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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Blu-ray
Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce
Written and directed by Stephan Elliott
Australia 1994
Fox Home Entertainment 2011

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is as funny as you’ve been told and more so. Fans of this camp comedy will be pleased to hear it is now available on Blu-ray. The movie does look great in high definition widescreen, especially the scenes in the outback. They will be less pleased to learn that though the picture quality is very good there is at least one instance, as in the scene where the girls are going up the stairs at Mario’s, where the movie shows wear and tear.

There really really really is nothing like this drag queen road movie comedy. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert features some of the most absurd situations ever put on film, such as the guys/gals performing I Will Survive to a group of Aboriginals in the outback with the Aboriginals adding didgeridoo and chants to the soundtrack. The reason these outrageous situations are both comic and plausible is these characters are real people and not some comic gay construct.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the story of three drag queens. An older transsexual named Bernadette (Terence Stamp), a thirty something guy named Tick and Mitzi (Hugo Weaving), and eye candy hunky almost flaming Adam / Felicia (Guy Pearce). They leave Sydney and drive cross country to do a series of shows in Alice Springs, a town in the middle of the continent.

They get stranded in the outback, almost rescued, rescued by a mechanic, and give a couple of impromptu shows to audiences the girls never expected. The reaction of this audience to the drag show is part of the fun.

Like any road movie, this one has dramatic moments to balance out the more over the top scenes.

This is quite a different comedy and well worth watching.

Special Features for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert are Commentary Track with director Stephen Elliott; Birth of a Queen; Deleted Scenes, Tidbits from the Set; and The Bus from Blooperville.