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Party Monster - The Shockumentary

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A terrifying true-life tale of good times gone bad, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's harrowing documentary finds its way to DVD courtesy of Wolfe Video. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame the feature itself is in great shape. Colors appear sharp, audio clear, and skin tones accurate. Though one may not expect a release such as this to offer much in the way of extra features, given the contemporary nature of the film and the abundance of materials made available to Bailey and Barbato, this release offers a multitude ...
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A terrifying true-life tale of good times gone bad, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's harrowing documentary finds its way to DVD courtesy of Wolfe Video. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame the feature itself is in great shape. Colors appear sharp, audio clear, and skin tones accurate. Though one may not expect a release such as this to offer much in the way of extra features, given the contemporary nature of the film and the abundance of materials made available to Bailey and Barbato, this release offers a multitude of fascinating bonuses that will certainly be relished by both the true crime buff and those curious about the sordid details of club life. Beginning with a commentary by subject Michael Alig's close friend James St. James, one almost gets the impression that they're watching old home movies with someone who's been there and seen it all. Reflecting on everything from his dramatically changed appearance to the wild nightlife, St. James' commentary is colorful and entertaining. "Nelson Sullivan's World of Wonder" offers a tribute by Bailey and Barbato to their close friend Nelson Sullivan, who documented the downtown East Village scene with his video camera as the club kids stomped through New York City. The vintage footage is pretty amazing for anyone who ever wondered what it was like to actually be there. "Clara the Carefree Chicken" offers a humorous look at Alig's Disco 2000 mascot as it cuts between footage of Clara grinding sweaty clubbers and waving to children on the city streets. The "Club USA TV Commercial" is the actual video that Alig used to play on the video screens at his outrageous parties, and a video wallpaper (mainly consisting of footage from the "Club USA TV Commercial" intercut with footage of club kids hamming it up) offers viewers the opportunity to do the same at their own party. Rounding out the disc are trailer for other Wolfe Video releases.
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Special Features

Nelson Sullivan's "World of Wonder" documentary; "Clara the Carefree Chicken" short film; Club USA TV Commercial; Audio commentary by James St. James, author of Party Monster the book; Trailers; Computer wallpaper; Interactive menus; Scene access
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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Gripping and silly in equal measure, this documentary is arguably more entertaining than the filmmakers' later feature of the same name. Without Macaulay Culkin to stand in for him, club kid-turned-murder Michael Alig faces the camera both before and after his conviction for the killing of drug dealer Angel Melendez. The result is like a year's worth of Jerry Springer episodes crammed into a single can't-miss hour. From home movies of Alig during his ketamine-snorting heyday to interview footage of his trashy, baffled mother, Party Monster amply chronicles the druggy, fame-for-fame's-sake ethos that powered New York club life during the rave years. Along the way, it gives camera time to all sorts of marginal cases without ever asserting any prefab moral viewpoint. Sadly enough, the burned-out remnants of the club-kid scene are still willing to talk about Alig as long as it gives them a spot in the limelight (if not the Limelight). Filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato may pad their already short documentary with cheesy reenactments, but it's hard to dismiss the traffic-accident magnetism of interview subjects like the former Alig hanger-on who tries to promote a 12-inch dance single inspired by the murder. The feature-film version may be hipper and wittier, but this documentary shows the whole sick scene like it really went down.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2003
  • UPC: 667443505143
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Picture This
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 56:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Fenton Bailey Director, Producer
Randy Barbato Director, Producer
Tim Attzinger Editor
Joe Carrano Score Composer
Scott Gamzon Editor
Robin Gutch Executive Producer
Jamie McEwen Cinematographer
Sheila Nevins Executive Producer
Gabriel Rotello Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Growing Up Michael [:12]
2. Michael Moves to NYC [1:54]
3. Disco 2000 [3:33]
4. The Outlaw Parties [3:55]
5. The Club Kids [3:12]
6. Bloodfeast [1:35]
7. Increasingly Bizarre Behaviour [3:59]
8. Last Days of Angel [2:18]
9. Mom, What Do I Do? [11:31]
10. Gitsie's Diary [4:46]
11. Alig's Attempted Comeback [:46]
12. New Boyfriend [6:58]
13. Freeze's Confession [1:29]
14. Epilog [2:17]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Shockumentary
   Chapters
   Picture This
      Trailers! Trailers! Trailers!
         The Man I Love
         O Fantasma
         Confusion of Genders
         Boy's Choir
         Journey to Kafiristan
         River Made to Drown In
         Abandoned
         Boys Briefs 2
   Special Features
      Nelson Sullivan's World of Wonder
      Clara the Carefree Chicken
      Club USA TV Commercial
      Wallpaper
      Party Monster Trailers: The Shockumentary
      Party Monster Trailers: The Movie
   Commentary by James St. James author of Disco Bloodbath: On/Off
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