New Release: Behind the Burly Q DVD

Behind the Burly Q, a 2010 documentary about the history, popularity and legacy of the American burlesque industry, came to DVD on April 12, 2011, from First Run Features.

The release was a month after the DVD and Blu-ray debut of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s theatrical movie Burlesque, which stars singers Christina Aguilera and Cher and bowed in theaters in November 2010.

Burlesque was one of America’s most popular forms of live entertainment in the first half of the 20th century, with gaudy, bawdy and spectacular live shows entertaining thousands of paying customers every night of the week.

In Behind the Burly Q, director Leslie Zemeckis (wife of Back to the Future‘s Bob Zemeckis) examines the history of the form with a whole slew of vintage clips and stills as well as interviews with the women (and men!) who lived and worked in its golden age. Amongst the subjects are former burlesque dancers Tempest Storm and Kitty West, along with — are you ready? — Alan Alda (TV’s M*A*S*H), who as a child used to accompany his burlesque comedian father Robert Alda to gigs.

A whole bunch of bonus features are on the DVD:

  • three featurettes:
    • “The Reunion”
    • “Memorabilia & Costumes”
    • “Behind the Scenes”
  • bonus interviews
  • Burlesque timeline
  • photo gallery

The DVD carries a list price of $27.95.

Here’s the trailer for the documentary:


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