Polyester R

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  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: September 17, 2019
  • Originally Released: 1981
  • Label: Criterion

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 6,758
Rating: 91/100 -- Polyester may be one of the few times when Waters tried to expand his cinematic language at the expense of his usual verbal variety Full Review
DVD Verdict
Aug 22, 2005
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Only John Waters would think of marrying Douglas Sirk melodrama to William Castle showmanship. Full Review
Film Frenzy
Sep 22, 2019
The story is brilliant and has an authentic sense of humor. However, it declines as it develops because of its repetitiveness. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Aug 23, 2019
Rating: 3/4 -- Waters' humor might be as broad as possible in Polyester, but it's also astute enough here to be funny from moment to moment. Full Review
MovieMartyr.com
Jul 5, 2002
Rating: 3/4 -- marked a major step for Divine, as it was the first time he was allowed to play a character that deviated from his notorious Divine persona Full Review
Q Network Film Desk
Sep 15, 2002
Rating: 3/5 -- Falls apart in the end.
Filmcritic.com
Sep 9, 2001
Rating: 4/5 -- A low-rent version of a Douglas Sirk 1950s soaper, with Divine being dragged through all the paces that might have been the lot of a glossy star of the era. Full Review
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Aug 21, 2002

Product Description:

For his first studio picture, filth maestro John Waters took advantage of his biggest budget yet to allow his muse Divine to sink his teeth into a role unlike any he had played before: Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw, a heroine worthy of a Douglas Sirk melodrama. Blessed with a keen sense of smell and cursed with a philandering pornographer husband, a parasitic mother, and a pair of delinquent children, the long-suffering Francine turns to the bottle as her life falls apart—until deliverance appears in the form of a hunk named Todd Tomorrow (vintage heartthrob Tab Hunter). Enhanced with Odorama™ technology that enables you to scratch and sniff along with Francine, Polyester is one of Waters' most hilarious inventions, replete with stomach-churning smells, sadistic nuns, AA meetings, and foot stomping galore. DIRECTOR-APPROVED DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director John Waters • Audio commentary featuring Waters from the 1993 Criterion laserdisc release of the film • New conversation between Waters and critic Michael Musto • New program featuring interviews with Waters collaborators Tab Hunter, Dennis Dermody, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Mink Stole, Mary Garlington, and Greer Yeaton • Interviews from 1993 with cast and crew members Waters, Divine, Moran, Peranio, Edith Massey, and Van Smith, featuring footage from the making of the film • Archival interviews • Deleted scenes and alternate takes • Trailer • Scratch-and-sniff Odorama™ card • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Elena Gorfinkel

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