Written by: Jimmy the Gent on January 9th, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: Various
Cast: Annie Sprinkle, Susan Nero, Bobby Astyr, Jamie Gillis, John Holmes
DVD Released: July 8th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 116 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full-Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
42nd Street Forever – The Peep Show Collection Volume 3 continues the trend of fifteen 8mm loops for each release. The first five loops are boy / girl scenes, the next five are group sex, and the last five are lesbian.
Arguably the best loop here is a Sue Nero boy / girl romp (‘Grateful Boobs’, the first of her two appearances in this volume). It’s the rather standard position A, position B, etc. on a couch, but the actors look like they are enjoying it and not just going through the motions. This is also one of the few loops that portrays actual naked bodies for more than a split second and does not dwell overlong on gynecological close-ups.
John Holmes, for example, always looked bored and/or stoned unless he got to do what he really wanted which was to inspect the coal chute. He apparently liked to give hemorrhoids as a lasting remembrance, at least that was better than when he knowingly (and allegedly) spread H.I.V. around the world. Other stars include Annie Sprinkle, Bobby Astyr, Jamie Gillis.
Each short was transferred from original film elements. Quality varies but overall they look good. All shorts are silent.
There is an issue at hand: what constitutes faithful reproduction of original film? The optical elements being transferred are affected by various factors including age, storage conditions, and quality of the original release and the method of transfer from film print to digital media. Examining ‘Grateful Boobs’ one doesn’t have to know Sue personally to realize that she isn’t pink. What this particular specimen needs is a good infusion of yellow to correct the skin tones. The enjoyment of these releases could be greatly enhanced with the judicious use of color adjustment.
The liner notes by Cinema Sewer publisher Robin Bougie conclude with a warning about the last short ‘Barbarian Girls’. That should be repeated here as this is brutal and sadistic S&M complete with gore effects and not for squeamish or well-adjusted individuals.