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Reviewed by Flash  on  10/2/2005

Inside Deep Throat


A disc review by Flash
Release Specs:

Distributor: Universal
Edition Details: Standard
MSRP: $27.95
DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005


Movie Specs:

Genres:
Documentary
Run Time: 90 minutes
Rated: NC-17
Release Year: 2005
Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Written by: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Cast: John Waters, Larry Flynt, Erica Jong, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Dick Cavet, Camille Paglia, Hugh Hefner, Bill Maher, Norman Mailer, Charles Keating, Alan Dershowitz, Larry Parrish, Gerard Damiano, Gore Vidal, Georgina Spelvin, Ron Wertheim, Andrea True, Wes Craven, Harry Reems, Patsy Carroll, Barbara Boreman, Lenny Camp, Linda Williams, Helen Gurley Brown, Al Goldstein, John Gorman, Mike Sullivan, Herb Kassner, William Purcell, Ralph Blumenthal, Xaviera Hollander, Carl Bernstein, Arthur Sommer, Terry Sommer, Bill Kelly, Peter Bart, Peter Manouse, Ray Shipley, Bruce Kramer, Tony Bill, Susan Brownmiller, Jon Lewis, Annie Sprinkle, Lindsay Marchiano
Voice of: Dennis Hopper

Disc Specs:

Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround, English 2.0 Commentary, English 2.0 Commentary
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Video: Widescreen, 1.85:1
Video Format: NTSC
Regional Code: 1 (U.S./Canada)
Disc: DVD 9 (SS, DL)
Special Features: The Binghamton Trial: Clitorally Speaking. Beverly Hills: Holly Gets Wood, Quincy House: Poison Ivy League, Princeton: Throat Deep in the Suburbs, Cut Throat: Where in the World is Bobby De Salvo, Harry Reems' Athletic Club, The Tucson Trial: When Gerry Met Annie, The Zen of Deep Throat, Linda Does Hollywood, The Legends of Eroctic: Remembering Linda, Firedance With Me, Women Against Pornography, Linda's Exit: What's the Big Deal?, The Last Word For Now, Inside Deep Throat Theatrical Trailer, 2 Commentary tracks
DVD-ROM Special Features: none


Synopsis:
A documentary about the most infamous adult film in blue movie history.

Audio/Video:
Inside Deep Throat is presented with an English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround track, which is the original audio track for the feature film. However, since the film is a documentary and most of the stock footage used is from the late sixties and seventies, not much is really gained from the surround. The film sounds good though and no one should be disappointed by the audio presentation. There are two English commentary tracks included on the disc but Universal hasn't included any foreign language tracks for the feature film. There are English, Spanish and French subtitles on the disc.

Inside Deep Throat is presented in it's original widescreen theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen and looks great. There are no artifacts present and the colors are rich and clear. I also expect that the remastered Arrow release of Deep Throat happened as a result of cleaning up that film for the stock segments used as they were clean and beautiful in this film as well. Some of the other stock footage was grainy, fuzzy and deteriorating but that is to be expected with footage that old, some of which wasn't expected to ever be used thirty-some-odd years later.

Special Features:
Universal has included a wealth of extras on the disc. There are what appears to be 14 deleted scenes; The Binghamton Trial: Clitorally Speaking, which involves the Binghamton NY obscenity trial, Beverly Hills: Holly Gets Wood, which involves the Beverly Hills CA obscenity trial, Quincy House: Poison Ivy League, which is about the 1980 Harvard Quincy House showing of Deep Throat, Princeton: Throat Deep in the Suburbs, which is regarding the decision not to prosecute the film in the Princeton NJ area, Cut Throat: Where in the World is Bobby De Salvo, which is regarding the disappearance of the Florida pornographer, Harry Reems' Athletic Club, which is about a 'fan club' of sorts for Harry Reems, The Tucson Trial: When Gerry Met Annie, which is about how Gerard Damiano met Annie Sprinkle, at ticked taker/concession worker at an adult theater, through the Tucson AZ obscenity trial, The Zen of Deep Throat, featuring Marilyn Chambers on the art of the deep throat blow job, Linda Does Hollywood, which is about Linda Lovelace's attempt to break into 'legit' film, The Legends of Erotica: Remembering Linda, featuring Ray Pistol, Lee Carroll, Bill Margold, Eric Edwards and a non-speaking Ed Powers which is about the industry remembering the first star of blue cinema and her daughter Lindsay Marchiano remembering her as a mother, Firedance with Me, which is footage of Gerard Damiano's daughter firedancing, Women Against Pornography, which is about the feminist group, Linda's Exit: What's the Big Deal?, which about Linda Lovelace having trouble keeping/getting jobs due to her previous association with the adult industry, The Last Word for Now, featuring Richard Dreyfus, Paul Mazursky and Lili Fini Zanuck. There is also the Inside Deep Throat theatrical trailer. There are also two feature length commentary tracks on the disc. The first one is composed of unused sound bytes from unused footage and the second one is by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.

