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ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
A nice and decent newly engaged couple (Susan Sarandon & Barry Bostwick) suffer a car breakdown in an isolated area and happen on the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) a transvestite who is holding the annual convention of visitors from the planet Transsexual. Frank-N-Furter unveils his creation, a young man named Rocky Horror (Peter Hinwood), who fears the doctor and rejects his sexual advances. When Frank-N-Furter announces that he is returning to the galaxy Transylvania, Riff Raff the butler (Richard O’Brien) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) the maid, declare that they have plans of their own.

"Still, after all these years, Rocky Horror is deliciously decadent in an innocently sexual sort of way; this is pure eff ewe enn: F U N. Science fiction has never looked so camp, never have musicals looked so science fictional, and never has Transylvania seemed more appealing. But you know all that, you time warped jumpers to the right. Here, then, is the Rocky Horror fan’s ultimate present – the DVD, a two disc set superbly packaged in sinful satin black - and red lips.

Inside the pack is a pop-out card and picture discs; the gate-fold packaging is attractive enough to be its own gift wrapping. Much fun went into designing the menus on the discs, featuring giant, sensuous lips that respond to your navigation choices, and a pair of stockinged legs that work hard at adding a sense of fun to the whole experience.

The contents are great, but with just one enormous hole – where Tim Curry should have been. His absence is lamentable, but Richard O’Brien makes the most of a musical tour of the old mansion where the film was shot, resplendent in a white shirt with a small leopard on it. (That’s on disc 2)

The outtakes are strictly fan-worthy, and the sing-alongs require you to know the songs pretty well, as there is no guide vocal track.

The interviews (recently recorded) with the cast are splendid and Sarandon is especially entertaining, revealing and likeable -–and the least ravaged by time since those days! O’Brien, on his musical tour of the mansion, is in sparkling, Rocky-Horror-updated-camp sort of way, and Patricia Quinn has retained her bubbly charm.

The one deeply frustrating aspect of the release is the fact that some of the key features on disc 2 are not in working order: despite several attempts, we could not access the audience participation /theatrical experience versions. Suggest you insist on checking the disc in the store before taking it home. After all, you do want to give yourself over to pleasure – completely!"
Andrew L. Urban

Published February 15, 2001



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ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, THE (M)
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CAST: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Meatloaf
DIRECTOR: Jim Sharman

RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

DVD RELEASE: February 14, 2001

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Disc 1
Deleted musical sequence "Superheroes" edited back into the film
Commentary by Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn
*The Theatrical Experience: View Rocky Horror as you would in a theatre; intro by RHPS fan club pres. Sal Piro; Audience and Performers reactions
*Audience Participation Track
*Prompter: ‘When do I squirt my water pistol and when do I scream?"
Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: English 5.1 (Feature), English 2.0 (Commentary)
Subtitles: English, Spanish

* These features could not be activated on our copy of the disc.

Disc 2
"Rocky Horror Double Feature" documentary
Excerpts from "Behind the Music" and "Where are They Now" feat. interviews with Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn and Meatloaf
Pop-Up-Video of "Hot Patootie!"
Deleted scenes
Outtakes and Alternate Scenes
Sing-along songs
Photo Gallery
Theatrical Trailers







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