Hairspray

Hairspray

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Director: John Waters

Cast: John Waters, Ricki Lake, Michael St. Gerard, Divine

     
 

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Arguably shockmeister John Waters best film, Hairspray comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the 5.1 soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include an entertainingSee more details below

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Overview

Arguably shockmeister John Waters best film, Hairspray comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the 5.1 soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include an entertaining commentary track featuring Waters and star Ricki Lake, and the original theatrical trailer. This is a strong release from New Line Home Entertainment that will please both Waters' ardent fans as well as those unfamiliar with his more grotesque offerings.

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Given his fondness for unrestrained envelope pushing, including one of the most graphic films ever to receive wide release (1973's Pink Flamingos), Hairspray seems like a real departure for John Waters, in content if not sensibility. Even with its PG rating and overarching cheeriness, it's still not for everyone -- and Waters wouldn't have it any other way. Future talk-show mainstay Ricki Lake has Waters to thank for her breakthrough into popular awareness, and has rewarded him with several collaborations even after achieving large-scale success. In her first prominent role, she embodies the grinning damn-it-all mentality of her director, achieving fantasy-level acceptance despite her ample proportions. In empowering several disenfranchised groups, including fat girls (Lake), drag queens (Divine, in his last film appearance), and African-Americans (segregated on a popular music show in the film), Waters gleefully snubs his nose at the natural order of things, preferring to imagine a world where their ascension would be unfettered by prejudice. The cast seems to be having a terrific time, even if the material is sometimes too giddy for its own good. Fans of glorious kitsch -- the only audience Waters is concerned with impressing -- will no doubt consider Hairspray a fond favorite. Others may find it more of a whimsical curiosity than an effective social satire, but one gets the impression that the iconoclastic style-over-substance director might agree with them, too.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
UPC:
0794043609923
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
9,828

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version of the film; Original theatrical trailer; Ricki Lake joins John Waters for commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ricki Lake Tracy Turnblad
Michael St. Gerard Link Larkin
Divine Edna Turnblad,Arvin Hodgepile
Colleen Fitzpatrick Amber von Tussle
Sonny Bono Franklin von Tussle
Ruth Brown Motormouth Maybell
Deborah Harry Velma Von Tussle
Leslie Ann Powers Penny Pingleton
Clayton Prince Seaweed
Jerry Stiller Wilbur Turnblad
Mink Stole Tammy
Shawn Thompson Corny Collins
Ric Ocasek Beatnik Cat
David Samson WZZT Official
Leo Rocca Governor
William Rose Amusement Park Patron
Mary Vivian Pearce Hairhopper Mother
Joey Perillo TV Secruity Guard
James Parisi Governor's Aide
Alan J. Wendl Mr. Pinky
Kim Webb Carmelita
Michael Willis Governor's Mansion Newsman
Brook Yeaton Tough Guy #1
George Stover Governor's Mansion Policeman
June Thorne Von Tussle Picket
Darrell Taylor Governor's Mansion Picket
John Waters The Psychiatrist
Adam Tucker Cop
Carolyn Walker Trinklette #3
Pia Zadora Beatnik Chick
Keith Douglas Lead Lafayette
Joseph Eubanks Governor's Mansion Picket
Holter Graham I.Q. Jones
Brenda Alford Trinklette #2
Jeff Gardner Tough Guy #2
W.H. Brown Governor's Mansion Picket
Josh Charles Iggy
Rick Anderson Von Tussle Picket
Scheryll Anderson Amusement Park Patron
Mark Oliver Geometry Student
Brooke Stacy Mills Lou Ann
Toussaint McCall Himself
Susan Lowe Angry Mother
Patrick Mitchell Teen Street Fan
Matt Myers Singing Bum
Dan Griffith Brad
Mary Jefferson Street Lady #1
Charlie Hawke Amusement Park Patron
Peter Koper Governor's Mansion Policeman
Kevin Joseph Joke Store Customer
Rosemary Knower Mrs. Shipley

Technical Credits
John Waters Director,Co-producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Rick Angelella Sound/Sound Designer
Willa Bassen Songwriter
Anthony Battaglia Songwriter
Ray Bryant Songwriter
Stanley F. Buchthal Co-producer
Aaron Collins Songwriter
Mary Colquhoun Casting
Jerry Dallman Songwriter
Milton Grant Songwriter
Bonnie Greenberg Musical Direction/Supervision
Janice Hampton Editor
Otis Hayes Songwriter
Hugo and Luigi Songwriter
David Insley Cinematographer
Edward Love Choreography
Robert Maier Producer
Curtis Mayfield Songwriter
Toussaint McCall Songwriter
Pat Moran Casting
Eddie Morrison Songwriter
Barbary Lynn Ozen Songwriter
Vincent Peranio Art Director
Verlie Rice Songwriter
Sara Risher Executive Producer
Robert Shaye Executive Producer
Van Smith Costumes/Costume Designer,Makeup
Rachel Sweet Songwriter
Rachel Talalay Co-producer
Ike Turner Songwriter
Kenny Vance Score Composer
Kathie Venetoulis Songwriter
George David Weiss Songwriter
Alonzo B. Willis Songwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [3:29]
2. Cookin' With Corny Collins [5:48]
3. All About Amber [4:51]
4. The Record Hop [8:59]
5. In the Spotlight [8:45]
6. A Star Is Born [4:09]
7. A Hair Don't [4:24]
8. Dodge Ball Romance [2:05]
9. Hefty Hideaway Girl [2:59]
10. Motormouth Mabel's [4:35]
11. "Integration Now" [5:13]
12. Black Baltimore [9:02]
13. Tilted Acres [5:05]
14. Race Riot! [1:42]
15. Film at Eleven [3:27]
16. Pickets and Pontiacs [6:15]
17. Free as a Bird [2:55]
18. The Bug [2:21]
19. End Credits [5:29]

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