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4.0 out of 5 stars How very odd
This was the only Russ Meyer movie that had a budget of any sort but for all the money and studio interference it's still a typical Meyer work. The movie even when trying to be normal still has that odd alternative way of looking at things that's soo Meyer, an example being the emotional scene were the main male character dramatically leaps from the scaffolding above a...
Published on 17 Oct 2002 by Mr. D. Swan

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3.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate, crazed stereotype of 1960's /70's pop culture.
If you have never seen a Russ Meyer movie then 'Beyond the valley of the dolls' will probably be one of the most baffling pieces of modern cinema ever witnessed. Everything about this film is flawed, from the screenplay to the direction, and yet it has resulted in one of the most entertaining slices of cult cinema anywhere.
The story revolves around a girl band who...
Published on 14 Aug 2000 by Queen Latifa


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How very odd, 17 Oct 2002
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Mr. D. Swan "manmonkey" - See all my reviews
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This was the only Russ Meyer movie that had a budget of any sort but for all the money and studio interference it's still a typical Meyer work. The movie even when trying to be normal still has that odd alternative way of looking at things that's soo Meyer, an example being the emotional scene were the main male character dramatically leaps from the scaffolding above a stage were his girlfriends band is playing, the falling body is accompanied by the sound of a plane diving.
The film is so dated and that's part of it's charm, It's definitely a work of it's time and makes it all the odder for it, highly recommended for fans of the sixties, the odd and the bizarre.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice film shame about the version, 10 Jun 2003
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Catherine (nottingham, nottinghamshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
If you love cheesy, sleazy cult films with great music, fantastic fashions and acting that is so bad that its good - then this is for you. This is one of my all-time favourite films and a fantastic example of all of the above.
However, my reasons for writing this review is that if this is the same version i bought, which it looks like it is, its not in widescreen, and thefore is slighly disappointing. If like me you have only seen this film in widescreen, as it is sometimes shown on late night on TV, you will be frustrated by the clipping of this video. Russ Meyer is a director who uses the full scope of widescreen with action and reaction often happening to either side of the centre. Ive now gone back to watching my bootleg TV copy instead!
Mind you, if this is your only means of getting your hands on a copy of the film it is worth it, but i suggest a campaign to bring the widescreen version out is much needed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An underated Gem, 26 Jan 2007
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This review is from: Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls [1970] [DVD] (DVD)
Russ Meyer attempts mainstream but his hearts not really in it and thank God for it. Like all glitzy oddities, this film has become a kitsch classic which is a shame because its much better than that. Like all Russ Meyer, it doesnt really fit in anywhere and probably doesnt stand up to much scrutiny, so why bother? Just enjoy the fact that he was commissioned to produce a film by a major studio and came up with this. Wonderful songs, beautiful women ( many of whom never appeared in anything else), glorious overacting, bizarre twists and iconic dialogue. 'Its my happening and I'm freaking out!' indeed. Very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult-camp classic Masterpiece., 29 Dec 2013
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Don't believe the other reviews. Those people do not know what kind of film they bought! If you don't know anything about exploitation cult cinema, do not write reviews for such films. This is one of Meyer's best films. Dvd edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I'd like to strap you on some time", 9 Nov 2014
This review is from: Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls [1970] [DVD] (DVD)
RM's masterpiece - works on about 8 different levels. As comedy, satire, melodrama, musical, exploitation pic, nudie flick, moralistic expose and cultural commentary. It succeeds on every level.
Russ was ahead of his time with storylines involving lesbians and his treatment of the black characters.
The unlikely plot twists and turns and ultimately piles up into a melodramatic car crash. The ending is bizarre... and yet, so right.
There's many memorable scenes - the fast-edit cuts into 'Come With the Gentle People' at the beginning, the party scene and of course the finale.
The music is first rate too. All in all - it's just great fun... and I'm not ashamed to say it's my favourite film of all time. "You're a groovy boy I'd like to strap you on some time".
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5.0 out of 5 stars IN THE LONG RUN YOU WILL LOVE THIS DISC, 28 Sep 2014
This review is from: Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls [1970] [DVD] (DVD)
This movie made by RUSS MEYER is a tale of an all girl pop group in the late 60s .The story is the lead singer in the group comes into some money and what they find when they go to collect it.There is sex, drugs, and murder along the way.This movie has a fantastic soundtrack with music from THE SANDPIPERS, STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK and CARRIE NATION..This movie is not every ones cup of tea its one of those movies you love or hate with its bad acting and bad directing but i love it.Now the best news is this movie was shot in full scope and that what FOX have given us on this disc and not a widescreen cut well done FOX.So to sum up if you enjoy this movie and want to see it in full scope before it comes out in a pan and scan widescreen blu-ray buy this dvd
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate, crazed stereotype of 1960's /70's pop culture., 14 Aug 2000
If you have never seen a Russ Meyer movie then 'Beyond the valley of the dolls' will probably be one of the most baffling pieces of modern cinema ever witnessed. Everything about this film is flawed, from the screenplay to the direction, and yet it has resulted in one of the most entertaining slices of cult cinema anywhere.
The story revolves around a girl band who travel to the West coast of America to seek fame and to meet up with a rich aunt. There follows over an hour of parties, drug and alcohol abuse, orgies, and legendary narcissism. They find a new manager, Ronnie 'Zeeman' Barzell, who takes them to the top then gradually leads them astray.
Something has to give, and the result is a cataclysmic night of insanity and murder. One of the characters even appears to turn into a woman before our eyes, believing himself to be Superwoman! He then seizes a sword and, with a cry of "the vile blade goes snicker-snack" lobs off a friends' head.
The reason this film works is because everything is taken to the extreme. The dialogue would be a nonsense if it wasn't so elaborately contrived. The camera never seems to establish a shot, and instead creates random montage.
This is all done deliberately to convey a cock-eyed view of the world, and it does this perfectly. The fantastic colour, the wild parties, all this goes to show up the alternate reality where these drug fuelled individuals reside. Undoubtedly some people will dismiss this as a mess, but others will consider it an important work purely for its originality. There really is nothing else like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond The Valley - Classic, 6 Jan 2014
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The film is set in the late 60s and focuses on an all-girl rock band trio. It's over the top and soap-operaish, and that's why I love it! The music is amazing, I wish the fictional Carrie Nations were real. This steelbook DVD features a small booklet and two-discs loaded with special features. The cast commentary on disc one features the late Cynthia Myers, John LaZar, Erica Gavin, Dolly Read and Harrison Page which is hugely entertaining, with cast members sharing anecdotes about scenes and the making of the film. The other commentary features the late Roger Ebert. Disc two features various featurettes ranging from the making of the film to the music, screen tests and original teasers & trailers. Also included is a gallery of images from deleted scenes, very interesting as most of the deleted scenes are lost, behind the scenes and film posters. The extras are superb. I love this film. It's a cult classic! Hang cool, teddy bear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent service, 29 Aug 2014
This review is from: Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls [1970] [DVD] (DVD)
quick delivery, as described
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 16 Sep 2014
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