Alicia Gbur
Solvej Schou
November 26, 2012 AT 08:16 PM EST

Sparkle may have earned mixed reviews from critics when it came out this year, but the musical set in the late 1960s starring the late, great Whitney Houston as a fierce, loving mama to three singing sisters — Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, and Tika Sumpter — showcases the controversy-plagued icon at a stable, hopeful point before her accidental drowning in February.

Check out this exclusive video clip, below, from extras on the movie’s Blu-ray, out this Friday, of Houston gushing about her younger costars. “They are the three most warm and loving and supportive young women that I’ve come across in a long time,” says Houston. “I have really come to be like their mother in a sense. I’m so proud of them, I don’t know what to do.”

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