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Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Glamourpuss: The Lady Gaga Story'

Dennis King Published: September 20, 2010

This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:

“Glamourpuss: The Lady Gaga Story”

The cult of Lady Gaga is so rabid and rarefied that only those obsessive fans willing to invest in special hardware will be able to view the British documentary “Glamourpuss: The Lady Gaga Story,” set for DVD release on Tuesday.

Those willing to pay any price to go Gaga will, according to the distributor, need a multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view this U.K. release in the U.S. and Canada. It will not play on standard American DVD players.

But those undaunted by this technical obstacle will find in this wide-ranging doc a wealth of background information on the pop-music phenomenon that has transformed the slightly gawky, gleefully eccentric New York club gal Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta into the glam-pop royalty known as Lady Gaga.

Part female incarnation of Liberace, part campy successor to the throne of Madonna and as much freaky fashion icon as top-40 hit maker, the platinum blond singer-songwriter has enjoyed a meteoric rise to international stardom since the 2008 release of her debut album, “The Fame.”

“Glamourpuss” charts that rise through interviews with friends, music critics, industry insiders and rare footage of Gaga in interviews and performance. Filled with the usual behind-the-scenes features, the film purports to be an “unauthorized” examination of Gaga’s music, her bonkers personality and her outrageous fashion sense, but nothing here seems less than celebratory. Clearly, it’s all designed to feed fans’ voracious hunger for more and more Gaga goodies.

“Glamourpuss: The Lady Gaga Story” is unrated and runs 95 minutes. It’s being released by Sexy Intellectual Productions.

- Dennis King