Blu-ray, DVD Release: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 27, 2016
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion

In 1970, 20th Century-Fox, impressed by the visual zing “King of the Nudies” Russ Meyer (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) brought to bargain-basement exploitation fare, handed the director a studio budget and the title to one of its biggest hits, Valley of the Dolls.

beyondthevalleyofthedolls1_optWith a satirical screenplay by Roger Ebert, the comedy-and-music-filled 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.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the cult favorite include the following:

* High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* 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
* New interview with filmmaker John Waters
* Archival interviews with writer, director, and producer Russ Meyer
* Q&A about the film from 1992 featuring Meyer, Ebert, La Zar, Read, and actors David Gurian, Charles Napier, Michael Blodgett, and Edy Williams
* 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 the cast and crew
* Trailers and TV spots
* An essay by film critic Glenn Kenny

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.