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, she would always ask, “How’s Harriet”? 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).

The Opening of Misty Beethoven and Maraschino Cherry

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.

Distribpix founders, with Gloria Leonard, circa 1978.

Distribpix founders, with Gloria Leonard, circa 1978.

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, Sue Nero,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.

Arthur Morowitz and Gloria Leonard, 2012.

Arthur Morowitz and Gloria Leonard, 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 Arthur Morowitz, 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. At the last dinner we had, He joked, that if he fucked her, he would be arrested for necrophilia,  and she coyly reply, “Hey Arthur, if you want to commit suicide, just jump off you wallet”. The same old jokes.

The Old Homestead Stekakhouse- Arthur Morowitz , Gloria Leonard, Joe Rubin and Bill Lustig(not pictured).

The Old Homestead Stekakhouse- Arthur Morowitz , Gloria Leonard, Joe Rubin and Bill Lustig(not pictured).

The 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.

Gloria Leonard and Distribpix Founder,Arthur Morowitz, 1978.

Gloria Leonard and Distribpix Founder,Arthur Morowitz, 1978.

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.

Pornography in New York, New York at it’s hardest core….

From the Distribpix Archives, all content ©Distribpix Inc. All Rights Reserved

For the last month, I have been fortunate enough to have a college student, acting as an assistant in my archive, doing many things, but primarily, his job was to continue on the never ending mission of digitally scanning through our archive. Not large scale stuff, like posters, but rather the countless filing cabinets of contact sheets and their respective negatives, racks of binders of 35mm color slides from the shoots, boxes of 8×10 glossies from all the sexploitation films, old theater shots, original VXP and Sweetheart theater mini catalogs, shoe boxes of never before seen photos, rolodex contents and even daily planners, etc.

As many of you have seen, there is a daunting amount of photo material in the archive, all one a kind and rare. So little by little, we are chugging through it, and backing up our files daily. As much as I love this type of nostalgia, I am drawn to the more personal ephemera, particularly shots of the people who were part of the actual landscape of classic erotica. No matter if they were on the big screen, the owner of the company, the projectionist or the janitor. None of them survived without the other. With the current state of technology today, it is easy to see how and why, many of us take for granted the actual workings of the golden age of erotic films. People today think that they would shoot a film, take it to theater, BAM. It was so much more involved than that and the mechanics of the industry were as complex and fine tuned as they are to this day, maybe even more so.

I have had several people as part time assistants, and this guy was by far the best. He was a worker and smart as well, and technical. He could handle scanning slides, organizing digital files and packing DVD’s at the same time. He did a great job helping me digitize some great ephemera. Almost 14,000 individually scanned files over several months- from contact sheets to business cards to catalogs. He was one of many who have helped me chisel yet another notch in the arduous task of unraveling the Distribpix legacy, which is Pornography in New York. Distribpix is Pornography in New York and more!!

I wanted to share a few of the more recent pictures from the golden age of NYC erotica, these have been hidden away for over 30 years, it is a pleasure to see some of them.

Legends of the Golden Age of Erotica, Joe Sarno, Gloria Leonard, Arthur Morowitz

Legends of the Golden Age of Erotica, Joe Sarno, Gloria Leonard, Arthur Morowitz

Joe Sarno and Gloria Leonard were both key players in the early days of New York hardcore.  Joe was making films when he met Arthur and Howard, but he was still growing as a filmmaker. It is safe to say that he is a as synonymous with Distribpix, like bread and butter. Gloria was a legend in her own right. This photo was taken around the time that Joe directed, All About Gloria Leonard( 1978-79), which was a popular film from Video-X-Pix.

Porn Queen, Annie Sprinkle and Arthur M.

Porn Queen, Annie Sprinkle and Arthur M.

Annie Sprinkle and Distribpix/Video-X-Pix Founder, circa 1982. Annie Sprinkle was essentially discovered by Gerard Damiano while she was working at a theater out west. She followed him back to New York and the rest is history. She was vibrant, kinky and collected. As far as I know, this is has never been seen before and totally exclusive.

Distribpix Founder- Arthur Morowitz, working the booth at the famous World Theater.

Distribpix Founder- Arthur Morowitz, working the theater.

