Running Time: 86 min.
Production Date: sometime in the 1970s
Director: Robert McCallum
Cast: Georgina Spelvin, Rhonda Gallard, Judith Hamilton, Clair Dia, Frank Mauro, Charles Hooper, Rob Rose, and Sharon Thorpe
Initial Expectations: NuTech has been doing a good job bringing back some of the classic adult films from the 1970s. Iím hoping this is another one worth their effort.
Initial Reaction: Itís a nice change from todayís standard porn, but kind of a let down.
Who Should Watch It : Fans of classic porn, couples, and people who like a strong storyline and extremely realistic looking people
Who Should Avoid It: Fans of hardcore porn and raincoaters
Audio /Video Quality: Although it might be older than I am, NuTech has done a pretty good job of restoring 3 a.m. . The audio is pretty clear throughout the feature as is the video. There are quite a few scratches in the film and a lot of it is dark, but for the age of the film itís pretty good.
Music: The music sounds just like the music in early 1970s TV shows.
Menus: The menus are extremely simple and have short flashes from other features flash on every few seconds.
The Feature: 3 a.m. starts out like an adult soap opera. Kate (Georgina Spelvin) is living with her sister, Elaineís (Rhonda Gallard) family. Sheís helped raise her niece Stacey (Claire Dia) and nephew Ronnie (Charles Hooper), and had been having an affair with her brother-in-law Mark (Frank Mauro)for fifteen years. She doesnít want to hurt her sister, but feels an emptiness that can only be filled by Mark. When Elaine kicks Mark out she thinks she has it made, but accidently kills him in an argument when she finds out Mark plans on leaving them all behind to go off and find himself. From then on, 3 a.m. follows all of them a they try to deal with Markís death.
As with almost all classic porn, the sex is intertwined with the story. You donít always have a noticeable spot where you know people are going to start having sex. You also donít always know whoís going to end up having sex. Just because two half naked people meet in a shower doesnít mean theyíre going to have sex. 3 a.m. doesnít follow this as closely as some other classics, such as The Senatorís Daughter , but still follows it to a point. You also donít have the mandatory pop shot. Thatís right facial frowners, you donít have to worry about seeing a gal worry if sheíll ever see again. The cast is also much older than in todayís porn. Well, at least the women are older, with some of them looking like they might really have teenage kids. The guys have stayed the same age from then to now.
Georgina Spelvin has several scenes throughout the feature. The first major scene is a flashback to fucking Frank Mauro. There isnít any real foreplay and there isnít a pop shot. Afterwards she masturbates a little and is later visited by a strange woman (Judith Hamilton) as she takes a shower. There arenít any toys used, but their fingers go everywhere. Later, she works over her Claire Dia after putting her to bed. Once again, itís a very short scene that basically consists of Georgina fingering and licking Claireís pussy.
Rhonda Gallard also gets a few short scenes. She starts out with Frank Mauro in the opening scene and then bangs Rob Rose, the guy who buys his boat after he dies. Neither scene amounts to much.
Vicki (Sharon Thorpe), the neighbor and perhaps the best looking woman in the feature, notices Charles Hooper watching her from outside and puts on a show for him. Itís a short masturbation scene, but manages to build a little heat as it goes. Later, Charles builds up enough nerve to go up to her house and they end up gettiní it on. This was by far the best scene in the movie. It actually built heat and had both foreplay and intercourse, including a pop. Itís still a short scene, but it manages to work well in its time.
Charles Hooper and Claire Dia also get together after each have their own experiences with Georgina and Sharon. Thereís both foreplay and intercourse once again as well as a little nut butter on the sisterís stomach.
Although 3 a.m. claims to be made to turn you on, I canít say it worked that well for me. Most of the scenes are extremely short and thereís a lot of space between them. The plot, which revolves around a family dealing with the death of the father, isnít sexy either although it is very well acted and fairly well written. Iím thankful I didnít watch this at 3 a.m. because if I did, it would have probably put me to sleep before I got to a decent sex scene. On the plus side, it ends with real credits so you know whoís who.
Extras: The main extra is trailers for Boogie Now, Coming to Beverly Hills, Coming to Beverly Hills 2, My Best Friendís Wife, Itís a Wonderful Life, Pandora Peaks, The Price of an Education, Sensual Experience, Promises - Collectorís Edition , Sex, Lies, & The President , and the Kaylan Nicole series. A photo gallery lasting about a minute and three quarters with five seconds per photo is also included. The photos all look like they were lifted directly from the feature. Thereís also some website and company information.
Themes: Straight, masturbation, lesbian, anal, toe-ing, tit-fuck, and incest
Raincoat Factor: Low
Overall: Currently, 3 a.m. can be found online for between $10 and $22 with several stores offering it for under $17. If youíre a fan of classic porn, Iíd recommend it at the low end. If youíre considering this as your first classic, rent it first. Itís a little different from other classics and not as friendly to todayís porn viewer. The transfer is very good for the featureís age, but there arenít really any extras.
Note to NuTech: Itís great to see you remastering some of the classics. A few extras, such as I-Candy or VCA has included on some of their releases from the 70s such as a commentary with an expert on classic porn. A few trailers for some of your other classics would also be nice.
If you have any questions or comments, please e- mail me .