For those who have never heard of this film, here’s the Wiki page. Interested parties may also want to check out this excellent article posted in 2004 on Earthlink(!).
I’m one of the few who saw this air on HBO and was astonished at how cool it was, how raunchy it was, how gorgeous the art was and at how much sheer fun it was. It seemed to only air late LATE at night. I kept telling my friends about it and when one or two of them saw it, they thought it was okay but no big deal. Meanwhile, I kept trying to watch every showing and I quickly noticed that what I was seeing didn’t always match up with my memory, somehow.
Eventually I learned of the Coutouriè/Korty controversy and it genuinely worried me that I might never see the best version of this film ever again.
But wait… What? WOOT! It turns out that the Warner Archives label released this on DVD a few months ago and somehow they got Mr. Korty to allow them to put the Coutouriè version on there as well!
More than 31 years and 6 months have gone by since I last saw this film, but it was every bit as cool, as raunchy, as gorgeous to look at and as much ddamn fun as I remembered!
<- I wish I could make this bigger to more accurately portray how happy I am!