Thursday, June 08, 2006

carrie nation

So after what seemed like weeks of waiting, Carrie Nation has arrived, pretty much as described. Although I do have some doubts as to whether her hair is actually 100% human. It seems to be a mix, I could do a burn test to find out- but I'm not sure I really need to know that badly. I love the fact that she looks like she's been popping the little red dolls. It could explain the delay at the border.

Here she is modeling a hat I made a few years ago, back when leopard was all the rage. Then again, when is it not?

Here she is again, sporting some cool circa 1996 shades and a hat that I purchased about 5 years ago at a store in Montreal called Aime Come Moi. It originally had a bizarre garden gnome vibe and the pom poms hung down around the bosom area. It didn't do much for me, so I gave the ear flaps a little twist and moved the pom poms upwards. It's much more flattering this way and I'll even wear it in public one of these days.

and speaking of bosoms

How excited am I to learn that the best (and sometimes referred to as the only Russ Meyer film with a plot) movie ever made is being released on DVD this June?

Click me for link to official website and more info on the DVDs and all the sweet bonus features



CENTURY CITY, Calif. – Get twelve steps closer to superstardom as Fox Home Entertainment exposes Hollywood’s most shaming secrets when Valley Of The Dolls and Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls debut on DVD June 13, 2006. These two legends of camp – from the twisted minds of scandal-making sixties icon Jacqueline Susann, (actress, author, screenwriter and thinly veiled subject of Valley Of The Dolls), and midnight movie kingpin Russ Meyer (Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill!) respectively – horrified critics and enthralled audiences when they opened in theaters and have both remained cult classics ever since. Valley Of The Dolls stars Oscar® winner Patty Duke* (The Miracle Worker), Barbara Parkins (“Peyton Place”) and Sharon Tate (“The Beverly Hillbillies”) as three aspiring starlets who let Hollywood go to their heads. The Valley Of The Dolls DVD arrives loaded with pulpy bonus programming, including the famously sloppy screen test by Judy Garland, as well as original featurettes, “Pill Pop-Up Karaoke,” and much more. Penned by now-famous film critic Roger Ebert, the outrageously over-the-top Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls earned an X-rating on its quest to out-do the scandalous original with the story of a girl-band, The Carrie Nations, who arrive in Hollywood to find only sex, drugs and sleaze. Featuring doll-induced performances by non-actors from the rock and adult film communities, Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls is a shameless classic that proves “all are available for a price.” Both DVDs are available for $26.98 U.S./$46.98 Canada. Pre-book is May 17.

DVD Features:
The Valley Of The Dolls (1967):
Straight from the best-selling pages of Jacqueline Susann’s audacious novel comes the unforgettable tale of three glamorous women who will stop at nothing to get to the top. Oscar®-winners Patty Duke, Lee Grant and Susan Hayward team with Sharon Tate and Barbara Parkins for this “absorbing, sensational” (Los Angeles Times) account of “sex, drugs and show business!” (Detour) When a small-town beauty (Parkins) arrives in New York, she becomes instant friends with a struggling singer, Neely (Duke) and actress, Jennifer (Tate). Together the head-strong, career-driven gals embark on a roller-coaster ride of fast-talking men, endless nights of partying, booze…and pills that they call “dolls.” But as they careen down the path to superstardom, their hedonism takes an explosive turn into self-destruction that none of them are prepared for…and one won’t survive!

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970):
Step into a delirious kaleidoscope of the psychedelic ’60s in this “hilarious” (L.A. Herald-Examiner) and “lusty” (Playboy) parody of the 1967 hit film The Valley of the Dolls. Directed by auteur filmmaker Russ Meyer (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) and written by fledgling film critic Roger Ebert, this wildly sexy cult classic “spoofs, celebrates and derides the swinging culture all at once” (Village Voice)! Fun-loving bombshells Kelly, Casey and Pet have a rock band, and they’re headed to Hollywood to make it big! Thanks to Kelly’s well-connected aunt, they soon find themselves at a hedonistic love-in thrown by eccentric music promoter Ronnie “Z-Man” Barzell. He takes them under his wing, and a new world of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll unfolds. Superstardom is within reach, if only their newfound distractions don’t get in the way!

Valley Of The Dolls
Price: $26.98 U.S./$46.98 Canada
Street Date: June 13, 2006
Prebook Date: May 17, 2006
Total Running Time: 123 minutes
Catalog Number (widescreen): 2234636
Rating: PG-13
Closed Captioned Yes

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls
Price: $26.98 U.S./$46.98 Canada
Street Date: June 13, 2006
Prebook Date: May 17, 2006
Total Running Time: 109 minutes
Catalog Number (widescreen): 2234633
Rating: NC-17
Closed Captioned: Yes

I'm very excited about this double DVD release action as I've never actually seen the original Valley of the Dolls movie and I'm interested to see how it differs from the book...or perhaps it falls more into the realm of 'novel' (which my Gramma lent me this one time in Florida). Stay tuned for more in depth (Beyond the)Valley of the Dolls analysis as I step up my efforts to introduce the Doll power phenomenon to the world at large.


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