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Valley of the Dolls (Special Edition) (1967)

Barbara Parkins , Patty Duke , Mark Robson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Tony Scotti
  • Directors: Mark Robson
  • Writers: Jacqueline Susann, Dorothy Kingsley, Helen Deutsch
  • Producers: Mark Robson, David Weisbart
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,784 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Valley of the Dolls (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by actress Barbara Parkins and E!'s Ted Casablanca
  • New documentary "Gotta Get Off This Merry-Go-Round: Sex, Dolls and Showtunes"
  • "The Divine Ms. Susann" featurette
  • "Hollywood Backstories: Valley of the Dolls" featurette
  • "Valley of the Dolls: A World Premiere Voyage" documentary
  • "Jacqueline Susann and Valley of the Dolls" documentary
  • Still galleries
  • Trivia Overdose: A Pill-Popping Guide to Valley of the Dolls
  • "You've Got Talent" Karaoke
  • Star screen tests

Editorial Reviews

Lured by their dreams of fame and fortune, three ambitious young women enter the world of show business and discover how easy it is to sink into a celebrity nightmare of ego, alcohol and 'pills' - the beloved "dolls." A prim New Englander (Barbara Parkins) unexpectedly skyrockets from her job as secretary in a talent agency to a glamorous TV model. A determined singer (Patty Duke) finds that Hollywood success can also spell self-destruction. And a beautiful sex symbol (Sharon Tate) is torn between the money commands and the shame of feeling exploited. Based on Jacqueline Susann's phenomenal best-seller about the underside of Hollywood, this fascinating melodrama was once seen as a shocking behind-the-scenes look at how show business creates instant stars, destroys romances and changes personalities forever.

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114 of 121 people found the following review helpful
Fox has gone all out to put out a great transfer of this great camp classic and has really given fans a load of extras in this two disk Special Edition of VALLEY OF THE DOLLS.

This two-disc special edition offers the following features...

Disc 1: Main Feature
2.35.1 anamorphic widescreen transfer
English Stereo & Mono
Spanish Mono
English & Spanish subtitles

Commentary by E! gossip columnist Ted Casablanca and Barbara Parkins.

Trivia Overdose: A Pill Popping Guide To The Valley Of The Dolls option that provides 'Pop Up Video' style trivia bits on screen as the movie plays out.

"Gotta Get off this Merry-Go-Round: Sex, Dolls and Showtunes" (don't miss this 49-minute documentary, found by hitting the "MORE" button on the first screen). Casablanca, Alonso Duralde and Michael Musto and Barbara Parkins are among those commenting on the film in this exhausting (and hilarious) tribute to the film.

Stills Galleries: There are six galleries, one each for Anne Welles, Neely O'Hara and Jennifer North as well as behind-the-scenes looks at the Costume Design, Production Snapshots and Sets & Locations.

Disc 2: Extra Feature:
The Divine Ms. Susann (15 mins.) is a look at Jacqueline Susann's life through interviews with people who knew and worked with her.

"The Dish On The Doll" (5 mins.), feautures noted gay film critic Alonso Duralde and Michael Musto among others and is great for obsessive fans. It points out early appearances by Nathan Lane (in the TV remake), Richard Dreyfuss, and Marvin Hamlisch playing piano in the background and various bloopers.
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111 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "They drummed you right out of Hollywood..... May 11, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase you come crawling back to Broadway"....
Just one of a myriad of oh-so-quotable lines from the classic VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, based on Jacqueline Susann's steamy pulp-fiction bestseller of 1966. The acting is pure cheese, the script is a paler, watered-down imitation of Susann's text and the songs are God-awful. But there is something about this little gem that draws me in time after time. I could easily watch it once or twice a day and never get bored with it.
The story recounts three girls in New York: Anne Welles (Barbara Parkins - BEAR ISLAND), Neely O'Hara (Patty Duke - THE MIRACLE WORKER) and Jennifer North (Sharon Tate).
Anne has just arrived from small-town Lawrenceville, and landed a job as secretary in an entertainment law-firm. This leads Anne to the acquaintance of Neely, a young up-and-coming Broadway singer who's just been dumped from the new musical starring Helen Lawson (Susan Hayward - I WANT TO LIVE). The reason?...Neely would easily steal the show, and the only star of a Helen Lawson show is Helen Lawson...!
Anne also meets Jennifer, a sweet but by her own admission, talentless showgirl/model. Anne's boss Lyon Burke (Paul Burke) arranges for Neely to sing on a charity telethon, and she quickly lands her own revue at a prominent nightclub. Jennifer marries handsome crooner Tony Polar (Tony Scotti) against the wishes of his sister/manager Miriam (Lee Grant - VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED). Anne then gets discovered by a cosmetics firm and becomes the glamorous 'Gillian Girl'.
The story moves to Hollywood where both Neely and Tony are turned into movie stars. Success comes too fast and easily for Neely who disappears into a heady world of dolls and alcohol.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Payne
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"It's a brutal climb to reach that peak. You stand there, waiting for the rush of exhilaration but it doesn't come. You're alone, and the feeling of loneliness is overpowering."

