Reviews of Henry Paris Movies

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Opening of Misty Beethoven, The (Platinum Elite) (Blu-ray) 
(4.5 stars from 1 review)

Starring: Jamie Gillis, Constance Money, Gloria Leonard, Marlene Willoughby, Jenny Baxter, Mary Stuart, Michael Gaunt, Peter Andrews, Cynthia Gardner, Crystal Sync, Terri Hall, Nancy Dare, Grover Griffith, Ras Kean, David Williams, Tia Von Davis, Terry Austin, Ian Morley, Lorraine Alraune, Jacqueline Beudant, Calvin Culver, Mark Margolis, Michael Ronds, Joann Sterling
Studio: DistribPix

Directed by: Henry Paris
Release date: 11/14/2012
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Distribpix have gone all out with the Blu-ray release of The Opening of Misty Beethoven providing the best quality version of this film seen yet on home video and a wealth of extras that delve into the film itself. This release is highly recommended for fans of the film, even if they own the previous VCA release, or for any fans of classic adult cinema.
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Maraschino Cherry 
(1.5 stars avg from 3 reviews)

Starring: Eric Edwards, Annette Haven, Constance Money, Leslie Bovee, Gloria Leonard, Jenny Baxter, Alan Marlow, Michael Gaunt, Clea Carson, Peter Andrews, C.J. Laing, Erica Havens, Wade Nichols, David Savage, Susan McBain, Crystal Sync, Marc Valentine, Nancy Dare, Spalding Gray, Conchita Costello, Loren Michaels, Jenny Lind, Rocky Millstone, Lance Knight
Studio: Video-X-Pix

Directed by: Henry Paris
Release date: 9/30/2003
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Don't be fooled by the fact that this was directed by Radley Metzger, who directed such acknowledged classics as The Opening of Misty Beethoven. This film just doesn't come close to the level of Misty Beethoven, or Metzger's other efforts. The DVD was transfered from an extremely distressed print of the movie. This thing is simply terrible to look at, and there is little eroticism, despite the presence of the superstars of the era, including Leslie Bovee, Gloria Leonard, Constance Money, and Annette Haven. For example, Constance Money's scene consists only of a short handjob. About the only thing that saves this film from being a complete waste is the nasty, kinky S&M scene with C.J. Lang.
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NOTE: This is not your typical review. Others have done an excellent job reviewing the content, scenes, performances, etc. of this porn classic. This "review" concerns itself with how the DVD's contents compare with the complete, uncut original release version of the film or an early (before prior self-censorship) VHS version. The Ratings given refer either to the "original" version of the film (Performers, Plot, Sex, etc.) or to the DVD version (Extras, Value, etc.) and are relatively arbitrary. The important info is that which follows. MARASCHINO CHERRY DVD IS THE PITS! Radley Metzgers last hardcore effort under his Henry Paris nom-de-film is finally available on DVD from Video-X-Pix. Well, they saved the worst for last and by that, I dont mean from a content standpoint! While Maraschino Cherry is generally regarded as the weakest of that group of films, even Metzgers weakest efforts far outstrip those of most of his porn peers and successors, IM (and many others) HO.
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Maraschino Cherry is the final hardcore film directed by Radley Metzger (under his Henry Paris pseudonym) and, as such, is likely to be of considerable interest to porn and cult movie fans alike. However, those expecting something akin to The Opening Of Misty Beethoven are going to be disappointed. Maraschino Cherry, perhaps predictably given its place in the Metzger/Paris filmography, is actually little more than a vignette movie (or, as it would probably have been described at the time, a loop carrier). The movie revolves around Gloria Leonard, mistress of a New York brothel, discussing her business activities with her wide-eyed sister. Around this simple structure sit a variety of erotic encounters ranging from the strictly vanilla to some decidedly edgy dungeon sequences that bring to mind the Women In Prison movies of the period. Like Barbara Broadcast, its predecessor in the Metzger cannon, Maraschino Cherry never really amounts to much despite a few standout moments.
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Naked Came the Stranger 
(1.0 stars from 1 review)

