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Polyester (1981)

Divine , Tab Hunter , John Waters  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, David Samson (II), Mary Garlington
  • Directors: John Waters
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002RQ3L6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,149 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Polyester" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Reproduction of the Odorama scratch 'n' sniff card from the theatrical release

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America, The Beautiful? May 5, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
"This is Odorama!" declares Dr. Quackenshaw (Rick Breitenfeld) sounding like Dr. Strangelove at the start of John Waters' hilarious film POLYESTER. Ignore this proclamation since it only applies to the retro gimmick Waters used to lure people to the film during its original theatrical run. Scratch-and-sniff cards with various scents identified with the numbers 1-10 were given out to members of the audience so that they could interact with the film. Now, unless you own one of those souvinir cards, the numbers that flash on the bottom right corner of the screen during the film won't do much for you, but POLYESTER is still another wildly original film from a man who embraces the white trash culture of America.
There are few better openers than the one Waters created for POLYESTER. Following the prologue, which explains the magic of Odorama, the camera takes us on a tour of Francine Fishpaw (Divine)'s house accompanied by a hilarious theme song sung by Tab Hunter (written by Blondie's Chris Stein and Deborah Harry). Up the camera goes into Francine's room, showing her in her oversized undergarments as she trims her nostril hair, shaves her armpits, and puts on her dress. She goes on a scale which reads 310 lbs and she angrily kicks the scale away. Francine's husband Elmer (David Samson) owns a porn theatre and outside of the couple's house, picketers voice their disgust with a hilarious chant: "2,4,6,8, X-rated movies we all hate. 1,2,5,9, G-rated movies are mighty fine." Francine, a devout Christian, is humiliated. Elmer is ecstatic: "All that free publicity! I can't wait to see the 11 o'clock news!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wonder of Odorama & A Trip To Mortville November 30, 2002
Two more of John Waters cinematic attrocities have finally been released on DVD. If you only know Waters through his more recent titles Hairspray, Serial Mom, and Cry-Baby, you may be surprised at what lurks on these discs.
The first film is Desperate Living. I must tell you I am a long-time Waters fan, and have seen all his film from Mondo Trasho on (including The Diane Linkletter Story), but sadly, this is my least favorite of his films. It's not necessarily bad (for a John Waters movie, that is); it just is not as funny or as happy as his other films. Neither Divine (who was unavailable) nor David Lockery (who was dead) appeared in Desperate Living, and Waters seemed lost without them. This movie is about a town called Mortville, where criminals are allowed to live instead of going to prison. Edith Massey, in her best film role, plays evil Queen Carlotta, who relishes in humiliating her subjects and having her sexual needs met by her "goons". Mink Stole is also in top form here, thanks to the meaty role of an hysterical housewife, who, together with her maid Grizelda, murder her husband and escape to Mortville. Another Waters regular, Mary Vivian Pearce, plays Princess Coo-Coo who, against Queen Carlotta's wishes, falls in love with the garbage collector at the Mortville nudist colony. There are also a female-to-male sex-change operation, a bowl of dog food used as a murder weapon, and female "glory holes" which must be seen to be believed.
Polyester, on the other hand, is a great film. Although Hairspray was Waters breakthrough to mainstream filmmaking, you can tell he was on his way with Polyester. Divine is back, this time playing a victimized housewife with a philandering husband and two dilinquent children.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camp Classic Smell-odrama! February 19, 2005
One of the most popular John Waters films has all the camp, politically incorrect elements we've come to love...with the added incentive of the miraculous ODORAMA (card cleverly included).

You can fight the urge, but you'll still laugh out loud at so many outrageous moments in the life of tragi-comic Francine Fishpaw, and the additional commentary track by director Waters is a whole other comedy in itself. He is candid, bemused and reveals so many of his own personal and professional idiosyncracies that you'll definitely want to own this one for your DVD library.

Too bad Tab Hunter and Mink Stole couldn't have been enticed to add their commentary on another track. They're both delightful raconteurs and fun to watch, too!
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This package, the second part of a dvd trilogy, is a must for Waters' fans. As usual, his commentary tracks are very funny and even hold up to repeated listenings. The sound isn't spectacular -- Desperate Living is mono and Polyester Dolby Surround -- but I'm sure this is due to limitations in the source material. Until "Hairspray", John Waters was a very low budget director. "Polyester", his most mainstream film at the time of its release, still only cost about $300,000 to produce. But some of his earliest films are his best, and I put "Polyester" in that camp. The script is very funny and all of the performers give outstanding, if idiosyncratic, performances. There certainly has never been and probably will never be another performer like Edith Massey. And, yes, the dvd does come with an "Odorama" card!
I have always been less thrilled with "Desperate Living." I enjoyed it more this time around, but I still find it less consistently funny than Waters' best films. The first 15 minutes or so are hysterical; Mink Stole screams some of the funniest lines Waters has ever written. But once the scene shifts to Mortville, the script is uneven and, at times, even boring.
Apart from the commentaries (the commentary track on "Desperate Living" also includes "star" Liz Renay), there aren't many extras -- just a few trailers. I hope that when the "Pink Flamingos"/
"Female Trouble" set comes out that the FT disc either includes deleted scenes or features the longer version that I have seen in the theater but not on home video.
Also of note: if one buys all three 3-packs, one can send away for a "bonus" John Waters dvd ... -- certificate in package, also requires original yellow tabs from all three dvd sets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diving As The Victim
Divine is great as the victim in this John Water's film. PERFECTLY done by him, I must say. All the other players are just screen filler. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Stefan Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars campey
Its a birth day gift to my partner .I ass do got him 2 other John Waters movies .great fun
Published 1 month ago by Alvin Bick
4.0 out of 5 stars a perfect movie... context of John Waters' reality...

Polyester is a perfect balance between Waters' somehow-charming
trademark gross-out sleaze (in explaining the character of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Douglas Millhoff
5.0 out of 5 stars A collectors item
A must have for John Waters fans. Almost too cheesy, but then again it's supposed to be, that's the charm.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel L Peru
5.0 out of 5 stars sniff this!
Good stuff! Funny funny. And disturbingly satisfying in the most base ways possible. In viewing the brilliant Divine in Polyester, I am compelled to think of her ( or maybe... Read more
Published 6 months ago by sharpeihead
5.0 out of 5 stars Polyester Rocks!
They just donit make movies like this anymore, its sad. This movie brings back so many good memories for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Antone66
For me, as a huge fan of the late Devine and the fabulous classics Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, Polyester was somewhat of a step down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BRIANNA
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I got movie when it was explained and it was in tip top shape. Thanks and great job. love it
Published 9 months ago by Paula Mayes
5.0 out of 5 stars John Waters, the Harsh Bard of Baltimore delivers a one-two punch
John Waters, Denizen of Baltimore and filmmaker to the scars (stars) delivers a desperate portrayal of good lives gone down a rat hole. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Giovanni
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine
Any Divine fan or John Waters Fan will love this I love the back story on the dvd. its very funny How he came to the idea of the movies
Published 11 months ago by Robert Shaffer
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