Sparkle: Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

Warner releases in October, 2006 “Sparkle,” a tale of tragedy and triumph about three sisters who dream of becoming pop singers.

The release coincides with the much-anticipated limited theatrical release on December 22 of Dreamgirls starring Beyonce Knowles, Jaime Foxx and Eddie Murphy, which is scheduled for a broad national release in January 2007.

“Sparkle” features a special bonus soundtrack with music composed and produced by the late Curtis Mayfield and features the voice of Grammy-winning legend and Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

From ghetto rags to R&B riches, three sisters sing and struggle their way to stardoms center stage in this rousing, atmospheric tribute to the soulful sounds of the 1950s.

Oscar-winning songstress Irene Cara (Fame, Flashdance), Lonette McKee (ATL, Round Midnight) and Dwan Smith play Dreamgirls-like siblings who skyrocket from tawdry talent shows to the glamorous life of the nations top singing group. They learn that wishing on a star is one thing, but being the star can be a one-way ticket to self-destruction. Phillip Michael Thomas (Miami Vice) also stars. Set to vibrant music by Curtis Mayfield (including songs later popularized by Aretha Franklin), this inspiring story of commitment and courage shines.

Sparkle DVD Special Features

Theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English (feature film only)

Street Date: January 9, 2007
$19.98 SRP
Rating: PG
Run Time: 98 Minutes