Thursday, June 08, 2006

I'm just hooked on dolls!!!

Gulp! Finally!!

"The Valley of the Dolls" and "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" are receiving the 'special edition' treatment on DVD that we (yes, WE!) have been waiting for!! ("Mommie Dearest" AND 'The Dolls' in one month?! OH. MY. GAWD!!!)

BUY THEM!!! June 13th!!! "The Valley of the Dolls" and "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" are available for pre-order at, though if you are one of the devoted, you have ALREADY done that! However, if you are still holding out... Read on!

Yes, Barbara Parkins does a commentary for "The Valley of the Dolls", which I HOPE will be as JUICY and filled with dirt as her appearance at the Castro Theater in San Francisco (for a benefit screening of the film) was a few years ago! The woman did NOT hold back! I can't wait to hear what she will have to say in a 'screen specific' dialogue with... wait for it... Ted Casablancas!! [I will respectfully pause for those of you who are DEDICATED to get back up off the floor!]

And as if THAT weren't enough...?! "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" has not one, but TWO commentaries!! Yes, one with Roger Ebert, but the other one features... THE CAST!!! (Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John LaZar And Erica Gavin) I can't wait!!

There's a bunch of OTHER stuff, too, and I'll report on those as soon as I get my hands on copies!! Though I may need an extra day to devour and bliss out on all that fabulous angst! Oh, yessssss.....!!

Following is the press release, including the specs on the special features:


CENTURY CITY, Calif. – Get twelve steps closer to superstardom as Fox Home Entertainment exposes Hollywood’s most shaming secrets when Valley Of The Dolls and Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls debut on DVD June 13, 2006. These two legends of camp – from the twisted minds of scandal-making sixties icon Jacqueline Susann, (actress, author, screenwriter and thinly veiled subject of Valley Of The Dolls), and midnight movie kingpin Russ Meyer (Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill!) respectively – horrified critics and enthralled audiences when they opened in theaters and have both remained cult classics ever since. Valley Of The Dolls stars Oscar® winner Patty Duke* (The Miracle Worker), Barbara Parkins (“Peyton Place”) and Sharon Tate (“The Beverly Hillbillies”) as three aspiring starlets who let Hollywood go to their heads. The Valley Of The Dolls DVD arrives loaded with pulpy bonus programming, including the famously sloppy screen test by Judy Garland, as well as original featurettes, “Pill Pop-Up Karaoke,” and much more. Penned by now-famous film critic Roger Ebert, the outrageously over-the-top Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls earned an X-rating on its quest to out-do the scandalous original with the story of a girl-band, The Carrie Nations, who arrive in Hollywood to find only sex, drugs and sleaze. Featuring doll-induced performances by non-actors from the rock and adult film communities, Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls is a shameless classic that proves “all are available for a price.” Both DVDs are available for $26.98 U.S./$46.98 Canada. Pre-book is May 17.

DVD Features:

The Valley Of The Dolls (1967):
Straight from the best-selling pages of Jacqueline Susann’s audacious novel comes the unforgettable tale of three glamorous women who will stop at nothing to get to the top. Oscar®-winners Patty Duke, Lee Grant and Susan Hayward team with Sharon Tate and Barbara Parkins for this “absorbing, sensational” (Los Angeles Times) account of “sex, drugs and show business!” (Detour) When a small-town beauty (Parkins) arrives in New York, she becomes instant friends with a struggling singer, Neely (Duke) and actress, Jennifer (Tate). Together the head-strong, career-driven gals embark on a roller-coaster ride of fast-talking men, endless nights of partying, booze…and pills that they call “dolls.” But as they careen down the path to superstardom, their hedonism takes an explosive turn into self-destruction that none of them are prepared for…and one won’t survive!

Bonus materials include:
• Audio Commentary By Actress Barbara Parkins and E!’s Ted Casablanca
• “Gotta Get Off This Merry Go-Round: Sex Dolls And Showtunes” Documentary
• “The Divine Ms. Susann” Featurette
• “Hollywood Backstories: Valley Of The Dolls” Featurette
• Valley Of The Dolls – A World Premiere Voyage Documentary Featuring Rare Footage
• Jacqueline Susann And Valley Of The Dolls Documentary Featuring Rare Footage
• “Pill Pop-Up Karaoke” – Follow The Bouncing Doll On Three Songs!
• Screen Tests Of The Stars

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970):
Step into a delirious kaleidoscope of the psychedelic ’60s in this “hilarious” (L.A. Herald-Examiner) and “lusty” (Playboy) parody of the 1967 hit film The Valley of the Dolls. Directed by auteur filmmaker Russ Meyer (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) and written by fledgling film critic Roger Ebert, this wildly sexy cult classic “spoofs, celebrates and derides the swinging culture all at once” (Village Voice)! Fun-loving bombshells Kelly, Casey and Pet have a rock band, and they’re headed to Hollywood to make it big! Thanks to Kelly’s well-connected aunt, they soon find themselves at a hedonistic love-in thrown by eccentric music promoter Ronnie “Z-Man” Barzell. He takes them under his wing, and a new world of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll unfolds. Superstardom is within reach, if only their newfound distractions don’t get in the way!

Bonus materials include:
• Audio Commentary By Roger Ebert, Film Critic And Screenwriter Of Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls
• Audio Commentary By Cast Members Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John LaZar And Erica Gavin
• “Above Beneath and Beyond The Valley: The Making Of A Musical-Horror-Sex-Comedy”
• “Look On Up At The Bottom: The Music Of The Dolls”
• “The Best Of Beyond” Featurette
• “Sex, Drugs, Music & Murder: Signs Of The Time, Baby!” Featurette
• “Casey & Roxanne: The Love Scene” Featurette
• Screen Tests Of The Stars
• 6 Photo Galleries With More Than 300 Photos

Valley Of The Dolls
Price: $26.98 U.S./$46.98 Canada
Street Date: June 13, 2006
Prebook Date: May 17, 2006
Total Running Time: 123 minutes
Catalog Number (widescreen): 2234636
Rating: PG-13
Closed Captioned Yes

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls
Price: $26.98 U.S./$46.98 Canada
Street Date: June 13, 2006
Prebook Date: May 17, 2006
Total Running Time: 109 minutes
Catalog Number (widescreen): 2234633
Rating: NC-17
Closed Captioned: Yes

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