The Henry Paris Collection- new singles out on DVD and MORE!!

The Films of Henry Paris: Update Fall 2014

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Since 2010, Distribpix Inc. has been working very hard to restore the films of the legendary filmmaker Radley Metzger. More specifically, the 5 X-rated films that he created using the alias Henry Paris. These 5 films, which were all created in a span of about 2 years, and released from 1974-1979, had helped to further bolster the modern porn movement.His films along with others, like Gerard Damiano, Chuck Vincent and the Amero Brothers, all began to take on artistic merit, with larger budgets, real scripts, sets,talented actors, locations, etc. They were produced during the climax of the porn-chic period, right in the heart of NYC.  It was kool to go and see a porno, it was hip, it was the thing to do!! It was a time that can never be replicated, and it did not last very long. But, after 30 plus years, these films have not only stood the test of time, but continue to be sought after by legions of film fans, in both the mainstream and alternative cinema circles.

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The goal was to be able to start from scratch and remake all of the DVD versions, beginning with the release of deluxe versions and possible Blu Ray’s, in order to really try and get the attention of more mainstream fans, who took this stuff seriously. It worked. The long and hard efforts paid off. I learned so much in one year. Starting with the original negatives and doing proper film restorations on each one was the basic starting point. As well as a burning determination to uncover as much as we could on each film, to properly set the historical context. We began to complete each film one by one, in the same order in which Metzger had released them theatrically, beginning with The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann(1974). It was an exciting time for me and one in which I will never forget.

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Like Pamela Mann and all the other Henry Paris films, I have refused to cut or censor any of them, like many of the previous distributors before me. I knew this from the beginning, as it was a practice I had already adopted and clearly the only person in the classic adult genre, who was not afraid to do this, I did not veer away, but at the same time, I would have to accept the consequences. If the film had fisting, I wanted it kept intact. Urination, no problem……some bloody sex, Oh well! Insinuated rape, big deal……. If it was in the original negative, I want it to be in the final version. I did not make these films, but as a secondary producer, I believe in proper film restoration, especially for these archival motion picture film elements. Film restoration is a bit complex, it can be simple to explain, but the process itself has so many variables, some include the age of the film, the film stock itself, conditions in which they were stored, and how the negatives or prints were actually handled, by projectionists, colorists or even the director themselves. The more you work with film collections and elements, the more you learn, just like anything. The bottom line is that unless it is absolutely necessary, I would never want to play censor on a film that was made 35 plus years ago and one that I did not create. As we all know, once we start to censor, we get into dangerous territory. And I have spoken with several directors from the golden age of erotica, who whole heartedly agree, that once these films are cut up and butchered, they are no longer the original creation, and in many ways, the message or soul of the film is missing.

Films were cut for many reasons, sometimes it was an issue of playing time, other times it was a concern of potential legal issues, and other times, it was done to be able to distribute the film on home video. But I truly feel like these films all lose their true essence, their ultimate meaning, if they are edited, censored or cut up. Especially, when in most cases, it is the most climactic, or unparalleled scene, from the film. For example, when the staged abduction takes place in Pamela Mann, it is such a vital scene, it is obvious that the revolutionaries(Jamie Gillis and Darby Lloyd Rains) are not only having fun with their captor, Barbara Bourbon, but it may be the highlight of the film. It further sets the tone and helps illustrate just how incredibly silly, eccentric and over the top, these character’s lifestyles are.

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Naked Came The Stranger (1975) was next and a great experience, maybe one of the most unique for me. I learned a lot on this project and really fell in love with the music on this one. I realized what true genius George Craig(director of music)really is. The film has become one of my all time favorites, I love the music and story, and the day we shot the bonus features for the DVD all around NYC and Long Island, was amazing.

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Then it was on to the big one, The Opening of Misty Beethoven(1976). We needed to go Blu, that was the way to go about introducing classic erotica in 1080P HD. A no brainer. It was a hard 7 months of my life, producing both the 2 DVD collector’s edition, the 50GB Blu Ray, the CD Soundtrack with over 13 licensed songs, not too mention the Kickstarter(KS) campaign, in which we were kicked off, about a 10 days into our campaign, while we almost raised our goal or 10k!!! Thank you so much Kickstarter.

It was the best thing to ever happen, talk about great and free press, and publicity! It was everywhere.

