L.A. Plays Itself: The Fred Halsted Collection

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Fred Halsted was a legend in his own time. His self-created public persona-that of the leather-clad sadist-instantly made him both feared and revered as one of the first openly gay sex symbols. And his taboo-shattering films broke new ground in the gay erotic cinema for their portrayal of sadomasochism and other forms of polymorphous perversity. These works sent a shockwave throughout the fledgling gay liberation movement and the art establishment alike, leading to their eventual acquisition by the Museum of Modern Art. But despite their significant cultural importance, these films have long been available only in neutered form, if at all. Altered Innocence and Anus Films are proud to present the first-ever uncut disc release of the groundbreaking and fiercely controversial films L.A. Plays Itself, Sextool and The Sex Garage, beautifully restored by MoMA and with a host of new bonus features, including Halsted's formerly-lost second feature, Truck It.

DVD Features

Interactive Menus
Chapter Selections
Web Site Information
Audio commentaries on L.A. Plays Itself and Sextool by Evan Purchell, K.J. Shepherd, and Tyler Thomas of Ask Any Buddy
Audio commentary on The Sex Garage by Evan Purchell of Ask Any Buddy
Bonus Film Truck It (8mm Loops and VHS rip)
Video interview with "Halsted Plays Himself" author William E. Jones
Sanitizing Halsted, a video essay by Whitney Strub
Crossing Over: Sextool, a video essay by Caden Mark Gardner
L.A. Plays Itself original ending
Sextool original opening
Gallery of promotional art and ephemera
Trailers for Sextool, The Fred Halsted Collection, Double Feature Roadshow and others
Reversible artwork
A 20-page booklet with essays by William E. Jones and Bradford Nordeen (Blu-ray Exclusive)


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Review by Matt BC

By: Matt BC
This is a waste of time and money. Terrible film with no plot. It is pointless with little value.

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