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The Return of Johnny Wadd
An adult movie review by Flash
Edition Details: Standard DVD
DVD Release Date: July 2002
Genres: Feature Film, Classic (1985 - 1989)
Run Time: 82 minutes
Release Year: 1986
Director: Patty Rhodes
Written by: Raven Touchstone
Cast: John Holmes (as John C. Holmes), Sheri St. Clair, Billy Dee, Mai Lin, Bunny Bleu, Nick Random, Lisa Melendez (as Denise Ford), Melissa Melendez, Dick Howard, Buck Adams, Kimberly Carson, Frankie Penn
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Video: Full Screen, 1.33:1
Video Format: NTSC
Regional Code (for DVD/Blu-ray): 0 (All)
Number of discs: 1
Disc: DVD 5 (SS, SL)
Special Features: Photo Gallery, Previews
DVD-ROM Special Features: none
Warren North, friend and ex-partner of Johnny Wadd (John Holmes) is murdered so Johnny Wadd, a private detective, returns to investigate the murder.
The Return of Johnny Wadd is presented with an English 2.0 Mono track which is acceptable but leaves something to be desired. The movie is an early shot on video production and the audio track has obvious limitations in the range. Basically, the film sounds like it was shot on home video. There is also a distinct background hiss throughout the film. The dialog is clear and can be heard at all times. EVN hasn't included any foreign language tracks or subtitle options for the feature film.
The Return of Johnny Wadd is presented in the full screen aspect ratio of 1.33:1, which appears to be the original aspect ratio for the film. This transfer leaves a lot to be desired. There are periodic video glitches in the presentation. The picture also has mild jumps in places where the picture bounces up and down for a little while. There are also halos present around bright colors only. Given the age of the film, the transfer should look much better. I suspect that this disc was mastered from a used VHS not from original master tapes or if it was mastered from the original master tapes, they definitely weren't stored properly. This isn't to say that the title isn't watchable, as it is, but disappointing.
There are only two extras contained on the disc, neither of them amount to much. There is a photo gallery which contains 36 stills from the film on a track. The stills are fast moving and many of them are poorly captured. There is also a preview for Marina Vice on the disc.
When you pop the disc in there is an EVN promo that plays followed by an advert for phone sex. You can skip them by using the menu key to go right to the main menu. The menu is very simplistic, with no animation, but does contain some music. The menu is functional, but nothing to look at. There are six chapters available from the chapter menu for the feature film. They are identified by a still frame from where the chapter goes to. There are six chapter stops within the feature film itself as well. There is no time code encoded on the disc for the feature film.
Several years after Freeway Films and Bob Chinn stopped making the original Johnny Wadd series someone came up with the bright idea to revive it for the declining John Holmes. Unfortunately this film never lives up to the rest of the series and the lack of participation by Bob Chinn is definitely noticed. After this entry there were no more films made in the Johnny Wadd series until 2001 when New Era and Bob Chinn revived the series again with Re-Enter Johnny Wadd with Joel Lawrence in the main role.
The film has the same feel as the rest of the series, John Holmes is a private eye who, while working on a case, beds several women. However, in the Bob Chinn entries, the non-sex portions seemed as important to the overall film as the sexual portions. Here the case is different. The non-sex portions seem slapped in to just get the film to the next sex scene. This isn't always a bad aspect for a porn film to have, but I was hoping for more from the film. The plot is very simplistic and never gets too much into any sort of depth. There are only two fight scenes in the film. One is a brief one and the other one starts and then freeze frames while the sound of what happens next occurs. Then the film goes on to the next scene. In other entries, part of the fun was they were incredibly cheesy adult action films, but here they just skip over it.
The sex scenes look nice and, like is common from adult films from this period, are rather short. All the sex scenes are tame, which makes them accessible to all viewers, however, viewers that need nastier or rough sex will probably be disappointed. The cast says in character for the scenes, which does add to the film. The sexual themes in the film are vaginal sex with pussy eating, blow jobs, lesbianism, pussy fingering and anal fingering. For viewers that care about condom use, there are no condoms used in the feature film.
The film is mostly located in nondescript indoor locations which unfortunately gives it the look of many adult films from the time. Again, a change from the days of Bob Chinn, where there were great outdoor locations used. You can see how the video age has effected the overall films being produced during this time period and into what went into them for effort. Not that The Return of Johnny Wadd isn't an enjoyable film, it's just not what it could have been and for long time fans of the Johnny Wadd series it is sure to be a disappointment.
Reportedly, John Holmes and Penguin Films did receive permission from Bob Chinn to use the Johnny Wadd character and to make another film in the series. From what I can tell, the EVN release does include the original 1986 version of the film in full. Since this review was originally written, Adam & Eve has released this title on DVD as well, which does not contain the 1986 original version but instead has the 1993 re-edited version of the film.
Scene 1: Lisa Melendez and Billy Dee
The first scene brings us Lisa Melendez and Billy Dee and the scene starts out with Billy eating out Lisa. Then Lisa gives Billy a blow job. Then the two go into the vaginal sex. To finish the scene, Billy cums on Lisa's pubic area.
Scene 2: Melissa Melendez and Bunny Bleu
The second scene features Melissa Melendez and Bunny Bleu and Bunny starts out the scene by eating out Melissa. Bunny fingers her as well while eating her out. Then Melissa rubs Bunny's pussy then eats and fingers it.
Scene 3: Mai Lin and John Holmes
The third scene gives us Mai Lin and John Holmes and Mai starts out the scene by giving John a blow job and John fingers her. Then John eats her pussy. Then the two go into the vaginal sex. John cums on her stomach to end the scene.
Scene 4: Sheri St. Clair and John Holmes
The fourth scene brings us Sheri St. Clair and John Holmes and Sheri starts the scene out by giving John a blow job. Then John eats out her pussy. They go into the vaginal sex. John cums on her stomach at the end of the scene.
Scene 5: Lisa Melendez and Buck Adams
The fifth scene features Lisa Melendez and Buck Adams. Buck starts out in the progress of eating Lisa's pussy. Then Lisa gives Buck a blow job. Then they go into the vaginal sex. To end the scene, Buck cums on her stomach.
Scene 6: Sheri St. Clair and Nick Random
The sixth scene gives us Sheri St. Clair and Nick Random and Nick starts out the scene by fingering Sheri. Then Nick eats her pussy. Then Sheri gives Nick a blow job. Then they go into the vaginal sex. Nick fingers her ass briefly while fucking her. He cums on her ass to end the scene.
Scene 7: Kimberly Carson and John Holmes
The seventh and final scene in the film brings us Kimberly Carson and John Holmes. John starts out by eating Kimberly's pussy. Then Kimberly gives him a blow job. Then the two go into the vaginal sex. John cums on her stomach to end the scene.
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Originally written on August 3, 2004. Revised on July 11, 2014.
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