Polyester

Polyester

Director: John Waters, Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey

Cast: John Waters, Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey

     
 

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It's been a good year for John Waters fans. In addition to single-disc releases of Desperate Living, Pink Flamingos, and Female Trouble, they now get treated to a release of the classic Polyester complete with a reproduction of the original "Odorama" card that accompanied the feature during its original theatrical run! The feature is

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It's been a good year for John Waters fans. In addition to single-disc releases of Desperate Living, Pink Flamingos, and Female Trouble, they now get treated to a release of the classic Polyester complete with a reproduction of the original "Odorama" card that accompanied the feature during its original theatrical run! The feature is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and aside from appearing a bit soft in parts, it's generally solid, with even color balance and no signs of digital artifacting or debris. Audio is presented in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo Surround with optional English subtitles. An audio commentary track accompanies the feature presentation, with director Waters in top form as usual. From unabashedly declaring his love for the gimmicky scare tactics of schlock-master William Castle to tales of how Waters annoyed suburbanites by filming fire trucks blasting through their neighborhood on a Sunday morning, Waters' commentary here is as lively and entertaining as ever. Though a theatrical trailer is also included, it's a shame that other elements from Criterion's previous laserdisc release of the film (including a hilarious anti-smoking ad featuring the director and the fantastic documentary Love Letter to Edie) could not be included.

Editorial Reviews

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John Waters' first 'mainstream' film is a subtler, slicker affair than previous wild outings like Pink Flamingos but this doesn't mean that it is tame. In fact, Polyester is just as bitingly satirical as his more underground efforts but aim its sights at more everyday targets like suburbia and the nuclear family. The film benefits from one of Waters' most polished scripts, which sets up a wonderfully weird array of characters and subplots with comedic flair and then interweaves them to create something that plays like Douglas Sirk and William Castle teaming up to do a remake of Peyton Place. Waters also turns in some slick work behind the camera, working in some novel visual devices like split-screen and an opening credits sequence that makes surprisingly sophisticated use of a steadicam. He also gets strong comedic performances from his cast: Tab Hunter is perfectly cast as low-rent romeo Todd Tomorrow and Stiv Bators makes a perfect cartoon punk as Bobo. Best of all, Divine turns in a wonderful cast-against-type performance as the put-upon Francine Fishpaw, wringing every last drop of over-the-top melodrama out of the material and conjuring up memories of old Joan Crawford melodramas as she chews up the scenery. In short, Polyester is one of Waters' most accomplished films from many standpoints and well-crafted enough to appeal to viewers who wouldn't normally go for his far-out brand of screen comedy.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
UPC:
0794043751721
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:26:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by John Waters; Reproduction of the Odorama Card from the Polyester theatrical release (Scratch 'n' Sniff the card as instructed during the film, and share this special "smelltrack" with your friends and family)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Divine Francine Fishpaw
Tab Hunter Todd Tomorrow
Edith Massey Cuddles
Mink Stole Sandra
David Samson Elmer Fishpaw
Joni Ruth White LaRue, mother
Mary Garlington Lulu Fishpaw
Ken King Dexter Fishpaw
Hans Kramm Chauffeur
Stiv Bators Bo-Bo Belsinger
Rick Breitenfeld Dr. Quackenshaw
Michael Watson Freddy Ashton
Derek Neal Pimp
Jean Hill Gospel Bus Hijacker
Jim Hill Picket Reporter
Mary Vivian Pearce Nun A
Cookie Mueller Betty Lalinski
Susan Lowe Mall Victim
Frank Tamburo Pizza Man 3
Nancy Morgan Alcoholic Leader
David Klein Detective B
George Stover Press A
Steve Yeager Press B
George Figgs Abortion Picket
Brook Yeaton Porno Picket
John Allen Porno Picket
Tommy Allen Porno Picket

Technical Credits
John Waters Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Deborah Harry Songwriter
David Insley Cinematographer
Michael Kamen Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert Maier Producer,Production Manager
Vincent Peranio Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Pernaio Set Decoration/Design
Sara Risher Associate Producer
Steven J. Rogers Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Roggero Editor
Robert Shaye Executive Producer
Van Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Stein Score Composer,Songwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "This Is Odorama!" [3:01]
2. Main Titles [3:06]
3. Down With Smut [4:32]
4. Lulu's Date [5:15]
5. In the News [3:52]
6. Rise and Shine [4:58]
7. Cheating and Truancy [4:40]
8. "F" Is for Fantastic [2:13]
9. Poor Poor Francine [4:47]
10. Caught in the Act [2:05]
11. On the Sauce [5:41]
12. Shopping With Cuddles [4:38]
13. Unwed Mothers [3:26]
14. A Good Time for a Picnic [5:28]
15. Trick, No Treat [2:46]
16. No Place Like Home [3:29]
17. Todd Tomorrow [3:50]
18. Meet the Family [4:02]
19. Date With an Angel [4:07]
20. The Smell of Danger [6:54]
21. End Credits [2:59]

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