CANDY STRIPERS “ALL THERE”
Bob Chinn’s 1978 classic, “Candy Stripers” has been brought to DVD by Arrow Films, who has done a great job of restoring the film as well as giving us ALL of it (sort of). For those who haven’t heard, there are two “infamous” scenes in the film (both involving fisting) that have long been cut out for fear of the dreaded “porn police.” Both scenes are present on the DVD, but not in their original positions in the complete film, which remains edited in this presentation. Instead, the scenes are available as an “Easter Egg” which must been found and solved (about which more later).
To get right to the point, the rest of the picture is completely intact when compared on a shot-by-shot basis with a very early, unedited video made, presumably, from a 16mm original release print of the film. The only difference, other than the two fisting scenes, is that Arrow has done a very good job of cleaning up, color-correcting and otherwise restoring the film to a condition better than has ever been available on video. Since Bob Chinn himself appears in a lengthy interview elsewhere on the DVD, one can guess how much he (and/or his personal print) was involved in the restoration process. The two “special scenes” are not quite as good quality as the rest of the film – they obviously come from a different, older, more “banged-up” (sorry) print, and show some more scratches and dirt, but are quite viewable, nonetheless. At any rate, the film looks and sounds every bit as good as could be expected from a title this old.
Now for the two “special scenes.” The first “edit” occurs at 28:23 into the original film, and involves the “finale” of the Amber Hunt/Rock Steadie scene. Just after Rock finishes giving her analingus, he starts inserting digits in her, doggie-style. First one, then two, then the camera tilts up to Rocks face and … EDIT to Paul Thomas and Eileen Welles as Thomas is kissing her. The rest of the scene is intact in the Easter Egg section, showing Amber and Rock working up to a nearly full fist doggie-style, then Amber rolling over on her back to really get the full fist treatment. You know she’s enjoying it, by the by, because of her famous giant-sized clit -- when she was aroused, it got really huge! The length of the scene (not Amber’s clit) is 5:09.
The other “edit” occurs at 42:31 into the original film (the feature on the DVD is not time-stamped, although other elements are). This is the middle of the lengthy scene between Paul Thomas, Eileen Welles and Nancy Hoffman. Just after Welles takes off her blouse and bra, and asks Hoffman to, “Try some more head – it feels so good,” Hoffman gets in a couple of licks and … EDIT to Hoffman tonguing and Welles stroking her hair, which is 5:35 later in the original scene. As before, the edited portion is intact in the Easter Egg section, showing Hoffman first inserting one fist, rather easily, into Welles, then, at the urging of Thomas and Welles, actually getting her entire other fist into Welles, as well. With Thomas massaging her clit, and Hoffman enthusiastically pumping both fists (and wrists – her bracelet and watch have been pulled up her arms a bit) into her, Welles has the ride of her life.
Now to the Easter Egg stuff. A special “Tip of the Scalpel” to Bill Broderick and his ADT post for this info. Many thanks to others who have posted this info as well. Here’s how to get to the scenes: After the Arrow Trailers, the following message is shown: "Easter Egg! To find the deleted scenes, start at the Main Menu, and from 'Play Movie', click a combination of four arrow buttons to access this Easter Egg. Need a hint? Go to www.arrowmovies.com/hints.htm". At the time this was originally written, going to that web site results in an “HTTP 404 - File Not Found” error. However, the correct combination of buttons once you are highlighted on "Play Movie" is: Right, Down, Right, Left, Enter. You can also simply play Title 2 using your DVD player’s navigation buttons.
Everyone who’s concerned about the ridiculous editing of classic porn on DVD owes Arrow Films a debt of gratitude for their step in the right direction. While I would have preferred to see the scenes in their original positions in the film (even with a slight change in quality for their duration), the bottom line is that the scenes are THERE! (Are you listening, VCA?) Both fistings are obviously being enjoyed by the people receiving them and, in the scene with Eileen Welles, Nancy Hoffman’s small fists probably aren’t much larger in size than John Holmes’ or Rambone’s engorged cocks, anyway! Meanwhile, while we’re on the subject of current no-nos, remember that another scene in “Candy Stripers,” which appears in its original position on the DVD, involves vaginal insertion of a very large banana! Isn’t that a “foreign object”? (Chiquita or Dole, it probably came from Central America). Or perhaps that can be gotten away with because the banana was “organically grown.”