Disc Design/Navigation:
The disc is designed with nice looking menus. There are 20 chapters available from the chapter menu. Each one is identified by a still frame and a scene name. There is a time code encoded on the disc for the feature film.

General Review:
Inside Deep Throat intends to be a documentary about the cultural phenomenon that was Deep Throat. Coming from Hollywood a film about the adult film industry is always a worry as Hollywood rarely casts a nice look at their sister industry. Thankfully this film is about as fair as it can be, which means that it shows both sides to the controversy that erupted from the release of the film, although it seems to be more sympathetic to the adult film industry side. The film also appears to be more sympathetic to the adult film industry of old then of the current and potential future.

That said, Inside Deep Throat is an interesting venture but isn't what it could be. The biggest problem to face the film is the lack of direction that it has. The film doesn't seem to be able to focus on Deep Throat and goes off onto sidelines of culture at the time and throughout time since the film until now. There is no mistaking that the film has influenced society on the whole in America since it's release, but it doesn't work here. Since the resulting topic ends up being so broad many of the topics are skimmed over at much too quick of a speed.

Quite a few Hollywood players are involved with the documentary and none of them were involved with the making of Deep Throat. Although several were connected with the adult industry at one moment or another. Despite that I think for the most part their appearance brings the film further off track from Deep Throat and more onto the society and adult film issue. That isn't to say that I didn't learn some interesting bits when the film ventures off track, like Wes Craven did get his start in adult films no he didn't say which ones, and Paramount used to rent studio space to adult film companies, none of this really helped in getting to know the film Deep Throat.

Another issue is that it seems to try and quickly skate over some issues without going into much depth. One such issue is Linda Lovelace's claims that she was forced to do the film. It is brought up but never seems to really want to delve into the issue at all, which is a shame as it could have debunked the claim, or proved that it happened, for once and for all. Especially since so many key players from the film were involved in making the documentary and since Linda's daughter Lindsay Marchiano was also involved.

A surprising amount of adult stars from the 70s are involved in the documentary, however many of them suffer the same fate as those from the mainstream film industry that are involved. They had nothing to do with Deep Throat. As a fan of films from the golden age it was nice to see some of the stars of old doing well and hear about the industry from them, but again many of them pulled the documentary away from what I felt the focus of it should be. Even to the point where Annie Sprinkle did have a connection to Deep Throat in a way but that piece was cut from the film, although it is included in the special features on the disc.

All this being said, Inside Deep Throat isn't a bad film. Those who enjoy the adult films of old will undoubtedly find the documentary to be interesting, if for no other reason than the tidbits that you learn about the adult film industry back then and getting to see some of the Golden Age stars today and how they are doing. Including stars like Harry Reems who has stayed away from the camera for many years. What the documentary ends up being isn't a bad thing, I think if this is what Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato intended to make they would have been better off making a multi-part documentary on the industry at the time with each portion focusing on a different aspect.

Parting Thoughts:
I had high hopes for Inside Deep Throat but the film fell short of what I was hoping for. That isn't to say it is not an enjoyable film to watch, but expect more of an overview of culture in the 70s and the rise of adult films then than a documentary that manages to focus directly on Deep Throat. Fans of films from the Golden Age will probably enjoy this film and viewers who don't understand why some studios are afraid of going to jail for content in adult films should watch this film as well. I'd recommend giving the film a rental over purchasing it..




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