Released: Nov 01st, 1999
Running Time: 119
Director: Craig Mizutari
Company: CTM Productions
Cast: David Christopher, Lennox, Adara Michaels, Julia Ann, RayVeness, Redbone, Bill Margold, Paul Thomas, Seymore Butts, Nikki Tyler, Ona Zee, Janine Lindemulder, Steven St. Croix, Caressa Savage, John Blatt, Bud Lee, Missy (I), Asia Carrera, Ron Jeremy
Critical Rating: Not Yet Rated
Yet another "insider" documentary on the industry everyone on earth wants to get into. Most porn world-weary vets will nod off with the remote in hand when watching this two-hour feature; not because it's boring (it's not), but because there's nothing here we don't already know. Despite the fact that this is somewhat dated material (the majority of it shot during the 1996 CES in Las Vegas), that don't mean a hill of beans. Keep in mind that Joe Q. Porn-Renting Public is as eager as ever to get inside the industry, and will embrace this documentary as gospel. There's plenty of great stuff here -- tons of clips from videos with delightful feminine eye candy to be gawked at. Several "key players" are interviewed repeatedly, at length, throughout, including Asia Carrera, John Blatt, Bud Lee, Bill Margold, Paul Fishbein, Ona Zee, and more.
Blatt explains that the most common misconception the majority of the women have in the adult industry is thinking it's a stepping stone to the mainstream industry (wrong, wrong, wrong!) While many "cross over" from mainstream and secretly work in porn (usually in technical positions), the opposite just doesn't happen (Traci Lords, Jenna Jameson and Ashlyn Gere being notable exceptions).
Paul Thomas and Adara Michaels discuss the aspects of circuit dancing, where many girls who feature can reap the monetary benefits. This segment includes a lengthy look at the popular dance duo phenomenon known as Blondage, with Vivid Girls Janine and Julia Ann shown performing at a gentlemen's club.
The subject of AIDS is raised, with Carrera mentioning that all performers must pass the antiquated "every three months" test (which in 1999 is every month) and Margold spouting how overblown he feels the issue is ("AIDS is a bed scare, in the 1950s we had a Red scare"). At the time of filming, the only performers to have been dealt from that doomed deck of cards were John Stagliano and Nina Cherry.
There's no loss of cuties in clips here, with effervescent Shane, formerly the other half of Seymore Butts fame, blowing a happy fireman in the firehouse and later, tag-teaming with Butts, Kathy Willets and Kylie Ireland. "Pussyman" David Christopher explains the power of the pussy and how important tease is in "today's" porn.
A less savory element is added with mention of porn's fallen idols, including the late Alex Jordan and Savannah, who, according to Margold, was the most "mean-spirited" and "least-liked" player in the business. An unflattering clip of an intoxicated Savannah winning an award at the 1992 AVN Awards show does indeed reveal a sarcastic, contemptible side of the late actress.
There's also a sizable chunk dedicated to industry leviathans VCA and Vivid; the business of free speech; the interactive boom in the adult industry; and a visit to the Flip Manufacturing headquarters to see some of the latest adult novelties. One of the biggest groans here is the inclusion of John Wayne Bobbitt, whose allotted 15 minutes have thankfully passed. And a good look at the AVN Awards show, which, according to publisher Fishbein, began as a 200-person get-together and grew into a 2000+ event, one now known the world over.
C'mon, Einstein, it's obvious. Your customers want to "live the dream." Need we say more? Stock well. However, be sure to advise renters that there is no hardcore here.