Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Rocky Horror Picture Show / Shock Treatment |
3-Disc Anniversary Edition
Actors: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn
Director: Jim Sharman
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Musicals & Performing Arts
The Rocky Horror Picture Show/ Shock Treatment Giftset has both campy classics, including the new-to-DVD Shock Treatment, in a slipcase for $29.98 & $45.98. Disk 1: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION (2-Di... more »
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Second Chance to get the Anniversary Edition!
Brett D. Cullum | Houston, TX United States | 09/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great set for people who want BOTH movies, and don't have the Anniversary Edition of ROCKY HORROR. The two movies are great, but for completely differing reasons. ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is a cult classic with an established fan base, and SHOCK TREATMENT stands on its own as a curious sequel which heads off in a new direction both musically and thematically.
The set here is a special 3 disc edition with two discs devoted to ROCKY HORROR and a single disc for SHOCK TREATMENT. The ROCKY HORROR portion includes the movie, audience participation tracks and video, commentary by Patricia Quinn and O'Brien, segments from a "Where Are They Now?" special on VH-1, and tons of featurettes featuring cast, crew, and fans. It is a rerelease of the 2000-2001 anniversary edition, so if you own that... no need to buy this again (just track down SHOCK TREATMENT on its own).
SHOCK TREATMENT includes a remastered print of the movie (for the first time in widescreen on DVD), a commentary track from the fan club president and his friend (they tell trivia and do some of their "act" for screenings), two features with interviews from cast and crew members about the making of the film and the score, and trailers (which are bizarre and worth a look). Richard O'Brien does not make an appearance in ANY of the extras, so we have to rely on people involved with the production such as director Jim Sharman and Patricia Quinn to fill us in.
Rocky Horror and Shock Treatment: Cult Classic and Musical T
Jim Whittaker | USA | 07/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show began its ongoing life as a musical play in London in 1973 (The Rocky Horror Show). Creator Richard O'Brien had recently quit the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, and passed the time between acting jobs by writing a rock musical which truly entertained him. Combining elements of Alice Cooper, Frankenstein, the fifties revival and the sexual revolution, O'Brien and his creative team (including Superstar director Jim Sharman and set designer Brian Thomson, producer Michael White and acting friend Tim Curry) produced a runaway stage hit. The play won awards and ran for seven years in London (it's currently on tour in England) and was produced all over the world. Lou Adler brought the play to his Roxy Theatre in L.A. in 1974, intending to introduce it to a major studio for a film version. The film was produced in England at Hammer's Bray Studios and the nearby Oakley Court castle in Berkshire, using most of the British cast and Americans Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf, and was released in London in August 1975. The USA release the following month came after a disappointingly short run of the play on Broadway. Briefly test-marketed in the states, The Rocky Horror Picture Show flopped, and 20th Century-Fox decided to recoup some of its production costs by showing it as a midnight movie in April 1976. Early Rocky fans in New York began performing "audience participation," ranging from joking in response to the dialogue and singing along to acting out the film in costume in front of the screen. Fox released more prints as the New York and L.A. scenes got media attention, and the film was soon playing in over 250 theaters across the country. After years of midnight showings, the film became one of the top five highest-grossing musicals in U.S. release, and one of the few to earn more than $100 million. The 2006 DVD release includes the original two-disc set released in 2000. The first disc contains the film, with the option of viewing UK or USA versions (the UK version includes the complete "Superheroes" song, while the USA version edits out two verses), commentary by Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn, and an optional "audience participation" track. The second disc contains supplementary material, including the 1995 36-minute documentary (made for the laserdisc) featuring interviews with O'Brien, Sharman, Thomson, Adler and most of the film cast; outtakes from the film; 1999 cast interviews from VH1's "Behind the Music"; trailers and more. Shock Treatment was touted in 1981 as being "not a sequel, not a prequel, but an equal to The Rocky Horror Picture Show." It more closely resembles a musical sequel, using the Brad and Janet characters (played by new actors) in an ironically prescient "reality TV" setting where fast-food magnate Farley Flavors controls Denton USA, a giant TV studio. Brad and Janet appear on the game show "Marriage Maze," hosted by blind Viennese Bert Schnick (Barry Humphries, creator of Dame Edna). Rocky alumni O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell and Charles Gray appear, with many of the Rocky crew behind the scenes, including director Jim Sharman. The songs, hybrids of Rocky Horror meets new wave, are ambitious but somewhat strained. Shock Treatment never took off with most Rocky fans, and can be viewed today as a fun early 80s artifact with its own set of fans. Richard O'Brien's musical followup is notable for its use of the creative team behind the unique success of The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
Thrill me, Chill me, Fulfill me.
Sushi Girl -Laura | Gainesville, Florida | 01/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What can I say about TRHPS that hasn't already been said? I went to the live shows; I threw cherries and hotdogs, and squirted water guns and got really hammered. I yelled "hey kool-aid" and "follow the bouncing thumb" I dressed up like a Transylvanian, I had to explain to my parents that my obsession with Frankenfurter was healthy, and liking men in fishnets was just a phase ( I was wrong by the way, I love me some drag queens still). I have the original Broadway soundtrack, the foreign soundtracks (toca toca toca toca me) I have the coffee table books, original posters, commemorative everything and still I am looking for more. This "cult classic" never was a passing fancy, this movie with or without being live is one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I have it to thank for my love of Tim Curry. If Marijuana is the gateway drug, this movie was the gateway to my obsession with everything deviant and glamorous. I am not one of those elitist that say you cant "know" RHPS without going to a live showing, because not every town still has those (mine stopped because we trashed the darn theater too many times) I believe that by watching it with an open mind, and with a sense of humor that you can, in your minds eye, understand what the millions of fans adore. It wouldn't hurt to get a copy of the soundtrack with all of the responses, and simultaneously watch the DVD, its not cheating."
Great Collection of a Cult hit and another stand alone hit
Alan Edward Yue | Honolulu, HI USA | 07/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The RHPS is a classic cult hit. The 25th Anniversary DVD just makes for an even better experience with the inclusion of songs cut from the retail screen movie, outtakes, and other goodies.
I probably would never have seen Shock Treatment if it were not bundled with RHPS, and I would have missed out on a really great piece in the style of RHPS, but something totally different. Yes, there are certain characters which overlap in the two films, but it truly is a great piece of work on its own. The commentary from the producer really makes this one that much more interesting as well."