I love, love, LOVE this movie. I was 7 when it came out, remember my mom playing the Dionne Warwick single over and over. I saw it for the first time when I was 11 on network television, and even taped the soundtrack from the television onto a tape so I could play it back whenever I wanted. That's what you did before VCRs if you were a movie crazy kid like me. Eventually I knew every single line of dialogue by heart.

Years later, watching it on the big screen at the Castro theater revival in San Francisco, I was surprised that I still remembered most of the lines. Also surprised that the movie had aged like a fine wine (or wine in a box maybe) into the quintessential trash classic of our time.

Yes, this movie is terrible ... terrible in the most fantastic way imaginable. When I was a kid, I thought I was the only one that appreciated the trashy greatness of this film. But I wasn't alone at all. People love this movie. It's everything that's great and terrible about Hollywood all rolled into one Technicolor trainwreck. Now it's coming out on DVD and all us crazy Doll-heads can watch Neely, Anne and Jennifer reach the top of Mt. Everest every night!

"Sparkle, Nelly, sparkle!"
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You gimme back my hair, you little b*tch!" February 19, 2005
By Kasey G
This entire movie could make up an arm's-length list of unforgettable quotes. I am almost embarrassed to admit I know 75% of the dialogue by heart! I first saw this film on the late show back in 1981 with my Mom and immediately became obsessed with it. The next day I grabbed the paperback from my parents' bookcase and read it cover to cover. I still prefer the movie. I had no idea back then it would become such a cult classic as the years went on. I thought it was my own private guilty pleasure! Why on earth hasn't the studio released this on DVD? It was bad enough it took them until 1993 to get it out on VHS. Do they not realize there's a GOLD MINE here? The video has grossed some thirty million bucks in sales and rentals in its 12 years on the market. Fans are clamoring for a deluxe DVD release, which should include multiple commentaries from Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke and others, and of course, that prized lost footage featuring Judy Garland as Helen Lawson. Judy's legions of fans will willingly snap this up for a glimpse of what would have been her final film role, guaranteeing bigger sales than the video for sure! 20th Century Fox...are you LISTENING?? I can only hope that when the DVD release arrives that the person in charge of the audio corrects the sound on all the musical numbers. I have an old tape of this recorded off a local channel and the orchestra sounds fantastic during the musical sequences, although the print is faded and scratchy. On the VHS version, the vocals have been brought so forward the music is barely audible, which is a shame because you can't fully appreciate the musical numbers based on the VHS tape.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
The story is based in Jaqueline Susann's book of the same name which became one on the best selling books of all time. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by mark canady
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to rewatch a classic campy movie again (and again)
I was a young teenager when this movie premiered. The mod fashions and glamorous actors were fun to watch then, and now again. Read more
Published 4 days ago by 60's child
4.0 out of 5 stars Valley of the Dolls...
This movie is rated pg13 but I don't think the subject matter is really appropriate for kids under probably 18. The movie is from 1967 from a book by Jacqueline Susann. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Carla Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE
I saw this movie as a teen (at a drive-in theatre no less), and remember very well how controversial the theme was at the time. Read more
Published 6 days ago by fairy not princess
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Published 8 days ago by Gale Klosterman
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
i thought Valley of the Dolls is still prevalent today, as the entertainment industry has not changed much, and by many tabloid and gossip sites, it's worse. Read more
Published 11 days ago by M. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars scandalous but good
wow what a scandalous movie is good and keeps you glued to watching it but susan hayward steals the movie in her scenes
Published 22 days ago by Oscar R. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Features are Great
I won't waste the effort on reviewing the film. I forgot that I knew almost the entire script by heart from watching it so many times in my younger years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LookingLinda62
5.0 out of 5 stars VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
the story
the music
Published 1 month ago by flip
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish watching it.
I've heard of the movie, mainly because of what happened to Sharon Tate, God rest her soul !

I tried to watch this movie, but I just couldn't. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aeaden
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Helen Lawson was cheated out of an OSCAR!
Because Men run Showbiz and strong women with a hard core like Miss Lawson scare them. She didn't need pills like that drunken tramp who unbelievably won a Grammy Award when we all know her most captive audience were the residents of a Nuthouse.

She had the absolute best hairpiece in the... Read more
Jul 16, 2006 by Larkhall |  See all 7 posts
Has anyone planted their own tree?
Whoops! There goes another rubber-tree plant. (I had high hopes.)
Mar 22, 2009 by Doctor Mabuse |  See all 7 posts
Judy Garland's version
Yeah, I'd like to see Fox cut Judy's scenes into the movie as best as possible, even if it takes some CGI, and get rid of that broad Susan Hayward who ruins an otherwise perfect film. :)
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