Sparkle on DVD
From Downtown To Uptown
From ghetto rags to R&B riches, three sisters sing and struggle their way to stardom’s center stage in Sparkle, a rousing, atmospheric tribute to the soulful sounds of the ’50s. Academy Award-winning songstress Irene Cara (Fame, Flashdance), Lonette McKee (ATL, Round Midnight) and Dwan Smith play Dreamgirls-like siblings who skyrocket from tawdry talent shows to the glamorous life of the nation’s top singing group. They learn that wishing on a star is one thing, but being the star can be a one-way ticket to self-destruction. Phillip Michael Thomas (Miami Vice) also stars. Set to vibrant music by Curtis Mayfield (including songs later popularized by Aretha Franklin), this inspiring story of commitment and courage shines.
On January 2, Warner Home Video has released Sparkle on DVD, a tale of tragedy and triumph about three sisters who dream of becoming pop singers. The release coincides with the much-anticipated limited theatrical release on December 22 of Dreamgirls starring Beyonce Knowles, Jaime Foxx and Eddie Murphy, which is scheduled for a broad national release in January 2007. Sparkle features a special bonus soundtrack CD with music composed and produced by the late Curtis Mayfield and features the voice of Grammy®-winning legend and Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
As said Curtis Mayfield wrote the music for Sparkle and two LP's with his songs have been released in 1976 on Atlantic Records and on Warner Bros. On the bonus CD that comes with the CD five of the eight songs from the soundtrack, including the title song, sung by Aretha Franklin, are presented.
Sparkle has been released by Warner Home Video on January 2, and is available from Amazon.com.