Pecker [DVD] [1998]

John Waters fans will undoubtedly be delighted with New Line Home Video's release of Pecker, offering not only a great presentation of the film itself, but some truly enjoyable, entertaining, and insightful extras. Presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and enhanced for widescreen TVs, the image is crisp and clear with lively colors complementing Robert Stevens' cinematography and the overall light, fun feel of the film. Though flesh tones have a slightly reddish tint at times, the image is, for the most part, flawless. The audio, available in either English or French Dolby Digital 5.1 or Stereo Surround, remains clear and free of distortion or hiss. With a fairly simple audio scheme the disc never really takes full advantage of the Dolby Digital sound system, utilizing the rear speakers mainly for incidental and ambient sound, with the focus remaining on the front and center speakers. Subtitles are offered in easy-to-read English and straddle the lower portion of the letterboxing, remaining fairly unobtrusive to the image itself. Simply designed and easy to navigate, the "Main Menu" offers such special features as informative cast and crew biographies and filmographies in addition to a theatrical trailer and a segment entitled "Pecker's Snapshot Gallery" in which photographer Chuck Shaccohis (who actually took the pictures credited to Pecker in the film) discusses the various influences and techniques he utilized in creating Pecker's seemingly impulsive imagery. The main attraction of the special features section though, as any Waters's fan can attest, is the humorous and lively commentary track. Waters' commentary tracks are consistently entertaining and nearly as fun as his films. His commentary for Pecker is no exception, remaining humorous and insightful throughout. A fun package with some great special features, Pecker is a well-presented and entertaining addition to any DVD collection.
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Special Features

  • Widescreen version of the film
  • Audio commentary by John Waters
  • Pecker's snapshot gallery; on-camera interview with Chuck Shacochis, the real photographer behind Pecker's portfolio
  • Cast and crew biographies and filmographies
  • Original theatrical trailer


John Waters wrote and directed this $6.5 million satire on the Manhattan art world, a rags-to-riches comedy about 18-year-old amateur photographer Pecker (so named because he pecks at his food). Pecker (Edward Furlong) is a blue-collar kid who works in a Baltimore sandwich shop and takes snapshots of family, friends, and customers. His mom, Joyce (Mary Kay Place) runs a thrift shop where she offers fashion advice to the homeless, while sis Tina (Martha Plimpton) recruits go-go boys to dance at the local Fudge Palace. Pecker's younger sister, Little Chrissy (Lauren Hulsey), has a sugar addiction, and his grandmother, Memama (Jean Schertler), the "pit beef" queen of Baltimore, conducts prayer meetings with her talking statue of Mary. After hip Manhattan art dealer Rorey Wheeler (Lili Taylor) becomes fascinated with Pecker's photos, a big exhibition is in the offing, followed by overnight fame as the young man becomes the new darling of the New York art scene. Soon Pecker discovers that fame has its price. Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Edward Furlong
    Edward Furlong - Pecker
  • Christina Ricci
    Christina Ricci - Shelley
  • Mary Kay Place
    Mary Kay Place - Joyce
  • Martha Plimpton
    Martha Plimpton - Tina
  • Brendan Sexton III
    Brendan Sexton III - Matt
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