Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Overview

While it was only a modest hit upon initial release, with the passage of time Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! has become Russ Meyer's most celebrated film (with the possible exception of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls) thanks to its wildly kinetic energy and the over-the-top personas of its female leading cast, and Meyer's own company, RM Films, has finally made the movie available on DVD. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the film looks superb ...
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Overview

While it was only a modest hit upon initial release, with the passage of time Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! has become Russ Meyer's most celebrated film (with the possible exception of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls) thanks to its wildly kinetic energy and the over-the-top personas of its female leading cast, and Meyer's own company, RM Films, has finally made the movie available on DVD. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the film looks superb on DVD; Meyer's dramatic black-and-white images are razor-sharp and the source materials are in exemplary condition, and anyone with an appreciation for his dynamic visual style will want to see this. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo and sounds admirably crisp, especially given its age (and now you can actually make out all the words to the Bosstweeds' title tune!). The dialogue (and what dialogue!) is in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options. Bonus materials include trailers for four other Meyer titles, a biography and filmography for the director, and a gallery of still photos. The bonus material are OK but not exceptional; it's the treatment of the movie itself that sets this disc apart, and on that score, this is a glorious rendition of a landmark exploitation classic which should be on the want list of anyone interested in strange cinema.
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Special Features

Four theatrical trailers; Photo gallery; Biography; Colorful brochure; Photo collage; Filmography
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
"Welcome to violence!" The sinister voice-over that begins Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! warns its presumably all-male audience that a new breed of woman exists, feral females that hide deceit and murder under their soft seductive skins, and apparently, these women are everywhere. This bit of misogyny leads directly into an equal-opportunity tale of mayhem where the ladies are indeed fully in charge. Some modern-day revisionists like to refashion this film into some sort of proto-feminist fable, but the only real twist is allowing the ladies to be villains as amoral and violent as any classic moustache-twirler. The male leads (particularly Stuart Lancaster's odious wheelchair-bound millionaire) are either hateful of women or exist to offer knight-in-shining-armor assistance when necessary, so don't look to Faster, Pussycat! for any feminist theory. Nevertheless, this is still the crowning achievement of Russ Meyer's stunning catalogue. The arch, stylized dialogue is packed with spicy slang and poetic asides, and the action is briskly paced. Tura Satana steals the show as the lead bad girl, alternately yelling and purring her way through a role that rips up scenery and co-stars in equal measures. Every inch of the film entertains, from the wild desert drag racing sequences to the sexually charged fried chicken lunch that the characters stop fighting each other long enough to share. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! has a deliciously ruthless rhythm that few films of such modest aspirations ever achieve -- it could very well be the most finely crafted exploitation film ever made.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • UPC: 634991283120
  • Original Release: 1966
  • Rating:

  • Source: RUSS MEYER
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tura Satana Varla
Haji Rosie
Lori Williams Billie
Sue Bernard Linda
Stuart Lancaster The Old Man
Paul Trinka Kirk
Dennis Busch Vegetable
Ray Barlow Tommy
Mickey Fox Gas Station Attendant
Technical Credits
Russ Meyer Director, Editor, Producer
George Costello Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Igo Kantor Musical Direction/Supervision
Eve Meyer Producer
Jack Moran Screenwriter
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Charles Schelling Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Schenk Cinematographer
Bert Shefter Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:57]
2. Go Go Club [11:22]
3. Car Race [3:58]
4. Varla vs. Tommy [1:21]
5. Gas Station [7:22]
6. Arrival at the House [12:10]
7. "Me Jane, You Tarzan" [10:37]
8. "Breast or Thigh?" [7:10]
9. "You Want It Big,... Real Big" [4:44]
10. "We Got Her Now!" [6:16]
11. "Everybody's Gotta Go" [3:03]
12. "The Stash" [1:28]
13. "I'll Give You the Knife Rosie" [2:00]
14. Varla vs. Vegetable [4:58]
15. "That's It Brother" [4:50]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapter Selection
   Special Features
      Coming Attractions
         Mudhoney
         Supervixens
         Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens
         Vixen
      Russ Meyer's Biography
      Photo Gallery
      Filmography
   Contact Info
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