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Deep Throat (Arrow)

Studio: Arrow Productions
Category:  Classic , Comedy , Feature film
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Flash's ratings for Deep Throat (Arrow):
Overall Rating 4 stars
Deep Throat (Arrow) overall rating 4 stars
Female Looks Deep Throat (Arrow) Female looks rating 2.5 stars
Male Looks Deep Throat (Arrow) Male looks rating 2 stars
Sex Deep Throat (Arrow) Sex rating 2 stars
 
Plot/Acting Deep Throat (Arrow) Plot/Acting rating 4 stars
Extras Deep Throat (Arrow) DVD Extras rating 3 stars
Audio/Video Quality Deep Throat (Arrow) A/V Quality rating 4 stars
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Reviewed by Flash  on  7/6/2004

Deep Throat


A disc review by Flash
Release Specs:

Distributor: Arrow
Edition Details: Standard
MSRP: $39.95
DVD Release Date: December 2003


Movie Specs:

Genres:
Feature Film, Golden Age Classic
Run Time: 62 minutes
Rated: X
Release Year: 1972
Director: Gerard Damiano (as Jerry Gerard)
Written by: Gerard Damiano (as Jerry Gerard)
Cast: Harry Reems, Dolly Sharp, Bill Harrison, William Love, Carol Connors, Bob Phillips, Linda Lovelace, Ted Street, John Byron, Michael Powers, Gerard Damiano (as Al Gork)

      Disc Specs:

Audio: English 2.0 Linear PCM Mono
Subtitles: none
Video: Full Screen, 1.33:1
Video Format: NTSC
Regional Code: 0 (All)
Disc: DVD 5 (SS, SL)
Special Features: The Days of Deep Throat and Linda Lovelace, Gerard Damiano Interview, Linda Lovelace Photo Gallery
DVD-ROM Special Features: none


Synopsis:
Linda Lovelace (Linda Lovelace) gets off while having sex but is never able to achieve the big “O”.  Her roommate Helen (Dolly Sharp) recommends that she goes to Dr. Young (Harry Reems) to see if he can find out what is wrong with her.  Dr. Young discovers that Linda's clitoris is deep in her throat instead of where it should be.

Audio/Video:
Deep Throat is presented with an English 2.0 Linear PCM mono audio track, which sounds fine considering the age of the film.  The audio level varies at points during the film.  None of the shifts go to any extreme and it doesn't ruin the viewing experience.  There is also noise evident on the print in places.  Again, nothing that ruins the viewing experience.  For those who have seen the earlier VCA release, the sound is essentially the same quality as presented on that disc.  For the age of the film, the audio is more than acceptable and shouldn't disappoint any viewers.  Arrow hasn't included any foreign language tracks or subtitle options for the feature film.

Deep Throat is presented in the full screen aspect ratio of 1.33:1, which appears to be the original aspect ratio for the feature film.  If the film has been modified to fit the television set, no evidence is presented in this print of that.  There are artifacts throughout the film, heavy in some places.  There are also signs of deterioration of the master used evident in this print as well in some places.  None are worse than any viewer should expect from an adult film this old and the film looks much better than I expected it to.  The colors present in this print are deep and rich making this print look as close to what the original theatrical release must have looked like as we are likely to ever get.  This is mastered from a different master than the earlier VCA print.  Apparently the masters for this film no longer exist but for this release Arrow found an old 35mm theatrical print that they cleaned up to use as the master for this disc.  For those who have seen the earlier VCA release, there are more artifacts in this print and signs of deterioration that are not present in the VCA print, however the deep rich colors make this overall the better print.

Special Features:
For this new release of Deep Throat, Arrow has assembled some extras for it.  The best extra by far contained on the disc is The Days of Deep Throat and Linda Lovelace featurette.  The extremely well done 15 minute featurette features veteran adult star Eric Edwards talking about his early working with Lovelace, the effect of Deep Throat on America and on Lovelace and her ousting from the industry.  A less impressive piece, but interesting for a one time watch, is the Gerard Damiano Interview, which isn't really an interview.  It looks like it was originally shown before Deep Throat in the theaters and is two minutes long with Gerard talking about adult material.  It's an interesting nostalgia piece but you won't be watching it multiple times.  And least impressive is the Linda Lovelace Photo Gallery containing 9 stills.  Some are from the film and others look like they were promotional stills for magazines.  Overall, not the most impressive collection of extras, but not bad considering the age of the film and the lack of potential extras available.  It would have been nice if Arrow had tried to obtain the original 1974 R-rated sequel Deep Throat - Part 2 and put it on a second disc but then again, that film may have been completely lost over time.

Disc Design/Navigation:
The disc is designed with simple non-animated menus that have background music.  There is an issue with their functionality though as every time you move the selector there is a pause and the music restarts, which gets annoying real fast.  Other than that, the menus are functional.  There are six chapters available from the chapter menu for the feature film.  They are identified by a still frame from the scene.  There are seven chapter stops within the feature film itself.  There is a time code encoded on the disc for the feature film.

General Review:
This is the second DVD release of the golden age classic Deep Throat.  The first one, from VCA, featured a good transfer but was cut and mostly devoid of extras.  This release from Arrow features a better transfer and more extras and doesn't appear to have any cut footage.  If you have previously bought the VCA edition, it probably isn't worth upgrading to this version.  As the cut footage doesn't really detract from the film and although the featurette with Eric Edwards is great, it isn't worth the cost of another DVD.  If you haven't picked up a copy of Deep Throat yet, I'd recommend going with the Arrow release as you get more for your money.

