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Rocky Horror Picture Show [VHS] (1975)

Tim Curry , Susan Sarandon , Jim Sharman  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,043 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn
  • Directors: Jim Sharman
  • Writers: Richard O'Brien, Jim Sharman
  • Producers: John Goldstone, Lou Adler, Michael White
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
  • VHS Release Date: September 15, 1998
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,043 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305076626
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,967 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Special Edition Presented in its original theatrical format. The film's original screen composition can now be viewed in all its wide screen splendor with the added attraction of being digitally mastered by THX for superior sound and picture quality. Fasten your garter belt, come up to the lab, and see what's on the slab! It's THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW SPECIAL EDITION, a screamingly funny, sinfully twisted salute to sci-fi, horror, B-movies, and rock music, all rolled into one deliciously decadent morsel. The madcap, musical mayhem of Rocky Horror is a classic!

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If a musical sci-fi satire about an alien transvestite named Frank-n-Furter, who is building the perfect man while playing sexual games with his virginal visitors, sounds like an intriguing premise for a movie, then you're in for a treat. Not only is The Rocky Horror Picture all this and more, but it stars the surprising cast of Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick (as the demure Janet and uptight Brad, who get lost in a storm and find themselves stranded at Frank-n-Furter's mansion), Meat Loaf (as the rebel Eddie), Charles Gray (as our criminologist and narrator), and, of course, the inimitable Tim Curry as our "sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania."

Upon its release in 1975, the film was an astounding flop. But a few devotees persuaded a New York theater to show it at midnight, and thus was born one of the ultimate cult films of all time. The songs are addictive (just try getting "The Time Warp" or "Toucha Toucha Touch Me" out of your head), the raunchiness amusing, and the plot line utterly ridiculous--in other words, this film is simply tremendous good fun. The downfall, however, is that much of the amusement is found in the audience participation that is obviously missing from a video version (viewers in theaters shout lines at the screen and use props--such as holding up newspapers and shooting water guns during the storm, and throwing rice during a wedding scene). Watched alone as a straight movie, Rocky Horror loses a tremendous amount of its charm. Yet, for those who wish to perfect their lip-synching techniques for movie theater performances or for those who want to gather a crowd around the TV at home for some good, old-fashioned, rowdy fun, this film can't be beat. --Jenny Brown



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242 of 249 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I loved going to "Rocky Horror" when I was in college, but watching on home video just wasn't the same. I'm probably committing heresy but there's a reason why this sci-fi, horror, B-movie satire, rock musical didn't really make it big until theaters started showing it as a midnight movie and fans started attending in costume and talking back to the screen. The 25th anniversary DVD, with several audience participation options, really is the next best thing to being there.
For the uninitiated, "Rocky Horror" tells the story of two clean-cut American youths, uptight Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick of "Spin City") and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon of "Dead Man Walking") whose car breaks down on a dark, deserted road in the middle of a storm--the classic beginning to many horror movies--and who seek help at a nearby castle. Castles, as Rocky fans know, don't have phones! What this castle has instead is a cross-dressing mad scientist Frank-N-Furter Tim Curry, in perhaps his finest performance), two very creepy servants, Riff-Raff (Richard O'Brien, who wrote the musical) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn), and various other hangers-on, including lovers Columbia (Little Nell) and biker Eddie (Meat Loaf). Brad and Janet walk in on a party celebrating the creation of Frank-N-Furter's muscle-bound boy-toy "Rocky." Bed-hopping chaos soon ensues, until the servants reveal their true identities and take control.
Punctuating this wacky plot are some of the wildest rock-musical songs ever written. In addition to the classic "Time Warp," there's O'Brien's salute to cult-classic B-movies, "Science Fiction Double Feature," Meat Loaf's "Hot Patootie," and Sarandon ode to sexual self-discovery, "Toucha Toucha Touch Me!"
So much for the "Rocky virgin" portion of the review...
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101 of 109 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good, but with some major problems October 22, 2010
By danny
Format:Blu-ray
Having owned several 35mm prints of this film and watched many others, I know how this film should look. Overall, this disc looks amazing with intact grain structure and details; however there are 2 major issues.

