I must admit, I've never seen "The Boys in the Band." Even though I've been out for more than half of my life, part of me remains almost afraid to, worried about what my parents and people of that generation were (possibly) exposed to as a representation of "gay life" nearly 40 years ago. (Observing my stepfather watch that horrendous show "Brothers" on Showtime back in the '80s was trying enough -- and Jodie Dallas before that.) If the film's original trailer is any indication -- "I'll be your topless cocktail waitress!" -- it seems like I had ample reason to worry, although you gotta love HER and HER. But with word of an upcoming restored DVD release, it's probably time I face my fears. I must say the plot does sound rather fun -- and the fact that the producers had the guy who did the voiceover on the original trailer go out of his way to announce that IT'S NOT A MUSICAL is almost reason enough to cough up $19.99!
Based on his own landmark play, Mart Crowley’s humorous and heartbreaking 1970 cult-classic "THE BOYS IN THE BAND" follows a group of gay male friends as they come together in a New York City apartment for a birthday party. When an unexpected guest arrives and the truth begins to flow as freely as the cocktails, it leads to a sometimes vulgar but ultimately open and honest dissection of their lives and relationships. " THE BOYS IN THE BAND," directed by Academy Award winner William Friedkin ("The French Connection," "The Exorcist"), stars Kenneth Nelson, Peter White, Laurence Luckinbill, Leonard Frey and Cliff Gorman, all of whom originated their roles in the 1968 off-Broadway stage production 40 years ago. The movie was painstakingly restored for DVD under Friedkin’s direction, using a unique color correction process that he created, and was remixed in Stereo sound.
All-new bonus features include documentaries about the creation of the groundbreaking play, the making and release of the controversial film and the enduring power of both the stage and screen versions, as well as interviews with director Friedkin, playwright/screenwriter Crowley, Executive Producer Dominick Dunne (best-selling author and contributor to “Vanity Fair”), Pulitzer Prize winning writer Tony Kushner (Angels in America, Munich) and cast members Peter White and Laurence Luckinbill.