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Serial Mom (Collector's Edition) (1994)

Kathleen Turner , Sam Waterston , John Waters  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Justin Whalin, Matthew Lillard
  • Directors: John Waters
  • Writers: John Waters
  • Producers: John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • 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: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013527L6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,771 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Serial Mom (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Feature Commentary with Director John Waters and Star Kathleen Turner
  • Feature Commentary with Director John Waters
  • Serial Mom: Surreal Moments
  • The Kings of Gore: Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman
  • The Making of Serial Mom

  • Editorial Reviews

    Director John Waters creates here a wickedly funny--and nasty--comedy starring Kathleen Turner as the ultimate suburbanite: a woman so obsessed with suburban perfection that she kills a neighbor for not separating her recyclables. Hubby Sam Waterston and kids Matthew Lillard and Ricki Lake don't have a clue that in fact it is squeaky-clean mom who is the killer at large in their Baltimore neighborhood and who has murdered, among others, the guy who dumped her daughter. The final courtroom scene is a riot, turning her into a celebrity defendant (long before O.J.) and featuring a terrific cameo by Patty Hearst (yes, that Patty Hearst). Not for the squeamish or the easily offended, Waters's fans will find him in classic form. --Marshall Fine

    Product Description

    Director John Waters puts a twist on the everyday mediocrity of suburban life in the hilarious satire Serial Mom. See Kathleen Turner like never before as Beverly Sutphin, the seemingly perfect homemaker who will stop at nothing to rid the neighborhood of anyone failing to live up to her moral code. Featuring a digitally remastered picture and 5.1 surround sound, Serial Mom is a killer comedy that will take you over the edge with laughter!

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    50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion has changed! NO IT HAS NOT!!!!! July 28, 2003
    SERIAL MOM is John Waters at his delightfully darkest. Kathleen Turner plays a soccer mom who harbors secret psychopathic longings and begins acting them out in the most bizarre ways. Ever seen anyone killed with a turkey leg while singing a song from ANNIE? If you've seen SERIAL MOM you have! Wow! Kathleen does a great job, but also look for Ricki Lake, Traci Lords, and a before he was famous Matthew Lillard throwing in great support. Oh, and who can forget Suzanne Sommers? She's awesome too! Waters regular Mink Stole steals her pussy willow scene as well. This is a great one!
    The DVD contains a commentary with John Waters, and as usual his track is every bit as entertaining as the movie. There are featurettes with all the leads talking about making this farce! It's a great package. DVD presentation is striking - good picture and sound of one of John's highest budget features.
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    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    I thought this movie was a riot the first time I saw it. I was only vaguely aware of John Waters at the time, as he had hit it big with Hairspray a few years before. Watching this movie you can catch the little digs and subleties (the gal from L7 showing off her camel toe, that really filthy porn movie the friend Scottie is watching, etc.) here and there. Kathleen Turner plays the Divine role very well as the suburban housewife on the edge of exploding. Beverly is so obsessed with perfection and keeping her world in line that she snaps. The obscene calls to her neighbor Dottie (all because she cut her off in the parking lot at Joanne Fabrics) are hilarious. She kills the woman for not rewinding her video tapes before returning them, and even contemplates murder against her literbug neighbor for not recycling.

    This was probably John Waters's salute to the courtroom groupie phenomena. We can turn mass murderers into celebrities, although I wish he had captured more of the party aspect of it rather than the sale of T shirts and merchandise. Patty Hurst is even in it, and if you didn't know otherwise John Waters was one of the Patty Hurst groupies back in the day. Suzanne Sommers even makes an appearance, in probably her most signifigant screen role to date, just being herself. It was a good time and captures one of John Waters's many obsessions.
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    27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    Format:VHS Tape
    SERIAL MOM is one of John Waters' more mainstream movie offerings and thus lacks the edge of earlier efforts (PINK FLAMINGOES, POLYESTER), though does have Kathleen Turner in one of her most accomplished tour-de-forces.

    Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) seems like your ordinary stay-at-home wife and mother, but nothing could be further from the truth. Anyone who crosses her path and defiles her code of morals is instantly killed or abused, starting with neighbour Dottie Hinkle (Mink Stole) whom Beverly harrasses with shocking prank phonecalls after Dottie rudely cut her out of a parking space. Then there's the boy who broke daughter Misty's heart, impaled by a Franklin Mint fire-poker; the rude man who doesn't floss, crushed by his airborne cooler-unit; the woman who doesn't rewind her videos, bludgeoned by a lamb chop, and the list goes on...!

    Beverly's murder trial takes on a life of it's own and becomes a media circus. Suzanne Somers is the frontrunner to play Beverly in a TV miniseries and Beverly acts as her own defence. Too bad about the annoying juror (Patty Hearst) who is wearing white shoes after Labour Day...

    Kathleen Turner glows in her ghoulishly-gleeful turn as Beverly. John Waters directs a fine cast (including Waters stalwarts Mink Stole and Ricki Lake).

    This movie is simply delightful off-kilter comedy at it's best. Ricki Lake and Matthew Lillard play Beverly's teens Misty and Chip with Sam Waterston as Beverly's guileless husband. The cast also includes Traci Lords, Scott Wesley Morgan, Walt MacPherson, Justin Whalin, Patricia Dunnock, Lonnie Horsey and Mary Jo Catlett.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Serious fun December 31, 2001
    Format:VHS Tape
    The story of the woman defending her family results in the best movie of John Waters and the best role of Kathleen Turner, one of the 80's big actresses.
    Without spoiling the fun the movie makes, it contains the most hilarious murder ever committed, the best courtroom scene ever and the aftermath of it (even more funny), and the most idiotic story in the world that works. All the actors are great but Kathleen Turner is absolutely fantastic (or frenetic ?). She should have got an AA for this role. She is totally psychotic, anyway you can't help but love her. She is the perfect mother but she is too perfect and this results in some "accidents". Anyone who tries to harm her family is... in danger (to say the least)
    John Waters is known for some movies in the past (Pink Flamingos, a cult trash movie for instance) but this is the best movie he's ever directed. It is a comedy as dark as the night and a superb satire. It IS trash but the best trash I've ever seen. So it is highly recommended for anyone who doesn't moralize over some silly things. Because this story is silly. If it wouldn't be then... anyway who knows what their neighbours are doing :). Maybe serial mom lives next to you but you haven't recognised her yet...
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    its great quick delivery
    Published 6 days ago by Eddie Lathrop
    5.0 out of 5 stars This movie plays well and was exactly as described and ...
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 9 days ago by Dulce Brooks
    4.0 out of 5 stars At least it made me laugh
    This movie is definitely cheesy, but that's what gave me a good laugh, I enjoyed it :)
    Published 1 month ago by jess
    5.0 out of 5 stars Is your refrigerator running. Better go catch it
    A day before caller ID and to much information collection. Five stars. And for my favorite waiter at clems. U are a sweet heart
    Published 1 month ago by Overlooking the Mississippi
    4.0 out of 5 stars A laugh
    Sam Waterson plays a dork in this movie. Situations are so unusual that they are humorous. An oldi but goodie.
    Published 2 months ago by hdsumm
    5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
    I enjoyed this flick. It was funny and lighthearted and Kathleen Turner did a great acting job. It was aso sub-titled in English, which made it even more enjoyable. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Barbara J. Stewart
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cracked me up
    This movie is funny as heck. It's kind of weird to say because she goes around killing everybody, but the way the movie is made it's not gory or anything like that. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by A. Holt
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
    I could watch this movie over and over and HAVE! lol Kathleen Turner is amazing how she can transition into so many different roles perfectly.
    Published 4 months ago by Annette Woods
    2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong copy
    I got the wrong edition of this DVD. It was supposed to be the collector's edition but I didn't get that version.
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    The old edition was in fullscreen and had a John Waters commentary. The new DVD has more bonus features and is in widescreen. It also retains the old Waters commentary.
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