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|The Wild Party|
Actors: James Ivory, James Coco, Raquel Welch, Perry King, Tiffany Bolling
Directors: James Ivory, Greg Carson
Genres: Comedy, Drama
The highly celebratedand OscarĀ(r)-nominated*Ismail Merchant and James Ivory swing back to Hollywood's heyday to tell this "dazzling" (The Hollywood Reporter) story of unchecked egotism and desperation. Featuring a "bravur... more »
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ONE OF ROCKY'S BEST!!!
SwellBooks | Park Ridge, IL | 07/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This has been a pretty good year for fans of the lovely AND talented Raquel Welch. First 20th Century Fox released "The Raquel Welch Collection" box set, then Warner Home Video gave us "The Last Of Sheila" and now "The Wild Party", probably one of Miss Welch's best films! And thanks to the fine folks at MGM we have the ORIGINAL, UN-CUT version not the version originally released by AIP back in the 70s. And what a glorious film it is! Rocky is just great as Queenie, the mistress of Jolly Grimm (James Coco), a washed up silent movie comedian vainly attempting to make a comeback into pictures. She is endearing and sexy as his tender young lover, and the song she sings ("SINGAPORE SALLY") is a real treat!Picture and sound are both quite good on this disc and the extra's include the original trailer and a short interview with the director, James Ivory. So, if you like Miss Welch (and how can anyone not???), check this disc out. You'll love it! Now if only MGM will release "Kansas City Bomber" and Paramount put out "Hannie Caulder", I'd be a really happy camper! - George Bauch,"
M. Santoyo | riverside, ca USA | 06/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am giving "Wild Party" 5 stars for a few reasons. Most significantly is that this is the version that James Ivory had submitted to the studio, which then recut it for distribution through American International.
I remember seeing WP when it was first released, and believe me that was an entirely different movie than is on this DVD. A.I. was known as the distributor that marketed exploitation flicks, so it purchased WP as it was cut to emphasize an orgy sequence.
Ivory is not a sensationalist, if anything his films incorporate sex to advance the story, here the wildness of the party is just a by product of a much richer story.
Raquel, Coco, Bolling and King are all terrific. The wonder of DVD is that this film makes sense, whereas the theatrical version and all the VHS versions do not. This is really an amazing movie that was never released as it was intended. Thumbs up to MGM for releasing this edition."
blondeguy10 | 06/10/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"THIS is one of those delightful, guilty, and dismissed treasures [alongside Glenda Jackson's 'Negatives', and what WAS the title of that vaguely soft-core porno type movie Richard Dreyfuss made???? "INSERTS!" Same period ....] HOWEVER, this Party is somewhat inspired by the Fatty Arbuckle event of the Roaring 20ties and fortunately does not follow the same route, but it is close, and naturally everyone associated or invited to the Party is affected by the outcome in one or another way .... you be the judge here.Expertly directed - same goes for the Art and Costume design - makes a great companion piece to the rarely seen "SAVAGES" another Ivory gem!"
An overlooked gem from Merchant Ivory
blondeguy10 | South Africa | 01/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an early entry from the Merchant Ivory team, and one which was unjustifiably dismissed on its initial release.It's a creative, well filmed and acted period piece set in early Hollywood, loosley based on the Fatty Arbuckle scandal. All the angst, drama, insincerity, drugs and general debauchery is perfectly and vividly captured.The movie features great performances from the entire cast Raquel Welch is execellent, Perry King gorgeous and James Coco tragic.
This DVD restores some of the cut footage such as the infamous orgy scene.
Another plus is the excellent music score."