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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

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Product Description

When three female rock'n'rollers travel to Hollywood to claim an inheritance, they meet up with a kinky music promoter who turns them on to a whole new scene. At first, all seems very exciting and the naïve trio becomes submerged in his dangerous tinseltown underworld-before they discover his true motives.

One never tires of watching Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, a distant relative of Jaqueline Susann's bestselling novel, Valley of the Dolls, and its filmic counterpart, Valley of the Dolls. Kelly McNamara (Dolly Read), Casey Anderson (Cynthia Myers), and Petronella Danforth (Marcia McBroome), star as the hot female trio who clumsily navigate Hollywood during the Swingin' Sixties to promote their band, The Carrie Nations. Written by Rogert Ebert, Ebert calls the film the "first rock-horror exploitation musical," because BVD, as it's called by fans, encompasses all that was sexy, funny, hip, schlocky, stylish, and horrific about America's most interesting cultural period. BVD can be viewed as a Sixties' artifact, packed with consummate party scenes (and a cameo appearance by Strawberry Alarm Clock), as the original skin flick, as a proto-cult classic, or as a benchmark in American cinema, since it is actually well- written, artfully shot, and finely edited. This special edition re-release includes a second disc comprised of five featurettes, whose topics include Meyers' biography, the Carrie Nations music as soundtrack, Casey and Roxanne's titillating lesbian love scene, and the political climate during the Sixties. Revisiting Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, especially after Russ Meyer's recent death, reminds viewers to treasure his visionary obsession with female beauty. --Trinie Dalton

Special Features

  • Commentary by screenwriter and film critic Roger Ebert
  • Commentary by cast members Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John La Zar and Erica Gavin
  • "Above, Beneath and Beyond the Valley: The Making of a Musical-Horror-Sex-Comedy" documentary
  • "Look on up at the Bottom: The Music of Dolls" featurette
  • "The Best of Beyond" featurette
  • "Sex, Drugs, Music and Murder: Signs of the Times, Baby!" featurette
  • "Casey and Roxanne: The Love Scene" featurette
  • Actor screen tests
  • 6 photo galleries

Product Details

  • Actors: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers
  • Directors: Russ Meyer
  • Format: Widescreen, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EXDSC0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" on IMDb

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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Rich Juzwiak on December 12, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
"Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" is perhaps the best movie ever made. Unlike other campy movies, there are virtually no lulls -- each scene is packed with brilliant one-liners, ludicrious characters (portrayed by equally crazy actors), fun music, and tons of hairspray. While Roger Ebert has claimed that the movie was intended to be satirical and hillarious, its dated-ness adds to the effect, inadvertently creating the funniest and most watchable movie of the entire Russ Meyer catalouge (though other gems of Meyer's include "Supervixens," "Vixen," "Up," and the delightful, "Fater Pussycat! Kill! Kill!"). Dolly Reed's often failed attempt at an American accent only adds to the fun. The reason "BVD" isn't more widley loved: it takes a person with certain sense of humor to enjoy the high level of camp this film offers. If you enjoy being tricked into thinking that a legitimately excellent film is really so bad that it's good, indulge yourself in the debauchery.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Edward Aycock on June 28, 2006
Format: DVD
A recent review in a paper compared "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" (BVD) to "Josie and the Pussycats", and I was happy to see that somebody else thought so too. BVD plays like Hanna Barbera on acid, a naughty, R-rated version of that "Josie"; despite the sex and nudity, the story of the all-girl rock band (driving around in their psychedelic Scooby van) thwarts the cartoonish villain is pure Saturday morning storytelling. The main tale, however, is just one of the many joys to be found on this DVD, which along with the simultaneous release of "Valley of the Dolls" on DVD makes for the grooviest release of the year.

This sequel-in-name-only to "Valley" remains one of the strangest and most colorful products from the psychedelic era. It's fun to laugh at the bad acting, the eyes that never blink, the hip catchphrases but I also admired the cinematography (looking as great as ever on DVD), and the wild, catchy songs that distinguishes BVD as having one of the best rock soundtracks ever. (Sorry Barbra, 1976's "A Star is Born" soundtrack will never have that honor.)

This DVD has so many extras it freaks me out. One of the best features is the cast interviews; this has to be one of the best aging casts ever. Marcia McBroom (Pet) and Cynthia Myers (Casey) look great, and Dolly Read (Kelly) looks fantastic. I'm so glad they were also willing to do one of the commentaries; the other commentary is done by the writer of the screenplay, the great Roger Ebert. Sadly, David Gurian (Harris), he of the blue eyes, did not participate in any of the features but John LaZar, Z-Man himself!, is on hand, making this a sweet deal.

Great fun, and remember, as the tagline says, "This is not a sequel, this is unlike anything you've ever seen." A+
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 6, 2001
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
"Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" is released in Japan as "Wild Party," and the latter title might have told you everthing you see in it; and the director is Russ Meyer, famous for his movies like "Faster Pussycat, Kill!, Kill!" and "Vixen"..... Oh, if you haven't seen them, you can guess the contents, I'm sure.
Actually, "Beyond," which major studio 20th Century Fox asked Meyer to direct, is less outrageous, considering the track record this cult director had made, and was going to make. But still, for ordinary people, it is a shocking experience to see almost every genre is mixed in it: love story (too corny one), a sucess story (of Josie and the Pussycats-like rock band, I mean it), and even a gory horror movie (with the sound of 20th Century Fox's trademark fanfare, and Richard Wagner's classic you have heard in Coppola's very famous film!). And within less than 2 hours!!
However, remember, those were the days. Don't take anything too seriously. Besides, the soundtrack is great and if you like those songs of 1960s, you will love it. My favorite is "Candy Man," an Animals-type song, and believe it or not, in Japan they released a single cut from the soundtrack with the credit of Carrie Nations, the fictional band Dolly Read and others play in "Beyond." Oh, I almost forgot to say, you have a glimpse of "Strawberry Alarm Clock," psychedelic rock band that got the No.1 of the Billboard Chart with their "Incense and Peppermint," which you heard in "Austin Powers." They play it here, but sorry, it's lip-sync. And look for Pam Grier (credited as Pamela Grier), of "Jackie Brown."
Enjoy the extremism of filmmaking, I dare you.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. Dolnack on June 14, 2006
Format: DVD
The new US region 1 DVD release of 20th Century Fox's "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" was well worth the wait! It's a tremendously good product through and through. I have not one complaint. I only wish all movies were presented with such loving care as this.

First of all, the film itself is presented in 16x9 widescreen in a very minimal level of compression - which yields a beautiful picture quality on large TVs. The sound is also in stereo and sounds terrific on a good home theater system.

The two commentaries are terrific. Roger Ebert's commentary is insightful and instructional, while the second commentary track of the five actors all watching together is just fun. The second disk of extras has a good set of documentaries that are well done and very enjoyable to watch.

I am a happy, happy man at this great DVD release of "BTVOTD". As Z-man himself (actor John La Zar) introduces on this set, "BVD on DVD. It's your happening, you know it's your happening and it freaks you out!"
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