Home Video: Purple Rain

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Purple Rain

Purple Rain artwork

Video details


Released: VHS
19 November 1984 (USA)
1 March 1985 (NL)

DVD
25 June 1997 (USA)

DVD x2 (20th Anniversary)
24 August 2004 (USA)

BluRay
24 July 2007 (USA)
Director: Albert Magnoli
Related: Purple Rain (movie)
Label(s): Warner Home Video (USA)
Non-Album track(s):

None


Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Billboard Top Video Cassette Sales, USA 8 Dec. 1984 1 (12) 50
Billboard Top Video Cassette Rentals, USA 8 Dec. 1984 2 (5) 23
Billboard Top Videodisks, USA 5 Jan. 1985 1 (2) 20
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA Dec. 1984 Gold (50,000 units)
RIAA, USA Dec. 1984 Platinum (100,000 units)
Awards
This video has not received any awards in the USA

See also


Purple Rain
(album)
Purple Rain
(movie)
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Purple Rain was the first Prince home video to be released and his first movie released in Home Video format. It was released on 19 November 1984 in the USA with a R rating. When released in the United Kingdom and Australia the film was rated unsuitable under 15. Of note, the movie was rated unsuitable under 12 in the Benelux from 1999 onwards.

Depending of the country, running times varied from 113 minutes in the USA, to 111 minutes in Japan, and 107 minutes in Europe.

The home video was a commercial success in the USA, reaching position 1 in Billboard Top Videocassette Sales chart and in Billboard Top Videodisks charts, and position 2 in Billboard Top Videocassette rentals chart.

In 2004 a 20th Anniversary Collector Edition was released, featuring a bonus DVD containing footage from the MTV premiere, 8 music videos, 3 documentaries and 3 different trailers.

This latter configuration was retained when the movie was released on HD DVD and BluRay format in 2007.


Track listing
VHS DVD x1
  • NTSC / PAL / SECAM


Content: Movie
Features: Dolby Stereo

References:
US: 11398 (1984) 15195 (reissue)
UK: PEV 61398 (1984) PES 61398 (1988, 1990) S011398 (1994)
NL: PCV 61398 (1985) SCV 61398 (1986)
DE: PGV 61398 (1985)
FR: PEVS 61398 (1985) 61398 SVVS (1989)
JP: WV-11398 (1990)
AU: 61398 (1984) 11398 (1997)

Video8

  • PAL


Content: Movie
Features: Digital Stereo

References:
JP: CSWF-8644 (1990)


Boxset

  • PAL


Content: Movie, Album
Features: VHS, Poster, CD


References:
DE: WMV 573-3 ZY (1990)

  • NTSC / PAL / SECAM


Content: Movie
Features: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, Dolby Digital 5.1, Widescreen 1.33:1
Region(s): 1, 2, 3, 4

References:
US: 11398 (1997)
BR: ZL 11398.1.B
UK: Z1 11398
NL: SCV 61398 (1996)
NL/BE: Z9 11398
IT: SIAE TUDV 04 04
JP: DLT-11398
AU: 11398 (2000)

DVD x2

  • NTSC / PAL


Content: Movie + 3 Trailers + Bonus DVD
Features: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen 1.85 - 16/9, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Region(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

References:
US: 33533 (2004)
UK: Z1 33533 (2004)
NL/BE: Z9 33533 (2004)
DE: Z5 33533 (2004)
FR: Z7 33533 (2004)
SP: Z4 33533 (2004)
IS: Z30 33533 (2004)
TW: WK33533 (2004)
AU: 33533 (2004)

  • © 1984 Water Productions Inc. and Warner Bros. Inc. (USA, Japan)
  • © 1984 Purple Films Company and Warner Bros. Inc. (France, UK)

Other Formats
Laserdisc HD DVD
  • NTSC / PAL


Content: Movie
Features: Dolby Surround

References:
US: 11398 / 11398LV (1984)
FR: 6139815
JP: 08JL-61398


Video Disc

  • NTSC


Content: Movie
Features: Dolby Stereo

References:
US: DC 11398 (1984)


VCD

  • PAL


Content: Movie + 3 Trailers + Bonus VCD Features: n/c

References:
PH: 11398

  • PAL


Content: Movie, 3 Trailers, Bonus HD DVD
Features: Dolby Digital 5.1, Subtitles, Widescreen 1.85 - 16/9
Region(s): 1, 2

References:
US: 115705 (2007)
UK: Z1 Y15705 (2007)

BluRay

  • NTSC / PAL


Content: Movie + 3 Trailers + Bonus BR
Features: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen 1.85 - 16/9, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0

References:
US: 115704 (2007)
UK: Z1 Y15704 (2007)
AU: Y15704 (2007)

