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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sparkle Blu-Ray / DVD Review

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Sparkle Blu-Ray / DVD Review

Synopsis: 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 does the risk of jealousy, self-doubt and insidious temptation. This sweeping drama is brought to life with a powerful cast including Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and CeeLo Green

Review: Sparkle is the cautionary tale that is a great amalagram of so many musical groups of yesterday.  They start out nieve and full of dreams and eventually learn of the betrayl and corruption that can come along with them.  This is of note, of course, because its one of the last times you can see Whitney Houston on screen since her passing.  The cast in this one is great, the story is timeless and a bit cliche, but still relevant and interesting and the songs are top notch.  This one is a great watch.

The special features include:

  • Commentary with Director/Producer Salim Akil
  • Extended performance of “Hooked On Your Love” by Jordin Sparks
  • A Tribute to Whitney Houston
  • A Dream Come True
  • Sparkle & Shine
  • A Sparkling Performance
  • "Celebrate" Music Video By Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks

  • Interest Range: Drama, Music