Tuesday, April 11, 2006

No Longer MIA: BVD on DVD

The drought is over, and it freaks me out!

At long last, one of the greatest, most deranged Hollywood films ever made makes its DVD debut: Fox has announced a special edition of Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls will hit the streets on June 13th. This was rumoured to be a Criterion release at some point, but the bells and whistles seem to be Criterionian enough; several featurettes and trailers, plus a long-awaited feature length audio commentary by the film's co-author, Roger Ebert. This is a no-brainer. Now all I need is the original cut of Blade Runner, the 1966 mindblower The Oscar and a box set of vintage clips from Sesame Street and then I can stop buying DVDs.

7 comments:

frg said...

it's my bday. get it for me. now.

frg said...

it's my bday, get it for me now.

Jesse said...

Ask your rich aunt Susan.

cineguy said...

No more buying DVD's after that? I take it this means you already have your copy of A Matter of Life and Death...?

Poptique said...

Oh mamma - a whole disc of Kermit the Frog Newsflashes would be a sight to behold.

Did Meyer himself ever record a commentary for BVD? I guess not, but his words of wisdom are hilariously random on the UK disc for Faster Pussycat.

Jesse said...

There's no Meyer track for BVD... another opportunity blown. Apparently while he was alive, if you phoned the phone number for RM Enterprises to order his films, the odds were good Meyer himself would answer. Can you imagine? I have a region-free player so maybe I'd better haul one of those Faster Pussycat discs in.

Love your blog, by the way - I'm going to link to it.

Poptique said...

Many thanks - you have a fantastic blog too and I've just noticed the Starcrash trailer. Afros-a-go-go.

I read a great story once about someone calling the RM hotline and speaking to Meyer. Quizzed about Mondo Topless he said it was "a piece of sh#t but rents like a muthaf##ker".

Good ol'Meyer - what a card.