Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Jessie St. James, Serena, John Leslie, Robert Pennard, David Morris, Mike Ranger, Richard Pacheco, Joan Turner and John Holmes. Gloria Leonard is on an audio commentary.
Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes (feature)
The word "classic" gets stuck on almost any porn made prior to 1990 and shot on film. But only a few are true classics: Deep Throat, Debbie Does Dallas, Taboo, Inside Jennifer Wells.
<>Insatiable> is one of the two movies which really put Marilyn Chambers at the pinnacle of the porn world (along with Behind the Green Door), and it's one of the best remembered. It's a classic because it's one of the few porn movies where they really pulled out all the stops. It's beautifully shot, it's put together well, it doesn't have that wah-chicka-wah-wah porn soundtrack of the era, and it actually goes somewhere. It's a character study. And at the end, it's not just a cum-shot and a smile and roll-credits. It's not just another stroke flick. It's a memorable movie.
There's a thread of a story, but it doesn't take up much of the film, so I'll just run down the major scenes: it starts with Marilyn masturbating in bed, with flashes on some of the scenes you'll see in the film. There's a lesbian scene with Marilyn and Serena in a pool. Then a roadside blow-job of Richard Pacheco. Then the famous pool-table fuck with David Morris. Then we get a break from Marilyn as Jessie St. James gets it from John Leslie on a chaise lounge. Then as Marilyn masturbates in bed, we go to a big finale, a series of flashbacks and fantasies, including getting fucked by Morris, Mike Horner and Jessie St. James simultanously, and then the grand finale: John Holmes makes the anaconda disappear both vaginally and anally; and then the most famous ending in porndom: Marilyn still diddling herself, drenched in sweat, exhausted, but still asking for more. More.
Special Features: This DVD actually mimics mainstream releases of classics: there are two commentary tracks, one with Marilyn (obviously recorded before she passed away) and Alex Senna, and another with Gloria Leonard—one of the few performers of that era who could be called Marilyn's peer. [When I first saw it, I wondered why Gloria was included since she's not in the movie, but I listened to the commentary and I thought she was insightful and interesting.]
There is also an interview, an original trailer and a little bit of publicity film of Marilyn arriving at the Pussycat Theater in Los Angeles (wearing a full-length mink coat in the middle of the day). There's also a choice between stereo and mono audio.
Production values: this thing is beautifully done. The movie was high budget (for porn), and this DVD does an excellent job of transferring it over. The picture is clean and clear, the audio is sharp. The commentary tracks are well done and easy to hear over the background. The menus are well laid out. There are only six menu chapters, but there are several subchapters within so you can skip around to the good stuff.
Final verdict: this is what all classic porn movies want and need: a high quality, well done transfer onto DVD by people who really put some thought and effort into making it special. It doesn't hurt that the film itself is worthy: if you're going to own just one Classic, this is as good as it gets. But what you have here isn't just a steak, it's filet mignon served with a fine bordeaux on Wedgeworth china on the banks of the Seine.