A talented young woman is torn between her dreams and her family in this musical. Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) has been blessed with a beautiful voice and a gift for songwriting, but she's afraid to perform her songs in public, in part because her mother Emma (Whitney Houston), a former entertainer whose career brought her nothing but heartache, refuses to allow her daughters to sing outside of church. But Sparkle persuades her older sibling Sister (Carmen Ejogo) to sing one of her tunes at a talent show, and the reaction proves that Sister has star quality and Sparkle can write potential hits. An ambitious would-be manager, Stix (Derek Luke), persuades Sparkle and Sister to form a singing group with their sibling Dolores (Tika Sumpter), but while the act clicks wit audiences, the sisters have to contend with their angry mother, Sister gets caught up in a destructive relationship with a short-tempered comedian (Mike Epps), and Sparkle finds herself falling in love with Stix. Based on the 1976 musical of the same name, Sparkle proved to be the last major project for Whitney Houston, who died while the film was in post-production; it was also the first feature film for American Idol champion Sparks.
Disc #1 -- Sparkle 1. Scene 1 2. Scene 2 3. Scene 3 4. Scene 4 5. Scene 5 6. Scene 6 7. Scene 7 8. Scene 8 9. Scene 9 10. Scene 10 11. Scene 11 12. Scene 12 13. Scene 13 14. Scene 14 15. Scene 15 16. Scene 16
Disc #1 -- Sparkle Play Movie Languages Audio English English Audio Descriptive Service French Thai Subtitles English English SDH English Commentary Subtitles Chinese Traditional French Korean Thai Thai Commentary Subtitles Subtitles Off Scene Selections Special Features Commentary with Director/Producer Salim Akil Commentary: On Commentary: Off A Tribute to Whitney Houston A Dream Come True Previews Men in Black 3 The Amazing Spider-Man The Words
Review title: Jordan sparks!
This was a good DVD. The storyline gives viewers insight in to a "star's rise" to the big league of the music industry. With some graphic scenes of abuse, the glitz and glamour of the music scene, and the sometimes tough decisions one must make you will feel that this is a real-life story, not a fake and phony tale. The outfits are real revealing and "sparkly." Viewers see the allure of the "big life" that becoming a "star" offers along with some of the "draw backs" of the industry. *Great sound track. *Well-developed characters. An emotionally charged storyline that is sure to engage your mind.