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Release Date: 01-Oct-19
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Format: DVD, Blu-ray
Genre: Comedy
Director: John Waters
Cast: Divine, Edith Massey, Tab Hunter
Year: 1981
Number of discs: 1
Street Date: 01-Oct-19
Runtime (minutes): 86
Original Language:
Studio: Criterion Collection

SKU: CC3067-G Categories: , , ,


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.

• New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• 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