The Criterion Collection adds John Waters’ Polyester to their September lineup

We’re always excited when The Criterion Collection, the top-tier of boutique distribution labels for cinema lovers, announces their newest batch of titles. We’re even more excited when that batch includes a John Waters classic.

Having already released Multiple Maniacs and Female Trouble on DVD and Blu-ray, this September Criterion will be adding the 1981 bad taste (and smell) treasure Polyester to their esteemed collection.

For his first studio picture, filth maestro 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.

This brand-new special edition, featuring a restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by Waters, will be packed with special features, including: an audio commentary, a conversation between Waters and film critic Michael Musto; a program featuring interviews with Waters collaborators Tab Hunter, Mink Stole and more; archival interviews with the cast and crew, including Waters, Divine, Edith Massey, and Van Smith; behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film; an essay by film scholar Elena Gorfinkel; deleted scenes; and, perhaps most importantly, a highly-coveted Odorama™ scratch-and-sniff card that you can enjoy (or revile) while watching the film.

Check out this amazing new cover art from The Criterion Collection below and click here to pre-order your copy Polyester.

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