Check out the new Paramount Presents Mommie Dearest (1980) Blu-Ray. It’s available today on 6/1 on Amazon and anyplace else where fine Blu-Ray discs are sold.
It features the classic John Waters commentary track from the DVD release from a few years ago, and it features me!
A few months back Paramount emailed me to ask if I’d be interested in sitting down with them to talk about director Frank Perry for the Blu-Ray since I’m his official biographer.
Having dedicated myself to Perry’s legacy, loving Mommie Dearest, and probably having more to say about it (and only positive things) than any other person on this planet besides Frank Perry himself, I tried my best to provide a comprehensive look at not just Frank’s career leading up to Mommie Dearest, how he came to make the film, how he approached the subject material, and how he personally-identified with it, but also Mommie’s impact on critics, its audience in 1980, and the LGBTQ community.
A friend who owns a few of the more recently-released Paramount Presents Blu-Ray titles has told me that the “Filmmaker Focus” bonus feature on their releases generally runs 10-15 minutes. Having spoken with Paramount for around an hour, I’m hoping that 45-minutes of me doesn’t end up on the cutting room floor.
Mommie Dearest has been in the air for me a bit somewhat, lately. Two weeks before Paramount contacted me about doing the interview, I had managed to locate and secure the ownership of nearly 100 Mommie Dearest costume sketches used during the production of the movie for the Frank Perry Archive.