Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos

3.2 7
Director: John Waters

Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole

     
 
The film often hailed as "Prince of Puke" director John Waters' crown jewel, Pink Flamingos gets the royal treatment on New Line Home Entertainment's special 25th Anniversary Edition. The visual presentation of Waters' first color feature is generally solid aside from some grain inherent to the source material and some minor speckling. Though it certainly isn't

Overview

The film often hailed as "Prince of Puke" director John Waters' crown jewel, Pink Flamingos gets the royal treatment on New Line Home Entertainment's special 25th Anniversary Edition. The visual presentation of Waters' first color feature is generally solid aside from some grain inherent to the source material and some minor speckling. Though it certainly isn't up to the visual standards of modern features released to DVD, the film truly looks as good as it probably can without some major (and very expensive) restoration. Audio is offered in both closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Mono and Surround with optional English subtitles. Both tracks are satisfying and relatively free of distortion or hiss. Of course, longtime fans of John Waters know well the veteran shocker's skills as a speaker and writer, and his commentary track for the feature is consistently entertaining. From recalling the antics of Divine, Edith Massey, and the original Dreamland players to his unforgettable recollection of the film's notorious coda, Waters offers a rare commentary that is nearly as entertaining as the film itself. Deleted scenes hosted by the director himself are a real treat for fans of the film who can't get enough of Waters' outrageous classic, and in addition to introducing each scene, Waters has also recorded audio commentary for the footage. A theatrical trailer that shows absolutely no footage from the feature and utilizes New York Magazine's "Beyond Pornography" quote is sure to pique the interest of the uninitiated and remains as effective an advertisement today as when Pink Flamingos was first unleashed into theaters back in 1972.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Punk rock was, among many other things, a call for democratization of popular culture, a declaration that music was something nearly anyone could do if they found the calling, and in many respects, John Waters' Pink Flamingos was a bid to do the same thing for cinema. Pink Flamingos looks like a slightly overgrown home movie, the acting runs from pretty good to one step above junior high drama club, the score is not only comprised of a variety of obscure oldies but obviously dubbed from aged 45's (complete with scratches), and the screenplay has more than its share of holes. But despite it all, Pink Flamingos works, generally because Waters' smart and subversive comic ideas refuse to be held down by the primitive technical means at his disposal. Waters subscribed to the notion that if you had ideas and a camera, then you could be a filmmaker, and never let it be said that John Waters was ever short on great ideas. Waters is not afraid to go for the gross-out (indeed, it's his raison d'être), and Pink Flamingos is his most spectacularly rude film, but his bad taste is at once strange and positively ornate compared to the juvenile teen flick ickyness that would come to dominate film comedy in the 1990s; nearly three decades after it was released, Pink Flamingos' most spectacular moments still inspire a puzzled "What was that?" from first-time viewers. And just as Waters believed anyone with the ideas and the wherewithal could be a filmmaker, the best members of his cast -- Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole, and Edith Massey -- were "movie stars" waiting to happen, and if they're a bit short on technique, they've got enthusiasm and personality to spare. Most reviews of Pink Flamingos focus on the film's ultra-black humor and dizzying bad taste, but what truly makes the film special is John Waters' unexpectedly intelligent and idiosyncratic humor, and his liberating willingness to try anything in the name of filmmaking; he may have made better movies, but he never stated this position on bad taste and stubborn independence with more gleeful vehemence than here.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
UPC:
0794043751622
Original Release:
1972
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
5,552

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes with introduction by John Waters; Audio commentary by John Waters; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Divine Babs Johnson
David Lochary Raymond Marble
Mink Stole Connie Marble
Mary Vivian Pearce Cotton
Edith Massey Mama Edie
Danny Mills Cracker
Linda Olgeirson Second Kidnaped Woman
Susan Walsh First Kidnaped Woman
Pat Moran Actor
Jack Walsh Actor
Steve Yeager Actor
George Figgs Actor
Bob Adams Actor
Ed Peranio Actor
Channing Wilroy Channing
Cookie Mueller Cookie
Paul Swift Eggman

Technical Credits
John Waters Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Van Smith Costumes/Costume Designer,Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [3:28]
2. Home Sweet Trailer [1:48]
3. Connie Marble [2:56]
4. Crackers Takes Babs Downtown [5:15]
5. The Pit [2:41]
6. Shoplifting [4:05]
7. Raymond Marble [2:20]
8. Cookie's Appointment [2:50]
9. The Chicken Fuck [4:51]
10. The Egg Man [2:04]
11. Artificial Insemination [3:21]
12. Shrimping [4:21]
13. The Turd Is in the Mail [6:55]
14. The Servant at Play [5:28]
15. O Happy Day! [6:28]
16. The Birthday Party [3:02]
17. The Flasher [1:14]
18. The Curse [2:53]
19. The Blow Job [2:59]
20. The Castration [4:23]
21. The Trailer Burning [3:03]
22. The Couch That Rejects [4:27]
23. The Press Conference [5:31]
24. Convicted of Assholism [2:45]
25. Boise, Idaho, Get Ready! [1:36]
26. Dog Shit [1:19]
27. John Waters' Introduction [:26]
28. Bab's Diary [:18]
29. Get Her Pregnant! [:50]
30. Mirror Mirror [:12]
31. The Cover of Midnight [1:46]
32. Freddie and Joanne [:48]
33. The Marbles' Early Raid [1:14]
34. Patty Hitler [1:02]
35. Strange Nudity [:23]
36. Cunt Eyes [2:02]
37. Rub, Touch and Feel [:49]
38. Connie's Rant and Haircut [:47]
39. Inkpay Amingosflay [:20]
40. Original Theatrical Trailer [2:16]
41. End Credits [1:34]

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Pink Flamingos 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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I bought this movie because I was told, "If you like Rocky Horror, you'll love this!" This movie is absolutely nothing like Rocky Horror. If you have any sense, avoid this movie. This is not a comedy, just a homosexual porno with lots of obscenities and gay animal sex.
Guest More than 1 year ago
PINK FLAMINGOS is utterly devoid of any socially redeeming qualities...and that is what makes it a wonderful, completely original film. Underground filmmaking in the '70's was never more outrageous than this legendary guilty pleasure.
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Divine was great in this trash and porn flick. Defintely not for the kids. A lot of nudity and perversions that will make you laugh so hard you'll wet yourself! See it ASAP! You'll enjoy it if you have a strong stomach. Not for the sqeamish!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Someone talked me into watching this movie as a joke, and believe me, I was NOT laughing. Anyone who finds this movie funny has a truly sick sense of humor. "Pink Flamingos" is absolutely repulsive. To this day (a year later), when I think of that movie my stomach turns. Avoid this movie at all costs- once you see it, those disgusting images are seared into your brain forever!