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July 28, 2004

Showgirls: V.I.P. Edition


Personally, I thought Showgirls was a work of transcendent genius. But if it is the slings and arrows of received opinion that have brought me a campy special Showgirls: V.I.P. edition dvd release of the film, so be it.

"We've targeted the DVD release to adults who have embraced the campy, fun and even outrageous aspects of the film and provided extras that deliver on that notion," Blake Thomas, MGM executive vice-president for worldwide marketing, said in a statement.

Still skittish over Showgirls, MGM executives declined interviews for this story. But the studio clearly has recovered from the drubbing well enough to realize it can recoup some of its bad investment by mocking the movie.

And then... Gothamist has the same view as the Flea. So does Maxim.

And then... Rick McGinnis judges and assigns *** 1/2. I would have gone higher but then I am annoyed ironic Gigli viewers have inflated the price of used Gigli dvds so what do I know.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 28, 2004 07:40 AM

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Reviewed it this week for the paper:


What I loved is how ragingly furious Elizabeth Berkeley's Nomi is from the first moment we see her - it's like the girl is seesawing between 'roid rage and the mother of all migraines. The scene with the ketchup bottle near the beginning just sets the tone - it's like the girl doesn't really eat, as much as she tortures food into being digested.

Posted by: rick mcginnis at July 28, 2004 02:13 PM

Rick, dude, you actually watched the parts in the movie where people are fully clothed? That's what the FF button on the remote is for!

I can't believe I'm having to explain this to you, man.

Posted by: Damian at July 28, 2004 05:00 PM

Ah, ya know man, I had to review the thing, so I had to watch it all. You're right, though - it's a much more interesting movie when you skip all the fully-clothed bits. It's kinda like a Jenna Jameson film with more coloured lights.

Posted by: rick mcginnis at July 28, 2004 05:20 PM

I hear you, Rick. The things we do for money. Hold your nose and watch Berkley 'act.'

Posted by: Damian at July 28, 2004 05:36 PM