We generated a good amount of income with our own independent fundraiser through Project Misty,which was well over the 10 grand goal. This, in turn showed me that there was enough interest in moving on the blu ray, the fund helped out in a huge way, but was just a fraction of what was needed to get this produced. So many came out of the woodwork to show their disgust at KS, especially university professor-Laura Helen Marks, film archivist-Joe Rubin and of course, my sidekick, Ian Culmell . They all took the time out of their schedules,and really put things into perspective for me. They began sending messages and emails to Kickstarter. Eventually, many others followed they even shut down the KS site for a short time, they were caught off guard, and I loved it. No matter what anyone says, Kickstarter dropped the ball on this one, they were caught in their own bullshit and did not care to step up.  I will never forget that and still have all of that correspondence, between us. It was amazing to see how many people from around the world, stepped and supported us.

It also gave me a very unique experience when it comes to social network funding. I mean, I did it right, IMO. We had a kick-ass campaign video with a great message, very professional rewards, and a reasonable goal. And we had our campaign approved as well. I simply wanted to raise money  and awareness to restore one of the greatest erotic films of all time(won 4 awards in 1976, including BEST PICTURE, BEST ACTOR, BEST DIRECTOR). All of you who stepped up to support me, thank you so much, you are great. We all still made it happen.

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A huge year and learning experience and to this day, I am still amazed at the whole thing. Right before the release, we got hit by Hurricane Sandy and it took even longer to get the packages out. Most of the general public, don’t have a clue of all the work involved in a release of this magnitude, not a clue about the amount of research, travel and dedication, not too mention the costs involved. People think it was just a matter of authoring a few DVD’s, and that is so far from what we created, which was basically an entire make over of this cult classic! Myself and small team, took on that project and kicked its ass!! Great job guys.

The Misty Beethoven Blu Ray has sold very well, although it is essentially-almost of of stock, as the 2 DVD Collector’s editions have been out of stock for several months. These were both aggressive packages and the 60 page liner note books that came with both, are no longer available. Looking back, I may have spent a bit too much on the packaging on all fronts, but that is why I said that they may be limited in some aspects.

Leaving the social fundraising behind, I jumped right into the next films, Barbara Broadcast and essentially treated it the same way as Misty, but had more fun with it. It is a much more dialogue light film, but the sex is key and the steamy eroticism and comedic one liners, really move this one along. Both the 2 DVD set and Blu Ray plus 2 DVD combo pack are decent sellers, they are great packages with lots of value and there are plenty still in stock. The Barbara Blu Ray has not sold nearly as well as the Misty, which has been a great eye opener, considering that dozens of fans are requesting the remaining Henry Paris films to be made available on Blu Ray.RMF_banner_BB

That brings us back to Maraschino Cherry(1979), which has been recently scanned in 2k, b0th the hard and soft versions, and now completes all 5 of the Henry Paris films being scanned and restored. Before we commit, to another deluxe DVD version of Maraschino Cherry, or even the Blu Ray, we want to be able to get a bit more feedback on the best way to approach this. For example, do we do a Blu Ray 3 Pack, of the remaining titles(Pam, Naked, Cherry)??? As well as  a standalone Maraschino Cherry Deluxe dvd set??? AND, do we keep all the extras, or trim these Blu Rays down to the bare minimums, like the hard versions and maybe the trailers? A bit more to decide.

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So, now as I look back, while trying to move forward, I am in the process of making some very important creative and business decisions in order to be able to get these great deluxe packages back out. We are exploring ways to make the packages more cost efficient, while still being able to keep the high quality of both the content and the package as a whole. Many of the original deluxe versions are at very low stock levels, it is important for me to be able to get these back on the market with some new features as well as other surprises.

One negative aspect of the higher end, deluxe packages, is that many of the adult retail outlets have not been able to carry them, due to higher than usual wholesale pricing, or simply that they did not have the clientele, who would purchase the higher end collectibles. Pricing is very important in every part of the market, but collector’s are, in my opinion, a better customer for my product, as they understand the value and work involved, they appreciate the hard good and want to see it thrive. They also enjoy standing behind independent labels and support much of the work involved. While,the typical adult buyer, really just wants to see the film and in many cases, they don’t want extras and don’t even care about the quality of the film, which I can’t understand, at least not with todays technology, so easily accessible, to film studios and reasonably priced.

With all this said, I have some very good news to announce, that I think will appease a large part of the adult market, particularly-retail stores and their distributors. And anyone else who wants to get in on the action.

All 5 of the Henry Paris films are now all available in single DVD versions. Each DVD contains the full- uncut feature, the film’s theatrical trailer and a slideshow/ephemera gallery of images. Each film has been scanned in 2k resolution from the original negatives. These will all be very reasonable priced and are a fair balance between efficient DVD features and also, clean looking, yet affordable packages. Each DVD comes in a clear case, with reversible box art. Below is a sample of the front and reverse sides for the Barbara Broadcast Single DVD (2014).

