Welcome to the Vinegar Syndrome Staff Picks section, where we highlight our favorite releases from the many other fine labels releasing films on home video. This section, which will be updated semi regularly, features an array of crucial genre films, which no home library should be without.
Cutthroat careerism, wild sex, and fierce female protagonists are all on offer in this adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s sensational and wildly popular novel. Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, and Sharon Tate star as three friends attempting to navigate the glamorous, pressurized world of big-time show business—the “valley” is not a place but a narcotized state of mind, and the “dolls” are the pills that rouse them in the morning and knock them out at night. Blending old-fashioned gloss with Madison Avenue grooviness, this slick look by director Mark Robson at the early days of sexual liberation and an entertainment industry coming apart was a giant box-office hit and has become an unforgettably campy time capsule of the 1960s.
- New 2K digital restoration, with 3.0 LCR DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary from 2006 featuring actor Barbara Parkins and journalist Ted Casablanca
- New interview with author Amy Fine Collins about author Jacqueline Susann and the film
- New video essay by critic Kim Morgan
- Footage of Marc Huestis Presents Sparkle Patty Sparkle!, a 2009 gala tribute to actor Patty Duke at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco
- A World Premiere Voyage and Jacqueline Susann and “Valley of the Dolls,” two promotional films from 1967
- Archival interviews
- Trailers and TV spots
- PLUS: An essay by film critic Glenn Kenny
- New cover by Phil Noto