Written by: Cliff Wood on August 27th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1984
Director: Gerard Damiano
Writer: Gerard Damiano
Cast: Michelle Maren, George Payne, Sharon Kane, Joey Silvera, Sharon Mitchell, Eric Edwards, Joanna Storm, Jerry Butler, Annie Sprinkle, Marc Stevens
BluRay released: August 29th, 2017
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98
Throat… 12 Years After was written and directed by Gerard Damiano, who first rose to prominence after directing what is arguably the most financially successful adult film of all time, Deep Throat. And besides the financial windfall of Deep Throat, the film also ushered in what is now known as the Golden Age of adult cinema. Films that had higher production value and focused on stronger narratives that did not take away from the hardcore sex scenes.
Content wise, the only thing that Throat… 12 Years After has in common with the aforementioned Deep Throat, is that the former pays homage to the later by referencing it in its title. With the end result making Throat… 12 Years After, Gerard Damiano’s best film since The Story of Joanna. With his crowning achievement as a filmmaker being The Devil in Miss Jones.
The narrative structure for Throat… 12 Years After, starts off with the sexual awakening of the monogamous couple. And then by the second act it shifts towards promiscuous couple’s very open relationship. With the film’s finale act bringing these two stories together for a very satisfying tongue and cheek climax.
Performance wise cast are good in their respective roles. With this film’s most memorable performance being Sharon Mitchell (The Violation of Claudia) in the role of a prostitute, who hooks up with the monogamous husband. Other notable cast members include, George Payne (Corruption), Eric Edwards (The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann), Joey Silvera (Pleasure Maze) and Sharon Kane (Pretty Peaches).
In total, there are seven sex scenes (plus one flashback sex scenes inter-cut with the films opening sex scene) and all of the sex scenes deliver an ample amount of heat. With this film’s standout sex scenes being, the film’s opening setup with the prostitute and the monogamous husband. This scene incorporates flashback imagery of a time, when the prostitute character had her first sexual encounter while attending an all-girl school that border an all boy school. And though there is a fence that separates them, that does not stop them from satisfying their sexual desires. Another stand out sex scenes takes place at a sex club for swingers called The Sewer. This club is obviously a trashier version of the notorious Manhattan sex club Plato’s Retreat.
Throat… 12 Years After comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative. The image looks crisp, there are no issues with compression, grain remains intact, colors are nicely saturated and black levels are consistent strong throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a trailer for the film (3 minutes 26 seconds), an interview with actress Michelle Maren titled Making Michelle (31 minutes 48 seconds), an interview with cinematographer Larry Revene titled Filming Throat (20 minutes 15 seconds) and an audio interview with actress Sharon Kane and moderator Casey Scott (63 minutes 45 seconds).
Topics discussed in the interview with Michelle Maren include, beauty pageants, her origins as an actress, nude / glamour modeling, Throat… 12 Years After, Gerard Damiano, thoughts about her character, preparing for sex scenes, cinematographer Larry Revene, the cast, her thoughts about the film, background information about other films that she appeared in and why she left the adult film industry.
Topics discussed in the interview with Larry Revene include, Gerard Damiano and the origins of their collaboration, Throat… 12 Years After / production related topics / the cast and his thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the interview with Sharon Kane include, how she got into the adult film industry, Gerard Damiano, stories about her time working in the adult film industry and her side job composing music.
Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall Throat… 12 Years After gets an exceptional release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.