Upon its release in 1975, the film was an astounding flop. But a few devotees persuaded a New York theater to show it at midnight, and thus was born one of the ultimate cult films of all time. The songs are addictive (just try getting "The Time Warp" or "Toucha Toucha Touch Me" out of your head), the raunchiness amusing, and the plot line utterly ridiculous--in other words, this film is simply tremendous good fun. The downfall, however, is that much of the amusement is found in the audience participation that is obviously missing from a video version (viewers in theaters shout lines at the screen and use props--such as holding up newspapers and shooting water guns during the storm, and throwing rice during a wedding scene). Watched alone as a straight movie, Rocky Horror loses a tremendous amount of its charm. Yet, for those who wish to perfect their lip-synching techniques for movie theater performances or for those who want to gather a crowd around the TV at home for some good, old-fashioned, rowdy fun, this film can't be beat. --Jenny Brown
If you have never seen it, and decide to watch the DVD in the privacy of your own home - I can almost guarantee you to hate it, hence the reason why many have given it a 1-star rating. It is a total B-Movie, and failed in 7 of the 8 theaters it premiered.
HOWEVER if you open your mind to some good fun, find out where the midnight movies play in your neighborhood and check out the RHPS as it is meant... You are guaranteed a good time and would rate this movie 5 STARS!!
I really don't know how to explain it any clearer. It is a combination of film, live theater, audience participation and dancing in the aisles all in one! You can't get ANY of this from the DVD, and you wouldn't understand it from the DVD if you didn't see it in the theater. No need to be so intimidated when you see everyone dressed as his or her favorite character - I've never attended dressed up. Remember this movie has been popular for 30 years... I saw it with my uncle, and can't wait to take my own kids when they are old enough (rated R).
As for the stars, yes there is Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, MeatLoaf, and Charles Gray. Yes they were all relatively unknown at the time this was released, and yes many of them have tried to distance themselves from the project since its release. You would too... unless you fell under the spell of this cult-classic!
Let there be LIPS!
The audio of the audience is much more intensive, but was apparently just taped from a viewing, for a vast majority of it is simply audience members trying to outscream each other with their own lines, which results in a jumble of sounds that I cannot decipher. When they do come together simultaneously, it's great (witty, and great if you're trying to learn), but you have to suffer through the random screaming of inaudible comments to get there.
I have had a major problem with this, which is the features keep turning themselves off. The multi-view experience inevitable shuts off if you try to add anything else (like English subtitles to understand the dialogue during the cacophany). The subtitles and participation prompter also shut themselves off, so that you end up with nothing but the audeience audio time and time again. This has happened on two seperate DVD players, so I would assume it's a problem with the dvd itself.
OTOH, the commentary from the stars makes a unique and entertaining show in and of itself, even to the causal fan.
WARNING: The extra features were glitchy, especially on alleged state of the art PC. Richard O'Brien's commentary wouldn't play at all.