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The Color Purple Debuts In Two-Disc DVD Special Edition Feb. 18

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Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple -- which received 11 Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture, was the National Board of Review’s Best Picture of the Year and ignited the careers of Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg -- will be released by Warner Home Video (WHV) as a deluxe, feature-packed, two-disc DVD Special Edition February 18. The double-disc DVD will sell for $27.95 SRP/$19.95 MAP on DVD.


The Color Purple has been remastered with an all-new digital transfer and enhanced with three newly produced documentaries, which include interviews with Spielberg, Goldberg, Winfrey, Glover and Jones – plus Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker.

Also included are producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Quincy Jones; production designer Michael Riva; director of photography Allen Daviau; costume designer Aggie Rodgers; and actors Margaret Avery, Akosua Busia and Rae Dawn Chong.

A Film of Firsts
The Color Purple, released in 1983, has grossed $97 million at the box-office and is marked by a number of firsts.
Steven Spielberg earned his first Best Director Award from the Directors Guild of America and an Oscar® nomination for Best Picture for The Color Purple.

Both Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg made stellar feature film debuts and each received first Oscar® nominations for their roles.

Goldberg also won a first Best Actress Golden Globe Award for the film and Winfrey earned a Golden Globe nomination.

Goldberg then went on to win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Ghost and star in the blockbuster hits Sister Act I and II, both of which grossed a total of nearly $200 million domestically.


Winfrey’s portrayal of Sofia, a fiercely independent woman whose defiance ultimately claims her freedom, also helped to launch her amazingly successful multi-media career.

The Oprah Winfrey Show has become the highest-rated talk show in television history and Winfrey was named one of the 100 most influential people of the twentieth century by Time magazine.

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