Seduction, passion and power struggles unfold when the creators of Basic Instinct, director Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers) and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (Original Sin) blow the lid off the seemingly glamorous world of Las Vegas showdancing to create one of the most controversialand shockingfilms of all time. Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) has what it takes to make it as a Las Vegas showgirlwhat she doesn't have is a way in. To survive, she accepts the only job available: lap dancing at a seedy club. And when she meets Cristal (Gina Gershon), Vegas'reigning showgirl, Nomi wants everything she hasincluding her boyfriend (Kyle MacLachlan). And as Nomi dives deeper into the world she so desperately desires, a rivalry between the two women heatsup. The battle for the spotlight becomes so fiercely competitive that it drives Nomi to desperate lengthsand devious heightsfor fame in Sin City.
The primary supplemental feature on the Showgirls
VIP limited-edition DVD is a commentary track by David Schmader, who gained fame for hosting an "annotated" version of the movie (think Mystery Science Theater 3000
). The track is subtitled "The Greatest Movie Ever Made," and Schmader explains himself thus: "Showgirls
triumphs in that every single person involved in the making of the film, from the writers, actors, gaffers, every single one of them is making the worst possible decision at every possible time, and it's this incredible density of failure that makes Showgirls
sublime." (He make an exception for Gina Gershon.) He wittily discusses the recurring "chips 'n' nails" motif and what Nomie's dancing reminds him of. Also included are behind-the-scenes footage, a pop-up trivia track, and some real-life showgirls offering tips on how to perform a lap dance and their take on the movie's lapdance scene. The oversized box is filled out with a variety of themed trinkets: two shot glasses, playing cards, a pin-the-pasties game, and photo cards with instructions for party games. It's like a bachelor party in a box. --David Horiuchi