Beyond the valley of the dolls

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[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2016].
Two-DVD special edition.
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2 videodiscs (approximately 109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (32 pages ; color illustrations ; 19 cm). 
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[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2016].
Two-DVD special edition.


General Note
Widescreen (2.35:1).
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Originally released as a motion picture in 1970.
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"The film ... is not a sequel to 'Valley of the dolls' ... It does ... deal with the oft-times nightmare world of show business in a different time and place."
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Special features on disc one: Audio commentary from 2003 featuring screenwriter Roger Ebert; Audio commentary from 2006 featuring actors Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John La Zar, and Erica Gavin; Above, beneath, and beyond the valley, Look on up at the bottom, The best of beyond, Sex, drugs, music and murder, and Casey & Roxanne, five documentaries from 2006 about the making of the film, featuring cast and crew; Trailers. On disc two: New interview with filmmaker John Waters; Interview with cast members from 2005; Episode from 1988 of The Incredibly Strange Film Show on director Russ Meyer; Q&A about the film for 1992 featuring Meyer, Ebert, La Zar, Read, and actors David Gurian, Charles Napier, Michael Blogett, and Edy Williams with host Michael Dare; Screen tests. In booklet: essays "My Happening" by film critic Glenn Kenny and "The Back Lot of Beyond" by Stan Berkowitz.
Creation/Production Credits
Music, Stu Phillips ; director of photography, Fred J. Koenekamp ; art directors, Jack Martin Smith, Arthur Lonergan ; editors, Dann Cahn, Dick Wormell.
Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John La Zar, Michael Blodgett, David Gurian, Edy Williams, Erica Gavin, Phyllis Davis, Henry Rowland, Harrison Page, Duncan Mc Leod, Jim Iglehart, Charles Napier, and the Strawberry Alarm Clock.
Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze.
"In 1970, Twentieth Century-Fox, impressed by the visual zing 'King of the Nudies' Russ Meyer had been bringing to bargain-basement exploitation fare, handed the director a studio budget and the title to one of its biggest hits, Valley of the Dolls. With a satirical screenplay by Roger Ebert, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls follows three young female rockers going Hollywood, in hell-bent sixties style, under the spell of a flamboyant producer -- whose decadent bashes showcase Meyer's trademark libidinal exuberance. Transgressive and outrageous, this big-studio version of a debaucherous midnight movie is an addictively entertaining romp from one of the movies' great outsider artists"--Container.
System Details
DVD format; region 1 NTSC; widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital monaural.
In English with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH).

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