Directed by Alex De Renzy, "Pretty Peaches 3" garnered much in the way of critical and popular acclaim when it was first released back in 1989. Now, over a decade later, the video holds up only middlingly well despite it's "classic' status. I am not at all sure if today's "XXX-Generation" (those who maintain a steady diet of Max Hardcore and Sodomania) videos will have the patience for it. Shot on film, the DVD is much sharper and has better colors than its original VHS incarnation. For an old-timer like me, it was great to see actresses like Rachel Ryan, Victoria Paris, Tianna and Keisha back in action, although their best work has yet to hit DVD.
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The movie follows Keisha "on a quest for spritual enlightenment," but her encounters are more physical than anything else. Despite the fashion period of that time, Keisha looks great in just about every scene she's in. However, for whatever reason, Director De Renzy has chosen to mute her sexual performance and the results are disappointing. In particular, she has a scene with former gay film actor Eric Price, and while the fucking is fast and hot, we are denied seeing Keisha show off her legendary blowjobs. Instead, we go straight from cunnilingus to Missionary sex and then it ends. At first I believed that the director had chosen to "blow-off" (pun intended) Keisha's cock-sucking abilities, but it is maddeningly clear from the DVD's photo gallery that an oral sex scene had been edited from the film (as it had been from the VHS release)! While I can respect Mr. De Renzy's editing decisions in order to advance the "story," I feel that it is an incredible cheat to Keisha-fans that we don't get to see her doing what she does best. We do get to see her suck on Mike Horner's cock at the end of the film, but the scene is woefully brief and unsatisfying (to see Keisha at her very best, VCA must release "Phantom of the Cabaret, Part I" in which she performs an amazingly erotic blowjob on Randy Spears; it must be seen to be believed!).
Keisha's other sex scene in the film is with the incredibly cute Rachel Ryan, who has performed much, much better in VCA's "Steamy Windows" movie. The former wife of actor Richard Mulligan plays a doctor who prods Keisha's anus in lubricant-covered gloves, and then later, rides on the dildo of a blow-up doll on the floor of her office. Needless to say, I found neither of her scenes very exciting at all and a complete waste of her talents. Ms. Ryan's best work can be found in the aforementioned "Steamy Windows" movie (which is also a De Renzy pic) and Caballero's "Asspiring Actresses." Unfortunately, neither are available on DVD.
Victoria Paris, looking almost classy in a white dress, has a scene with evangelist Jamie Gillis, as he pays homage to James Bakker and Jimmy Swaggert (dating this movie to the PTL sex scandal of the eighties). Unfortunately, that scene is marred by strobe lighting and wind effects of a helicopter outside honing in on the couple. Victoria's naturally voluptuous body is always a sight to behold, however, and I never get bored watching her in action (her oral skills are nowhere near as great as Keisha's or Rachel Ryan's, but you would never know it in this movie). Super-sexy Tianna is forced to share a rather tepid lesbian scene with two other blondes dressed up in Swiss Miss outifts, and yet again, the viewer is denied an opportunity to see this exceptional performer at her personal best.
By this time, I was absolutely frustrated by the fact that three superb legends of porn were wasted in this movie, and I held little hope for any improvement. As it turns out, Tami Monroe paired with Jon Martin, and brunette Fefe partnered with Don Fernando give us the best scene in the whole movie, with energetic and multi-positioned fucking that almost (but not quite) makes up for the rest of the lackluster scenes. Another minor highlight is the presence of Tracy Adams who performs an excellent blow-job on some guy who looks like the former drummer of Night Ranger, or Survivor or any other forgettable eighties rock bands. While their sex scene is not great, it is up to industry standard.
I recall back in my earlier days of porn consumption that this movie never did make an impression on me when it was first released. Now ten years later, I can confirm that my initial impressions were correct. "Pretty Peaches 3" is without a doubt, a very well-made movie. But as a sex-vid with a purpose to arouse and excite, I feel that there are so many other DVDs which do the job better.