Seven-foot tall sexual offender Rocky de Sade is out of prison, terrorizing the women of San Francisco until they finally get their revenge at a wild sex party. There are some terrific shots of 1970s San Francisco’s sex district, plenty of attractive women with those great, natural looking 1970s bodies, and moments both tender and cruel. It sounds like a great plot, and it is: the original VHS release was magnificent. However, Alpha Blue has decided to censor this re-release quite heavily, cutting out not only some of the sexiest and roughest scenes, but leaving the plot incoherent as well.
Sex Highs and Lows
The opening scene with beautiful Abigail Clayton gets things started out right, as do the first sexual fantasies of Rocky’s foil, a gentle natured hunk working in a sex shop who zones out while dreaming of fucking his clients (in a doctor’s office) and prostitute friends (an oily factory gang-bang). But then we start loosing footage, and things go downhill from here. The hottest sex scene from the original, which features a MFF threesome with Linda Wong and another woman in a Japanese bath, is cut to remove all shots of penetration, so we miss the great footage of Linda doing reverse cowgirl on. The back cover of Femmes de Sade states that “Rocky brutalizes one prostitute, a lusty, shaven redhead in her ass and cunt,” but the scene when he sticks a dildo in her ass is cut out. We still get to see Rocky sucking his own dick, but we miss him trying to force another prostitute to lick her own pussy, so that the prostitute’s desire to get revenge on him at the end is totally incomprehensible. Even the final party is cut, as we miss the three girls urinating on Rocky, all eliminated through some rather amateurish editing. Pitiful.
I have a burned DVD copy of the VHS original, and, obviously, the picture and sound quality are much better in this re-release. But this film is a masterpiece, and there is simply no excuse for cutting it.
Do not buy this Alpha Blue Archives re-release. Try to find the original VHS version, or, instead, get the recent Euro re-release from Alpha France, which Classix Comments (in his review) has assured is uncut. Shame on you, Alpha Blue! It’s a sad reflection of our society when a porn classic from the 1970s is considered too risky for today’s America.