The Color Purple: Collector’s Edition – Blu-ray Review

The Color Purple


It looks like we’ve now entered the Golden Age of Blu-ray. Not only are we treated to superior picture and sound, but we’re now starting to see amazing re-issues pop up on Blu-ray for the first time. One of the newest is Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece The Color Purple, which gets the royal treatment in a deluxe storybook (digibook) package and new digital transfer.

Heart-wrenching and universally loved, The Color Purple is about the trials and tribulations of African American women in the turn-of-the-century south, and how they conquered over all the abuse, poverty and racism around them. Although not really a slavery film, Spielberg doesn’t hide the fact either – it plays more of a “matter-of-fact” way of life and remains fairly unspoken throughout.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker,The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover). Celie pours out her innermost thoughts in letter form to her sister Nettie (Akousa Busia), but Albert has been hiding the letters Nettie writes back, allowing Celie to assume that Nettie is dead. Finally, Celie finds champions in her daughter-in-law Sophia (Oprah Winfrey) and the glamorous Shug Avery (Margaret Avery), a joint singer who shares love with Albert.

It’s a proud movie, which through its presentation of gloom and doom, gives many reasons for African American women to stand tall and proud – and not just for launching the careers of two of the most amazing black women in television and film (Opera and Whoopi). It’s the perfect movie to celebrate Black History Month and a keepsake for any home video collector.