Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Blu-ray
The Criterion Collection
Criterion | 1970 | 109 min | Not rated | Sep 27, 2016
Single disc (1 BD-50)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) The Criterion Collection Blu-ray
Fun-loving bombshells Kelly, Casey and Pet have a rock band, and they're headed to Hollywood to make it big. Thanks to Kelly's well-connected aunt, they soon find themselves at a hedonistic love-in thrown by eccentric music promoter Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell. He takes them under his wing, and a new world of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll unfolds. Superstardom is within reach, if only their newfound distractions don't get in the way!
Director: Russ Meyer
Writers: Roger Ebert, Russ Meyer
Starring: Harrison Page, Charles Napier, Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John Lazar
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
In 1970, 20th Century-Fox, impressed by the visual zing "King of the Nudies" Russ Meyer 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. With a satirical 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 the movies' great outsider artists.
- 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
- PLUS: An essay by film critic Glenn Kenny
STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 27.