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Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls

Released on 07 March 2005

Featuring: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers & Marcia McBroom

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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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 Carry 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.
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.

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 Ultimate sex drugs and rock & roll film? No the awful nadir!

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This film, the late porno/exploitation director/glamour photographer Russ Meyer's first for a major studio and released in 1970, actually starts off rather well with dark, half seen murderous goings on in a creepy house, followed by a club scene with Strawberry Alarm Clock performing their US pop-psych hit "Incense and Peppermints". It stars a shed-load of people your average punter has never heard of and quickly degenerates into one of the worst films I've ever had the misfortune to watch. It would get 1* for the film itself but the half-decent music including the appearances by Strawberry Alarm Clock drags it up to the 2* rating. You don't often get to see contemporary bands for more than a few seconds in a film of this vintage.

If I hadn't actually paid for it, in the 2 DVD set along with "Valley of the Dolls" (to which, apart from being originally intended as a follow-up, it's completely unrelated), I would have given up after about 30 minutes, after the 3-piece female rock band play on stage with Strawberry Alarm Clock. I persevered thinking that it must improve but, as Homer Simpson said, "it just keeps getting worse and worse". Even as a comedy, it's been described as "about as funny as a burning orphanage". I concur.

It's basically a pretty typical Russ Meyer cheap and nasty little skin-flick with a bit more money than was previously the case thrown at it by the major studio. Though it masquerades as a somewhat comedic psychedelic pop murder movie, Meyer's mammary obsession works overtime and everything is an excuse for liberal helpings of naked breasts to pop up every few minutes, whilst in between these (pardon the pun) every sort of debauched, perverted or deviant character Meyer could think of is thrown in for good measure. Not a very satisfactory state of affairs and certainly not one for family viewing, though being rated 18 these days seems somewhat OTT.

One further irritation is that there are more 60s cliché phrases here than you can shake a stick at. "He hit on me", "You were in a whole different bag", "I gotta get my head together", "You're a real lousy lay", "Right on", "Dig?", "You're so square", "Lose your laundry", "She crashed", "It'd be a gas", "I gotta split man", "I don't dig", "Hang cool". Oh dear. The only words and phrases I didn't hear were "bread", "fab" and "groovy baby" but then I may just have missed them amongst the more serious parts of the scintillating screenplay. Oops my nose has just grown by 2 inches.

Finally there's the end, in which you appear to simply get to see what you didn't see very clearly at the start because it was dark. What a bummer!

Unless you love Meyer's work, skin-flicks, assorted naked breasts or simply want to see a few minutes of Strawberry Alarm Clock, do not waste your bread on this far out stuff, man. It isn't fab, cool or groovy; it's the pits man, you dig?

 Superb movie - but no love from 20thC Fox

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I won't describe the film - it defies description. The 5 stars are for the film.

The DVD makes the colours look washed out and the sound is only 2.0

We need a proper bluray transfer and HD - DTS to make this come to life (it is part musical remember!) I would buy that in a trice. Until then this DVD effort is adequate enough

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ActorsDolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John Lazar, Michael Blodgett, David Gurian, Edy Williams, Erica Gavin, Phyllis Davis & Harrison Page
DirectorRuss Meyer
Certificate18 years and over
Year1970
LanguagesEnglish
Duration1 hour 40 minutes(approx) (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.