John Waters Collection (A Dirty Shame NC-17 Version / Desperate Living / Female Trouble / Hairspray / Pecker / Pink Flamingos / Polyester)
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For the record, this box set contains: A Dirty Shame (the NC-17 version), Desperate Living, Female Trouble, Hairspray, Pecker, Pink Flamingos, Polyester and a DVD John Waters Scrapbook.
After watching the movies, I highly recommend watching them again with the commentaries. John's commentaries are great. Unlike a lot of directors he doesn't spend most the time talking about the technical aspects of the film. He relates amusing little stories about the film and related topics.
1. Pink Flamingos-this movie is absolutely hilarious and is the best in this collection. Waters could not have cast a more perfect group of people-Divine, Mink Stole, Mary V. Pearce, Danny Mills, David Lochary and the unforgettable Edith Massey are all brilliant in their roles as dysfunctional perverts and freaks. The plot is very simple, the sets are simple...but the film is great. watch it with friends! [A+]
2. Female Troube-comes oh so close to being #1. This was the perfect follow-up to Pink Flamingos. It's not as gross though (which isn't saying a lot, it still has it's uneasy moments!). Divine gives a better performance this time around and Mink is priceless as Taffy. The scene with Divine in her see-through wedding dress had me howling on the floor. This is Waters' second best film. [A+]
3. Desperate Living-I had my reservations before seeing this one since Divine is not in it, but it turned out to be really good as well. I'm almost tempted to say that this one is even more gross than Pink Flamingos! It has a lot of laughs, although i do have some criticisms. The Mole characted was really annoying to me, I don't think Susan Lowe should have played the part. Also, the penis-cutting scene was a bit over the top. But on the better side, Mink Stole deserved an Academy Award for the performance, Jean Hill was a brilliant addition to the Waters gang, and Mary Vivian and Edith Massey were great, as always.Third best Waters film. [A]
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I'm biased of course. I think John Water's movies should be obligatory by law. However I do have some questions...like where the hell is Multiple Maniacs and why has Serial Mom been omitted from the list?
What you DO get are classics like Pink Flamingos in which the protagonists struggle to prove themselves to be the filthiest people alive, while Desperate Living has the greatest Backwards Day scene ever filmed while hippies blasted on LSD shove babies into refrigerators. Also you get Female Trouble which is simply Divine's unquestionable masterpiece, while Pecker is just sublime and counts as the most loving tribute to a camera yet put on celluloid. All in all this cannot be missed but where the hell have Cry Baby and all the others got to?
The most series overlook is Multiple Maniacs and I'm still stuck without David Lochary as Mr David. I only have my VHS copy and the tape is wearing out. Please release it on a shiny plastic disk before I do something drastic and saw off my own face.
As Water's commented in Crackpot...much of what counted as showmanship in cinema is now dead. Thank god there is then a record of a man possessed of that vision who (unlike the infamous Jim Rose who once threatened to kill me when I compared his freak show with Water's visionary work) has an eye on the truly depraved. As always that's where the action is and there is no competing with it.Read more ›
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I am a right wing conservative. And I have fought the fight for my gay friends and still do. So if you knew anything about this scene you would know it transcends political lines. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
The greatest Christmas present I'll ever receive.
I love John Waters and am always thankful for his amazing creativity.
I give 5 stars as long as the item is in great condition or the condition expexcted anyway and as long as it shows up like it should. I'd buy again.Published on April 23, 2014 by Jacob Le Doux
This is a must for any John Waters fan. I think I have seen Female Trouble at least a thousand times and still laugh as hard as I did the first time! Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Barry
A marvelous edition, both in content and design! What a shame the odorama card is missing in this recent edition! Not five-star rated because of it.Published on August 25, 2011 by Ska
I never received my order. After waiting 23+ days I finally received a refund.
Would not recommend purchasing anything from Supermart.....
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