Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

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After years of waiting for a video release of any kind, the fans of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls have had their prayers answered with this fantastic double-disc set from Fox. The first disc presents a pristine letterboxed, anamorphically enhanced transfer of the film that offers eye-popping colors and razor-sharp detail. The audio is equally sharp, offering Dolby 2.0 stereo and mono mixes of the film; the stereo track has the edge, but the reams of campy dialogue and killer psych-pop tunes come through loud and...
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Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John La Zar, Michael Blodgett 2006 DVD New in new packaging. 2 discs. Run time: 110 mins. Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1. Originally ... released: 1970. BRAND NEW FACTORY SEALED! ! ! Read more Show Less

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After years of waiting for a video release of any kind, the fans of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls have had their prayers answered with this fantastic double-disc set from Fox. The first disc presents a pristine letterboxed, anamorphically enhanced transfer of the film that offers eye-popping colors and razor-sharp detail. The audio is equally sharp, offering Dolby 2.0 stereo and mono mixes of the film; the stereo track has the edge, but the reams of campy dialogue and killer psych-pop tunes come through loud and clear on either track. The first disc also offers a pair of commentary tracks, one from co-writer Roger Ebert and the other featuring a collection of cast members. Ebert's track offers an all-around combination of historical detail, behind-the-scenes material, and critical perspective on the film, while the cast commentary offers plenty of dishy stories about the making of the film. The second disc offers just over an hour's worth of featurettes that discuss the making of the film, its context within the era, the film's catchy pop music score, its enduring cult following, and the somewhat controversial lesbian angle to its storyline. All of the segments are well-produced, offering plenty of interviews with cast and crew as well as authorities like Russ Meyer biographer Jimmy McDonough and various film critics. These featurettes also make imaginative use of computer graphics to bring the tales of the participants to life. Elsewhere on disc two, viewers can find "Z-Man's Far Out Party Favors" a collection of trailers and screen tests and a comprehensive series of image galleries that include stills, ad materials, and countless on-the-set photos. In short, this is the dream package that all Beyond the Valley of the Dolls fans have been waiting for and a must for anyone with a serious interest in classic cult cinema.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by Roger Ebert, film critic and screenwriter of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls; Audio commentary by cast members Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John La Zar, and Erica Gavin; "Above, Beneath and Beyond the Valley: The Making of a Musical-Horror-Sex-Comedy"; "Look on up at the Bottom: The Music of Dolls"; "The Best of Beyond" featurette; "Sex, Drugs, Music & Murder: Signs of the Time, Baby!" featurette; "Casey & Roxanne: The Love Scene" featurette; Screen tests of the stars; Six photo galleries with more than 300 photos; And more
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Legendary cult filmmaker Russ Meyer's outrageous major-studio debut was this delightfully tasteless spoof of all those movies about aspiring ingenues hoping to break into showbiz and discovering the sad price of fame. In this case, the all-girl "Carrie Nations" rock band (Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom) gets more than they bargained for as they inadvertently cause a suicide and end up in a Manson-like massacre at the home of a transvestite record producer (John La Zar). The usual amply proportioned Meyer starlets are on hand, including Edy Williams, Erica Gavin, and Haji, along with a young Pam Grier and a performance by the Strawberry Alarm Clock. The story moves fast, the songs are memorable, and the screenplay by Meyer and film critic Roger Ebert is funny and knowing. Some may question Ebert's later crusade opposing violence toward women when they see one of the female cast members salaciously sucking a gun barrel before being shot, but it should be remembered that in this sort of movie, shock value is everything. Don't take it too seriously and you may just end up loving it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • UPC: 024543246336
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dolly Read Kelly MacNamara
Cynthia Myers Casey Anderson
Marcia McBroom Petronella Danforth
John La Zar Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell
Michael Blodgett Lance Rocke
David Gurian Harris Allsworth
Edy Williams Ashley St. Ives
Erica Gavin Roxanne
Phyllis Davis Susan Lake
Harrison Page Emerson Thorne
Duncan McLeod Porter Hall
Charles Napier Baxter Wolfe
Henry Rowland Otto
Robin Bach Gay Boy
Sebastian Brook Art Director
Mary Carroll Middle Aged Woman
Joseph Cellini Man - Flowered Pants
The Strawberry Alarm Clock
Frank Corsentino Hippie Boy
Coleman Francis Rotund Drunk
Pam Grier Fourth Woman
Haji Cat Woman
Jim Iglehart Randy Black
Heath Jobes Makeup Man
Marshall Kent Dr. Downs
John Logan Escort
Bebe Louie Hippie Girl
Bruce McBroom Photographer
Ashley Phillips Fashion Model
Lavelle Roby Vanessa
Stan Ross Disciple
Ian Sander Boy-in-Tub
Bert Santos Taxi Driver
Karen Smith Red Head
Technical Credits
Russ Meyer Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Dann Cahn Editor
Roger Ebert Screenwriter
David Hall Asst. Director
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
Richard Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Stu Phillips Score Composer
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director, Production Designer
Dick Wormell Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
1. Main Titles/Senior Prom [6:23]
2. Tinsel Town [6:26]
3. Hollywood Party [1:56]
4. Pairing Off [3:26]
5. Metamorphosis [7:23]
6. Backstage [3:29]
7. Skipping the Party [3:12]
8. The Lake Millions [5:29]
9. Generation Gap [2:15]
10. Old Beau [:58]
11. Heavyweight/Lightweight [5:30]
12. Humiliation [8:40]
13. A Little Action [1:01]
14. Rock 'N' Roll [1:49]
15. The Baby [5:31]
16. Friends and Lovers [2:49]
17. Let the Games Begin [2:08]
18. Superwoman [1:56]
19. Reborn [2:06]
20. Epilogue/End Titles [4:42]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      Languages: English Mono
      Languages: English Stereo
      Languages: French Mono
      Languages: Commentary By Roger Ebert: On
      Languages: Commentary By Roger Ebert: Off
      Languages: Cast Commentary By Harrison Page, John La Zar, Dolly Read, Cynthia Myess, and Erica Gavin: On
      Languages: Cast Commentary By Harrison Page, John La Zar, Dolly Read, Cynthia Myess, and Erica Gavin: Off
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary By Roger Ebert: On
      Commentary By Roger Ebert: Off
      Cast Commentary By Harrison Page, John La Zar, Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers and Erica Gavin: On
      Cast Commentary By Harrison Page, John La Zar, Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers and Erica Gavin: Off
Disc #2 -- Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
   Introduction By John La Zar
   Featurettes
      Above, Beneath, and Beyond the Valley: The Making of a Musical-Horror-Sex-Comedy
      Look on Up at the Bottom: The Music of Dolls
      The Best of Beyond
      Sex, Drugs, Music & Murder: Signs of the Time, Baby!
      Casey & Roxanne: The Love Scene
   Z-Man's/Far Out Party Favors
      Trailers: Teaser Trailer
      Trailers: Trailer 1
      Trailers: Trailer 2
      Trailers: Play All
      Screen Tests: Michael Blodgett & Cynthia Myers
      Screen Tests: Harrison Page & Marcia McBroom
      Screen Tests: Play All
   Still Galleries
      Swingers, Freaks Sexpots & Studs
      The Chesty Chartbusters
      Flings That Go Bump in the Night
      It's My Party and I'll Kill If I Want To
      Russ' Relics & Rarities
      Dolls & Walls
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's funny, Whatever It is

