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- Commentary by screenwriter and film critic Roger Ebert
- Commentary by cast members Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John La Zar and Erica Gavin
- "Above, Beneath and Beyond the Valley: The Making of a Musical-Horror-Sex-Comedy" documentary
- "Look on up at the Bottom: The Music of Dolls" featurette
- "The Best of Beyond" featurette
- "Sex, Drugs, Music and Murder: Signs of the Times, Baby!" featurette
- "Casey and Roxanne: The Love Scene" featurette
- Actor screen tests
- 6 photo galleries
Top Customer Reviews
This sequel-in-name-only to "Valley" remains one of the strangest and most colorful products from the psychedelic era. It's fun to laugh at the bad acting, the eyes that never blink, the hip catchphrases but I also admired the cinematography (looking as great as ever on DVD), and the wild, catchy songs that distinguishes BVD as having one of the best rock soundtracks ever. (Sorry Barbra, 1976's "A Star is Born" soundtrack will never have that honor.)
This DVD has so many extras it freaks me out. One of the best features is the cast interviews; this has to be one of the best aging casts ever. Marcia McBroom (Pet) and Cynthia Myers (Casey) look great, and Dolly Read (Kelly) looks fantastic. I'm so glad they were also willing to do one of the commentaries; the other commentary is done by the writer of the screenplay, the great Roger Ebert. Sadly, David Gurian (Harris), he of the blue eyes, did not participate in any of the features but John LaZar, Z-Man himself!, is on hand, making this a sweet deal.
Great fun, and remember, as the tagline says, "This is not a sequel, this is unlike anything you've ever seen." A+
First of all, the film itself is presented in 16x9 widescreen in a very minimal level of compression - which yields a beautiful picture quality on large TVs. The sound is also in stereo and sounds terrific on a good home theater system.
The two commentaries are terrific. Roger Ebert's commentary is insightful and instructional, while the second commentary track of the five actors all watching together is just fun. The second disk of extras has a good set of documentaries that are well done and very enjoyable to watch.
I am a happy, happy man at this great DVD release of "BTVOTD". As Z-man himself (actor John La Zar) introduces on this set, "BVD on DVD. It's your happening, you know it's your happening and it freaks you out!"
Actually, "Beyond," which major studio 20th Century Fox asked Meyer to direct, is less outrageous, considering the track record this cult director had made, and was going to make. But still, for ordinary people, it is a shocking experience to see almost every genre is mixed in it: love story (too corny one), a sucess story (of Josie and the Pussycats-like rock band, I mean it), and even a gory horror movie (with the sound of 20th Century Fox's trademark fanfare, and Richard Wagner's classic you have heard in Coppola's very famous film!). And within less than 2 hours!!
However, remember, those were the days. Don't take anything too seriously. Besides, the soundtrack is great and if you like those songs of 1960s, you will love it. My favorite is "Candy Man," an Animals-type song, and believe it or not, in Japan they released a single cut from the soundtrack with the credit of Carrie Nations, the fictional band Dolly Read and others play in "Beyond." Oh, I almost forgot to say, you have a glimpse of "Strawberry Alarm Clock," psychedelic rock band that got the No.1 of the Billboard Chart with their "Incense and Peppermint," which you heard in "Austin Powers." They play it here, but sorry, it's lip-sync. And look for Pam Grier (credited as Pamela Grier), of "Jackie Brown."
Enjoy the extremism of filmmaking, I dare you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Saw this in the Driver-In back in the 70's. It was a fun movie to watch on a Saturday night and still is. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Plays well and the price was right.I always wanted to see this older flick.Liked it.Published 1 month ago by Johnny
Movie was excellent, as I knew it would be. Would give it a 5 star rating, but disc 2(Special Features) wouldn't play. It was unsupported on both of my DVD players.Published 2 months ago by Andrew Powitz
The passing of Roger Ebert calls for a renewed appreciation of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. I will not bore, nor spoil with plot details or the names of actors, but try to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karl Weaver
Still remains on my top 5 list...alucky me that my fav playmate Cynthia Myers
stars as well as Dolly Read and a bevy of beauties, Lovethe music and the
soapy... Read more
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