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Myra Breckinridge

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Overview

Michael Sarne's infamous adaptation of Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge finally comes to DVD with this interesting disc from 20th Century Fox. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The film has never looked as good on home video. Interestingly, both the original theatrical cut and a slightly altered special edition are both presented in full on the disc. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Sarne. He goes ...
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Overview

Michael Sarne's infamous adaptation of Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge finally comes to DVD with this interesting disc from 20th Century Fox. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The film has never looked as good on home video. Interestingly, both the original theatrical cut and a slightly altered special edition are both presented in full on the disc. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Sarne. He goes into some detail about his intentions with the film, as well as the remarkable, stressful shoot that found him at war with the film's producers. A commentary track by lead actress Raquel Welch may very well be one of the best commentary tracks on any DVD. She obviously understands that the film is reviled, even though it has attained cult status with some people. She openly mocks the film, and yet somehow simultaneously manages to be protective of her work in it. One realizes how diplomatic her comments about co-star Mae West are after viewing the documentary (originally produced for AMC) about the film that is also included on this disc. While it might be hard to believe, Myra Breckinridge has been given a superb DVD release.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Both Special Edition and theatrical versions; Director's commentary; Commentary by Star Raquel Welch; "AMC Backstory: Myra Breckenridge" featurette; Teaser trailer; Theatrical trailers; TV spot; "Raquel Welch Theater" (15 minutes)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Originally derided as one of the low points in Hollywood history, Myra Breckinridge has since developed a dedicated cult following, with the result that its reputation has risen somewhat. Not that anyone would ever consider it a good movie; it's just that the unintentionally campiness of it has a certain morbid fascination that makes the film watchable. Although Gore Vidal had a hand in adapting his own novel, he seems to have done so without giving it much thought. There's no structure to the film, and little sense. The character of Myron, for example, has not been clearly defined, so that at times he seems to be nothing more than a figment of the imagination, and at other times, a real character. The satire of the novel is unfocused here, with targets picked seemingly at random. And while there are some amusing lines, much of the humor comes from laughing at how inane much of the proceedings are. Under the circumstances, no one could be expected to give a great performance, but Mae West is amusing. Despite its faults, the sheerly bizarre amateurishness of the piece makes it a unique experience -- one that some will relish and others will dismiss.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • UPC: 024543112747
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, EspaƱol
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,528

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mae West Leticia
John Huston Buck Loner
Raquel Welch Myra Breckinridge
Rex Reed Myron Breckinridge
Farrah Fawcett Mary Ann
Roger C. Carmel Dr. Montag
Roger Herren Rusty
George Furth Charlie Flager, Jr.
Calvin Lockhart Irving Amadeus
Jim Backus Doctor
John Carradine Surgeon
Andy Devine Coyote Bill
Grady Sutton Kid Barlow
Robert Lieb Charlie Flager, Sr.
Skip Ward Chance
Kathleen Freeman Bobby Dean Loner
Buck Kartalian Jeff
Monty Landis Vince
Tom Selleck Student
Michael Stearns Stud
Technical Credits
Michael Sarne Director, Screenwriter
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Reg Allen Set Decoration/Design
Don Bassman Sound/Sound Designer
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Fryer Producer
David Giler Screenwriter
Danford B. Greene Editor
Fred Harpman Art Director
Michael McLean Casting
Richard Moore Cinematographer
Lionel Newman Score Composer
John Phillips Score Composer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Theadora Van Runkle Costumes/Costume Designer
Gore Vidal Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Special Edition
1. The Operation [3:57]
2. Main Titles [3:06]
3. The New Woman [1:16]
4. Uncle Buck [6:55]
5. The New Teacher [1:04]
6. The Curriculum [3:34]
7. Commissary Conversation [3:50]
8. Leticia Van Allen [3:09]
9. It's Only Natural [4:44]
10. California Sweetheart [1:24]
11. Unwholesome Teaching [2:58]
12. Fellini's Friend [2:36]
13. Married in Mexico [2:34]
14. A Bad Back [4:12]
15. Party Time [2:22]
16. Leticia's Visit [4:19]
17. Judge Cannon [2:35]
18. You Gotta Taste All the Fruit [2:11]
19. Hard to Handle [2:06]
20. The Old Cowboys [3:11]
21. Rusty's Exam [6:59]
22. The Finishing Touch [5:23]
23. The Seduction of Mary Ann [4:08]
24. No Death Certificate [6:00]
25. The Moment of Truth [2:22]
26. If You Were a Man [4:24]
27. Where Are My...? [1:40]
28. End Titles [:53]
Side #2 -- Theatrical Trailer
1. The Operation [3:57]
2. Main Titles [3:06]
3. The New Woman [1:16]
4. Uncle Buck [6:55]
5. The New Teacher [1:04]
6. The Curriculum [3:34]
7. Commissary Conversation [3:50]
8. Leticia Van Allen [3:09]
9. It's Only Natural [4:43]
10. California Sweetheart [1:24]
11. Unwholesome Teaching [2:58]
12. Fellini's Friend [2:36]
13. Married in Mexico [2:34]
14. A Bad Back [4:12]
15. Party Time [2:22]
16. Leticia's Visit [4:20]
17. Judge Cannon [2:35]
18. You Gotta Taste All the Fruit [2:11]
19. Hard to Handle [2:06]
20. The Old Cowboys [3:11]
21. Rusty's Exam [6:59]
22. The Finishing Touch [5:23]
23. The Seduction of Mary Ann [4:09]
24. No Death Certificate [6:00]
25. The Moment of Truth [2:22]
26. If You Were a Man [4:23]
27. Where Are My...? [1:41]
28. End Titles [:51]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Special Edition
   Play
   Language Selection
      Languages: English Stereo
      Languages: Spanish Mono
      Languages: Commentary by Director Michael Same: On
      Languages: Commentary by Director Michael Same: Off
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Michael Sarne: On
      Commentary by Director Michael Sarne: Off
Side #2 -- Theatrical Trailer
   Play
   Language Selection
      Languages: English Stereo
      Languages: English Mono
      Languages: Spanish Mono
      Languages: Commentary by Raquel Welch: On
      Languages: Commentary by Raquel Welch: Off
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Raquel Welch: On
      Commentary by Raquel Welch: Off
      Backstory: Myra Breckinridge
      Teaser Trailer
      Trailer
      Alternate Trailer
      TV Spot
      Raquel Welch Theater: Bandolero!
      Raquel Welch Theater: Fantastic Voyage
      Raquel Welch Theater: Fathom
      Raquel Welch Theater: Lady in Cement
      Raquel Welch Theater: Mother, Jugs & Speed
      Raquel Welch Theater: One Million Years B.C.
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