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Barbara Broadcast Single DVD version Box art- Front Side

Barbara Broadcast Single DVD version Box art- Front Side

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Barbara Broadcast Single DVD Version 2014- Reverse Side

As a special bonus for the fans that want too buy all 5 of the DVD’s at once, we are now offering a very awesome looking and totally limited 5 Pack Collector’s Box Set, with a hand numbered case and 500 custom postcard magnets(4×6). There are only 500 numbered box sets and they are a great gift for the hard good DVD collector. A very attractive set indeed.

*Please understand, these are the single DVD versions of the Henry Paris films, if you already invested in the deluxe versions, you do not need to purchase these. These Single DVD editions, will allow many people to purchase and experience the films. in an efficient manner. And the Box Set will get them all 5- in a great package without going overboard. If your a die hard collector and love the hard good, than you may want to buy one anyway, for your shelf. These will make great gifts as well.

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The dvd’s from the Henry Paris collection are now all available for sale as standalone versions OR as the complete 5 pack collector’s set.

The 5 Pack Collector’s Box Set set is exclusively available from Distribix.com

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A Tribute to Porn Legend Gloria Leonard

All About Gloria Leonard, Original theatrical Invitation- Art Board.© 2014 Distribix Inc.

All About Gloria Leonard, Original theatrical Invitation- Art Board.© 2014 Distribix Inc.

Gloria Leonard: Another Legend Passes, August 28, 1940 – February 3, 2014

Gloria Leonard was not just a porn star. Gloria was a friend and maybe even more like a distant aunt. She would call my mom by her first name. I heard her name all the time growing up, as she was essentially one of the main contract stars, for much of the early Video-X-Pix classics, which was a company, run by my father and his partner. She got along very well with her cohorts.

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She was an activist, a mouthpiece for the industry, fighting for the rights of her fellow performers and censorship issues. She was a business woman, worked on Wall Street. She helped invent the phone sex revolution. She was the publisher of High Society. And a pornographic  film star. She was a single mother, and a wife. An AVN Hall of Famer and XRCO Legend. A friend to so many and an icon to thousands more. She will never be forgotten.

Gloria Leonard.

Gloria Leonard.

Gloria got her start in the film industry after meeting Radley Metzger in 1976. She starred in 2 of his films, The Opening of Misty Beethoven(1976) and Maraschino Cherry(1979).

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The Opening of Misty Beethoven and Maraschino Cherry

Gloria Leonard and Constance Money, The Opening of Misty Beethoven.

Gloria Leonard and Constance Money, The Opening of Misty Beethoven.

She continued to work throughout the industry as a star and a often made cameo appearances. Her starring role in Joe Sarno’s, All About Gloria Leonard (1978) , and later appearances in Chuck Vincent’s Misbehavin(1979) set her apart from your average star. We even get to see her as a blonde in Silky (1981).

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All About Gloria Leonard, 1978. ©2014 Distribpix Inc.

All About Gloria Leonard, 1978. ©2014 Distribpix Inc.

Gloria was very pivotal in the early years of the Distribpix Video arm- Video-X-Pix. The industry had just gone thru it’s porn-chic prime and was on the down slide-  the self named “Movie Mongoloids”(Morowitz/Farber), had sequestered Joe Sarno to helm the camera for some good old NYC porn features on 35 mm, to implement their newly acquired Sam Lake Enterprises. Gloria was there at the right time, she was a real lady and she had an incredible sense of humor, An excellent quality that most know about her.

It has been hard to try and write something since the news hit all of us last week. We were in touch with each other, not every month, but we spoke. I flew her to NYC in 2009, we worked together on some interviews and extras for Radley Metzger’s ,’Maraschino Cherry’. We had fun, and I distinctly remember her flying in, and we had her picked up at the airport, and she was beat and needed a pick me up. She was so up front, so straight forward and looked at me and said, ” Do you have any pot to smoke”? I knew I had my dream girl! We shared a joint, it was great. We had tons of fun. After our visit, she headed into the city and then on to visit her daughter down south.

