- Actors: Melanie Griffith, Stephen Dorff, Alicia Witt, Adrian Grenier, Larry Gilliard Jr.
- Directors: John Waters
- Producers: Joe Caracciolo Jr., John Fiedler, Mark Tarlov
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 16 Jan. 2012
- Run Time: 84 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B006C0TX8M
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,010 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Cecil B Demented [DVD]
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When Hollywood star Honey Whitlock (Melanie Griffith) comes to Baltimore to attend a gala screening of her film 'Some Kind of Happiness' she walks straight into a trap set by cinematic terrorists The Sprocket Holes. Dedicated to the struggle against Hollywood banality, and led by the guerilla filmmaker Cecil B. Demented (Stephen Dorff), the Sprockets kidnap Holly and force her to star in their agit-prop epic 'Raving Beauty'. But before long the kidnap victim does a Patty Hearst-style about-face and joins her captors in a series of attacks against respectable cinema, attacks which soon incur the wrath of the powers-that-be.
They say that the best comedy always has a point to make. John Waters' Cecil B Demented is certainly no exception. Using the director's unique brand of melodramatic kitsch comedy the film offers an exposé of popular Hollywood cinema. The Sprocket Holes are a gang of underground cinema anarchists with a life or death goal to destroy Hollywood--"Power to the people who punish bad cinema" cries their leader and director Cecil B Demented (superbly played by Stephen Dorff who appears to have been taking lessons at the Gary Oldman school of acting). After kidnapping Honey Whitlock (Melanie Griffith) to appear in their underground guerrilla film they return to their hideout--an old movie theatre--to begin the dramatic make-over of Honey from Hollywood prima donna to underground cinema queen. Exposing the realms of media manipulation--it's amazing what a little anarchy can do to help your cause--the Sprocket Holes gain notoriety and a fan base from their violent actions.
Although Waters seems ill at ease with choreographing violence, the farcical nature of these aggressive scenes adds another level of humour to his exploration of the divide between mainstream and underground cinema. The director could have done more to explore the fickle nature of the movie starlet, however, and the opening scenes with Honey Whitlock as a superficial two-faced star are bland: Griffith is perhaps not made for the part of a Hollywood bitch. Easier to stomach than Pink Flamingos, like Serial Mom before it Cecil B Demented will appeal to a wider audience, who perhaps will come away believing that Forrest Gump is not a cinematic masterpiece after all.
On the DVD: The menu is probably the most notable feature of the disc, with a nodding-dog Cecil B Demented and a crazy rodent popping up everywhere it fits perfectly with the Waters style of humour. The special features simply consist of a bland trailer and some mundane interviews with the main cast and crew, which offer little towards appreciating the humour of the movie. With a 5.1 Dolby digital audio track and widescreen ratio the disc at least offers a high standard of viewing pleasure, no budget spared. --Nikki Disney -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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Top Customer Reviews
Dorff (who is v v beautiful) plays the psychotic director along with many faces you will recognise and of course, Ms Griffith, who almost steals the show.
The funniest bits of this film are when the sprokets are pledging themselves to an auter.... noting that waters knows about his strong following.
My only qualm with this film si that it is under 90mins. But maybe tht's a comment on how unbearably long films are becoming.
Buy this cuz you cant rent it. The special features aren't actually that bad either. keep you entertained for another hour.
We follow the exploits of a troupe of underground filmmakers, led by their director, Cecil B Demented, played by Stephen Dorff, in a whirlwind of action that is ‘real cinema’. Dissatisfied with Hollywood’s offerings to the world of cinematic entertainment, the ensemble seek to create a film with the whole city potential cast members.
The frenzied guerrilla filming tactics of the group offer a splendid accompaniment to the message given by the group to us through their abducted Hollywood star Honey Whitlock, played by Melanie Griffith.
Dorff gives a fantastic performance, and the film has a fantastic end sequence which leaves the viewer with a feeling quite akin to that left by other great modern movies, such as eXiStEnZ the “ah...oh...” feeling that the plot comes to a point of delivering a strong message, and now you get it…
A great film which every true connoisseur of modern film should own, ignore the interviews and such features on the DVD, and watch this movie!
I cant believe that even though many of the original Dreamlanders are not with us,(rest in peace, you cult hero's) Waters countinues to make his point and make everyone (well me and any other person that has a sense of humour) laugh out loud. The patch adams scene is classic. Buy this, Buy this now! And then continue to buy all of Waters films. And lets join together to celebrate Filth.
John Waters can not be accused of mellowing down with that savage and acid tale of a bunch of cinema extremists waging a war against mainstream cinema.
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We are indeed are to have our own opinions, but Samigev from Leeds. If you are to review a Water's masterpiece then please compare to something that you think is decent? Read morePublished on 22 July 2004 by Bear