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John Waters Collection #1: Hairspray/ Pecker (Special Edition)
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Pecker (Edward Furlong) loves to use the camera to capture his fellow Baltimore residents living their daily lives. Of course, since Pecker is a Waters movie, those daily lives include visits to strip bars, shoplifting, and various other quirky, and frequently hilarious, human activities. When Pecker's makeshift photo exhibit comes to the attention of a New York art agent (Lili Taylor), Pecker becomes the latest sensation. Pecker has something to offend just about everyone. But those who take the offenses to heart would be missing out on what amounts to a sweet-natured farce.
- Audio commentary by John Waters
- Original theatrical trailer
- On Hairspray: Ricki Lake joins John Waters for commentary
- On Pecker: Pecker's Snapshot Gallery--On-camera interview with Chuck Shacochis, the real photographer behind Pecker's portfolio
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I guess some reviewers have a valid point about the mainstreaming of Waters' films...and these two films are case(s?) in point. But consider the limitations placed on the writer/director as his core cast was fragmented and the cost of filming movies soared skyward. In both "Hairspray" and "Pecker" I see minor concessions to the bland tastes of Popular culture, but nary a cop-out. (...) the subversive edge of Waters' often brilliant writing/direction is an ongoing exercise in (good) bad taste. If nothing else, his characters never do what you expect of them, quite a virtue in a film world besotted with "accessible" characterization.
Despite some brilliant moments, "Hairspray" is a bit cloying on the whole. This, in my opinion, is largely due to Ricki Lake in the lead role. Despite the usual outrageous Waters' dialogue, Lake delivers her lines with such sweetness and reverance that you just want to backhand her. To her credit, she furthers the old saw about fat girls being good dancers.
"Hairspray" is also a bit overlong with dance sequences, though they certainly lend a touch of authenticity to the production. The central story is roughly linear, though the bit with Tracy in reform school seems like a delaying tactic...especially since Waters' used a similar story device in "Cry Baby". On the plus side, the supporting cast is rich with freakish appeal. Divine's last role for Waters isn't flashy, but his Edna Turnblad is a credible, nuanced piece of work.Read more ›
"Pecker" is one of John Waters recent films that I thoroughly enjoy. Its a ahppy little story that just floats along on screen, its really a pleasure to watch.
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Dvd broke coming out of the package... Didn't have time to return it.Published 7 months ago by Alice Schneider
Super John Waters - Great Divine in Hairspray. Loved Pecker! a must have!Published 17 months ago by Mark S
Great quality and value for the price! Two movies basiclly for the price of one! Also, the video quality was great.Published on November 11, 2011 by Greg A. Bredenkamp
Thank you for getting these movies out to me in a timely manner. They are just as you said they would be.Published on March 27, 2011 by kathy
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