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The Adventures Of Priscilla – Queen Of The Desert: Extra Frills Edition (DTS DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Film: C+



At the same time, two comedies about traveling cross-dressers arrived in theaters in 1994.  To Wong Foo… did not work out well and did limited business along with its mixed reviews.  Stephan Elliot’s The Adventures Of Priscilla – Queen Of The Desert was the British counterpart, fared better critically, won awards and was a moderate hit.  MGM has reissued it in an upgraded Extra Frills Edition with Terence Stamp, Guy Pierce and a then-lesser-known Hugo Weaving as the travelers.


Of the two films, this one is less forced, less mean-spirited, features better acting (casting in Foo plays more like a joke) and a screenplay (by Elliot) that seems to have something more to say.  The result is a film that holds up much better and with gay men more prominent in the media, has aged much better.  I still thought parts of it lagged and maybe missed some of the gay references or culture, but the leads were braver here by playing it (ironically?) straight as gay and that is why the film is still talked about.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is soft, suggesting an older transfer, but the colors have their moments, especially considering the Academy Award-winning costume design by Lizzy Gardner and Tim Chappel.  The original sound was Dolby Digital 5.1, which is included here, but this was always a low-budget film and the dynamics are limited.  This is more obvious with the DTS 5.1 track, but that is still richer and the preferred sound mix.  Hit songs are the big beneficiary.  Extras include a feature length audio commentary by director Elliot, Birth Of A Queen featurette, deleted scenes, “tidbits” from the set, bloopers, stills and two trailers: one teaser, the other final.  The case has a small booklet inside with an essay.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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