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Legends of Porn (Nutech)

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Overall Rating 2.5 stars
Legends of Porn (Nutech) overall rating 2.5 stars
Female Looks Legends of Porn (Nutech) Female looks rating 3.5 stars
Male Looks Legends of Porn (Nutech) Male looks rating 2.5 stars
Sex Legends of Porn (Nutech) Sex rating 3 stars
 
Plot/Acting Legends of Porn (Nutech) Plot/Acting rating 0 stars
Extras Legends of Porn (Nutech) DVD Extras rating 2.5 stars
Audio/Video Quality Legends of Porn (Nutech) A/V Quality rating 2.5 stars
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Reviewed by Diville  on  6/18/2001
Starring: Rene Bond, Lesllie Bovee, Colleen Brennan, Marilyn Chambers, Abigail Claytonl Desiree Cousteau, Vanessa Del Rio, Samantha Fox, Terri Hall, Annette Have, C.J. Lang, Ginger Lynn, Kay Parker, Darby Lloyd Rains, Tina Russell, Candy Samples, Seka, Serena, Georgina Spelvin, Jessie St. James, Nancy Suiter, Linda Wong, Eric Edwards, Jamie Gillis, John Holmes, John Leslie, Harry Reems, Joey Silvera

In the literature departments of America's universities academics like to play the canon like investors like to play the stock market. The reputation and "importance" of certain writers rise and fall like tech stocks. Who's better, Faulkner or Salinger? Hawthorne or Cooper? To consider such questions is all mental masturbation when you get right down to it, so it's only natural that porn would follow suite. Jim Holliday, director and self-appointed porn historian, put together a little documentary years ago called Legends of Porn, in which he goes over what he believes to be the cannon of American blue movie stars. Showing edited clips from the work of "qualified" performers, Holliday offers an insider's opinion on the history of adult, but narrates the feature with all the passion and spontaneity of an industrial safety video.

It is fun, though, to watch old time porn stars in action. All, except for Ginger Lynn, are before my time, though any self respecting porn fan knows who most of these people are. Ginger is just one of many; Seka, Marilyn Chambers, John Holmes,and Annette Haven are all names familiar with even the most casual fans of porn. Holliday, however, doesn't limit himself to just those with mainstream recognition. Others, like Rene Bond and Desiree Cousteau are also represented. As DVD begins to push VHS to the side, it's unlikely that all those who defined the golden age of adult entertainment will find a home in today's digital age. Of course, there are some companies, like NuTech Digital which released this collection, who are digging deep in the vaults to find the best of out of print titles, but we can sadly expect to see very few classic movies released now that the next big thing is always the most recently produced.

The idea behind Legends of Porn is a good one even if it hasn't been executed very well. Not many are willing to throw down the kind of money it takes to collect the movies of their favorite all-stars. A compilation of this sort fills a genuine need. Sadly, it's better at stimulating your sense of nostalgia than it is at stimulating what you normally buy porn to stimulate. With the exception of Marilyn Chambers' clips from Insatiable, what's presented here is hardly erotic. As much as I like him as a director, I'm going to have to level the blame at Jim Holliday, who kills the heat. Absolutely kills it. His monotone delivery is distracting, and at the time he recorded his narration, he was not the respected director he is now. Listening to him talk about porn could be interesting--and he has been interesting talking about it in other venues- -but in this case it is not. As is expected from Holliday, he assumes a position of superiority, even labeling those who know less about adult than he does as "tourists." Frankly, when someone begins to brag about how much porn they watch, they need to stop bragging.

According to the packaging, Legends of Porn features multiple angles and a second audio track with Jill Kelly. Now, I'm not saying those features aren't on the DVD, but I couldn't find them. And I've seen enough DVDs to know where to look. The transfer, as you would expect from a classic compilation, is under whelming. If you're looking to spend your money on clear porn, then stick to recently produced movies. The same can be said for sound and those who are looking to show off their home theater system. This is not a DVD for techno enthusiasts.

Yet, it is appropriate for fans of old school smut. You won't find Abigail Clayton digitized in many other places, so if you're a fan of her, and those of her era, Legends of Porn is worth the discounted price most online retailers are asking for it.



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