42nd Street Forever: The Peep Show Collection Vol. #1 (2014) – By Duane L. Martin

Ok, this is going to be short, because there’s really not a whole lot to review with this one. It’s a collection of fifteen hardcore 8mm stag films from the 70s and 80s. These undergriound porn films were distributed through ads in the backs of adult magazines and shipped out to porn theaters and adult bookstores throughout the country.

Impulse Pictures has remastered these in films in high definition, and they look as good as they possibly can considering the age and condition of the source materials. I can imagine that many of these films weren’t shot or stored under the best conditions, but they’re all perfectly watchable.

None of the films have their own sound, but there’s the sound of a projector running throughout the entire two hours. The projector sound creates a sense of nostalgia, but if you’re planning on doing anything with yourself (if you know what I mean), you’ll probably want to have it muted. Either that or play some Barry White music in the background…I dunno. In any case, the films are lacking sounds, which takes out a key component of the erotic appeal they could have had. As for the visuals, they’re standard porn from the 70s and early 80s. There’s nothing all that great or special about it when compared to the world of porn we have at our fingertips today, but that’s not really so much what this release is for. This release is mostly for nostalgia, and in that sense it works really well.

This new release from Impulse Pictures comes with liner notes from Cinema Sewer publisher, Robin Bougie. Each of the fifteen film loops are individually selectable or you can play the entire disc straight through.

There’s not a lot to say about it really. If you enjoy 8mm classic adult movies and you want to relive the old days of porn, you’ll probably want to add this to your collection. If not, then you won’t. It’s as simple as that.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out its page on the Synapse website here, and if you’d like to pick up a copy for yourself, you can get the DVD from Amazon or from any of the other usual outlets.