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The Fred Halsted Collection: LA Plays Itself / Sextool / The Sex Garage

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L.A. Plays Itself / Sextool / The Sex Garage

Dir. Fred Halsted


Fred Halsted was a legend in his own time. His self-created public persona—that of the leather-clad sadist—instantly made him both feared and revered as one of the first openly gay sex symbols. And his taboo-shattering films broke new ground in the gay erotic cinema for their portrayal of sadomasochism and other forms of polymorphous perversity. These works sent a shockwave throughout the fledgling gay liberation movement and the art establishment alike, leading to their eventual acquisition by the Museum of Modern Art. But despite their significant cultural importance, these films have long been available only in neutered form, if at all. Altered Innocence and Anus Films are proud to present the first-ever uncut disc release of these groundbreaking and fiercely controversial films, beautifully restored by MoMA and with a host of new bonus features, including Halsted’s formerly-lost second feature, Truck It.


L.A. Plays Itself

Year of production: 1972. Running Time: 55 min


Year of production: 1975. Running Time: 61 min

The Sex Garage

Year of production: 1972. Running Time: 35 min

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  • Region-Free

  • Mono Audio

  • In English with English SDH, Spanish, & French Subtitles

Special Features on the DVD/Blu-ray:

  • Audio commentaries on L.A. Plays Itself and Sextool by Elizabeth Purchell, K.J. Shepherd, and Tyler Thomas of Ask Any Buddy

  • Audio commentary on The Sex Garage by Elizabeth Purchell of Ask Any Buddy

  • Bonus film: Truck It: 8mm Loops & VHS rip

  • Video interview with Halsted Plays Himself author William E. Jones

  • Sanitizing Halsted - a video essay by Whitney Strub

  • Crossing Over: Sextool - a video essay by Caden Mark Gardner

  • L.A. Plays Itself original ending

  • Sextool original opening

  • Gallery of promotional art and ephemera

  • Trailers: Sextool, The Fred Halsted Collection, Double Feature Roadshow, & Other Trailers

  • Reversible Art

  • 20 page booklet with essays by William E. Jones and Bradford Nordeen (Blu-ray Exclusive)

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