Simply put, cult classics aren’t made, they’re born. They’re not designed with the intention of becoming hits on the home video or midnight movie markets, they just exist as sincere creative expressions that happen to catch on with audiences and critics after in its initial theatrical run. Case in point: In 1995, director Paul Verhoeven released his erotic drama “Showgirls,” starring Elizabeth Berkeley as a street-smart hitchhikers who heads to Las Vegas to climb the ropes from stripper to showgirl. While she’s there, she’s introduced to the seedy underbelly of the dancing world and comes face to face with marginalization, violence, and exploitation. The film also stars Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”), Gina Gershon (“Bound”), Glenn Plummer (“Speed”), Robert Davi (“Die Hard”), and more.
In the twenty years since its disappointing theatrical release and its negative critical reception, “Showgirls” has received a strong re-evaluation from critics and audiences, and is considered a landmark satire in many circles. Now, Verhoeven’s film will receive a 4K restoration and a Blu-ray release in France this fall. Watch a trailer for the restoration below.
Verhoeven is best known for his run of Hollywood films in the late-’80s through the ’90s, such as “RoboCop,” “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct,” and “Starship Troopers.” His latest film “Elle,” starring Isabelle Huppert as a rape victim who stalks her assailant, premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to mostly positive reviews.
“Showgirls” will be released on Blu-ray and in French theaters on September 14th. There is currently no U.S. release date set.