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.
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.