42nd Street Forever: The Peep Show Collection Vol. 2 (2014) – By Duane L. Martin

Just being honest, there’s really not a whole hell of a lot to say about these peep show collections from Synapse’s Impulse label. They are what they are, which is nothing more than a collection of short 8mm porn films with no sound that were made and distributed between the 1960s and the 1980s. The fact that this many of these films are still in existence is a miracle in and of itself, and this particular volume contains fifteen of them, many of which are starring classic porn stars from that era, including the legendary John Holmes.

My one complaint with these releases is that they have no sound, yet the sound of a projector running has been inserted into the background throughout the entire thing. I know it adds some authenticity to it, but listening to that for over two hours, especially if you’re trying to use the films for what they were intended for, that projector noise just becomes grating. Some nice, mellow Muzak type music in the background would have been far more preferable.

With a tremendous amount of pubic hair and sex that’s rather tame by today’s standards, this release is more of a look at history than anything else, and that’s where it’s main interest value lies. Can I recommend it? Sure, if you’re nostalgic for old porn, then why not. If you didn’t grow up in that era though, it probably won’t hold much interest for you.

This release contains liner notes from Cinema Sewer publisher, Robin Bougie.

If you’d like to find out more about this release, you can check out it’s page on the Synapse Films website here.