1. For unknown reasons Science Fiction is LETTERBOXED ( within the 1.66 frame which the Fox logo and the rest of the film is in), cutting off the top and bottom of the lips during parts of the song. The entire film was 1.66 on the dvd so this blunder on the Blu-ray is unforgivable.
2. The blue tint from Brad's bedroom scene has been removed. The blue tint from the Timewarp flashback has also been removed.

I have emailed FOX and have not heard back.
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126 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical, totally weird and tacky July 5, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a movie you either love or hate. I first heard of this movie when I saw "Fame" ... when I saw the kids in the movie watching this in the theater, it not only looked stupid, but the whole environment of people throwing things at each other in the theater seemed a little scary... and what's with all the midnight theater showings?
I finally had to find out what the big fuss was about and so I rented it on video and watched it at a friend's house. The beginning moves pretty slow, but you will soon be either taking the video back (without rewinding) to the store, or you'll be doubled over in laughter during the few minutes your jaw isn't hanging open.
Tim Curry is absolutely hilarious and perfect for his role... an outerspace Transexual from Transylvania (a planet, not the country - I think)... Dr. Frankenfurter.
Despite the slow parts here and there, the music is great and funny to boot. Where else can you see Susan Surrandon walking around in her underwear and Meatloaf riding a motorcycle with stitches all over his head like Boris Karloff? This is a cult classic, but not just because it's weird and twisted... it's also a musical and a comedy. The soundtrack is great just by itself, good beat, peppy tunes, clever (albeit not mainstream) lyrics.
If the idea of seeing a man walking around wearing lipstick and a garter belt makes you want to scream and take a bath, then this isn't the film for you... you'll feel like you need an exorcism afterwards!
If you like a good laugh, good music and a movie like you've never seen before, this is worth a shot.
After seeing this in the safety of my friend's home, I saw it a couple of years later in the theater. It was an interesting experience I can say I've been through, but that's about it...
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85 of 100 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let me show you my favorite obssession... May 2, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
So you haven't seen this movie and you call yourself a true movie fan! BAH! I'm sorry, folks. Whether you like it or not, this one's required-reading. And I will tell you something now: I've seen worse on USA's UP ALL NIGHT. In fact, that's just what this movie makes fun of. It takes all those late-night science-fiction thrill-omedies and skewers them mercilessly. A favorite of mine since first-viewing, it's a great musical and an outrageously fun romp. Misunderstood greatly when it first came out, this satire preys on cheesy musicals("Dammit, Janet" is a wondeful indication of this), sex-and-science-fiction films(read "Flash Gordon" & "Barbarella") and a bit of society's judgement of man("Frank-n-furter!/It's all over/your mission is a failure/your lifestyle's too extreme") and how we're crucified if we're not perfect. The performances are on par(including early ones from Barry Botswick and Susan Surandon) but it's truly Tim Curry who steals the show(as the transsexual Vampire known as "Dr. Frank-n-Furter") in a role STILL arguably unequaled to this day.
Wonderfully kinky, catchy and definitely DIFFERENT, it's not a film for everyone but then again, wasn't that the aim to begin with?
--Matt
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Movie. Very funny.
Published 20 hours ago by Daphne Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful movie
Absolutely splendid! i love this play and the movie is amazing too...
It has the US version, and the UK version of the movie with shadow cast in front of the screen, so if... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sky Kaos Yumi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So hopefully the DVD is in good condition. I'm not about to open it...
Always a classic. I bought this as a Christmas present. So hopefully the DVD is in good condition. I'm not about to open it and find out.
Published 5 days ago by BoingoMadusa
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) is a quirky, yet fun film that continues to defy logic almost 40 years after its debut. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Todd7
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie!
Published 6 days ago by Amber Merrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a great classic
Published 7 days ago by Michael Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars But it came fast and it was a good price. I was surprised to find it...
Came still in plastic. Haven't watched it yet,Hope it plays. But it came fast and it was a good price. I was surprised to find it on VHS. UPDATE Just watched it yesterday. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Debbie Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always enjoy The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This rental was excellent. Clear picture and sound.
Published 7 days ago by mmorga4
3.0 out of 5 stars I hate to say it but being redone in blu-ray its ...
I hate to say it but being redone in blu-ray its a lot clearer but it lost the richness in the music and thats what this dvd is all about.
Published 8 days ago by jeffery C. Walker
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