We saw each other again, and it did not seem that long ago, I want to say it was 2012. I was working on a deluxe and remastered package of Radley Metzger’s,  ‘The Opening of Misty Beethoven’. This was Gloria Leonard’s first adult role and a hell of a role it was. I wanted her to do a commentary track for the release, as well as perform an HD interview, which she did in Hawaii, at a cinematographer’s studio. In return for her services, I flew her into NYC, so she can spend some amazing time with her lifelong friend’s of Club 90( Gloria Leonard, Kelly Nichols,Veronica Hart, Veronica Vera, Candida Royalle, Annie Sprinkle, as well as attend a wedding of her dear friend, Veronica Vera. ( Again, I hope I am getting these details right, sorry if they are jumbled).

Gloria also attended a Club 90 reunion at the Museum of Sex in NYC, where all the girls got together on a panel. They spoke of their lives, their work and we got a solid glimpse of what they are all about. It was a great event. Even dragged my father out, and he has always had a soft spot in his heart for Gloria.

Club 90 reunion, June 2012.

Club 90 reunion, June 2012.

They had a wonderful relationship, and it showed. We took her out to dinner after the event at the Old Homestead, the oldest steakhouse in NYC. Now this detail is faded in my mind, but this is no joke- at the table were my father, Gloria Leonard, Joe Rubin, myself and Bill Lustig? LOL. I am not kidding, I just forget how Bill got into the mix. Anyway, it was a great meal, a good time. Gloria and my father had a slap stick relationship, they joked all the time. They would also talk business and of course some politics. She would often use the same jokes on him and vice versa.

They loved each other, and I loved her too. I genuinely knew of her much of my life and since 2009, had kept a semi continuous relationship with her. Even recently, she had taken to Facebook and was doing some nice communicating, between old and lost friends, and even new fans. This came as a huge surprise to me, not sure why, I mean, these things happen. But, for some reason, I just thought of Gloria sticking around for a long while. I wish I had a chance to say good bye, I am sure we all feel that way. As I get older, death becomes something that I have been dealing much more often. We get older, our elders, get older. Life moves quick, and I know we can’t fight death, we must accept it. BUT, we can make sure that people are not forgotten. We can make sure that legends live on forever. I will do what I can in my life, to help keep Gloria’s legend alive. Preserve her on film, tell stories, share images, etc.

I love you Gloria. I am posting some gorgeous and not too often seen images of you throughout your career. These are from the archive and there are hundreds of them, and hopefully they will be part of a coffee table book on the genre! But for now, these are for old fans, new fans and anyone else. You were an original, one of the pioneers, a legend. With all of our love forever.

Gloria Leonard, 1978. ©2014 Distribpix Inc.

Gloria Leonard, 1978. ©2014 Distribpix Inc.

Gloria Leonard. ©2014 Distribpix Inc.

Gloria Leonard. ©2014 Distribpix Inc.

Phone Sex Fantasies-Gloria Leonard. ©2014 Distribpix Inc.

Phone Sex Fantasies-Gloria Leonard. ©2014 Distribpix Inc.

Gloria Leonard, 1978. ©2014 Distribpix Inc.

Gloria Leonard, 1978. ©2014 Distribpix Inc.

Screw founder and legendary actress, Gloria Leonard.

Screw founder and legendary actress, Gloria Leonard.

The one and only, Gloria Leonard. ©Distribpix Inc.

The one and only, Gloria Leonard. ©Distribpix Inc.

Barbara Broadcast Official T Shirt- Limited and Awesome!

Hot off the press, and extremely limited are these gorgeous and totally custom Barbara Broadcast T-shirts. These shorts boast my brand new design that has branded the new packages and is the new face Barbara Broadcast.  Available in Gray and Charcoal Gray, in XL, and XXL, on Gildan Softstyle shirts, which are very soft and comfortable, comparable to American Apparel. These are available exclusively from the Distribpix Web Store.

Buy T-shirts here!

Barbara Broadcast 2013 Limited T-Shirt, Charcoal Gray.

Barbara Broadcast 2013 Limited T-Shirt, Charcoal Gray.

Barbara Broadcast 2013 Limited T-Shirt, Gray.

Barbara Broadcast 2013 Limited T-Shirt, Gray.

Radley Metzger’s Barbara Broadcast Update-SHIPS NEXT WEEK.

Hello everyone, Thank you very much for your continued support, and kind words. I have been off the grid for about 2 weeks or so, and I am sorry, my days blend to nights without much of hitch and with so much to do here, it sometimes gets tough to stay on top of my social networking.

