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Pink Flamingos Uncut and on Blu-ray for its 50th birthday

Director John Waters made bad taste perversely transcendent with the forever shocking counterculture sensation Pink Flamingos, his most infamous and daring cinematic transgression. Outré diva Divine (Female Trouble, Polyester) is iconic as the wanted criminal hiding out with her family of degenerates in a trailer outside Baltimore while revelling in her tabloid notoriety as the “Filthiest Person Alive.”

On Monday 25th July 2022, a new digital restoration of the BBFC 18-certificated, uncut film will be released on Blu-ray.

Pink Flamingos is packed with new special features and released by The Criterion Collection which is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions of the highest technical quality, with supplemental features that enhance the appreciation of the art of film.

Outré diva DIVINE (Female Trouble) stars as a wanted criminal hiding out with her family of degenerates in a trailer outside Baltimore while revelling in her tabloid notoriety as the “Filthiest Person Alive.” When a pair of sociopaths (Mink Stole and David Lochary) with a habit of kidnapping women in order to impregnate them attempt to challenge her title, Divine resolves to show them and the world the true meaning of the word filthy.

Incest, cannibalism, shrimping, and film history’s most legendary gross-out ending, John Waters and his merry band of Dreamlanders leave no taboo unsmashed in this gleefully subversive ode to outsiderhood, in which camp spectacle and pitch-black satire are wielded in an all-out assault on respectability.

The Blu-ray special features are:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack.
  • Two audio commentaries featuring Waters, from the 1997 Criterion laserdisc and the 2001 DVD release.
  • New conversation between Waters and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.
  • Tour of the film’s Baltimore locations, led by Waters.
  • Deleted scenes, alternate takes, and on-set footage.
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton and a piece by actor and author Cookie Mueller about the making of the film, from her 1990 book Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black

Pink Flamingos is released on Criterion Collection Blu-ray on Monday 25th July 2022.

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