Cutthroat careerism, wild sex, and fierce female protagonists are all on offer in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s sensational and wildly popular novel.
Neely is a talented Broadway performer, but her talent frightens jealous and aging star Helen Lawson (Susan Hayward), so she has her removed from her show. However, she won't be stopped, and strives toward stardom on her own path and becomes a monster in her own right. Jennifer is a beauty, but that's all anyone ever sees in her, while her mother uses her as a piggy bank and breaks her confidence at every chance. Anne is fresh from idyllic New England, and finds herself in the big city, thrown into the whirlwind that is the entertainment industry.
The three will soon realize that life is not all about glamor, though, as they discover the hidden part of fame; drugs, booze, and sex with men who will never love them. Each of them is affected by this discovery in different ways and follow downward spirals that leave them estranged.

Director: Mark Robson
Cast: Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate
Country: USA
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance


BD50 + 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 02:03:33 | 46.5 Gb + 14.7 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Commentary - this audio commentary featuring actors Barbara Parkins and journalist Ted Casablanca was recorded for Twentieth Century Fox in 2006.

Hollywood Backstories: Valley of the Dolls - this archival featurette takes a closer look at Jacqueline Susann's controversial best-selling novel and the film it inspired. Included in it are clips from archival interviews with Michael Musto (columnist, The Village Voice), Jacqueline Susann, actors Michele Lee, Parry Duke, Judy Garland, and others, as well as archival screens tests, clips and stills, etc. In English, not subtitled. (26 min, 1080i).

Trailers and TV Spots - a collection of original trailers and TV spots. In English, not subtitled. (5 min, 1080i).

Radio Spots - presented here are three original spots featuring interviews with Patty Duke, Barbara Perkins, Martin Milner, Paul Burke, Susan Hayward, composer Andre Previn, and producer David Weisbart. In English, not subtitled. (20 min, 1080p).

Interviews -

1. Once Was Never Enough - in this brand new featurette, writer Amy Fine Collins discusses Jacqueline Susann's unprecedented professional success and personal life as well as her best-selling novel and some of the main differences between the novel and the film. The featurette was produced exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (22 min, 1080p).

2. Travilla: Perfectly Poised - in this new video piece Amy Fine Collins discusses the various gowns and dresses costume designer Travilla created for Valley of the Dolls. In English, not subtitled. (8 min, 1080p).

Archival Programs -

1. A World Premiere Voyage - this promotional film, hosted by Bill Burrid and Army Archerd, was completed in 1967 and features archival interviews with members of the Valley of the Dolls cats in which they discuss their contribution to the film. The bulk of the footage was shot during the maiden voyage of the SS Princes Italia as it traveled from Venice, Italy to California. In English, not subtitled. (49 min, 1080i).

2. Jacqueline Susann and Valley of the Dolls - this archival documentary, produced by Alan Foshko, was completed in 1967 and takes a closer look at Jacqueline Susann's career, the success of her best-selling novel, and the film it inspired. Included in it are various clips from archival interviews with Jacqueline Susann, Judy Garland, director Mark Robson, and writer Rona Jaffe, amongst others. In English, not subtitled. (51 min, 1080i).

3. Sparkle Patty Sparkle! - presented here is footage from a 2009 gala screening of Valley of the Dolls presented by Marc Huestis at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, as well as footage from a Q&A session with actor Patty Duke and writer Bruce Vilanch which was held after the screening. In English, not subtitled. (17 min, 1080i).

Screen Tests - presented here are archival screen tests that feature readings by actors Patty Duke, Tony Scotti, Sharon Tate, and Barbara Perkins. In English, not subtitled. (29 min, 1080i).

Doll Parts - presented here is a brand new visual essay by film critic Kim Morgan. The essay was created exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English, not subtitled. (18 min, 1080p).

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