“ Genre: Musicals & Classical / Theatrical Release: 1975 / Director: Jim Sharman / Actors: Tim Curry, Cliff De Young ... / DVD released 22 May, 2006 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL, Widescreen „
* Prices may differ from that shown
Are you a Rocky Fan? Then you must own one of these! Sitting pride of place in my living room, my fellow transylvanians love it, my mum hates it but everyone has an opinion and that's just the lucious lips box...let's go inside. You get the two disc edition of the RHPS on dvd, which has commentry from the maestro himself, Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn, plus some delectable extras. You also get the 'sequel' to RHPS, Shock Treatment on DVD, which is a rareity, and worth forking out just for this alone. Obviously these things are never as good as the original but Shock Treatment is a good, strange, little movie as long as you aren't expecting RHPS 2. It's got a character called Brad and one called Janet but there the similarities end. You want more??? The box set comes with other goodies too, collectable postcards and a comic!! We are spoilt..
do you want to buy the same article in perfect conditions, original package and brandnew for 49,99Euro (=about £34)?!
just go there and see what I mean:
www.ebay.at and type in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show/Shock Treatment Lips Box"
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Relive Richard O'Brien's sinfully twisted salute to horror, sci-fi, B-movies and rock music - a "sensual daydream to treasure forever" - starring Tim Curry (in his classic gender-bending performance), Barry Bostwick and Oscar winner Susan Sarandon. Do the "Time Warp" and sing "Hot Patootie" with Meatloaf again...and again...and again...at home, or in a movie theater, where it will probably be playing for another 25 years!
Shock Treatment (1981)
In this new to DVD sequel to the cult classic, we find Brad and Janet's not-so-new marriage on the rocks. They decide to appear in a game show but find themselves stuck in a weird television world surrounded by strange people. Janet begins to enjoy her new life within the television world and begins to forget about Brad...
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (2 DVDS)
Anamorphic (16:9) Widescreen Version
Audio commentary from Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn
'The Theatrical Experience': watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show as you would in a cinema with hosted intro and audience reactions!
'Participation Promoter': subtitles tell you when to squirt your water pistol, scream and so on!
Excerpts from VH1s 'Behind The Music' and 'Where Are They Now' (45 mins)
VH1 Pop-Up Video of 'Hot Patootie!'
Sing-a-long on 'Toucha Toucha Touch Me' and 'Sweet Transvestite'
'Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show' documentary (37 mins)
SHOCK TREATMENT (1 DVD)
Anamorphic (16:9) Widescreen Version
This limited edition (10,000 units) box set comes in a special "Lip Box" and also includes the Shock Treatment CD soundtrack, Official Rocky Horror Audience Participation book, 3 x Mick Rock photo stills & a Rocky Horror comic book
Having previously reviewed the Rocky Horror Show I wont be reviewing it here as well but if you want to read it the link is here
Shock Treatment is the little known sequel to RHS, made in 1981 it is rated PG in this box set.
The box set itself was created to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Rocky Horror Show. Packaged in a large pair of lips, the Iconic symbol from Rocky you will recieve two DVD's Rocky (the two disc special edition) and Shock Treatment, The Rocky Horror Show Comic Book, 3 random pictures from Rocky Horror, The Offical Audience Participation Guide from Rocky and the Shock Treatment soundtrack CD.
The plot of Shock Treatment is that Brad and Janets marriage is in trouble and they are appearing on a TV show. As a result of the show Brad is sent to a mental hospital, and imprisoned in a circular cell. But as you the viewer will soon discover it isnt just a hospital it is also a TV soap style reality show 'DentonVale'.
But this isnt so unsual as Brad and Janets Hometown of Denton has become one huge TV show, with the residents either participating or watching!
As Janet gets sucked in to the world of TV and stardom Bettie and Judge Wright are mounting a resuce attempt for her and Brad who is still locked up.
Of course all is not as it seems, the channel which broadcasts Dentons TV shows is run by Farley Flavors and what is his secret connected to Brad?
I wont even attempt to compare the two films since they are vastly different. But as with Rocky the songs and music are memorable and visually it is like Rocky 'different' but is much brighter than Rocky. But there are similarities in the heavy make up and that on many occasionas I was unsure as to whether an extra was male or female.
Some familiar characters appear Bettie and Ralph Hapschatt, obviously Brad and Janet themselves, as well as some familiar faces in new roles, Patricia Quinn, Richard O'Brien, Charles Grey and Nell Campbell. Also actors you may or may not recognise Ruby Wax, Barry Humphries, and Rik Mayall to name a few.
I will freely admit that after reading reviews of the film I was unsure as to if I would enjoy it or not, but having now watched it I would say that while it doesnt even compare to Rocky because of its totally different styling it is a good film in its own right. I would recommend watching it not only to Rocky fans but to anyone (though Rocky fans should be aware that it isnt a 'sequel' so much as a separate entity using the same lead characters). It is prehaps best summed up as a satire of our love of the TV and reality shows made before such shows were as popular as they are today and as such prehaps has a new market which back in 1981 it didnt have?
The film is 88 minutes long, and the DVD includes no special features just the Theatrical Trailer most likely due to the film being an almost total flop (it is only avaliable in the UK as part of this set or a twin pack with Rocky).
The DVD cover for Shock Treatment looks quite cheap, the print quality looks like something you might print on an average home printer from the front yet the back is clearly a high quality print so this effect must be intentional. And is repeated on the CD cover.
The other items in the set are the Comic Book. Drawn in typical Comic style is really captures the essence of Rocky and reading it I am singing along in my head as the speech bubbles contain the lyrics from the film, though only covers the story up to the birth of Rocky.
The Official Participation Guide is quite a dull book to read through, containing the instructions (or really suggestions) for what to throw and where throughout the film, as well as lines to shout back at the screen, but would be invaluable to people watching the show for the first time.
The soundtrack of Shock Treatment includes the same songs as appear in the film and has good sound quality. I have just copied it to my mp3 player to listen to properly at work tonight but after an initial listen I particularly like the songs Bitchin in the Kitchen and Little Black Dress. As it was also written by Richard O'Brien the music and lyrics share a surreal quality with Rocky.
As I already owned the Rocky Horror special Edition I put off buying this box set, which is something I actually regret now, I thoroughly enjoyed Shock Treatment and the Rocky goodies included make this set well worth the £23 I paid for it from Amazon. As this is a limited edition set (there were only 10,000 made) each one is individually numbered (mine is 8787), though I was slightly dissapointed that the box is red plastic as opposed to metal, though it doesnt feel at all weak it may not stand up to too much wear and tear.
Two features. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is a magical phenomenon unlike anything ever before seen onscreen. Borrowing largely from cinema's horror conventions, the film begins as an innocent young couple is stranded at the home of a mad scientist who is building the perfect man. The castle is filled with a most bizarre group of characters who worship their master, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, played magnificently by the fabulously sexy Tim Curry, in leather jacket, pearls, fishnet stockings, and heavy makeup. Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) are forced to examine their own sexuality as the voluptuous doctor releases the hidden desires in each of them. Based on the stage musical by Richard O'Brien (who also appears in the film as Riff Raff), the film comes alive with unforgettable song-and-dance numbers that have come to represent the sexual liberation of the 1970s. The outstanding costuming and makeup, the terrific acting by a group of relative unknowns (Curry, O'Brien, Bostwick, Sarandon, Nell Campbell, Patricia Quinn, Meat Loaf), and the memorable songs (Time Warp, Sweet Tranvestite) help make THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW one of the most bizarrely entertaining and satisfying musicals ever made. Also includes 'Shock Treatment'.