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THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT ($30) is quite an enjoyable little comedy from the land down under. The plot concerns three drag queens from Sydney, who plan to take their cabaret act to a resort out in the middle of the Australian desert, traveling on a bus they dubbed Priscilla- Queen Of The Desert. Their misadventure in the desert is the heart of this fresh and funny film. THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT features a great retro disco soundtrack and production numbers that must be seen to be believed.

The film has a number of truly hilarious moments as well as some very choice dialogue. The cast of THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is also top notch. Terrence Stamp gives a funny and moving performance as Bernedette, the oldest of the three performers, who is looking for something more out of life. Hugo Weaving is Mitzi, the leader of the troop, who has a couple of secret reasons why he has accepted the gig at the desert resort. Guy Pearce steals much of the film as Felicia, the most flamboyant and funniest of the three queens. Bill Hunter is Bob, the mechanic who helps keep Priscilla running on her trek.

Polygram Video offers THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in both Letterboxed and pan and scan presentations. The pan and scan transfer crops far too much of the image to be worth watching. However, color and image quality is acceptable. The Letterboxed transfer is very good and restores most of the film’s 2.35:1 theatrical framing. Color fidelity and saturation is excellent, even the most garish hues reproduce effortlessly. The image is sharp and finely detailed. Digital compression artifacts were noticeable in only the briefest of instances.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT offers a two-channel Dolby Digital stereo track as its primary soundtrack. The track decodes to Dolby Surround with respectable results. There are some directional effects and ambiance, but the film’s music seems to get the biggest boost from the mix. Other soundtrack options include a French language track. Subtitles are available in Spanish.

The interactive menus offer the standard scene selection feature, as well as cast and crew biographies/filmographies.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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