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by JC Alvarez
Monday May 6, 2013

It's unfortunate that the 2012 remake of "Sparkle" which was produced as a star vehicle for American Idol Jordan Sparks and featuring Whitney Houston will forever eclipse the 1975 original film because it will be known as Houston's final performance. The original features a starlet with just as much charisma and brimming with potential. Irene Cara ("Fame," "Flashdance") shines in her unrelenting relevance at the center of "Sparkle," forever endearing the original now available on Blu-ray.

It follows the story of a trio of sisters growing up in Harlem in the late 1950s who have aspirations of musical stardom. Then there's Sparkle - that's what they call Irene Cara, the middle sister in the group. She has the eye of Stix (Phillip Michael Thomas) the neighborhood Casanova who aspires to musical greatness. He plants a first kiss on Sparkle that ignites something in her.

After the singing group makes itself a name performing at local hot spots, it isn't long before their star performer starts to climb; but while one member of the group has a certain something that makes her stand out, another selfishly spirals into her own self-destructive abyss.

Written by esteemed filmmaker Joel Schumacher, "Sparkle" is a snapshot of Americana - life in the urban concrete jungle with ambitions and dreams of getting out of the ghetto. With music from Curtis Mayfield including the unforgettable "Giving Him Something He Can Feel," this timeless tale is still tantalizing and exciting and now presented in high-definition.

With remarkable performances from the legendary Mary Alice as the matriarch of the family, Lonette McKee as the drug addicted lost soul, and featuring Philip Michael Thomas before "Miami Vice," "Sparkle" glitters and shines as a modern day film classic. These girls are a dream!

"Sparkle" featuring Irene Cara
Available on Blu-ray for $18.99

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".


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