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Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert [Blu-ray] [1994] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell, John Casey
  • Directors: Stephan Elliott
  • Writers: Stephan Elliott
  • Producers: Rebel Penfold-Russell, Al Clark, Grant Lee, Michael Hamlyn, Stuart Quin
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VJJGFG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,751 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Terence Stamp as a drag queen--an Aussie drag queen? Darling, you'd better believe it. In Stephan Elliott's delirious exercise in ultra-camp meets outback macho, Stamp plays an ageing trans-sexual who, with two of his equally high-glossed pals, heads off for a cabaret engagement in Alice Springs. Priscilla is their chosen vehicle, a school bus painted an outrageous purple. The culture-clash comedy that ensues is none too unpredictable: the local Ockers, initially contemptuous, soon find the spangled and bewigged trio can out-talk, out-drink and if necessary, out-punch them; everything ends in a warm glow of mutual tolerance and appreciation. Elliott maybe hits the feelgood button a little too hard, but it's impossible not to be swept along by the sheer brash energy of the film. The bitchy dialogue snaps and crackles, the costumes and Fellini-esque dance numbers are to die for, and Stamp and Co.--enjoying themselves no end--play the whole thing to the hilt and some way beyond it. --Philip Kemp

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 July 2005
Format: DVD
Probably the best film ever to come out of Australia!
Further to the previous review, this film is a road movie meets feel good movie with comedy and issues thrown in. The casting is inspired, (when I saw that Guy Pierce of Neighbours was in it as a drag queen......well!), but he steals the show as the bitchy Felicia. Terence Stamp as the transexual Bernadette and Hugo Weaving, (Agent Smith - Matrix & Elrond - Lord of the Rings), are also both excellent!
You don't have to be "that way inclined" to enjoy this movie. I'm as straight as they come and I enjoyed every minute. If you're feeling down - watch this film, it'll pick you up in no time.
Don't delay, buy today!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE on 1 Mar 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful film that will make you laugh out loud but still bring a lump to your throat. Three drag queens set out from Sydney in a bus called Priscilla to do a show in the outback - but this is much more than your average road movie. The performances are first rate, the bitchiness is unsurpassed and the cinematography is absolutely superb - it's as if the vibrant colours of the Australian outback were custom made as a backdrop for the garish costumes and make-up of our heroes. And for any Lord of the Rings fans it is worth watching this movie simply to see Hugo Weaving (Elrond) singing 'Never Been to Me'. Glorious stuff.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov 2003
Format: DVD
Wow. Utterley superb! Watching the Hugo Weaving in a dress when I had become accustomed to seeing him in a black suit and sunglasses was an amusing contrast. Not that his character didn't have it's serious moments. He's a great agent, but he's also a great drag queen! He deserves a special pat on the back for his efforts in this film. Brilliant stuff!
This is the story is 3 Aussie drag queens heading to Alice Springs for a show. Their transport? A school bus named Priscilla. The music? Abba, "I will survive!", and other sing-a-longs. Things don't quite go to plan, however, and mishaps inevitably happen.
On the surface, this is a genuinly amusing comedy. "Just shut up and eat your hormones!" but it also deals with a sensitive topic,-acceptance of something different. The viewer will find pity for each "girl" due to the way they are sometimes treated and what they have to put up with. They give as good as they get, though, and that's what keeps us laughing.
The actors really appear to enjoy their parts (and look rather comfortable in stilletos!) Watching Bernadette and Felicia arguing while Mitzi dances around in the background kept me lauging for a while. It's great to see well established actors who can take on an entirely different roll and flourish in it. It may have been made nearly 10 years ago, but Priscilla's humour is still up to date and classic. An excellent, sensitive and moving film. A favourite on my DVD shelf.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harry on 21 Feb 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Two drag queens and a transsexual set out in a bus named Prescilla, to cross Australia in the name of entertainment. On the way they paint the bus lavender, meet some very interesting characters who greet them with hilarity, hostility and/or comprehension, Priscilla breaks down, and they dress up in some outrageous frocks (including one made out of hundreds of pairs of flip-flops). Visually it is a treat, with the deliciously feathered and sequinned girls looking all the more outrageously over-the-top against the backdrop of the breath-taking Australian outback landscapes.
All this combined with an excellent soundtrack featuring some top disco tunes from ABBA, The Village People, Charlene, Gloria Gaynor and Ce Ce Peniston, and some excellent acting from Terence Stamp, ina ground-breaking role as Bernadette, the transexual, and Guy Pearce (better known as Mike from Neighbours) as a bronzed muscular drag queen makes for an extremely colourful film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 23 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
There was a real trend in the mid nineties with films like "The Birdcage," "Too Wong Foo," "Its my Party," and "Love! Valor! Compassion!" exploding onto the screen as America began to feel more at ease with its gay brothers and sisters. And as we watched these movies, a whole `Gay Comic Genre' was really born. Also we can't forget about the popularity of gay stand up at that same time.

"Priscilla" did indeed avail itself of this trend, and every gay humor trick in the book. It also managed to slip us some really amazing visual, comic and compassionate moments. Except for rabid, card-carrying homophobes, this Australian road-movie-with-a-difference is a charmer. The three are: aging transsexual Bernadette (Terence Stamp), youngish occasional bisexual Tick or Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) and gay-all-the way Adam or Felicia (Guy Pearce), the youngest.

The trio's specialty is to appear on-stage dressed in the most outrageous, garish, feathery female outfits, undulate and sort of dance while lip-synching to 1970s disco songs, from ABBA to whatever comes close to Z. They do their lavish karaoke excellently, and the musical selections are a constant treat. Bernadette is the wisest and quietest of the three, and most serious --she hardly ever cracks a smile. Mitzi is a bit mercurial, sometimes solemn, and sometimes buoyant. Felicia, the wildest of the bunch, is full of animal spirits, a prankster who gets often on the others' nerves. But still, there is essential harmony among those divergent types.
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