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Sparkle - DVD Preview


Preview by Jack Foley

SIX-time GRAMMY Award® winner Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard) and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks star in the uplifting and inspiring drama Sparkle, debuting on DVD February 11, 2013 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The all-star cast also includes singer CeeLo Green, Carmen Ejogo (Away We Go), Tika Sumpter (Think Like a Man), Derek Luke (Captain America: The First Avenger), Mike Epps (Jumping the Broom) and Omari Hardwick (The Runner) in the soulful story of an aspiring singer/songwriter (Sparks) who defies her overprotective mother (Houston) to form a musical trio with her sisters, only to encounter the temptations of success.

Bonus materials on the DVD include two featurettes. A Tribute to Whitney Houston features Harvey Mason Jr. along with filmmakers, screenwriters, and cast paying tribute to Houston.

A Dream Come True features the filmmakers discussing the arduous, but triumphant journey of bringing Sparkle to the big screen. The DVD also features commentary with director Salim Akil.


Sparkle is a timeless story of the bonds of family, the trials of success and the power of music. In her feature film debut, American Idol sensation Jordin Sparks stars as Sparkle, a young woman whose big dreams seem almost impossible.

She’s been warned against the pitfalls of the music industry by her protective mother (Whitney Houston), yet encouraged by the handsome and ambitious Stix (Derek Luke), Sparkle forms a trio with her sisters (Tika Sumpter and Carmen Ejogo). Together, they perform the soul-stirring songs that Sparkle pens.

But as their fame grows, so do the risks of jealousy, self-doubt and insidious temptation. A sweeping drama is brought to life with a powerful cast including Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and CeeLo Green.

Sparkle was directed by Salim Akil from a screenplay by Mara Brock Akil and a story by Joel Schumacher and Howard Rosenman.

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Certificate: 12
Running time: 111mins
UK DVD Release: February 11, 2013