To celebrate the 40th anniversary, paramount is releasing a brand-new Blu-ray for the first time.
Newly restored from a 4k film transfer, MOMMIE DEAREST is presented in a limited-edition Blu-ray with collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. The Blu-ray includes a new Filmmaker focus with biographer Justin Bozung on the film and its director Frank Perry, a new audio commentary with American drag queen Hedda Lettuce, access to a Digital copy of the film, as well as previously released bonus content. Special features are detailed below, including two new features:
- Commentary by American drag queen Hedda Lettuce
- Fimmaker Focus: Biographer Justin Bozung on director Frank Perry
- Commentary by filmmaker John Waters
- The revival of Joan
- Life with Joan
- Joan lives on
- Photo gallery
- Original theatrical trailer
- Mommie Dearest was not well received when it came out in 1981, garnering 11 Razzie Awards, winning 7 of them. But the shelf life has lived on, becoming a cult classic and a favorite for its many quotes.
Faye Dunaway really goes to another level during Joan’s many fits of rage and hysteria, so much so that one worries about the children actors. Unfortunately not much can be said about any of the other actors, this is Faye’s show. A tad bit too long, but as the film progresses you see less of Joan and more of her daughter Christine, and those brief respites from the utter chaos of Joan’s life make the film slightly more watchable. There is a good film in here somewhere, but a tighter edit and maybe some recasting of the other players would liven up this slog. You can only see a person spiral so much before you become numb to what you are watching. While it is compelling to a point, you may find yourself looking at your watch.