Thursday, March 20, 2014

42nd Street Forever: The Peep Show Collection Vol. 1 (DVD Review) - Impulse Pictures

Directed By: Various
Written By: Various
Starring: Various
Color/119 Minutes/Not Rated
Region FREE
Release Date: March 11, 2014

The Film
Imagine a world where porn and adult films are still very taboo. There is no such thing as DVD. Hell, VHS is in its infancy and won't be an affordable option for a long time to come. Obviously if someone mentioned the internet to you at this point you would wonder what the hell fishing equipment they were talking about. This is the world that stag films were born into. The only options were 8mm reels, either at a viewing booth in an adult store or at a viewing party called a Stag Party.

These films were cheaply made, with virtually no production value and no talent. It is almost funny to think how they managed to blow the doors open for the world of porn we know in the 21st century. This collection features 15 different loops, restored for the first time, preserving them for future generations to watch and enjoy. And to learn from. Yes, there is quite a bit of valuable history here. Lives were changed by these films, careers launched and money made. The world of film was forever changed by directors who couldn't frame a shot, actors who were barely legal aged kids who were happy just to get to screw but these films sold and sold and sold. The changing public wanted a way to see something they've never seen before and these 8mm peepshow films are it. It may seem like little more than porn, and porn it is, but it is far more important than that.

We can be honest with ourselves though, this IS vintage smut, and there are some of the most ridiculous things I've ever seen in any film on this set. It is endlessly entertaining.

The loops included are:
-Sheep Weren't Never Like This
-Deeper Throat
-Come On My Eggs
-Friends And Lovers
-It Takes A Thief
-Jailhouse Fuck
-One Hung Low
-Spice Of Life
-Nurse's Aid
-Lesbian Lovers
-Ladies Of Lesbo
-Dildo Heaven
-Afternoon Dildo Party
-Wet And Wild

The Audio & Video
With each reel being remastered directly from an original 8mm source condition varies greatly. At best the prints are clean and vibrant and at their worst they are covered with scratches and dirty. Luckily the prints largely lean toward the former and are in good shape. Each reel is a full frame 1.33:1 aspect ratio, maintaining their original aspect ratio. The only audio is that of the whirl of the projector which would normally qualify as background noise but here it is simply a part of the experience brought to us by Impulse Pictures

The Extras
Liner notes from Robin Bougie, publisher of Cinema Sewer, are included. 

The Bottom Line
Set up a chair in front of your tv and put a curtain around it and you have your own peep show booth without needing a pocket full of quarters or a bottle of hand sanitizer! It is up to you if you want to wear a trench coat or not when this DVD transports your to a few decades ago, in the back of a dirty bookstore.


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