Written by: Cliff Wood on November 30th, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1973
Director: Gerard Damiano
Writer: Gerard Damiano
Cast: Georgina Spelvin, John Clemens, Harry Reems, Marc Stevens, Levi Richards, Judith Hamilton, Erica Havens, Gerard Damiano
DVD Released: December 5th, 2006
Approximate Running Time: 67 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Media Blasters / Raincoat Theatre
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Justine Jones (Georgina Spelvin) depressed spinster who is tired of being alone commits suicide. When she comes too she finds herself in a in between place which decides is someone goes to heaven or hell. Suicide is an unforgivable sin in which those who commit this act are doomed for eternity in hell. In this place Miss Jones meets a man named Mr. Abaca, who gives her a second chance to the life she always wanted a life engrossed in lustful acts of sexual depravity.
A year after his huge successful with the landmark adult film Deep throat Director Gerard Damiano would embark on his most ambitious and complex film of his career The Devil in Miss Jones. Damiano had directed a handful of films in since making Deep Throat and his direction is much more polished by the time he made The Devil in Miss Jones. He also wrote the films screenplay and served as the films editor. The Devil in Miss Jones is in many ways Damiano’s Citizen Kane as he had complete control over every aspect of the production. The cinematographer was João Fernandes under the alias Harry Flecks. Fernandes worked with Damiano on total of nine films with their first collaboration being Deep Throat.
One thing that adult cinema has been know for since its rise to fame in the early 1970’s is its use of young starlets or actresses who look younger then they really are and gorgeous woman who’s near perfect bodies look like they where made via plastic surgery. The Devil in Miss Jones does something which at the time and even by today’s standards is quite unusual by casting in the lead role an actress named Georgina Spelvin who at the time was thirty six years old and had only made few films before The Devil in Miss Jones. Georgina Spelvin may not look like your typical adult cinema starlet still her contribution as an actress in The Devil in Miss Jones is undeniable and this role in the hands of a lesser actress who have not been a memorable.
The film also features a few of adult cinema’s better known studs for its golden era of cinema. The legendary Harry Reems who also worked with Damiano on the film Deep throat plays the part of Miss Jones teacher in the ways of lust. Reems is one of those actors who always impresses with each new role he plays with his undeniable raw energy. The other well known stud is actor Marc Stevens who according to Georgina Spelvin go her into the adult film business. The acting overall is first rate all around and some of the best you will ever find in any adult film.
The Devil in Miss Jones is filled with many unforgettable scenes like Miss Jones suicide, her love for a snake & fruit, a lesbian scene with oils rubbed all over each other and a bath tub scene where Miss Jones masturbates with a hose with music from the film Once Upon a time in the West are just a few of the stand out moments. Every sex scene features Georgina Spelvin who you can tell let herself go for the role as she gets lost in the moment during these scenes. The Devil in Miss Jones is also one of the few adult films form this era to have an original score which was composed by Alden Shuman and like all classic films the score plays an integral part in its overall success. Another reason why this film also works so well is Gerard Damiano’s screenplay is a well written and intelligent exploration into death, the after life and second chances.
Ultimately The Devil in Miss Jones is truly one of the greatest adult films ever made and one would be hard pressed too name any other film that so perfectly mixes mainstream sensibilities with hardcore sex.
The Devil in Miss Jones is presented in a letterboxed widescreen that preserves the films original 1.66:1 aspect ratio. Colors look lively and nicely saturated with natural looking flesh tones. Black levels are solid with an exceptional amount of detail present in the background and foreground. The image remains stable through out and even though there is some noticeable instances of print damage mostly in the form of specs of dirt. These instances of print damage are minimal and they never become distracting. There are no problems with compression or artifacts and edge enhancement is minimal. Overall this transfer is the best this film has ever looked on home video and if you have seen this film before watching this new transfer will be like watching the film for the time.
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 of the audio mixes included offer clear and easy to understand dialog. There are no problems with distortion or any other major sound defects. The English Dolby Digital 5.1 remix is at times sounds hollow and stretched out. 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.
Disc one comes with only one extra and what is without a doubt the best extra included with this release an audio commentary with director Gerard Damiano and it is moderated by film critic Casey Scott. The track is lively as Casey Scott keeps things going with his interesting observations and excellent questions. Gerard Damiano has a sharp memory and the few times he isn’t sure about something Casey Scott mentions something to him that helps bring back his memory. Gerard Damiano discusses a wide variety of topics including the screenplay for “The Devil in Miss Jones”, editing the film, Georgina Spelvin, Harry Reems, Marc Stevens, the films budget and how it was shot in just one week, Miss Jones suicide scene and the score for the film. Fans of the film will immensely enjoy listening to this fascinating audio commentary.
Extras on disc two include trailers for Devil in Miss Jones, Insatiable, Neon Nights, Babylon Pink and Debbie Does Dallas. Also included on this disc is a photo gallery with twenty four images. Other extras include a thirty minute interview with actress Georgina Spelvin who discusses working as an editor, making antiwar films, getting into the adult film business, Marc Stevens, Harry Reems, Gerard Damiano, The snake scene and so much more including other tales about working on The Devil in Miss Jones. Rounding out the extras for this release is the fifty one minute cable TV version of The Devil in Miss Jones which removes all the hardcore insertion shots. There is some instances like when Georgina is playing with herself or is rubbing Harry Reems cock on her face that are still in the T.V. Version of the film.
After years of sub par home video releases The Devil in Miss Jones like you have never seen or heard it before via Raincoat Theatre’s definitive DVD release which also comes with many juicy extras, highly recommended.