Starring: Marc Stevens, Mary Stuart, Kevin Andre, Helen Madigan, Darby Lloyd Rains, Alan Marlow, Levi Richards, David Savage, Steve Anthony, Rita Davis, John Buco, Gerald Grant, Christina Hutton, Ronda Fuller, Alfie Holliday, Tom Dane
Studio: VCA

Directed by: Henry Paris
Release date: 11/26/2001
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NOTE: This is not your typical review. Others have done an excellent job reviewing the content, scenes, performances, etc. of this porn classic. This "review" concerns itself with how the DVD's contents compare with the complete, uncut original release version of the film or an early (before prior self-censorship) VHS version. The Ratings given refer either to the "original" version of the film (Performers, Plot, Sex, etc.) or to the DVD version (Extras, Value, etc.) and are relatively arbitrary. The important info is that which follows. NAKED (AND EDITED!) CAME THE STRANGER ON DVD VCA has released another of the Henry Paris (Radley Metzger) hardcore classics on DVD, Naked Came the Stranger. They should have retitled it EDITED Came the Stranger and warned everyone ahead of time, because this one is really a hatchet job.
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Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann, The (VCA) 
(3.0 stars from 1 review)

Starring: Jamie Gillis, Georgina Spelvin, Eric Edwards, Marc Stevens, Barbara Bourbon, Sonny Landham, Kevin Andre, Darby Lloyd Rains, Alan Marlow, Levi Richards, David Savage, Day Jason, Linda Lovemore, Leo Lovemore, Lola LaGarce
Studio: VCA

Directed by: Henry Paris
Release date: 8/8/2001
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NOTE: This is not your typical review. Others have done an excellent job reviewing the content, scenes, performances, etc. of this porn classic. This "review" concerns itself with how the DVD's contents compare with the complete, uncut original release version of the film or an early (before prior self-censorship) VHS version. The Ratings given refer either to the "original" version of the film (Performers, Plot, Sex, etc.) or to the DVD version (Extras, Value, etc.) and are relatively arbitrary. The important info is that which follows. PAMELA MANN DVD EDITS After doing a side-by-side, shot-by-shot comparison of the VCA DVD version of Henry Paris (Radley Metzgers) first hardcore porn classic, The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann, with an old video that appears to have been made from an original release print of the film, it looks like only one major scene, plus a couple of minor recaps including that scene, have been edited and/or shortened for the Pamela Mann DVD. However, the edited scene is a major one, as will be detailed later.
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Opening of Misty Beethoven, The 
(4.6 stars avg from 6 reviews)

Starring: Jamie Gillis, Constance Money, Gloria Leonard, Marlene Willoughby, Jaqueline Beudant, Jenny Baxter, Mary Stuart, Terry Hall
Studio: VCA

Directed by: Henry Paris
Release date: 1/29/2001
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What do you get when you mix Metzer, a classic play, two very hot actors, and a relatively big budget? You get the best porno movie ever made. Unfortunately, that's not saying very much since most porn movies are extremely bad and being the best of the worst isn't exactly a very good accomplishment. The largest problem with this movie is that the plot was razor thin and extremely fragmented. The flow of the story was continuously interrupted by needless scenes of blowjobs. (Way too many blowjobs in my opinion. Metzer is way too obsessed with blowjobs. The ratio of blowjobs to vaginal sex was something like 10 to 1.) He also liked to add in ridiculous dialogue to the ends of good scenes. I suppose his intention was to break the tension of sexual arousal with some comedy. (Mainstream movies do this all the time like when they add a comedy bit to an action sequence.) This device did not work for this movie because it ended up coming across as being stupid rather than funny which is funny since the play that this movie is based on is actually funny all the way through.
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NOTE: This is not your typical review. Others have done an excellent job reviewing the content, scenes, performances, etc. of this porn classic. This "review" concerns itself with how the DVD's contents compare with the complete, uncut original release version of the film or an early (before prior self-censorship) VHS version. The Ratings given refer either to the "original" version of the film (Performers, Plot, Sex, etc.) or to the DVD version (Extras, Value, etc.) and are relatively arbitrary. The important info is that which follows. MISTY (ALMOST) INTACT! To paraphrase one of Jamie Gillis lines in the movie, Theyve left alone Misty Beethoven! Theyve left alone Misty Beethoven! After side-by-side, shot-by-shot comparison of the new DVD version of the Henry Paris (Radley Metzger) classic with an old video that appears to have been made from an original release print of the film, only two short shots and the end title appear to be missing from the new DVD.
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Length: 84:20 Year: 1975 The Opening Of Misty Beethoven has everything that makes a great film and not just a great porno. It is funny, cute, sweet, and very sexy. In my opinion everything came together perfectly in this film to make it maybe the best porno of all time. This is certainly the best porno I have seen in my admitedly rather limited viewing of the genre. VCA has done a superb job with this dvd they have included a commentary track with the star of the movie Jamie Gillis and supporting actress Gloria Leonard. They both provide interesting tidbits about the film and its making and about the other actors and actresses that took part in the film. The audio quality is excellent. The video quality is pretty good there is a problem with a lightening at the top and bottom of the screen but it is not too distracting, but this is the only problem with the video of note. The story of this film is based on the movie Pygmalion. This movie has been made numerous times. This version of course involves Dr.
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Barbara Broadcast (VCA) 
(4.1 stars avg from 5 reviews)