I do have to start by saying that the Pre-Order period for Barbara Broadcast was not good. Fortunately, I can say, without a doubt, that it was a FUCKING GREAT!!!! From around the world- you guys and gals are outrageous. I was absolutely blown away with the amount of customers that came out of the gates with some serious GUSTO. Our new storefront was swamped for about the full pre-order period and around the clock orders came in. They piled up and it took some serious hours over the past 2 weeks doing mainly 2 things:  seeing the packages through the end of production to assembly, and processing  hundreds of pre-orders.

This package is not good, it is excellent! It is tops and highly recommended. I stepped up to the plate and made it BLU, you guys came back again, and showed me that there is demand. The pre-order period is crucial for any studio-large or small, but in my case it is more than vital, as it not only lets me know if the project will have success, but equally as important it generates the income needed to pay back many vendors and suppliers, which in many cases is the biggest obstacle when it comes to blu ray production. Thank you so much.

The current status of the Barbara Broadcast Blu Ray Combo Packs and the 2 DVD set is on Schedule. The physical assembly had begun earlier in the week and all of the assets are in the warehouse, with the exception of the DVD’s, which are expected on Friday. The final assembly will occur over the weekend and the pre-orders will begin to ship during the first week of August- next week!

Take a look at your brand new Barbara Broadcast 2013 package, still in assembly:

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Barbara Broadcast Blu Ray Plus 2 DVD Combo Pack – warehouse assembly

The brand new Blu Ray Disc for Barbara Broadcast- 1080p HD!!

The brand new Blu Ray Disc for Barbara Broadcast- 1080p HD!!

Barbara Broadcast- Collector's Edition 2 DVD Set- warehouse assembly

Barbara Broadcast- Collector’s Edition 2 DVD Set- warehouse assembly

This film has been totally restored - from fruits to nuts. The new and much improved Barbara Broadcast 2013.

This film has been totally restored – from fruits to nuts. The new and much improved Barbara Broadcast 2013.

Radley Metzger’s, Barbara Broadcast -All the Details of the Blu Ray Combo Pack and DVD Set!!

Some of the Fine Details and some random comments, maybe not in that order.

A word about Barbara Broadcast……..

Well it is already the second week of July and the summer is cruising past. Without a doubt, this Barbara Broadcast rebirth has been tough and long, not unlike Misty. As things progressed with this entire project, my intent on making things as good as they could be became as strong as ever, and I think that is the nature of trying to always do the best you can. From the beginning of this restoration it was clear to me that I wanted to have fun with it, but also take the nature of the restoration very seriously, and the history, packaging, etc, of course. Misty was such a huge project and a huge success, and I was so burned out on it, but really did not take any rest, if anything things got crazier, literally for several months. I think I can relate to the way Radley Metzger aka ‘Henry Paris’ described feeling when he finished 12 grueling weeks of editing The Opening of Misty Beethoven, he was tired, he was burnt out and he needed a break from the monotony. Thankfully for all of us, that break turned out to be Barbara Broadcast.

Instead of globe-trotting over 3 countries and 2 continents and shooting and editing for months, Metzger took the opposite approach and went with the flow. And during the first week of August 1976, Metzger and his crew gathered in midtown Manhattan to film Barbara Broadcast, a shoot that would only last one week and not leave the confines of the Big Apple.

But what was it about that one week in August 1976? That one very hot week. There was heat from all the lights, heat from too many crew members packed in one small space, heat from the eroticism portrayed throughout the film. What happened during this week in August 1976, would forever transform the landscape of erotic films. It would raise the bar yet again,and re-establish the fact that a thin story, can still be a masterpiece. Barbara Broadcast was created.

The fact is that Henry Paris was so hot. He was reaping the ongoing success of The Opening of Misty Beethoven and he was so popular, and literally straddling the apex of the porn-chic era. It was almost too successful and the public, the fans, well they just wanted another Henry Paris film and that is exactly what Radley gave them. Not even %100 clear, why he titled the film Barbara Broadcast, Radley Metzger has said on a few occasions, something to the affect that ” It almost didn’t matter what I made, I just needed to make another film”. Maybe it was this attitude, and the lack of hard core pressure, as compared to Misty Beethoven to get this film produced. Maybe it was a perfect storm, but one thing that is clear, this is a wonderful film, and I am thankful to have been able to restore this classic, to look and feel as it did when it premiered.