Is there really anyone left that hasn't at some point in their life seen Deep Throat, which is the most recognized adult film of all time and, along with Behind the Green Door, is responsible for making adult entertainment a household name.  Made back in 1972 for $23,000 and filmed in Miami, Deep Throat is the highest grossing film of all time even beating out such titans of the mainstream film industry as Star Wars.

Viewers raised on the adult films of today will view Deep Throat and wonder what the big deal was back in the day.  The sex is relatively tame although the have managed to work in a nice montage of sexual acts.  The female cast members are average to not the best looking.  The two main female stars Linda Lovelace and Carol Connors aren't bad looking but they look like average people, not the porn stars that younger audiences have grown up with.  The male cast is nothing great, they look like average guys and the only one who really went on to anything is Harry Reems.  The sex scenes are edited very differently than they are today.  Many of the scenes are interlaced and many continue with more acts after the cum shot occurs.  The sexual themes in the film are vaginal and anal sex with shaving, pussy eating, blow jobs, anal fingering, female masturbation and hand jobs.

Deep Throat doesn't stand up that well as erotic material these days.  However it is great to watch as a fun adult film that has some great humor thrown in.  No this isn't a film for the raincoater crowd but viewers who like to sit back and just watch an adult film will be rewarded by viewing this film.  There is plenty here to entertain most viewers, especially Dr. Young's penile problems due to too much sex.

Readers may be interested to know that the true sequel to Deep Throat is not the 1987 film Deep Throat 2 starring Jamie Gillis, Sheena Horne, Ron Jeremy and Krista Lane directed by Larry Revene from Arrow but is really the 1974 film Deep Throat 2 starring Linda Lovelace, Harry Reems and Andrea True directed by Joseph Sarno.  Deep Throat 2 was only released in an R-rated version despite the fact that an X-rated version had been filmed.  At the time it was claimed that only the R-rated version was released to avoid the legal troubles of Deep Throat but it turned out that the X-rated footage had been stolen and was never recovered.  Unfortunately other than it's theatrical release I don't think that Deep Throat 2 has ever been released for the public.  It would be nice if the studio that owns the film released it on DVD if for nothing else for collectors of golden age classics.

Scene Synopsis:
The first scene brings us Dolly Sharp and an unknown male and the scene consists only of the unknown male eating out Dolly Sharp.  The second and third scenes are interlaced.  The second scene gives us Linda Lovelace and Ted Street.  The scene begins in progress with a shot of Ted having vaginal sex with Linda then the action switches over and Ted and Linda are having anal sex.  He cums on the small of her back.  Then Linda gives Ted a blow job.  The scene finishes up with Ted having vaginal sex with Linda.  The third scene features Dolly Sharp, John Byron and Michael Powers and like the second scene, this scene starts out in progress with John having vaginal sex with Dolly while she gives Michael a blow job.  John cums on the small of Dolly's back.  Then John eats Dolly's pussy and then John has anal sex with Dolly while Michael eats her pussy.

The fourth scene brings us Linda Lovelace and Harry Reems.  Linda gives Harry a deep throat blow job until Harry cums on Linda's face.  The fifth and sixth scenes are interlaced and the sixth scene is also interlaced afterwards with the seventh scene and then the eighth scene with plotted portions mixed in as well.  The fifth scene gives us Linda Lovelace and Bob Phillips.  Linda gives Bob a quick blow job.  Then Bob has vaginal sex with her.  He inserts a shot glass inside her.  He pours wine into it and drinks it out with a straw then pours Coke into it and he and Lovelace share it.  There is no cumshot to end the scene.  The sixth scene features Harry Reems and Carol Connors.  The scene stars out with Carol giving Harry a blow job.  Then they have some vaginal sex.  The two go back to the blow job.  Harry and Carol go back to having some vaginal sex.  The two reprise the blow job and the scene concludes with Harry eating Carol's pussy.  There is no cum shot to end the scene.

The seventh scene brings us Linda Lovelace and Harry Reems.  The scene starts out with Linda giving Harry a blow job.  Then the two go into some vaginal sex.  Then Harry eats Linda's pussy while she continues to blow him.  They return to the vaginal sex and then reprise the blow job.  Harry eats out Linda's pussy and fingers her ass a little while Linda blows him and gives him a hand job.  They return to the vaginal sex and the scene concludes with a blow job.  There is no cumshot to end the scene.  The eighth and final scene gives us Linda Lovelace and William Love and the scene starts out with Linda shaving her pussy and then masturbating.  Then Linda gives William a blow job.  William fingers her pussy while she continues to blow him.  To end the scene William cums in Linda's mouth.

Parting Thoughts:
Fans of Golden Age erotica will definitely want to pick up a copy of Deep Throat as no classic collection will be complete without it.  Out of the two versions available now, this is the one to pick up.  The movie has been restored to it's original theatrical version and Arrow has even managed to put together some extras to go with the film.  Viewers who are just interested in seeing what all the talk was about are better off renting the title first as if they are used to the films of today, they are bound to be disappointed.




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The screen shots present in the review have been reduced in size and quality and are not meant to be representative of the quality of the picture on the disc.  All attempts have been made to keep them in the aspect ratio that they are presented on the disc in.  They are included to give the viewer a feel for the disc and the film.  MSRP prices are taken from the manufacturer's website at the time of writing, if the manufacturer's website doesn't give pricing, the prices are automatically given as $39.95.





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