Edie Sedgwick was a "Superstar," at least according to Andy Warhol. But with the DVD release of her 1972 cult film Ciao! Manhattan, a new generation, faced with decadence and Hilton sisters, may be forced to question what exactly being a "Superstar" means.

In 1967, a group of New York filmmakers/drug addicts/generational frontrunners that had splintered off from Andy Warhol’s Factory began to make a film. What exactly this film would be about was unclear and how and when it would ever be finished was even more mystifying, but these scenesters were determined to make an accessible chronicle of their hip New York lifestyle on 35mm film. What resulted five years later was a disturbing commentary on their decadent, self-destructive lives, the chemical haze of the late '60s and the deterioration of a beautiful New York socialite into a semi-conscious waste of a woman and her eventual death. Purporting to be the true-life story of Edie Sedgwick, who is thinly veiled under a fictional name ("Susan") and saddled with a surrealist plot line (flying saucers and voyeurism), Ciao! Manhattan is a sad but informative history of the end of the carefree, bohemian '60s. The mesmerizing beauty of Sedgwick is overshadowed by the knowledge that she died from complications of drug addiction only weeks after filming stopped, and her ghost seems to haunt the entire film, transforming its overall impact from merely entertaining curiosity to a sort of beautiful obituary.

Extra features include fascinating interviews with director David Weisman, Edie Sedgwick biographer George Plimpton, costume designer Betsy Johnson, and actor Wesley Hayes; lost reels of film with commentary by Weisman; a still gallery with stunning photos of Sedgwick and the rest of the cast; and a full feature commentary by co-directors John Palmer and Weisman. It was called "the Citizen Kane of the drug generation" for a reason, and shouldn’t be neglected by anyone fascinated by film or what was the Warhol dynasty of the '60s.

Film Grade: A-

DVD Grade: B+