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Sordid Lives - Comedy Starring Rue McClanahan, Olivia Newton-John & More Comes Uncut to DVD

Canadian DVD release of the short-lived series created by Del Shores as a prequel to his film

Posted by David Lambert
    This "black comedy about white trash" depicts the story of bible-thumping Baptists, beer-swilling bar trash and everyone in-between in a small Texas town. This is contrasted with the appearance-driven world of Hollywood and the hysterical comedy and tender poignancy that come from learning to be yourself, and love the family you have instead of the family you want.

    Based on the quirky cult movie of the same name, TV's version was also written by creator Del Shores (Queer as Folk, Dharma & Greg). This off-beat and edgy prequel to the hit film, about crazy Texas women and slightly less than crazy gay men, features a cavalcade of high profile camp icons including Rue McClanahan, Olivia Newton-John, Leslie Jordan, Caroline Rhea, Margaret Cho and Bonnie Bedelia. This release is the rarely seen uncensored and uncut version.
I admit it, I've been a fan of Olivia Newton-John since I was a young man, even before Hollywood shined a light on her in films like Grease and Xanadu. Early this year my wife and I went to see her in concert, and we thoroughly enjoyed it...she still an incredible performer. She sang many of her classic songs, and some new ones, but one song she sang - complete with clips on the big screen behind her! - was from a TV series she co-stars in, Sordid Lives. I was hooked on the show, just based on the clips I saw, and couldn't wait for the day I could pass on to all of you that the program is coming to DVD. And today is that day!

Although only announced for Canada at this time, Sordid Lives: The Series is coming to DVD north of the border on October 13th. This 3-disc set with all 12 episodes will cost CA$29.95 SRP for 390 minutes. It includes over 80 minutes of "exclusive behind-the-scenes footage including bloopers, Olivia Newton John performances & deleted scenes," according to information provided to retailers by distributor Vivendi Entertainment Canada.

It's said that the show, which broadcast on SuperChannel in Canada and on the Logo Channel in the USA, will not be renewed for a second season due to a lack of financing, so this release amounts to "the complete series." We've got a low-resolution look at the cover art for you, provided to retailers by the distributor (could be subject to change):

Sordid Lives: The Series

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