family, a questionable marriage, competing dreams, and various secrets keep the girls from finding success, or will they grow closer together as the biggest lights turn their way?

Sparkle is one of the finer remakes of a recent vintage. The story has the feel of timelessness to it; it's not a product of the original's era or the timeframe in which the films are set. Sparkle works because it paints a vivid picture of family and contrasts the wholesomeness of the classic churchgoing unit with the allure of fame and the realities of life outside the shelter of the home. It intermixes all of those elements beautifully; the crossing influences enhance the drama without confusing audiences. Salim Akil balances the story with sure-handed precision, allowing the interconnectivity of all the characters and elements to play smoothly together and integrate into the core story that's slowly assembled from the various pieces introduced throughout the first act. Never does the complexities of family, fame, fortune, talent, romance, marriage, hopes, fears, doubts, acceptance, spirituality, and worldly influence jumble together. Instead, the narrative flow proves quite engaging, dramatically honest and emotionally satisfying both. It's a pleasure to watch the characters develop and their stories unfold. It hurts when they hurt, it lifts the spirit when they succeed. The Drama never succumbs to shallowness, nor do the characters; the movie rouses the spirit through song and satisfies the soul with its touching family tale and the way the world and the music both distance the family and bring it closer together.

The other side of the equation is the people that make Sparkle sing, literally and figuratively both. The picture's strong narrative is shaped by equally strong performers inhabiting well-designed and thoughtful characters. The cast displays as much talent behind the microphone as they do in front of the camera, not only belting out the tunes with superior vocals but also finding the character nuance critical in shaping the movie's drama and enhancing its musical numbers. The trio of Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, and Tika Sumpter ignite the screen with a complete package of good looks, vocal talents, and a firm grasp of the film's dramatic narrative and purpose. They're superb in every frame, carrying the movie through its emotional highs and lows. They perform the catchy tunes with a natural feel and wholehearted effort that beams through in every scene, whether shared or individual. Mike Epps is more than impressive as the unlikable Satin. His command of the part and the nonchalance with which he goes about everything from wooing Sister to brushing off her mother's beliefs make for one of the best performances of a classic slick villain in some time. Derek Luke and Omari Hardwick are very good as the cousins and love interests who push the girls towards their dreams, but it's the late Whitney Houston who delivers perhaps the film's finest performance as the matriarchal rock, a scarred woman with a strong head on her shoulders, a devotions to faith and family, and a fear for her children, a fear that they will succumb to the same mistakes that at one time tore her down but only made her stronger, made her a better mother, made her a person with invaluable life experience to share. Houston slips into the part with a natural grace and a command of the character nuance that befits what would be her final screen role.



Sparkle Blu-ray, Video Quality



Sparkle's 1080p high definition transfer sparkles, of course. Sony's latest doesn't disappoint, replicating the picture's digital source photography with ease. Whether in hazy night clubs, colorful interiors, or bright exteriors, the transfer delivers superb clarity and demonstrates commendable stability. The image is a bit silky-smooth as digital shoots tend to sometimes be, but that doesn't lessen the handsome, sharp, and consistent details that help make this transfer a winner. The image yields the sort of dependable, natural textures viewers expect, whether complex facial and clothing lines or general background details that solidify the front-and-center elements and help recreate an authentic viewing canvas. Colors are excellent, presented with natural balance and accuracy, again whether in darkened interiors or well-lit locales, indoors and outdoors alike. Period hues shine; the palette is varied, rich, and astonishingly reproduced. Black levels are as expected, deep and accurate whether dark clothes or shadowy corners. Flesh tones are true across the many shades seen throughout the film. This is a top-notch transfer all around, hindered by a little bit of banding in a few spots but otherwise a handsome, consistently striking presentation that should satisfy all viewers.



Sparkle Blu-ray, Audio Quality



Sparkle's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack is everything a sound presentation accompanying a movie of this style should be. The track provides a consistently wonderful presence, from the opening musical acts forward. Listeners will enjoys superb vocal clarity, faultless musical accompaniment, quality bass, natural spacing, and just the right surround support. The track's musical reproduction practically places listeners in the audience, and even crowd ambience is delivered without fault; it's a very impressive, full-fledged, theatre-big surround experience. Lighter music elements inside the church, such as organ notes, play with equally impressive flavor. Light exterior ambience helps shape quieter scenes, while dialogue remains true to life, centered up front and clear as can be. This is a vastly impressive track that dazzles across every musical number and plays with a seamless natural flair elsewhere. In short, it's another A-list soundtrack from Sony.



Sparkle Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras



Sparkle contains several quality supplements, including an audio commentary track and a tribute to Whitney Houston.


Audio Commentary: Director/Producer Aslim Akil offers a balanced and informative commentary track, covering the music and the meaning behind it, the performances, character design, scriptwriting, costuming, and more. Akil does a fine job of reinforcing the the film across its spectrum of ideas and the filmmaking process that brings them to life. Fans will definitely want to listen.

Extended Performance (HD, 5:04): "Hooked on Your Love."

A Tribute to Whitney Houston (HD, 19:50): Cast and crew speak on Whitney's role in the film and their memories of her, including how she helped shape their outlook on life, personal insights into her spirit, her work ethic and presence on the set, her music, her exacting performance in Sparkle, and her lasting impact on the entertainment and social landscapes.

A Dream Come True (HD, 17:31): A look at how the film came together, including its original intent as Warner production to star the late Aaliyah, its transition to Sony, the challenges of a remake and the differences between the pictures, the film's themes, its character arcs, and more.

A Sparkling Performance (HD, 15:35): A look at the dance choreography, the actress' growth into the parts and moves, and costumes.

Sparkle & Shine (HD, 15:58): A closer look at the actors and their performances as they shape the film's characters.

Music Video (HD, 3:45): "Celebrate" by Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks.

Previews: Additional Sony titles.

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Sparkle Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation



Sparkle is as dramatically satisfying as it is audibly pleasing and visually stunning. The film is home to complex drama, plenty of heart, and strong performances, all of it brought together under Salim Akil's eye for detail and smooth direction. One of the finer remakes of recent years, Sparkle satisfies in every area and is a fitting final film for the late Whitney Houston. Sony's Blu-ray release of Sparkle contains dazzling video and audio. A nice array of extra content appears in support. Highly recommended.
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6 more days Amazon better ship my blu ray quickly. I'm also happy that they include a french audio cause I like watching movies in both english and french, it gives it a different feeling.
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This was so underwhelming.
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From a technical standpoint, this BD is outstanding! The audio/video is spot on perfect!! A wonderful presentation!!
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Just got the Target Exclusive. So it's not the same as the Walmart?
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Ok so looks like they are not. If someone wants to trade copies of the bonus disc plz LMK. My girl wants this but I ain't buying the Walmart Exclusive and the Target Exclusive lol


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What is the difference between the Target and the Walmart editions, please?
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Can someone please explain what do the Walmart or Target editions include??? Thanks
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Well I got the Target version and don't care what the difference is cuz it's a DVD Bonus Disc which I hate with a passion.


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