GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
Rated: Not Rated
Street Date: March 26, 2013
Available On: DVD
The Film: Director Brett Whitcom’s documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of the popular television program Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW).
The Extras: Extended Interviews, Deleted Scenes, Audio Commentary with Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, Select Matches, GLOW Raps, GLOW Skits
Recommendation: I vaguely remember the ’80s phenomenon known as GLOW, but any interest I might have had in women’s wrestling remained trapped in the ’80s. There would be no nostalgia to carry me through Whitcom’s documentary.
In a sense GLOW was the epitome of the parts of the ’80s that hopefully will never be revived. It is big hair, spandex and completely phony. It’s also politically charged, a bit subversive and 100% camp. Whitcom’s documentary however is only 50% camp as it tempers the outrageous antics of the television show with interviews with the actresses that played the over-the-top characters. The history of GLOW itself is fairly interesting, but the lasting impact that it had on its participants is far more engrossing.
“GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” isn’t just for longtime fans of women’s wrestling because Whitcom and writer Bradford Thomason understand that the television show was nothing more than a glorious piece of pop art. The real story is found in the lives of those behind the masks and make-up.
The bonus features are a mixture of archival footage of skits, fights and raps from the television series, extended interviews and deleted scenes including one woman’s efforts to bring back GLOW as a reality television series.
-Ryan Michael Painter