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The Boys in the Band

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VTJRW2
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Mart Crowley's 'The Boys in the Band' is a minor masterpiece of American cinema that was also instrumental in thrusting gay life and issues into the American mainstream.
Based upon the 1968 Off-Broadway play, this 1970 film adaption by William Friedkin retains all of the stage cast and most of the dialogue. The story is simple enough, Michael Connelly is throwing a party for his friend Harold when an old college roommate, who is presumably straight, arrives and throws the party into turmoil. Michael, who clearly has had a drinking problem, hits the bottle again as a result of the conflict. Kenneth Nelson gives a brilliant performance as Michael who is quickly unravelling with every drink and who begins to tear down his friends one by one. The party climaxes in a 'truth' game which proves oddly cathartic to everyone but Michael.
Many issues have arisen over the years with 'The Boys in the Band'. Were these men mostly stereotypes? Is this work still relevant to gay life? What does it say about where we are in light of where we've been?
Your answers to these questions may well depend on your age. For myself, when first viewing this as a 22 year old in 1987, I found it amusing but ultimately sad and upsetting. A dozen years later of being out in gay life, I have come to learn how masterful this work is and that while times have changed in many ways for the better, many of the issues that the 'boys' were dealing with back then are still being dealt with today. Issues of religious and societal intolerance and the attempt to forge a positive gay identity in an often hostile world are still very much with us today.
I believe the reason 'The Boys in the Band' is so humorous is that the camp humor of that time was largely a coping mechanism of sorts.
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WHERE IS THE DVD VERSION? This is such a wonderful classic gay movie that it upsets me "Wonderwoman" is out on DVD but this isn't! This is for those that like movies that have that "play" feeling. You get to know the characters and sympathize or relate to several of them. There is no need to go into the plot as the other reviewers have so eloquently done. No matter how old this is, the sentiments still ring true. The slutty guy, the "husband" material, the nelly one, the Catholic one..we all in the community know of guys like this. The sad part that still is pervasive however, that may explain why attitudes are the way they are for some in the community is the line, "if we just didn't hate ourselves so much". Which I think says it all for Michael and the rage he has inside. This movie is fun, deep, memorable, touching. A must! And if you want a lighter fun movie along the same time period in gay history, get "OUTRAGEOUS"!
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As an aside... Mart Crowley's sequel to "The Boys in the Band" entitled "The Men from the Boys" opened a few months ago in San Francisco and was extended a a couple of times. It is set in Michael's apartment once again and Harold again arives halfway through. This time however, they are coming together after the funeral of Larry, who has died from Cancer. In addition, there are three young men as well. The only original "boys" missing are Alan and Cowboy. Michael, Harold, Donald, Emory, Hank and Bernard all appear and there's even a "from the grave" appearance by Larry. From what I understand it is a study in how the different generations of gay men relate to each other. Sadly, Michael is still not a happy camper but the script, once tightened up a bit, will make a worthy sequel once it likely hits the NYC off-broadway scene and perhaps even into a movie sequel.
Also, Cliff Gorman died on Sept. 5th of 2002 from Leukemia leaving only 3 "Boys" left... Hank (Laurence Luckinbill), Alan (Peter White) and Bernard (Reuben Greene). All the boys except Emory died from AIDS.
I sincerely hope that if the sequel does make it to film that Mart Crowley would use the three remainging original "Boys" actors in the film. I've met Laurence Luckinbill and briefly discussed the work with him and he is rightly very proud of it. I'm sure he would jump at the chance to reprise his role. Using these three actors would lend the sequel a profound connection to the original...
I mean, who could play Hank, Alan & Bernard.... better than... well "Hank, Larry & Bernard?"
Also, do pick up a copy of "3 Plays by Mart Crowley"...
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I love the movie, however: the Blu-ray edition is terrible and I agree to 100% to the review on "Blu-ray Reviews & Releases" who wrote: "The AVC encoded image (1.78:1 aspect ratio) presentation doesn't represent a recent HD scan, with filmic qualities failing to spring to life, with grain erratic and periodically unnatural. Contrast has difficulties, especially in the final act of the movie, and delineation is mostly solid, losing dense hairstyles and costuming in limited lighting. Original cinematography favors softness, with details barely emerging even on intense close-ups, while background decoration is difficult to pick out. Colors are emphasized, giving clothing some heft, but skintones are very strange at times, looking more pastel than pinkish. Speckling is detected, along with sporadic debris."

Therefore, don't waste any money buying the Koch Lorber Blu-Ray. The old DVD was struck from the same master and had the same issues in terms of excessive grain. I know it sounds idiotic (especially in times of digital mastering) the old VHS is better than the DVD and/or blu-ray.

Kino Lorbeer (who already screwed up big time on "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" - as well as on many other titles) should be ashamed to peddle such obvious crap.
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