    I can't believe the brilliant Roger Ebert is behind anything like this. I don't know how you could define this job. It's not supposed to be a comedy but most of it. It's not supposed to be pornography, although nearly 90% of it is. It is supposed to be about enlivening the mind and broadening our social, gender, racial, sexual, dramatic, romantic, and spiritual definitions only to be hampered by 60's stereotypes of drugs, debauchery, the "counterculture", race relations as cured(never came to be, unfortunately), utopia, and free love and no war.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    Beyond the Valley of WOW!!!

    This movie is just about perfect. It has just about every sordid thing you can think of, and then some. The story careens wildly through just about every film genre: rock-n-roll road picture, soap opera, blaxploitation, sexploitation, black comedy, satire, horror...you name it, it's in here somewhere. And some of the most insane, inane dialogue in the history of movies. Pure GENIUS...can't wait for the DVD!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    And now for something completely differet...

    Like the film, the soundtrack to "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", is beyond categories like "good" or "bad". It exists on its own as a weird permutation that pretty much defies comparison to anything else.

    The closest description I could arrive at is "late 60's progessive pop, equal parts pure cheese and primitive psychedelia". The Strawberry Alarm Clock are a fine example of the genuine music of the time, while the Carrie Nations' ersatz protest songs are both appalling and sublime simultaneously.

    You really have to hear this one to get a grip on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious &amp Perverse Satire

    The 1970's began with this hilarious satire of the 1960's. Eye-popping, cartoon-bright colors and rapid fire editing belie the fact that this sexy romp is almost 40 years old! Originally rated &quot X&quot by the MPAA, time has taken a toll on values and today this fine piece of celluloid would be easily rated PG-13. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, BVD is a fast paced delight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2003

    Incredible satire! Brilliant Characters! An Original!

    This film gave meaning to my life. It disreguards all reason and brings a raunchy true vision of Hollywod and the young who suffer just consequences for their unruley behavior.A true moral story that accurately portays a female rock band on the road to stardom. A Must See for anyone who lives for high-octane musial sex romps. A sublime ending that will knock your socks off.

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