Things are stating to wrap up over here on the Barbara Broadcast project, but we are not out of the woods just yet, really the work is just beginning. But the physical elements, artwork and packaging, Blu ray and DVD are all in one stage or another of physical production and things have been trickling in. It has been a big project for me as for personal time invested as usual, but more importantly the financial burdens in taking on a project like this, is really tough. So much needs to be made and created, and that cost money. Even if you are an engineer and are the best at what you do, unless you own printing presses, replication factories and such, sometimes one must lay out tens of thousands of dollars. With all of that said, Barbara is turning out to be my favorite package to date. But as much as I love it, I need to sell it, so pre-order, or just order when it comes out. It is a total collectible, and if it sells as well as I think it can, than I will be very seriously considering taking the rest of the Henry Paris titles to Blu Ray.

Thank you all for you support throughout these long projects.

I do want to take a moment to say thank you to all the people that were involved in creating this epic package, especially my team of experts around the world, from historians, to narrators, to film experts, to language translators- you guys made this happen- without you, it would not have turned out such a success. And I hope many of you will enjoy what we have done to Barbara Broadcast for decades to come and we hope we did right by future generations.

Barbara Broadcast Collector's Edition 2 DVD Set

Barbara Broadcast Collector’s Edition 2 DVD Set

Barbara Broadcast Blu Ray Plus 2 DVD Combo Pack

Barbara Broadcast Blu Ray Plus 2 DVD Combo Pack

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THE FOLLOWING IS A DETAILED CONTENT LIST OF THE FEATURES and EXTRAS on the Barbara Broadcast Blu Ray and DVD packages: 

Extras for this one were challenging, but fun, A but lighter than the misty package for sure, but just as ambitious.

MAIN FEATURES- HOT AND COOL VERSIONS- SCANNED in 2k, COLOR CORRECTION AND DIGITALLY RESTORED. 1.85:1 ASPECT RATIO- WIDESCREEN. UNCUT.

Director Commentary with Radley Metzger- Full Length Audio commentary. Again, maybe the best, although I always say that, candid discussion between Adult film historian Benson Hurst and legendary director Radley Metzger, who clearly have a chemistry that is infectious, as they discuss these films. (82 min) DVD and BLU

Radley Metzger on the set of Barbara Broadcast

Radley Metzger on the set of Barbara Broadcast

Actor Interview/Commentary with Michael Datorre- This is where I traveled about 3 hours north into the Catskill Mts of NEW YORK, and Michael treated me to a day of storytelling and laughter, which is wonderful and he speaks of everything from his days growing up in NYC, to his early love of theater, to the adult biz and of course Radley and Barbara Broadcast. ( approx 40 min)- DVD ONLY

DVD MENU GRAB

DVD MENU GRAB

A TRIBUTE TO THE PLAYERS- This feature takes a brief look at the lives of 4 of the actors on Barbara Broadcast, Annette Haven, C.J. Laing, Bobby Astyr, and Suzanne McBain. Written by Benson Hurst and colorfully narrated by Michael Datorre. The short is illustrated with rare outtakes, slides, contacts and other rare footage. (approx 20 min) – DVD ONLY

DVD MENU GRAB- A Tribute To The Players

DVD MENU GRAB- A Tribute To The Players

The Making of Barbara Broadcast - is a summarized look at the making of the film, again rare outtake footage and never before seen contact sheets from the set are used to illustrate this totally unique look back at the Olympia Ballroom. The script was written by myself and Ian Culmell, who did the majority of the proofing. It is narrated by voice over powerhouse Jerry Lentz, who adds a nice touch to the overall feel. It is not very long, but very informative and should keep ones attention throughout. (approx 16 min)DVD ONLY

DVD MENU GRAB- The Making Of Barbara Broadcast

DVD MENU GRAB- The Making Of Barbara Broadcast

RADIO SPOTS-Something which I am really excited about and we heard a taste, was that Radley had found some never before transferred Radio Spots, which are some of my favorites and we have been archiving quite a bunch in general. But for Barbara, I decided to transfer them on the Nagra, and they are clean and simply awesome, there are about 4 or 5 original ones, and are added to the rest of the Henry Paris Radio Spots.(approx 7min)DVD and BLU

DVD MENU GRAB- Original Henry Paris Radio Spots.

DVD MENU GRAB- Original Henry Paris Radio Spots.

THE OUTTAKES-, an extension of what was done with Misty Beethoven, essential scoured the outages that were transferred, some in HD, some in SD, and began to assemble a nice collection of silent outtakes from the scenes of Barbara. Coming in at 35 min, it is hefty in value, but really only a short taste from each scene, set to theme music from the film. These have never been see before and are the outtakes to the scenes in this film, I think for the true collector, this is probably the most valuable, along with the commentary. (approx 35 min) DVD ONLY

DVD MENU GRAB - Outtakes From The Vault.

DVD MENU GRAB – Outtakes From The Vault.

