Visual Entertainment and First Independent Pictures have announced the release of the critically acclaimed film "New York Doll" on DVD on April 4, 2006. Released in theaters in October 2005, the film is director Greg Whiteley's debut effort and was a Grand Jury Prize Nominee at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The film includes interviews with all the surviving NEW YORK DOLLS, as well as Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Sir Bob Geldof, Chrissy Hynde, Mick Jones of THE CLASH and many others close to or influenced by the DOLLS' legacy. The DVD's bonus features include the full 20-minute interview with Morrissey, a music video of David Johansen singing a Mormon Hymn, and an interview with Whiteley about the making of the film.
Chronicling the 2004 reunion of the influential glam rock pioneers THE NEW YORK DOLLS, the film unfolds its story through the eyes of mild-mannered bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane. Juxtaposing Kane's tame, Mormon life-style in Los Angeles with his wild past as the statuesque bassist of the DOLLS, the film mines and reveals his life-long dream of reuniting with his old band and reliving the greatest time of his life. That dream is ultimately realized when Morrissey, formerly president of the NEW YORK DOLLS fan club, invites the band to headline his 2004 Meltdown Festival in London. However, through all the trials and triumphs Kane experiences on the road to London, no one could have foreseen the ultimate twist of fate life had in store.
Upon the film's theatrical release in the fall of 2005, its broad appeal was immediately evident. Music and movie lovers alike praised the film for its dramatic portrayal of the subject matter, while the Mormon community took pride in a film by one of their own, about one of their own. Meanwhile, the critics flocked to hail it as a major success. The Los Angeles Times called the film "...one to treasure." The New York Post raved that the film is "...surprisingly sweet and inspiring documentary," while MTV's Kurt Loder stated, "In a distinctively quiet and unpretentious way, it's a stirring film."