Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Russ Meyer

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Criterion Blu-Ray)

27 Sep 2016


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1970
  • 109 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #836

In 1970, Twentieth Century-Fox, impressed by the visual zing “King of the Nudies” Russ Meyer had been bringing to bargain-basement exploitation fare, handed the director a studio budget and the title to one of its biggest hits, Valley of the Dolls. With a satirical screenplay by Roger Ebert, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls follows three young female rockers going Hollywood, in hell-bent sixties style, under the spell of a flamboyant producer—whose decadent bashes showcase Meyer’s trademark libidinal exuberance. Transgressive and outrageous, this big-studio version of a debaucherous midnight movie is an addictively entertaining romp from one of cinema’s great outsider artists.


Kelly Mac NamaraDolly Read
Casey AndersonCynthia Myers
Petronella DanforthMarcia McBroom
Ronnie “Z-Man” BarzellJohn LaZar
Lance RockeMichael Blodgett
Harris AllsworthDavid Gurian
Ashley St. IvesEdy Williams
RoxanneErica Gavin
Susan LakePhyllis Davis
Emerson ThorneHarrison Page
Porter HallDuncan McLeod
Randy BlackJim Iglehart
Baxter WolfeCharles Napier
OttoHenry Rowland
MatronPrincess Livingston
DiscipleStan Ross
VanessaLavelle Roby
Girl in tubAngel Ray
Blonde dateVeronica Erickson
Cat WomanHaji
RedheadKaren Smith
Art directorSebastian Brook
PhotographerBruce V. McBroom
Boy in tubIan Sander
AssistantKoko Tani
CynthiaSamantha Scott
Kathy PageTea Crawford
Makeup manHeath Jobes
EscortJohn Logan
Fashion modelSusan Reed
Gay boyRobin Bach
MotherCeil Cabot
And the Strawberry Alarm Clock


DirectorRuss Meyer
Produced byRuss Meyer
Screenplay byRoger Ebert
Story byRoger Ebert and Russ Meyer
Associate producersRed Hershon and Eve Meyer
Fashions byDe Gra of California by David Hayes
Makeup supervisionDan Striepeke
MakeupBill Buell
HairstylingEdith Lindon
Property masterSyd Greenwood
Director of photographyFred J. Koenekamp ASC
Art directorsJack Martin Smith and Arthur Lonergan
Set decorationWalter M. Scott and Stuart A. Reiss
Special photographic effectsJack Harmon
Assistant to the producerManny Diez
Film editorsDann Cahn ACE and Dick Wormell ACE
Unit production managerNorman Cook
Assistant directorsDavid Hall and C. E. Dismukes
SoundRichard Overton and Don Minkler
MusicStu Phillips
Music supervisionIgo Kantor
Additional musicWilliam Loose
Vocal coordinationLynn Carey
Music editorRobert Simard

Disc Features

  • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2003 featuring screenwriter Roger Ebert
  • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring actors Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John LaZar, and Erica Gavin
  • New interview with filmmaker John Waters
  • Episode from 1988 of The Incredibly Strange Film Show on director Russ Meyer
  • Q&A about the film from 1992 featuring Meyer, Ebert, LaZar, and Read; and actors David Gurian, Charles Napier, Michael Blodgett, and Edy Williams, with host Michael Dare
  • Interview with cast members from 2005
  • Above, Beneath, and Beyond the Valley; Look On Up at the Bottom; The Best of Beyond; Sex, Drugs, Music & Murder; and Casey & Roxanne, five documentaries from 2006 about the making of the film, featuring the cast and crew
  • Screen tests
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny and excerpts from a 1970 account in the UCLA Daily Bruin of a visit to the film’s set

    New cover by Jim Rugg

Film Essays


Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: “My Happening”

By Glenn Kenny September 28, 2016

“King of the Nudies” Russ Meyer injects his transgressive exuberance into this big-studio send-up of Hollywood debauchery. Read more »

10 Things I Learned

Behind the Scenes


The Back Lot of Beyond

By Stan Berkowitz October 04, 2016

The following account of a visit to the Beyond the Valley of the Dolls set is excerpted from an issue of the University of California, Los Angeles, newspaper. Read more »

Film Essays


Beyond the Valley of the Dolls: “My Happening”

By Glenn Kenny September 28, 2016

“King of the Nudies” Russ Meyer injects his transgressive exuberance into this big-studio send-up of Hollywood debauchery. Read more »



John Waters Goes Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

September 28, 2016

Russ Meyer’s 1970 cult sensation Beyond the Valley of the Dolls marked a groundbreaking collision between the director’s midnight-movie sensibility and the conventions of big-studio filmmaking. . . . Read more »



Did You See This?

August 19, 2016

Dave Kehr looks back on the career of Hollywood veteran Arthur Hiller, who passed away this week. For the Balder & Dash column on, critic Glenn Kenny reviews Columbia . . . Read more »


My Not Wish List

by William H Miller

Updated 01/17/2017


flash sale purchases

by Danny Sinclair

Updated 01/17/2017


James55 Watch List 2016

by James55

Updated 01/01/2017



by Valerie M.

Updated 11/28/2016


Vincent Ambrosino

Updated 01/18/2017



Updated 01/11/2017



Updated 12/13/2016


Updated 11/28/2016


Douglas Conner

Updated 11/28/2016


Brian Dorton

Updated 11/29/2016


jacob ohlhausen

Updated 01/18/2017



Updated 12/15/2016



Updated 11/14/2016


Eric Stadtfeld

Updated 11/30/2016

Other Editions

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Criterion DVD)

27 Sep 2016


2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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