Starring: Jamie Gillis, Bobby Astyr, Annette Haven, Camilla Farrell, Sybil Kingmaner, C.J. Laing
Studio: VCA

Directed by: Henry Paris
Release date: 11/28/2000
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NOTE: This is not your typical review. Others have done an excellent job reviewing the content, scenes, performances, etc. of this porn classic. This "review" concerns itself with how the DVD's contents compare with the complete, uncut original release version of the film or an early (before prior self-censorship) VHS version. The Ratings given refer either to the "original" version of the film (Performers, Plot, Sex, etc.) or to the DVD version (Extras, Value, etc.) and are relatively arbitrary. The important info is that which follows. BARBARA BROADCAST DVD EDITS After doing a side-by-side, shot-by-shot comparison of the new DVD version of the Henry Paris (Radley Metzger) classic with an old video that appears to have been made from an original release print of the film, it looks like only two scenes have been edited and/or shortened for the Barbara Broadcast DVD. However, these are major edits, as will be detailed later.
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Running Time: 77 min. Production Date: 1977 Director: Henry Paris (aka Randy Metzger) Cast: Annette Haven, Sharon Mitchell, Loren Michaels, Constance Money, Suzanne McBain, Camilla Farrell, Sybil Kingmaner, C. J. Laing, Shirley Peters, Helen Wolf, Barbara Woodward, Jamie Gillis, Bobby Astyr, Alan Marlow, and Wade Nichols Initial Expectations: How could I not go into this DVD with high expectations? Initial Reaction: I waited way too long to watch this DVD. Who Should Watch It : Couples, fans of classic porn, and anybody wanting something different from the typical porn of today Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting an overabundance of a plot or nasty sex Audio /Video Quality: Despite Barbara Broadcast being over twenty five years old, the technical aspects are great throughout the feature. It looks and sounds every bit as good as many television shows and movies Ive seen from the same time period on TV. Although it was shot on film, theres very little grain and very few remnants that come across.
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Director: Henry Paris Writer: Jake Barnes Videographer: Chico Carter Running length: 1 hr. 15 min. D.O.P. 1977 Female cast: Annette Haven, C.J. Laing, Sharon Mitchell, Jennifer, Suzanne McBain, Constance Money, Shirley Peters Male cast Alan Marlow, Wade Nichols, Jamie Gillis, Bobby Astyr, Michael Gaunt Audio/Video: For a 25 year old film, it was surprisingly good. Noticable artifacts and pixelation got worse toward the end, but not bad enough to be distracting. The porn music was laid on with a heavy hand, but I was surprised to hear actual singing in one pleasant tune. Extras: Commentary by Gloria Leonard and Jamie Gillis, Photo gallery, box cover artwork, and an interesting Hall of Fame commentary by Jim Holliday who gives us a rundown on some of the great performers. Condoms: None The Movie: I decided to start checking out some of 'The Classics' in porn to see how they compare. I didn't realize when renting this one just how old it was, but I can't say I was disappointed, really.
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