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Valley of the Dolls (Special Edition) (1967)

Barbara Parkins , Patty Duke , Mark Robson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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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: Multiple Formats, 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 (391 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EXDSCA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,955 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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119 of 126 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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115 of 124 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
...so 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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34 of 37 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, Neely, sparkle!"
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful, dreadful, dreadful - how I love this film! September 21, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
There are so many contenders for the title of Worst Scene in this wonderful film that it's impossible to choose just one. There's Susan Hayward looking as though she's about to have a coronary as she struggles through her dud big show tune or the legendary wig scuffle or any scene with Patty Duke. But I think my personal favorite has to be the "singalong-in-the-sanitarium" sequence when smarmy crooner Tony and doolally Neely enjoy a musical reunion that will make your toes curl. Whenever life starts to get you down, settle down with Valley and a nice big bar of chocolate and you'll feel better in minutes. Those dresses! Those songs!! That hair!!! But shimmering throughout, an otherworldly vision in Travilla, is the goddess Sharon Tate. Bringing pathos and sensitivity to a role that didn't really warrant much of either, she demonstrates once and for all that she is The Great Lost Hollywood Icon. Legend has it that the three female stars of this film were so embarrassed by the finished product that they could hardly bring themselves to look at each other at the glitzy premiere party. But I think they were being a little hard on themselves. Citizen Kane was never this much fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i loved it. it was a great movie
i loved it . it was a great movie ..
Published 1 day ago by margaret cravens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent my all time fav movie.
Published 5 days ago by Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have! The EXTRAS are endless:(
Classic! End of story! :)
Published 12 days ago by Broadway Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!!!
Yes you must own this one just because it is so well done. Wonderful acting and a classic forever.
Published 20 days ago by Kevin M. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous!!
This classic makes me cry every time.
Published 28 days ago by Georgette Collier
1.0 out of 5 stars What a horrible movie
It's bad enough that the story is terribly depressing with no happy ending for anybody. But, there wasn't even any dignity in anyone's decline. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ralph Cinque
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love old movies
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Camp-fest!
It's a super-fun campfest from the 60's, worth it for Patty Duke's over-the-top performance and Susan Hayward's star turn as a Broadway diva! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scott Galassini
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE IT!!!
Published 1 month ago by drewski1983
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites! Patty Duke + Sharon Tate! Amazing.
One of my favorite movies of all time. Patty Duke nails it as "Neely" and it's haunting to see Sharon Tate in such an iconic role. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adam Cerny
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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.

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Has anyone planted their own tree?
Whoops! There goes another rubber-tree plant. (I had high hopes.)
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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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