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Glamour has never been more grotesque than in Female Trouble, which injects the Hollywood melodrama with anarchic decadence. Divine, director John Waters’ larger-than-life muse, engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenport—who progresses from a teenage nightmare hell-bent on getting cha-cha heels for Christmas to a fame monster whose egomaniacal impulses land her in the electric chair—in the ultimate expression of the film’s lurid mantra, “Crime is beauty.” Shot in Baltimore on 16 mm, with a cast drawn from Waters’ beloved troupe of regulars, the Dreamlanders (including Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey, and Cookie Mueller), this film, the director’s favorite of his work with Divine, comes to life through the tinsel-toned vision of production designer Vincent Peranio and costume designer/makeup artist Van Smith. An endlessly quotable fan favorite, Female Trouble offers up perverse pleasures that never fail to satisfy.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Waters
• Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Waters
• New conversation between Waters and critic Michael Musto
• New and archival interviews with cast and crew members Mink Stole, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Susan Lowe, Mary Vivian Pearce, and more
• Deleted scenes and alternate takes
• Rare on-set footage • More!
• PLUS: An essay by film critic Ed Halter
- MPAA rating : s_medNC17 NC-17 (Adults Only)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 4.48 Ounces
- Director : John Waters
- Media Format : Color, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 37 minutes
- Release date : June 26, 2018
- Actors : Divine, David Lochary, Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller, Mary Vivian Pearce
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Criterion Collection
- ASIN : B07BF2S4RW
- Number of discs : 1
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I have owned this movie in other formats, but in the Criterion Collection edition, the colors really pop and the image is clearer and sharper than I’ve ever seen it...too clear maybe? LOL
This disc is loaded with special features, including interviews both old and new which are both amusing and enlightening. I enjoyed the special features almost as much as I enjoyed the movie itself.
This makes a nice companion disc to Criterion’s excellent release of “Multiple Maniacs”. Here’s hoping they can soon give us “Pink Flamingos”, “Desperate Living”, “Polyester”, “Serial Mom”, “Cry Baby” and “Pecker”. I’m not sure “Hairspray” needs the Criterion treatment, so I left that out.
John Waters’ fans, what are you waiting for? Buy this now.
The bluray is gorgeous considering the source material. I have no idea how Criterion got this 16mm print to look so good.
Let's be honest and admit that we'd have never thought for one second that a renowned studio like Criterion would tackle Water movies because while having tons of merit, they are quite extreme and it's a fantastic gift that they regard them as highly as mainstream-regarded classics.
The extras are fantastic, you get to see interview with almost all of the cast and crew!
I really wish that we'd still get the cardboard packaging instead of boring plastic ones though.
Now, give us Serial Mom, Soapdish and Clueless and I can die in peace.
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The remastering looks fantastic; the colors on Vincent Peranio’s sets and Van Smith’s costumes just pop! But the Bonus Features are what make this a must-have. Over two hours’ worth not counting the commentary. There are new/recent interviews with John, Hilary Taylor (young Taffy) and some that were lifted from the 2013 I AM DIVINE documentary. What’s great about these is how there is no phony Hollywood BS about John or any of these people. They just tell it like it is with no hidden agenda or fake PR personas to uphold. There’s also some new tidbits in these instead of the same old stories we die-hard Dreamland fans have heard over and over.
But the archival material is the stuff we fans want and this set delivers in spades. There are plenty of outtakes and deleted scenes but most of them are in black-and-white since John admits he was too cheap to use color film for the work prints. We see a deleted scene in the Davenport kitchen on Xmas Eve after Dawn’s expelled from school—fascinating stuff! Lots of color stills and behind-the-scenes color photos never seen before too. There’s a 1975 roundtable interview filmed at Andy Warhol’s Factory and while the video quality isn’t the best, it’s great *and bittersweet* to see John, Divine, Mink Stole and David Lochary all together in such a setting. They discuss the (then) recent release of the film and everyone chain smokes incessantly—except Divine—who sits there in half-drag with full makeup and a headscarf that makes him look like a plus-sized Little Edie (Beale of GREY GARDENS). Mink looks absolutely striking and David’s hair looks normal! The filming continues even as they are leaving and putting on their coats and scarves and you see Divine admiring some tchotchke “Ooh, that’s nice” and somebody in the background yells “Don’t take anything!”.
If you are a John Waters/Divine fan, this is a no-brainer. I would have paid over $100 for this!