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Debbie Does Dallas (1978) 
Written by: on November 14th, 2006

Theatrical Release Date:
USA, 1978
Director: Jim Clark
Writer: Maria Minestra
Cast:Bambi Woods, Robert Kerman, Misty Winter, Robin Byrd, Eric Edwards, Herschel Savage, Georgette Sanders, Arcadia Lake

DVD Released: December 5th, 2006
Approximate Running Time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Rating: XXX
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Media Blasters / Raincoat Theatre
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95

Synopsis: Debbie has a chance to audition for the Texas Cowboy’s cheerleaders. She needs to raise cash fast since her audition is only two weeks away. Debbie with the help of her friends’ devise a sure fire plan in which they offer men sexual favors in return for the money needed to go on the trip to Texas.

Debbie Does Dallas is one of the most iconic adult films ever made with its catchy title and its seductive poster art. When this film was released nearly thirty years ago in 1978 adult cinema was still illegal and operated underground for fear of being arrested. The movie is far from perfect and most of its legend has come about because of the notoriety the film has garnered through the years. The producers were sued by the Dallas Cowboys and the star of the Bambi Woods making her film debut would disappear into oblivion a few years later.

The film was directed by Jim Clark who also would have a brief career in adult cinema in which he would only direct six films. Debbie Does Dallas was his second film and its visual style is evident from the get go as every inch of every frame are used to there fullest. The way in which he frames his actors during their sex scenes is nearly flawless and always inventive. Another interesting aspect of the film is that the crew that worked on Debbie Does Dallas and its screenwriter Maria Minestra don’t have any other film credits besides this film. The films weakest asset is without a doubt its screenplay which is an average story at best and its serves its main purpose as a skeleton for the sex that drives the film.

The star and main attraction of the film is actress Bambi Woods who stars as Debbie. Bambi Woods has an awkwardness about her that is most likely due to her inexperience as she looks like she is just going through the motions for pay. The film makes the audience wait until its final scene before Bambi Woods has her first sec scene and it is arguably one of the hottest moments in the film. Actor Robert Kerman under the alias Richard Balla plays Mr. Greenfield Debbie’s boss and his pursuit of Debbie are some of the best moments in the film.

Two adult cinema super studs Eric Edwards and Herschel Savage have parts in the film. Also look for golden age of adult cinema starlet Arcadia Lake in one of her first roles. The majority of the rest of the cast is mostly made of up performers who only made a handful of films. The film has seven sex scenes two of which are BJ only scenes. The best sex scenes are the orgy in the girls shower and Debbie is her cheerleader costume while Mr. Greenfield screws her.

Ultimately Debbie Does Dallas technically may not be one of the best adult films ever made still its reputation as a classic of the golden age of adult cinema is deserved.

The DVD:

Debbie Does Dallas is presented in a full frame aspect ratio that retains the films original aspect ratio. This release has been restored from nearly flawless materials and outside of some very minor instances of specs of dirt the final product is nothing short of spectacular. It is safe to get rid on any copy you currently own since this film boasts stronger colors and razor sharp clarity that fare exceeds all other releases of this film. There are no problems with artifacts or compression and edge enhancement is minimal.

This release comes with three audio options a Dolby Digital 5.1 remix and the films original Dolby Digital mono mix both in English and a Dolby Digital mono mix in Spanish. All three mixes are free of any distortion or any other sound defects. The English Dolby Digital 5.1 remix sounds too spread out for my liking and at times it is almost like you can hear the voices echo. The preferred track to listen too would be the English Dolby Digital mono mix. Even though this release comes with a Spanish language track it does not come with English subtitles.

Extras for this release are spread across two DVD’s.

Extras for the first disc include four trailers Insatiable, Neon Nights, Babylon Pink and Devil in Miss Jones.  All of these tittles are currently available or scheduled for released on DVD from Media Blasters. The main extras for the first disc are two audio commentaries. The first audio commentary is with actress Robin Byrd who only a brief involvement with the movie since she only did one scene. Her comments may not be scene specific still she has a lot of interesting comments about the film and various adult film actresses’ like Tracey Lords and the disappearance of Bambi Woods . The second audio commentary is with adult film historian Charles Bernstene. This second audio commentary with Charles Bernstene is best and most informative audio commentary ever recorded about adult cinema. Bernstene discuses how Debbie Does Dallas was one of the first adult films release don VHS and how it was in many instances being sold in the same theaters it just played in right after it screened. There is also plenty of talk about the mobs involvement in adult cinema. He also talks about how Debbie Does Dallas came about and the controversy that arose after the film was released. There is just so many great stories crammed into a mere eighty four minutes.

Uncut Version
TV Version

Extras on disc two include a trailer for Debbie Does Dallas and a photo gallery with twenty six images. Other extras include a thirty seven minutes interview with actress Robin Byrd who discusses how she got into the business and the various cable access shows’s including her long running series “The Robin Byrd Show” which airs on cable access in New York City. She has plenty too say it is just too bad she doesn’t talk that much about her involvement with Debbie Does Dallas. Also included with this release is the sixty three minute cable TV version of Debbie Does Dallas which omits all of the hardcore shots. The print for this version is faded and beat up. The audio is in a Dolby Digital English mono. This cut version fails to capture the magic contained in the hardcore version.

Finally definitive versions of adult cinema classic after year’s of these films being released from crappy looking VHS masters. Raincoat Theatre is new line of adult cinema classics produced by Media Blasters and with each new release it is apparent that these films are being given the royal treatment from people who care these films. Debbie Does Dallas is not only loaded with juicy extras its also comes with a solid audio/video presentation that sets a new standard for adult cinema releases, highly recommended.

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