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NEW Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (DVD)

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1.0 out of 5 stars boo Jan. 31 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I rented this first because of all the rave reviews. It stunk. I was hoping for more nudity. There's not a lot and the shots are not as good and long as in other Russ Meyer movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get away from me......or I'll cut you!!, Dec 2 2007
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is my first film by this director. I'm hesitant to guess what ignited my interest in the films of renowned sleaze master and independent film guru Russ Meyer. The film opens with a title card explaining that it is not, in any way, related to the work of Jacqueline Susann, the literary trashmeistress who wrote the novel upon which the 1967 Mark Robson film "Valley of the Dolls" was based.

Meet 'The Kelly Affair' - three rock rockin' song birds led by Kelly on vocals, (Dolly Reed) with Casey on rhythm guitar, (Cynthia Myers) and Pet (Marcia McBroom) on drums. Reduced to playing Senior Proms, the three girls and their Manager/Kelly's lover, Harris, (David Gurlan) decide to leave for Hollywood in search of fame. Once in town, Kelly contacts her estranged Aunt Suzan (Phyllis Davis) who works as fashion magazine editor for a place to crash with she and her band-mates. Then, after diner with Kelly, Suzan decides to give her a portion of the inheritance that Suzan received from their family. Not bad for a first day in Tinsletown. Soon, Kelly and crew are swinging at the pad of legendary Hollywood record producer Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzel (played by John LaZar - in one of the best roles in the film). Ronnie hears Kelly's music and turns them into an overnight sensation, recording their songs and renaming them "The Carrie Nations." Their albums skyrocket to the top of the charts, but not without the viscous cost of fame. Loves are lost and hearts are broken. The pure-at-heart turns to hedonistic compulsions, while money and drugs consume their very beings. Throw in some kinky sex, nice' rock numbers, garish melodrama, rapid-fire dialog, Meyer's signature camera and editing style and you've got one of the most daring movies ever produced by Hollywood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Upcoming DVD release! Sept. 26 2004
By T. Sami
Format:VHS Tape
No use reviewing the film because everyone has already done that. Needless to say it's great and extremely well written. This is a far more polished piece of work than Meyer's other well-known films (i.e. not as "trashy").
Well, earlier today (September 27th, 2004) on "Ebert & Roper At The Movies", Roger Ebert spoke about the death of his friend Russ Meyer...
Ebert revealed that he has recorded a commentary for the film and it seems Criterion will be releasing it on DVD sometime next year (2005).
Skip the VHS and wait for the pot-o-gold with a commentary by the actual writer! This truly will be my happening and it freaks me out, man!
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2.0 out of 5 stars This movie is so 1970 May 21 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Worst thing that can happen to an already-bad movie is that it becomes dated, and alas, that's what became of "BVD". So we get wooden acting and a howlingly bad script right alongside "square", "groovy", and bad color reproduction. They tried to work a rock band somewhere into this movie, but it all seems to have gotten lost in the mess of flamboyant scenery-chewing and several women with bubble hair missing their cues.
The "racy" stuff this film is famous for has not endured the march of time, and even the creepy part at the end (...)is of little shock value in our modern world brimming with "transgenders".
Lastly, the tacked-on moralizing sequence at the end of the flick effectively nullifies everything that occurs in the movie up to that point, sort of a "don't try this at home" band-aid for a Hollywood too cowardly to take a "chance" on this release.
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"Beyond The Valley of the Dolls" is a movie that was made over 30 years ago but is still enjoyable to watch today. I truly admire this film, Roger Eberts writing and the direction of Russ Meyer just make this film unique and amazing. At some points the film can be so dramatic and at other times so light hearted. The film also set some trends, like the African American woman at Z Mans party with the gold rhinestone eye shadow decoration, everyone thought Alicia Keys was doing something new when she wore rhinestones on her eyelids to the Grammy's and then all these rappers talking about Bentley's the one woman in the movie was talking about how a Rolls is better than a Bently.
This movie is awesome for so many reasons. For one its 2004 and we will never see a movie on the big screen that takes so many risks. How many movies are there where the White and African American characters have true friendships and both characters have developed story lines? It was the 60's and Ebert and Meyers weren't afraid to bring taboos like sexual orientation, well let me not be a spoiler.
The women were so beautiful, Casey, Pet and Kelly. They had bodacious bodies and big hair and perfect make-up. They lived life so carefree. The underlying storyline about the money was never really resolved but so much was going on in that flick.
It's a really great movie and it's funny because at the end, the very end they try to be moral and tie it all together and make a social statement. This is a wild and crazy trip of a movie and I catch something new everytime I watch it. As a writer and a one time aspiring film maker movies like this one make me want to go out and take risks.
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1.0 out of 5 stars what's up with the bloody violence?
It's REALLY amazing that roger ebert takes
pride in mentioning that he co wrote this
script when he gives two thumbs down on movies
with scripts 5 times better than... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars camp classic
Ignore the one-star reviewers,they were all born in the 80s.They simply are NOT qualified to critique this or any other film of the era. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Ben W.
1.0 out of 5 stars What's all the excitement about?
Boring, stupid, laughable, dated and ridiculous.
Why would anyone want to relive the Silly Sixties?
And Roger Ebert is now a film critic? Give me a break! Read more
Published on March 7 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awful! -"Nudies, that's all they are! Nudies!"
Saw it on the Independent Film Channel & thought it was Mysoginist, & offensive. Too much graphic sex & naked females pollute the movie. Read more
Published on March 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 60's
This film has just about every element of the social situation of the late 1960's: free love, drugs, rock and roll, etc. Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by JCV
5.0 out of 5 stars Dig It, The Greatest Hunk Of Cheese Ever.
As mentioned practically every genre in film is expressed in this movie. Drama, comedy, love story, mystery, slasher-horror, psychological mind bender, and soft porn (straight,... Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2003 by Spackler
5.0 out of 5 stars A post modern Classic
This is a film with a unique visual vocabulary, and an incredible eye for detail. Its a wonderful montage of glossy surfaces - a tribute to the Pop Art of the late sixties and the... Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by A. M. Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars The Big Limburger of Cheesy Movies
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS isn't just a cheesy movie: it is the Limburger of cheesy movies--a devastatingly awful flick of such horrific proportions that it completely defies... Read more
Published on July 14 2003 by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult classic on decadent LA lifestyle and human nature
No, this isn't a sequel to the horrid movie adapatation of Jacqueline Susann's Valley Of The Dolls. While an in-name-only sequel, it's actually different and better as a result. Read more
Published on July 12 2003 by Daniel J. Hamlow
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