Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray) NC-17

This Is Not A Sequel. There Has Never Been Anything Like It!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: NC-17
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 27, 2016
  • Originally Released: 1970
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Note: Audio commentary from 2003 featuring screenwriter Roger Ebert
    • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring actors Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John LaZar, and Erica Gavin
    • New Interview with filmmaker John Waters
    • Episode from 1988 of The Incredibly Strange Film Show on director Russ Meyer
    • Q&A about the film from 1992 featuring Meyer, Ebert, LaZar, and Read; and actor David Gurian, Charles Napier, Michael Blodgett, and Edy Williams, with host Michael Dare
    • Interview with cast members from 2005
    • Above, Beneath, & Beyond the Valley; Look On Up at the Bottom; The Best of "Beyond"; Sex Drugs Music & Murder; and Casey & Roxanne, five documentaries from 2006 about the making of the film, featuring the cast and crew
    • Screen tests
    • Trailers
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Subtitles - English

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Come on over to my pad! I've got a wading pool full of mayonnaise!"
  - Porn star Ashley St. Ives (Edy Williams) to dance partner
"This is my happening...and it freaks me out!"
  - Z-Man (John Lazar) at his big party
"They thrive on the humidity...and they never let me forget that all Los Angeles is a jungle."
  - Z-Man explaining the ferns in his mansion
"You're a groovy boy! I'd like to strap you on sometime!"
  - Ashley to Harris (David Gurian) at Z-Man's party
"You will drink the black sperm of my vengeance!"- Z-Man to Lance (Michael Blodgett) after Lance spurns his advances

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 28


User Ratings: 8,102
This trashy, gaudy, sound-stage vulgarity about low life among the high life is as funny as a burning orphanage. Full Review
Dec 17, 2007
Rating: 9/10 -- Never has camp and crazy looked as good! Full Review
Apr 11, 2018
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Any movie that Jacqueline Susann thinks would damage her reputation as a writer cannot be all bad. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls isn't -- which is not to say it is any good.
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Russ Meyer's ultra-lurid 1970 magnum opus, infamously penned by a young Roger Ebert, remains a towering achievement. What it achieves, however, is difficult to define. Full Review
Oct 27, 2016
Rating: 3/4 -- Like Valley of the Dolls, Beyond is a howler of a movie, with the crucial difference being that Meyer and Ebert intended it that way. Full Review
Q Network Film Desk
Sep 29, 2016
With his first movie for a major studio, Meyer simply did what he'd been doing for years, only bigger and better. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Rating: 3/4 -- A funky, wonky, and entertaining jolt into the decade that bred free loving, hipster rockers, and hippies... Full Review
Cinema Crazed
Jun 15, 2008

Product Description:

In Russ Meyer's BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, all-girl rock band the Kelly Affair moves to Los Angeles in pursuit of fame and fortune. Upon meeting wealthy rock scenester Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell (John Lazar) at one of his lavish parties, they believe they've met the man who can bring them fame. Changing their name to the Carrie Nations, they navigate their way through a maze of sexual misadventures, drugs, and brushes with some very unpleasant characters only to find that fame comes at a price. Livening up the considerably frantic proceedings are Meyer starlets Edy Williams and Erica Gavin (VIXEN), as well as an appearance by the Strawberry Alarm Clock.

Finally invited to work within a major studio (20th Century Fox) following the enormous success of 1968's VIXEN, Meyer, along with screenwriter Roger Ebert, created the ultimate sex, drugs, and rock & roll film of the psychedelic era. An altogether odd mixture of comedy, drama, and left-field shocks punctuated with memorably wacky lines, BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS lets Meyer's reliably decadent formula mingle agreeably with the psychedelia of the time.

Plot Synopsis:

BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS is a riotous camp tale about three buxom young women, all aspiring pop singers, who move to Hollywood with hopes of making it big.


Production Notes:

  • BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS was scripted by film critic Roger Ebert.
  • Meyer and Ebert were hired by Fox to do an actual sequel to THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, but were forced to ad a disclaimer, making it clear that the finished film had no connection to Jacqueline Susann's book, after Susann saw the finished product.
  • Z-Man's (John Lazar) exclamation "This is my happening...and it freaks me out!" is borrowed verbatim in AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY.
  • Another memorable Z-Man phrase "You will drink the black sperm of my vengeance!" is later quoted again in Meyer's BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE ULTRAVIXENS.
  • Meyer regular Haji makes a cameo appearance in the film.
  • The film was rated X upon its original release, but was reclassified as NC-17 when it finally appeared on video in the 1990s.

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