THE ORIGINAL HENRY PARIS TRAILERS- ALL 5 of them- transferred in HD from the negatives- The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann, Naked Came The Stranger,The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Barbara Broadcast, Maraschino Cherry (approx 20 min) DVD ONLY. The Blu ray has the original theatrical trailer only.

DVD MENU GRAB - All 5 Original Henry Paris Trailers, transferred in HD

DVD MENU GRAB – All 5 Original Henry Paris Trailers, transferred in HD

Rare Slideshow/ Vintage Ephemera Gallery- this is a collection of rare slides and images from the Audubon archive, all original and for the most part scanned by me for the first time. I went through literally hundreds of scans and scoured the folders of Barbara paper ephemera, like old newspaper ads, and letters from reviewers, ad mats, etc. It is a nice walk down memory lane with images of Barbara Broadcast. DVD and BLU.

DVD MENU GRAB - Rare Slideshow and Ephemera Gallery- Never before seen images

DVD MENU GRAB – Rare Slideshow and Ephemera Gallery- Never before seen images

And I also want to mention that everything was made from scratch for the most part, both packages have custom designed disc menus, that carry the new theme and concept thoroughout, both the DVD and BLU.

And continuing in our tradition of multi- language Henry Paris releases, Barbara Broadcast too has 6 language tracks for both the hard and soft version, not too mention a wonderful FILM FACTS trivia track on the Hard version , which is so full of facts, it is mind blowing, I highly recommend it.

THE HARD GOODS: (what is in the box?) Liner notes, extras

As for the hard good is concerned- and continuing with my love and tradition of concept and the hard good, this one may top them all off. I have created for both the DVD and BLU package, totally unique packaging, embossed and detailed O card will make sure Barbara stands out among the collector’s thousands of DVD/and Blu Ray’s.

LINER NOTES:

And maybe my favorite extra and one that gives me the most joy in producing or assembling, is the liner note books we have become known for printing. These notes, give us a chance to tell the story of the film, give some history. And as for the book, it is a 28 page book, and it is my favorite one to have worked on to date. It has contributions by some of the very best out there, like the history by adult historian Benson Hurst, a page on the music by Ian Culmell, a letter that reminisces about a BB experience from an anonymous fan, calling himself Storm Rider, and an original mini-comic illustration by artist, comic book creator, and writer, the multi talented Robin Bougie.

I like to produce things and bring people together, I can write the history as well, but no nearly as good as some others. So I like to surround myself with people that are much better than me or can do it much better than me. I like to bring it all together and lay it out and make sure it entertains, I think that this book does just that.

PACKAGING and EXTRAS:

Both packages come with embossed O card packaging, double sided box art, photo card insert collectible, double sided custom bookmarks, – ALL LIMITED.

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Barbara Broadcast- Film Restoration Grabs- AMAZING!

BARBARA BROADCAST FILM RESTORATION COMPARISONS- BEFORE and AFTER!!

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This latest project and one that is almost complete has taken longer than usual, partially due to the overwhelming success of The Opening of Misty Beethoven campaign and release. Also, I spent quite a but more time that i expected on digital film restoration, not that it was in terrible shape, but my OCD kicked in hard and when dealing with these 35 mm blow up internegatives, there are thousands of instances of scratches and dirt, etc. With these Henry Paris films, the original processing and blow ups were done at the same lab, which is known for it’s sloppy handling and inconsistent transfers, etc. This is going back to the 70′s. Anyway, since I was taking Barbara to Blu, I wanted her to look as good as she can and while it took a bit longer, the results speak for themselves. Those long drives to the film lab, being totally engulfed in the restoration of the pix and track, and immersing myself into every detail of this project, will prove to be the key to Barbara. I intend on posting the final details of both Barbara packages, the official release and pre-order dates, as well as answers to many FAQ’s I have been getting.

Without going any further, I just wanted to post some of these screen grabs from the standard DVD version of Barbara Broadcast(VCA/Hustler), that has been circulating and sold for the last decade or so. I will also post the brand new screen grabs from the fully restored version of Barbara Broadcast for DVD/BLU from Distribpix Inc.  The comparisons between the 2 are simply incredible. As usual, the color, clarity, grain and of course aspect ratio are all corrected. If this does not convince anyone that it is essential to upgrade to the new versions, I am not sure what will. It is UNCUT, and now each frame is in the proper aspect ratio, where before you did not even get the entire frame, it was cropped and masked at the wrong ratio and clips much of the frame. I am not sure why they would have even done that, in many cases it is to save money and or lack of knowledge on the part of the transfer/authoring house.

