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42nd STREET PETE’S JOHN HOLMES COLLECTION (2008)
Published by Miranda on 2009/2/4 (4185 reads)
42nd STREET PETE’S JOHN HOLMES COLLECTION (2008)
42nd STREET PETE’S JOHN HOLMES COLLECTION (2008)
Directed by 42nd STREET PETE
Review by MARTIN BOUCHER

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Released by After Hours Cinema
Running Time: 240 minutes
Rating: NR
Color format: Color
Audio/Subtitles: English Stereo
Region Code: NTSC
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (1.78:1)
16:9 Enhanced: Yes
Special Features: After Hours and 42nd Street Pete Trailer Vault
Trailer Online: No

After two highly talked about movies and a hit underground documentary all dealing with John Holmes’ fame and troubles (BOOGIE NIGHTS, WONDERLAND and WADD—THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN C. HOLMES respectively) it was only natural that someone in the sex industry would want to cash in yet again on the mainstream resurgence of the porn star legendary appeal. In comes 42nd Street Pete from After Hours Cinema who, a whiz at this skin game, hosts on a two DVD set this voyeuristic look at Holmes best performances before and during his prime as the king of erotica.

DEAR PAM 216mm scratchy print is on first with its decency and morality topic, featuring then-regulars Eric Edwards, Jennifer Jordan, CJ Laing, Crystal Sync, and Tony “The Hook” Perez. Along with a subdued Holmes they take no time in showcasing what they know best and demonstrate via silly sexual situations how hypocritical society really is underneath its right-wing agenda. Suffice to say, everyone ends up in an all-cast televised orgy, of which viewers will get a kick if they go along with the film political derision and have little if no interest in silicone valleys or laser-cut abs. Effortlessly shot in NYC during the mid-seventies by a woman using the Harold Hingrind pseudonym when she is not one of the players herself (as Roberta Findlay, mostly), DEAR PAM isn’t as much a Holmes vehicle as it is an ensemble piece. Yes, the focus is often on his genitalia (when he finally gets down to it in 50 minute time) but it is also on everybody else’s which makes Holmes appearance more on the cameo side than on his usual known leading man status (that would go to Edwards in this flick).

The second disc offers a collection of 10 interesting John Holmes 8mm loops that verge from hardcore to slightly harder hardcore. One is in black and white, two have subtitles, but all advocate one on one action, ménage à trois or group participation. The best of the bunch would go to the unofficial sequel to DEEP THROAT, DEEP THROAT 2 in which an unknown busty redhead gives a delighted then satiated Holmes all she’s got. All the prints are heavily scratchy, faded by time and afflicted by poor focus attention span from the camera guy, but who cares really if in the long run vintage entertainment is what gets your motor going.

The DVD set comes also with a bunch of X-rated non-Holmes coming attractions and some liner notes which contain various explicit screen grabs from the films reviewed here and a mini bio of their star. 42nd Street Pete (in a CHAINSAW SALLY tee-shirt no less) does as fine a job writing this thing as he does presenting it on camera. One thing he makes perfectly clear in either narratives is that his star subject was far from being the nicest guy around, aggravated perhaps by his dependency to cocaine. If you already have seen either the Mark Wahlberg or the Val Kilmer film or have caught the noteworthy aforementioned documentary you already know where Holmes addiction led him to before succumbing to complications related to AIDS in the late 80s. If still somewhat oblivious to the man in question and curious about his overindulgent talent, then check out this well-made DVD package and let this 42nd Street Pete fellow explain it all to you in-between money shots.
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