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Written by Chris Mayo   
Monday, 14 June 2010
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Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Written by: Joe Eszterhas
Produced by: Charles Evans, Alan Marshall, Ben Myron
Cinematography by: Jost Vacano
Editing by: Mark Goldblatt, Mark Helfrich
Cast: Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon
Year: 1995
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 2 h 11 min

Studio: MGM, 20th Century Fox

It has been 15 years since Showgirls tainted the silver screen with an NC-17 rating.  Whether it be considered a guilty pleasure to some or less than praise-worthy, Showgirls has stood the test of time by garnering a cult fan base.  Now the film gets the high-def treatment from MGM/Fox with its 15th Anniversary "Sinsational Edition" on Blu-Ray.

Directed by Paul "RoboCop" Verhoeven, trailing from Basic Instinct,
Showgirls follows the exploits of Nomi (Elizabeth Berkley, Saved By the Bell), as she hitch-hikes her way to Vegas to follow her dreams.  The minute she makes it to Vegas she wins at the slots.  With naivety running strong, she leaves her suitcase with the guy who picked her up, consequently she loses all her stuff when the guy leaves without her.  Abandoned by her driver, she befriends a girl named Molly (Gina Ravera) who takes her in and gets her a job at the Star Dust, a local strip dive.   There she learns the ropes to becoming a dancer as well as the shadier sides of the business.  According to her boss, the main rules for lap dances are: "Touch and go.  They touch they go.  You can touch them, they cannot touch you.  Now if they cum it's ok.  If they take it out, cum all over you, call a bouncer unless he gives you a big tip.  If he gives you a big tip it's ok."

One night Cristal (Gina Gershon, Bound), a fancy showgirl, comes into the club with her boyfriend Zach (Kyle MacLachlan, Blue Velvet) and buys him a five-hundred-dollar lap dance from Nomi.  Impressed by the show, Zach, as the "entertainment director" of the hotel that Cristal works for, hires Nomi as a dancer there.  This paves her way to her ultimate dream of being a headline dancer at the hotel.  Nomi however quickly learns that jealousy runs strong in the biz and there is a dire cost to the stardom she seeks.

There is no disputing that Showgirls is a shitty film.  The premise alone tells you that.  It's as good a storyline as one could expect from a soap opera.  However, its campy qualities and slight sleaziness add to its charm, which results in a watchable experience.  There's a ton of nudity to behold here.  When the girls aren't stripping they're fucking.    Jessie from Saved By the Bell spends the majority of the film  naked.  The rest of the time she's high-strung and super emotional (to almost cartoony levels).

The intensity of the stage shows are ludicrous and the fact that Cristal and Nomi share the same love for dog food just goes to show how retarded this film actually is.  Or maybe it's unearthing the true fact that strippers love puppy chow.  There are a bunch of things to criticize here, but with an infamously bad film like
Showgirls, everyone knows what to expect.

Showgirls is what it is -- a fun campy film about strippers with a bunch of nudity and an NC-17 rating.  For viewers looking for an edge in the sleaze department, you get that too, with the gang bang rape of Nomi's friend Molly and the ultimate revenge at the hands of Nomi (or should I say feet).

MGM/Fox brings Showgirls to Blu-Ray in a 2-disc set with a 2.35:1 widescreen 1080p aspect ratio with a 50GB Dual Layer AVC @ 35.5 MBPS and the transfer looks stellar.  The audio is also top notch with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround and Spanish Dolby Surround.  In the way of extras, the Blu-Ray disc is full of special features.  First up is 'Pole Dancing: Finding Your Inner Stripper', a 12-minute featurette on different pole dancing moves.  Next is 'Lap Dancing Tutorial Featuring the World Famous Girls of Scores' running 5-minutes.  There's a commentary by a Showgirls mega-fan entitled 'The Greatest Movie Ever Made: Audio Commentary by David Schmader', 'Showgirls Fact-Up Trivia', 'A Showgirls Diary' and a Theatrical Trailer.  Disc 2 contains the standard DVD version of the film and a 'Special Behind-the-Scenes Featurette'.


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 Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 16x9 1080p AVC @ 35.5 MBPS
 Region: A
 Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio, English, French, Spanish Dolby Surround

 - Pole Dancing: Finding Your Inner Stripper
 - Lap Dancing Tutorial Featuring the World Famous Girls of Scores
 - The Greatest Movie Ever Made: Audio Commentary by David Schmader
Showgirls Fact-Up Trivia
 - A
Showgirls Diary
 - Theatrical Trailer
 - Special Behind-the-Scenes Featurette


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