Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (Blu-Ray)By Criterion
In 1970, Twentieth Century-Fox, impressed by the visual zing "King of the Nudies" Russ Meyer had been bringing to his 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 (and completely demented) 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 cinema's great outsider artists.
Reasons to Buy
- Russ Meyer's only Hollywood studio production, this purposefully over-the-top melodrama follow four young women and their male manager as they make it big in the music world, only to be violently deduced by the tempting lure of orgasmic sex and drugs.
- Released on the same day as the original Valley of the Dolls (to which this film has virtually nothing in common except the name), the Criterion Collection has spoiled fans with an astounding special edition of this insane camp classic!
- Gay men of a certain age may never forget Z-Man (John Lazar) a psychotic bisexual misfit and fashion nightmare who is keeping a secret (one that's pretty offensive viewed from today's lens). There's also a bunch of peripheral gay characters and enough batshit crazy dialog to keep you quoting and giggling for years to come.