is remembered for its music — the soundtrack album produced four Top 40 hits and is a beloved pop masterpiece — but the movie, released on July 27, 1984, remains the nerviest act of Prince’s quixotic career.As the Kid, a struggling Minneapolis rocker, he feuds with his alcoholic father, slaps his adoring girlfriend, and seethes with jealousy over his zoot-suited rival.He lived in a remote northern town in Canada, which is not exactly a tourist destination. Or a snowy landscape with a mine or forest in the background.
After spending a good ten minutes ensuring I looked like I hadnʼt just woken up I scurried through the airport and went straight to baggage claim.(The concert was originally issued on VHS, laserdisc and Betamax and is long out of print.) As for “Purple Rain” itself, Prince oversaw the remastering at Paisley Park in 2015.It sounds much better than ever before and makes one wonder if the Purple One took time to give other classics from his catalog a similar polish.Given the buildup, endless delays and towering stature of the original album, it’s almost certain some listeners will shrug off the new tracks as inferior.And, to be sure, there’s not another “Let’s Go Crazy” here waiting to shoot to the top of the charts around the world.