The Criterion Collection is about to get filthy.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Pink Flamingos, John Waters's trashy tale of Baltimore heathens, the queer cult classic will be added to the Criterion Collection this June. The new Blu-ray will include a slew of filthy features, such as a new 4K digital restoration supervised by Waters, a new conversation between Waters and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, alternate takes, and rare on-set footage. The disc will even include a tour, led by Waters, of the movie's filming locations around Baltimore.
The release will also feature a booklet containing an essay by critic Howard Hampton and a piece by actor-author Cookie Mueller about the making of the film from her 1990 book Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black.
Pink Flamingos is just the latest Waters film to join the Criterion Collection. Past titles of his to get the deluxe treatment are Polyester, Multiple Maniacs, and Female Trouble.
It's been a busy year for Waters. The "filth elder" recently had cameos on Search Party and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. He is currently gearing up to release his first novel, Liarmouth, as well as embark on a book tour and a new art show in — where else? — Baltimore. Waters is slated to host a variety of in-person events, too, including a dumpster dinner at the Provincetown Film Festival.
Pink Flamingos was added to the National Film Registry last year. Fifty years after its original release, younger generations are still discovering the cult movie, something RuPaul's Drag Race queen Eureka experienced last year when she dressed as the film's star, Divine, for Snatch Game of Love on the sixth season of All Stars.
"I’ve actually heard it from a lot of people that they went and educated themselves online, and how interesting the story is. So that makes me happy," Eureka told Logo when asked about how fans reacted to her Divine impersonation.
Pink Flamingos will be released by the Criterion Collection on June 28.