Brace yourself: You're about to strike gay gold in the form of a brand new remix video for Madonna's "Vogue" (see the first video in the slideshow below) featuring incredible outtakes and sequences that have remained hidden from the public for the last 21 years.
The original clip, which was directed by longtime Madonna collaborator David Fincher before he went on to make Hollywood blockbusters like The Social Network and the upcoming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was released in 1990 in support of the singer's I'm Breathless album. Though artists like Jody Watley had already featured voguing in their videos and performances, Madonna's colassal star power propelled the then-underground dance -- and its gay and trans creators and practitioners -- into the spotlight.
The song became one of Madonna's biggest hits and the video nabbed three trophies -- Best Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Editing -- at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards where the singer performed a Marie Antoinette-inspired rendition of the track (see slide show below).
"Vogue" Through The Ages:
The new video, set to what is called the "World of Colour" remix and just recently leaked onto the Internet, features outtakes and extra footage not shown in the original including a playful Madonna chewing on her hair piece, getting her makeup touched up, and breaking into fits of laughter in between takes.
Update: In an email interview with The Huffington Post, the creator of the video, who goes by the name Rd-EL, says that he was helping a friend clean out the storage unit of a professional dancer. They were instructed to "throw everything out" but when he found a VHS tape labeled "Madonna Vogue Video -- Do Not Delete!" he heeded the warning and took it home with him. Rd-EL says:
"Several years later, in 2005, I watched the tape for the first time. I have shown the footage to some close friends, all Madonna fans, but I never distributed the footage to anyone. It did not feel right to sell it, but it also did not feel right to keep it. All this time I've known that Madonna fans would absolutely love to see this material.
So, I made the video (I'm not a video editor -- as you probably can tell). I've chosen all the scenes that were the happiest. I wanted to show Madonna more human. She looks extremely beautiful when she laughs, especially at her own mistakes. Some other outtakes did not do her justice, so, I just kept them out of the video. Why did I release this video now? I had a few free weeks this summer."
I like the color effect I added, but I mainly did it because the footage is not clear and sharp and is very faded. The added color makes it come back to life. The light flares do the same effect. 'World of Colour' is what I called it [because] Disney World's light flare show is [named that way]."