Blu-ray, DVD Release: Female Trouble

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 26, 2018
Price: DVD $19.59, Blu-ray $22.97
Studio: Criterion

Glamour has never been more grotesque than in 1974’s Female Trouble, which injects the Hollywood melodrama with anarchic decadence.

Divine, director John Waters’ (Multiple Maniacs) larger-than-life muse, engulfs the screen with comedy and charisma as Dawn Davenport, who progresses from a teenage nightmare hell-bent on getting cha-cha heels for Christmas to a fame monster whose egomaniacal impulses land her in the electric chair-in the ultimate expression of the film’s lurid mantra, “Crime is beauty.”

Shot in Baltimore on 16mm, with a cast drawn from Waters’ beloved troupe of regulars, the Dreamlanders (including Mink Stole, David Lochary, Edith Massey, and Cookie Mueller), this film, the director’s favorite of his work with Divine, comes to life through the tinsel-toned vision of production designer Vincent Peranio and costume designer/makeup artist Van Smith.

An endlessly quotable fan favorite, Female Trouble offers up perverse pleasures that never fail to satisfy.

* New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Waters
* New conversation between Waters and critic Michael Musto
* New and archival interviews with cast and crew members Mink Stole, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Susan Lowe, Mary Vivian Pearce, and more
* Interview from 1975 featuring Waters and cast members Stole, Divine, and David Lochary
* Deleted scenes and alternate takes
* Rare on-set footage
* More!
* An essay by film critic Ed Halter

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About Laurence

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.