Others
  • DIGITAL


Content: Movie
Features: Amazon Instant Video HD

References:
US: B0014C0BQQ Amazon Instant Video


Releases
VHS, Laserdiscs, DVD and Other versions
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America
USA VHS 11398 w/o barcode
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USA Laserdisc 11398 LV w/o barcode
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USA Laserdisc 11398 w/ barcode
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USA Videodisk DC 11398 w/ barcode
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USA DVD 11398 Issued in 1997
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Europe
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UK VHS PEV 61398 2nd edition w/o barcode
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UK DVD Z1 11398 Issued in 1997
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The Netherlands VHS PCV 61398 Issued in 1985
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The Netherlands VHS SCV 61398 Issued in 1986
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The Netherlands DVD SCV 61398 Issued in 1996
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Belgium DVD Z9 11398 Issued in 1996
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Germany VHS PGV 61398 1st edition w/o barcode
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France VHS PEVS 61398 1st edition w/o barcode
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France Laserdisc 6139815 Issued in 1991
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Asia / Pacific
Japan VHS WV-11398
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Japan Video8 CSWF-8644
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Japan DVD DLT-11398 Issued in 1997
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Japan Laserdisc 08JL-61398 with OBI
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Australia VHS 61398 1st edition w/o barcode
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Australia DVD 11398 Issued in 1997
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

America
USA VHS 15195 Warner Bros Hits reissue
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USA DVD x2 33533 2004 20th Anniversary Edition
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USA HD DVD 115705 Issued in 2007
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USA BluRay 115704 Issued in 2007
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Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2
Europe
UK VHS PES 61398 1988 reissue
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UK VHS PES 61398 Screen Classic 1990 reissue
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UK VHS S011398 Screen Classic 1994 reissue
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UK DVD x2 2004 20th Anniversary Edition #1
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UK DVD x2 2004 20th Anniversary Edition #2
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UK DVD x2 2004 20th Anniversary Edition #3
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UK HD DVD Z1 Y15705 Issued in 2007
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UK BluRay Z1 Y15704 Issued in 2007
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Benelux DVD x2 Z9 33533 (released w/ dust cover in Belgium), issued in 2004
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Germany Boxset WMV 573-3 ZY Issued in 1990: contains CD, VHS and poster
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Germany DVD x2 Z5 33533 Issued in 2004
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France VHS 61398 SVVS 1989 reissue
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France DVD x2 Z7 33533 2004 20th Anniversary Edition
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Spain DVD x2 Z4 33533 2004 20th Anniversary Edition
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Italy DVD SIAE TUDV 04 04 2004 Tutto Musica reissue
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Middle-East
Israel DVD x2 Z30 33533 2004 20th Anniversary Edition
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Asia / Pacific
Taiwan DVD x2 WK33533 2004 20th Anniversary Edition
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Philippines VCD x2 11398 2004 20th Anniversary Edition
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Australia VHS 11398 1997 Collectors Series reissue
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Australia DVD x2 Z9 33533 2004 20th Anniversary Edition
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Australia BluRay Y15704 Issued in 2007
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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Quotation & triva

  • An extensive advertising campaign included television and prints with dealer tags, as well as retail posters and counter displays.

Purple Rain Home Video advert published in USA press, November 1984   Purple Rain Home Video retail poster   Purple Rain Home Video counter display

  • On 8 December 1984, Purple Rain Home Video enters the Top Videocassettes sales chart at position 5, beating blockbusters movies like "Star Wars" (6), "Yentl" (7) and "Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes" (8). It also makes a better debut (position 14) in the rentals chart than blockbusters "The Empire Strikes Back" (16) and "Conan The Distroyer" (22) a week before. On 22 December 1984, the home video reaches position 1 in the sales charts, pushing down the "The Empire Strikes Back" (still N°1 in rentals) at position 2 and remains there for 12 consecutive weeks (approx. 3 months).
  • In a Billboard article, WEA claims having initially shipped 400,000 videocassettes of Purple Rain, and 70,000 reorders in the two weeks following its release.
  • Purple Rain Home Video remained in the Top Videocassette sales charts from 8 December 1984 to 16 November 1985, which amounts almost a year (50 weeks).
  • In the USA the home video was released simultaneously on VHS ($29,98), Videodisk ($19,98) and Laserdisc ($29,98) format.

References
  • Top Videocassettes Sales and Top Videocassette Rentals charts (Billboard Vol. 96, N°49, 50, 51 - 8, 15 & 22 December 1984).
  • Record Dealers Welcome "Rain" (Prince Video Called Catalyst For New Comitment) by Fred Goodman (Billboard Vol. 96 N°50 - 15 December 1984).
  • Not Much '84 Music Metal (Only Two Titles Were Certified) by Tony Seideman (Billboard Vol. 97 N°8 - 23 February 1985)
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