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Press Release Criterion Press Release: Polyester (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    For his first studio picture, filth maestro John Waters took advantage of his biggest budget yet to allow his muse Divine to sink his teeth into a role unlike any he had played before: Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw, a heroine worthy of a Douglas Sirk melodrama. Blessed with a keen sense of smell and cursed with a philandering pornographer husband, a parasitic mother, and a pair of delinquent children, the long-suffering Francine turns to the bottle as her life falls apart—until deliverance appears in the form of a hunk named Todd Tomorrow (vintage heartthrob Tab Hunter). Enhanced with Odorama™ technology that enables you to scratch and sniff along with Francine, Polyester is one of Waters’ most hilarious inventions, replete with stomach-churning smells, sadistic nuns, AA meetings, and foot stomping galore.

    FILM INFO
    • John Waters
    • United States
    • 1981
    • 86 minutes
    • Color
    • 1.85:1
    • English
    • Spine #995

      DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
      • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
      • Audio commentary featuring Waters from the 1993 Criterion laserdisc release of the film
      • New conversation between Waters and critic Michael Musto
      • New program featuring interviews with Waters collaborators Tab Hunter, Dennis Dermody, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Mink Stole, Mary Garlington, and Greer Yeaton
      • Interviews from 1993 with cast and crew members Waters, Divine, Moran, Peranio, Edith Massey, and Van Smith, featuring footage from the making of the film
      • Archival interviews
      • Deleted scenes and alternate takes
      • Trailer
      • Scratch-and-sniff Odorama™ card
      • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Elena Gorfinkel
      New cover by Sam Hadley with Rafael Geroni

      September 17, 2019
     
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    Ronald Epstein

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    The price link below will take you directly to the product on Amazon. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

     
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    I discovered this film from a group called The Avalanches with their song Frontier Psychiatrists

     
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    "Criterion here. Gee, we're glad 'Scratch 'N' Sniff 'R' Us' is still in business. It's been a crazy couple of decades, right? Listen, we need more Odorama cards. Can you make them smaller? No, smaller, not smellier. Um...actually, can you do both?"
     
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    I watched this for the first time a few months ago. Loved it and couldn't believe it had taken me that long to see it. Happy to add it to my collection!
     
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    Have only seen Divine in Hairspray, I may add Polyester to my collection.
     
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    If memory serves me right the LaserDisk had a short concerning Edith Massey and her second hand store. It does does not seem to be included with the Blu-Ray. That’s a shame.
     
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    I'd buy it just for the odorama card!
     
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    Why did Criterion pick this movie? It stinks.

    (Well, someone had to say it.)
     
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    They've released two of John Waters's films so why not continue. I'm hopping maybe before the end of 2019 or next year in 2020 they'll give us his masterpiece Pink Flamingos
     
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    I think he was making an Odorama joke (?)

    I lost track of my scratch n' sniff card over the years (I wonder if it's still SOMEWHERE in my mother's house) but I remember sitting in the local movie theater scratchin' and sniffin' like it was yesterday
     
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    Can't wait. Also, what an amazing cover.
     
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    GREAT cover art!
     
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    It's 22 years since I last saw that.

    This release reminded me that my laserdisc of Polyester was defective and I sent it back to Ken Crane's laserdisc, but I never received a replacement!
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    I was.
     
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    The price link below will take you directly to the product on Amazon. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

     
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    This reminds me of when John Waters was being interviewed by Video Review about an upcoming VHS release of Polyester where the sticking point was that the Odorama cards were too big to fit in a VHS sleeve, but the company really wanted to include them.
     
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    It's A Dirty Shame! Along with "Love Letter To Edie", the laserdisc also had an additional audio commentary on Analog Track 2, consisting of "rare, out-of-print recordings of Waters reading" from the audiobook of "Shock Value", and some other items (Opening/A public service announcement/Polyester production scrapbook/Memories of Dreamland/From the John Waters Collection, Wesleyan University Cinema Archive) that I don't see included with the Blu-Ray features, unless they've been repurposed under other names. Oh, well, this is why I keep everything. By the way, Kevin Oppegaard, I feel your pain.

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