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6 Degrees Entertainment

'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
(Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell, John Casey, et al / Blu ray / R / (1994) 2011 / MGM)

Overview: This wonderfully inventive and incomparably funny Australian film about three drag performers braving the vast, rugged outback won the 1994 Academy Award® for Costume Design. Featuring fabulous and heartfelt performances from Terence Stamp (Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix) and Guy Pearce (Memento), this is “one of the wildest movies ever made” (The New York Observer ) and has since become the latest Broadway sensation!

Blu ray Verdict: 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' is both shocking and extremely entertaining; it grabs your attention and doesn't let go until the very final moment of the picture! The acting is extremely convincing; I really like that. The musical score is excellent, too.

When the action starts, we meet three people who perform a cabaret act in outrageous extremes of drag; they are "Tick" or Anthony who also goes by Mitzi (Hugo Weaving), Adam or Felicia (Guy Pearce) and Bernadette (Terence Stamp), a man who had surgery to become a woman. Mitzi, Felicia and Bernadette get dressed up in their costumes (most of which are not terribly pretty although the film did win an Oscar for Best Costume Design) and lip-synch their way through musical numbers to an enthusiastic crowd in a bar in Sydney, Australia.

However, life takes its twists and turns and for their own individual, personal reasons Mitzi, Felicia and Bernadette decide to take a road trip to perform in Alice Springs, way out in the middle of Australia. It isn't long after that Felicia gets an old, run down bus for them to use as transportation.

Along the way the trio has quite a few experiences although not all of them are bad. They are greeted warmly by a group of Aboriginals who even join them dancing and playing music into the night; and Mitzi, Bernadette and Felicia have a lot of fun teasing each other while they're riding on the bus through the outback.

On the other hand, they enter a town in which there is a great deal of prejudice; after a night of harsh words, verbal threats and a drinking contest between Bernadette and a local lady named Shirley (June Marie Bennett), the three of them awake to find some mighty nasty graffiti written on the side of their bus.

They wisely decide to promptly head out of town and they continue on their way to the hotel in the outback where they have their upcoming gig - and all is well until their bus breaks down. After a day or two of being stranded in the outback desert, they finally meet Bob (Bill Hunter), a thoroughly good sport who lives in the outback with his mail-order bride Cynthia (Julia Cortez).

Bob fixes the bus and they go on their way with more adventure; and Adam/Felicia re-paints the bus lavender to erase the graffiti. As they get closer to their destination, however, one of them drops a huge bombshell on the others. I also got the feeling that Bob and Bernadette might be starting to be more than just friends.

Of course, the plot can go anywhere from here - which one of them reveals something major than the others didn't know before? It's his real reason for taking the gig in the outback. What about Bob, Cynthia and Bernadette - how will all that play out? Sorry, no spoilers here - watch and find out! [MGS] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.