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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 08 2012 - 07:45 AM





EXCELLENT!” – Essence


 “Whitney Houston’s finest acting performance.” – Rusty Gatenby, KSTP-TV (ABC)


“Delectable fun.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post


An Unforgettable Cast, Including Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston,

Derek Luke, Mike Epps and CeeLo Green


Featuring Original Songs by R. Kelly

Performed By Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks


SPARKLE


Extensive Bonus Materials Include a Tribute to Whitney Houston, Extended Musical Performance by Jordin Sparks, and the Music Video for “Celebrate” by Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks


Coming to Blu-ray™ and DVD with UltraViolet™ November 30th




CULVER CITY, CALIF. (October 8, 2012) – “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 the music video for Whitney

Houston’s final recording, “Celebrate,” starring Sparks and cast from the film.


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 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:

o   “A Tribute to Whitney Houston”

o   “A Dream Come True”


Blu-ray Bonus Material Includes:

All DVD bonus content, plus…

§  Director’s Commentary

§  Two Additional Featurettes:

o   “A Sparkling Performance”

o   “Sparkle and Shine”

§  “Hooked On Your Love” – Extended Performance

§  Music Video for “Celebrate” 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.

 
 
ABOUT ULTRAVIOLET

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ABOUT SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

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