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Valley of the Dolls

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Valley of the Dolls (Criterion Blu-Ray)

27 Sep 2016

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1967
  • 123 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.40:1
  • English
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  • Spine #835

Cutthroat careerism, wild sex, and fierce female protagonists are all on offer in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s sensational and wildly popular novel. Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, and Sharon Tate star as three friends attempting to navigate the glamorous, pressurized world of big-time show business—the “valley” is not a place but a narcotized state of mind, and the “dolls” are the pills that rouse them in the morning and knock them out at night. Blending old-fashioned gloss with Madison Avenue grooviness, director Mark Robson’s slick look at the early days of sexual liberation and an entertainment industry coming apart was a giant box-office hit, and has become an unforgettably campy time capsule of the 1960s.

Cast

Anne WellesBarbara Parkins
Neely O’HaraPatty Duke
Lyon BurkePaul Burke
Jennifer NorthSharon Tate
Tony PolarTony Scotti
Mel AndersonMartin Milner
Kevin GillmoreCharles Drake
Ted CasablancaAlex Davion
MiriamLee Grant
Miss SteinbergNaomi Stevens
Henry BellamyRobert H. Harris
First reporterJacqueline Susann
DirectorRobert Viharo
MC at telethonJoey Bishop
MC at Grammy AwardsGeorge Jessel
Helen LawsonSusan Hayward

Credits

DirectorMark Robson
Produced byDavid Weisbart
Screenplay byHelen Deutsch and Dorothy Kingsley
Based on the novel byJacqueline Susann
Makeup byBen Nye
Hairstyles byKay Pownall
Supervised byEdith Lindon
Miss Parkins’s hairstyles designed byKenneth
Handbags byLewis Purses
Special photographic effectsL. B. Abbott, ASC, Art Cruickshank and Emil Kosa Jr.
OrchestrationHerbert Spencer
Music editorKenneth Wannberg
Film editorDorothy Spencer
Unit production managerFrancisco Day
Assistant directorEli Dunn
SoundDon J. Bassman and David Dockendorf
Art directorsJack Martin Smith and Richard Day
Set decorationsWalter M. Scott and Raphael G. Bretton
Choreography byRobert Sidney
Director of photographyWilliam H. Daniels ASC
Gowns designed byTravilla
Music adapted and conducted byJohn Williams
Theme song sung byDionne Warwick
SongsGive a Little More, It’s Impossible, Come Live with Me, I’ll Plant My Own Tree and Theme from Valley of the Dolls
LyricsDory Previn
MusicAndré Previn

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with 3.0 LCR DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2006 featuring actor Barbara Parkins and journalist Ted Casablanca
  • New interviews with writer Amy Fine Collins about author Jacqueline Susann and the costumes in the film
  • New video essay by critic Kim Morgan
  • Footage from Sparkle Patty Sparkle!, a 2009 gala tribute to actor Patty Duke at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco
  • A World Premiere Voyage and Jacqueline Susann and “Valley of the Dolls,” two promotional films from 1967
  • Episode of the television program Hollywood Backstories from 2001 on the film
  • Screen tests
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny

    New cover by Phil Noto

Film Essays

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Valley of the Dolls: This Merry-Go-Round

By Glenn Kenny September 28, 2016

The salacious sixties phenomenon of the Dirty Book made its way to the big screen in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s best seller. Read more »

10 Things I Learned


Film Essays

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Valley of the Dolls: This Merry-Go-Round

By Glenn Kenny September 28, 2016

The salacious sixties phenomenon of the Dirty Book made its way to the big screen in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s best seller. Read more »


Video

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Designing Valley of the Dolls

September 23, 2016

Adapted from the best-selling novel by Jacqueline Susann, Mark Robson’s 1967 melodrama Valley of the Dolls offers a campy look at the glamour and excess of sixties showbiz. Among its many . . . Read more »


Clippings

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Valley of the Dolls, Back on Shelves

July 07, 2016

Half a century after Jacqueline Susann’s sensational novel Valley of the Dolls became a best seller, this cult-classic portrait of glamour and excess is enjoying a fabulous comeback. Read more »

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Valley of the Dolls (Criterion DVD)

27 Sep 2016

DVD

2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

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