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New Criterion edition cover of "Polyester" is divine

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Long before the "Real Housewives" took over New York and Orange County there was Divine in "Polyester" which finally gets the Criterion collector's edition it deserves on September 17. 

For this edition, Sam Hadley with Raphael Geroni have created cover art that resembles the work of "Gone With the Wind" movie poster illustrator Howard Terpning. But in place of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh the artists have put Tab Hunter and Divine in the dramatic embrace.

This is the perfect homage to not only the late actors, but the original movie poster one-sheet. 

Before "Polyester" was released theatrically in 1981, John Waters was still considered an underground filmmaker whose guerilla type directing and shocking scenes starring Divine made him the King of the Midnight movies. 

In a surprising casting choice, former teen heartthrob and then-closeted Tab Hunter starred opposite Divine in Water's first mainstream vehicle "Polyester." 

As desperate housewife Francine Fishpaw in the film, Divine finds comfort in the arms of Todd Tomorrow (Hunter) who may or may not have ulterior motives. 

The movie also had a gimmick called Odorama™ where audiences could use a scratch and sniff card to smell what Francine was smelling on screen, Criterion has thankfully kept that feature. 

The disk has plenty of bonus features including a "New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray."

Here are the other features that will come with this must-have edition for the acid cinephile or Divine fan: 

  • Audio commentary featuring Waters from the 1993 Criterion laserdisc release of the film
  • New conversation between Waters and critic Michael Musto
  • New program featuring interviews with Waters collaborators Tab Hunter, Dennis Dermody, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Mink Stole, Mary Garlington, and Greer Yeaton
  • Interviews from 1993 with cast and crew members Waters, Divine, Moran, Peranio, Edith Massey, and Van Smith, featuring footage from the making of the film
  • Archival interviews
  • Deleted scenes and alternate takes
  • Trailer
  • Scratch-and-sniff Odorama™ card
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Elena Gorfinkel

This Criterion edition of "Polyester" is available for pre-order now and will be released on September 17, 2019.