While you are looking through the before and after shots, please keep in mind that none of this amazing restoration work would not be possible if it were not for the tireless efforts and commitment to dedication on the  part of Process Blue Labs, in Bridgeport, CT. Thank you so very much Ryan and Joe!

I hope you enjoy these comparisons.

old version, standard transfer, incorrect framing, a fake copyright added on after the fact as well.

old version, standard transfer, incorrect framing, a fake copyright added on after the fact as well.

New Version- HD GRAB, color correction, digital restoration.

New Version- HD GRAB, color correction, digital restoration.

Old versions, wrong aspect ratio, although color looks rich, it is not even close to accurate. The dining room was very bright, as this film was shot at nights. Also, Zebedy Colt's suit is dark grey, but it is really light grey!

Old versions, wrong aspect ratio, although color looks rich, it is not even close to accurate. The dining room was very bright, as this film was shot at nights. Also, Zebedy Colt’s suit is dark grey, but it is really light grey!

HD Grab, color is on point, grain is very rich(super16mm), and of course we can see the 1.85:1 proper framing.

HD Grab, color is on point, grain is very rich(super16mm), and of course we can see the 1.85:1 proper framing.

Old VCA version, same old song and dance, improper aspect ratio.

Old VCA version, same old song and dance, improper aspect ratio.

New HD grab, look at how nice his facial colors are represented. Alan Marlow, a Metzger stalwart, as a friend of Tony's

New HD grab, look at how nice his facial colors are represented. Alan Marlow, a Metzger stalwart, as a friend of Tony’s

OLD VCA version. I think the fact that the entire film is presented in the wrong aspect ratio is most bothersome- this is  very close to a square??

OLD VCA version. I think the fact that the entire film is presented in the wrong aspect ratio is most bothersome- this is very close to a square??

AAAH, finally,  the way it was shot and meant to look. Bringing a film or scene back to life, is such a satisfying feeling, although it can be very unrewarding at times, as people tend to overlook the hard work.

AAAH, finally, the way it was shot and meant to look. Bringing a film or scene back to life, is such a satisfying feeling, although it can be very unrewarding at times, as people tend to overlook the hard work.

Grab from VCA DVD, wrong aspect ratio, very dark, sort of flat. What bothers me the most, is that for 10 years, no one complained about the framing, but if I go ahead and do that, holy shit, the fans go fucking nuts!!LOL.

Grab from VCA DVD, wrong aspect ratio, very dark, sort of flat. What bothers me the most, is that for 10 years, no one complained about the framing, but if I go ahead and do that, holy shit, the fans go fucking nuts!!LOL.

Brand new HD grab from Distribpix Inc. I must say, very accurate color, (thanks to  Joe and Ryan at PB), correct framing, detail, and totally director approved.

Brand new HD grab from Distribpix Inc. I must say, very accurate color, (thanks to Joe and Ryan at PB), correct framing, detail, and totally director approved.

OLD version, poor framing, no one cared that they were cutting off much of the frame? Constance is faded and dark.

OLD version, poor framing, no one cared that they were cutting off much of the frame? Constance is faded and dark.

Brand new HD screengrab, we see Constance in the bondage scene with proper aspect ration, color grading, and richer grain detail.

Brand new HD screengrab, we see Constance in the bondage scene with proper aspect ration, color grading, and richer grain detail.

Old VCA DVD grab, from the night club/disco scene, a bit dark, wrong aspect ratio, and again, looks flat.

Old VCA DVD grab, from the night club/disco scene, a bit dark, wrong aspect ratio, and again, looks flat.

Brand new HD Transfer, roberta and Barbara in the disco. This is how Henry Paris envisioned this scene.

Brand new HD Transfer, roberta and Barbara in the disco. This is how Henry Paris envisioned this scene.

Old version, wrong aspect ratio, not true blacks, no grain. Bobby Astyr looks so much better than this.

Old version, wrong aspect ratio, not true blacks, no grain. Bobby Astyr looks so much better than this.

Brand New HD transfer, correct aspect ration of 1.85:1 and color corrected. Now it looks great. Check Please!!

Brand New HD transfer, correct aspect ration of 1.85:1 and color corrected. Now it looks great. Check Please!!

Old VCA version, ending credits- what more can I say?

Old VCA version, ending credits- what more can I say?

Brand New HD Screen grab of the credits at the end of the film. THE END!

Brand New HD Screen grab of the credits at the end of the film. THE END!