July 15, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains: DVD

Finally, actually, and officially happening!

This cult hit filmed in 1980, which was never released commercially in theaters or on VHS, is set to come out on DVD on September 16, 2008. It will feature commentary by Diane Lane.

Masculine squeal!

How did it become a cult hit if it was never released, you ask? Well, it starred the not-yet-famous actresses Diane Lane and Laura Dern as teenage punk rock girls that start a band and tour the country. It also featured members of the Sex Pistols and The Clash who wrote and performed songs in the film. The script came from Nancy Dowd, who wrote Slap Shot. It was directed by Lou Adler, producer/director of Up In Smoke and producer of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It went straight from the editing room to obscurity, only being seen on the small screen late night weekends on USA's Night Flight.

But enough high profile fans who had seen it in the 80's (Courtney Love has allegedly proclaimed it as her favorite) sung its praises loud enough years later that it would start to appear at arthouse screenings and eventually on VH1's Movies that Rock! Still, for the longest time, only bootlegged versions existed for public consumption (I have a pretty decent DVD copy). Nearly 20 years later, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains is finally getting a commercial release. Amazon is already taking pre-orders (only $14.99!).

Check out this link for some more detailed history of the film.

Oh, and if you own a bootlegged copy, don't be a dick -- buy the DVD.

1 comment:

Jay Amabile said...

this is kickass...thanks for bringing to my attention! I haven't seen it in years!