To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Beeban Kidron
STARRING: Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo
RATED: PG-13/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Shout Select
Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing), John Leguizamo (Romeo + Juliet) and Wesley Snipes (White Men Can’t Jump) star in this hilarious adventure about three drag queens on the cross-country road trip of a lifetime. On their way to Hollywood for a beauty pageant, Vida (Swayze), Chi-Chi (Leguizamo) and Noxeema (Snipes) get stranded in the tiny Midwestern town of Snydersville. Determined to make the best of a bad situation, the “girls” set out to repair the broken hearts, broken dreams and broken nails of the small-town residents during one wildly outrageous weekend.
To Wong Fo (We’ll just stick with that name here for short) doesn’t just have one of the longest titles you’ve probably ever seen for a movie, it also has some actors stepping out of what they were known for and going against the grain. Swayze, Snipes, and Leguizamo, play drag queens in a time when it wasn’t really as accepted as you’d see it being if this movie was made today. Not only are they doing that, but they make the best of it and hand in some very good performances in what turns out to be a fun story. In the tradition of such movies as Easy Rider (Mentioned here at one time actually), this movie is a road trip movie and it chronicles what these folks run into along the way. Being on the run from the cops and also taking refuge in an area that learns to accept them for what they are. It also never passes up the chance for a good joke here and there as well.
While everyone holds their own here with this movie, I’m particularly impressed with Patrick Swayze. This man had a wide range as an actor and this proves it. We seen him ripping out throats in Road House, we saw him dancing in Dirty Dancing, and now we see him in drag and still stealing the scenes he was in. This man really was a national treasure and a movie like this shows it. This won’t be for everyone, but it is a very solid movie with a fun plot. And Shout Factory has given it to us here in what I’m sure will be a widely accepted release with a solid transfer and a cool “making of” feature in the extras. If nothing else, it’s a good movie to show just how talented some of the more known actors of the ’90s really were.
– NEW Easy Rider In Dresses: A Look Back At The Making Of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Featuring Actor John Leguizamo, Director Beeban Kidron, And Screenwriter Douglas Carter Beane
– Deleted Scenes
– Theatrical Trailers
– TV Spots
Quality of Transfer: 92%