By now, who still doesn't know about the remake of Sparkle that opened Friday, and that, if box office predictions hold up, will do so-so this weekend?
Can't say I'm surprised by that (it doing so-so at the box office). When I saw the film a few weeks ago, I couldn't figure out exactly who the audience for it was. People (particularly black women over the age of 40, who grew up watching the film over and over agaiin) love the original 1976 film. And I mean they LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEE the original 1976 film. Why would they go see a remake of a film that is so beloved, and that they already think probably won't even live up to the original?
And the star of the film, Jordin Sparks is, I'm sure, a really nice person, but she lacks in screen presence; just a really nice, but kind of bland personality on screen. Ho hum.
Significant Interest in the film would probably come from Whitney Hosuton fans, who want to see their adored favorite for the last time. Although, in a very disturbing way, there are some scenes and dialogue in the film that almost foreshadow her tragic fate, which will probably creep the audience out.
And I still think that Mike Epps is the best thing in the film – something I never thought I would say in my lifetime.
But last year was the original film's 35th anniversary, and it just dawned on me that Warners Home Video (WHV) didn't issue a special, remastered blu-ray edition of the original film.
It's par for the course now that when a remake of an older film comes out, the studio that made the original film, issues a new DVD of the film, to capitalize on the remake. Lionsgate did that just this month with the original 1990 Total Recall, when Sony released their lackluster and tiring remake earlier this month – the one that made you wish, while you were watching it, you were watching the original instead.
Even though the film has already been out on DVD for a while, in various editions and on blu-ray, Lionsgate released a totally remastered new blu-ray of Recall with new features. Warner's could have done the same thing with Sparkle, to cash in on the Sony remake..
There's a DVD of the film which was released back in 2007, but with the exception of the director Sam O'Steen and composer Curtis Mayfield, almost everyone else who was involved in the film is still alive, and they could have done an insightful commentary track for the film. There could even have been a documentary about the making of the film and its lasting impact.
And let's face it, aren't you just a bit curious to see what Irene Cara and Phillip Michael Thomas look like and are up to now?
And WHV has been releasing a lot of their older black film titles lately, those made by them or MGM, on blu-ray like Shaft, New Jack City and Cradle 2 the Grade. So why didn't WHV release one of Sparkle as well? Don't tell me it's because they thought it wouldn't sell; So who was asking for blu-rays of DMX movies?