Mike’s Picks: ‘Shampoo’ and ‘Queen of Outer Space’


Criterion, Comedy, $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Jack Warden, Lee Grant.
1975. Once perceived and basically sold as a sex comedy conceived to trade in on star/co-producer Warren Beatty’s then real-life rep as Hollywood’s predominant anti-monk, Shampoo now looks amazingly prescient and, thus, a whole lot more than we thought at the time.
Extras: The bonus extras are more limited here than on many or even most Criterion releases, but there is a supplement with film journalists Mark Harris and Frank Rich, and then a Rich essay.
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Queen of Outer Space

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Sci-Fi, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Fleming, Dave Willock, Laurie Mitchell.
The color camp fest involves a CinemaScope cast of comely starlets channel Venusian lips of Hazel Bishop into a script with all the intellectual heft of Joey Bishop.
Extras: Recently deceased Laurie Mitchell shares a bonus commentary with horror-pic scholar/interviewer Tom Weaver.
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