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September 2006
Kinky Boots DVD Review

by Kam Williams

Kinky Boots DVD Review

Director: Julian Jarrold
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Linda Bassett, Josh Cole, Gwenllian Davies
Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English .
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Number of discs: 1
Rating PG13
Studio: Miramax
DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
Run Time: 107 minutes
DVD Features:
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown Format)
Commentary by: Director Julian Jarrold and stars Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sarah-Jane PottsDolby Digital 2.0
Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Julian Jarrold
"The Real Kinky Boots Factory" featurette
"Journey of a Brogue" featurette


Wacky Drag Queen Comedy Comes Out on DVD

The British seem to have a knack for turning a naughty theme into a flamboyant, feel-good film that’s fun for the whole family. Such is the case with Kinky Boots, a heartwarming tale about the unlikely friendship forged between a black drag queen and the recently-engaged heir to a shoe factory fortune.

Joel Edgerton stars as Charlie Price, a man reluctant to assume the reins of the fledgling family business because of his fiancée’s (Jemima Looper) impatience to live in London. Then, when he examines the books, he learns that the company is in the red. With a wave of layoffs and possibly bankruptcy on the horizon, Charlie refuses to abandon his loyal, long-time employees out of a sense of noblesse oblige.

Finding an overabundance of stodgy wing-tips gathering dust in the overcrowded storeroom, he snap-diagnoses the problem to be a failure to change with the times. So, the obvious answer to these financial woes rests with offering a trendier line of footwear.

The answer to his dilemma arrives the night he comes to the assistance of Lola (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the victim of a hate crime at the hands of a gang of homophobic hoodlums. The grateful transvestite, it turns out, is the headliner at a Soho cabaret which just happens to be frequented by a gaggle of gender-benders who are having a hard time finding glamorous high heels that can support a man’s weight.

Fortunately, this unmet demand conveniently dovetails with Charlie’s supply-side shoe-onomics. Though a bounty of sweet subplots are sprinkled about this well-crafted comedy, the real reason this movie is so highly recommended is because of the radiant performance of Chiwetel Ejiofor who’s at his very best, here, looking every bit as if he were born to play drag queen.