After legendary Bobby Sumner ran the World Theater is was taken over by the owners of Distribpix. The ran it with several other theaters that became part of the legendary Sweetheart Theater chain (The World, The Orleans, The Circus Cinema, The East World, The Harem). Arthur was a true businessman, and when it came to making a buck, he had the brains and the balls. He really did help to create and industry and move it along. His business sense was as keen as it could get. He would eventually own many theaters in NYC, and the surrounding areas.

Original Distribpix Business cards.

Original Distribpix Business cards.

Well, if you thought that Distribpix was isolated to only New York, your dead wrong. As much as it was a NY based institution, Howie and Artie, had branched out to the west coast, to make sure that their films would have equal representation in the theaters of Los Angeles, as well as other west coast venues. Those were the days, but not long after, 35mm began to die and of course for Artie and Howard, that was an obstacle that they conquered with ease( VIDEO-X-PIX and VIDEO SHACK). It really is an intense story and I am hardly able to scratch the surface. He talks about it with much passion and we have recorded so much of it. It is almost much better told by him.

One of many Video Shack, window displays, 49st, NYC.

One of many Video Shack, window displays, 49st, NYC.

Now, I want you all to listen up! Take a moment and make sure you digest the following little tidbits. This is a window display of the Flagship Video Shack on West 49thst, 7th and Bway, which was owned by Distribpix founders. As many of you know, it was the first and certainly the best, of the big biz video chains, that had created and helped to define home video.( 20 plus locations). In other words, like the slogan boasted, ” WE HAVE THEM ALL”, and they did.

Anyway, so this is a shot of the last window of the store, and the display is all ADULT product, nothing else, and what is the product? It is all Video-X-Pix product in the window. Next to the Video Shack, you can see the entrance to the porn theater, All American Girls is showing. That theater is also owned by Distribpix founders, and they operated it. So here is the lesson, which is obvious when you hear it from me, but it took me many years to see all of this and actually put it together. So they owned some of the best real estate in NYC, on that block they owned and operated a huge video store, which sold their own Video-X-Pix produced adult product, next to a theater that showed their own 35mm productions( and others)……….Holy shit, are you with me, talk about a little fucking empire! No doubt, the rents in NYC are as high as they can get. They got in at the right time, they had the brains to create and pave a niche and the drive to succeed.

Video Shack catalog, 1983.

Video Shack catalog, 1983.

The story can go really deep and as much as I want to tell it all, it is for another time. We may produce a short documentary that focuses on the basics of Video Shack, or bring back the brand in the form of a blog.

Screw founder and legendary actress, Gloria Leonard.

Screw founder and legendary actress, Gloria Leonard.

When I was around 7 or 8 years old, the words- Al Goldstein, Seka, Porno and Video were commonplace. I did not have the most typical upbringing. Totally normal in the sense that I would go to school, was an average(or below) student, and hung out. Not typical, in the sense that I was constantly surrounded by the adult business and I have 2 brothers, as well. So you got 3 boys, living and breathing this biz, all living in the same house. There were pictures of my father and Al Goldstein on the walls of our home and when I look back on it now, the pictures were hanging up, because he was proud of Al, and proud of their relationship. I still have those pictures, and they are amazing. I know I met Al, when I was a young boy, and have no actual memories that I had of him and me interacting, other than seeing him in my father’s office.

Al Goldstein, hopefully now resting in peace, is pictured here in much younger and thinner days. He is in the Distribpix offices eating cake and possibly celebrating the release of All About Gloria Leonard, or maybe not. I have not shown this to my father yet, but he is very quick to remember the most random stuff, and he may be able to identify the context of this photo.  In order to discover the context of some of this ephemera, I have to almost act in a forensic manner.

Video Shack was a family business, even my grandmother worked there, for many years.

Video Shack was a family business, even my grandmother worked there, for many years.

The great Syliva Millhauser (my mom’s mom and only surviving grandparent), my grandmother, worked at one of the Video Shack locations on Long Island, I think it was the Carle’s Place store( I have to double check). She was an amazing employee and worked their for so many years. She is still alive and I want to interview here before it is too late. She would take me to work and I loved to stay with them, in their tiny apartment in Little Neck. My mother would drive me to Queens, and I would stay with her so many times. My grandpa Jerry would leave at 5 am and take the train to the garment district, where he worked for his entire life, until he was canned, it was sad. Oddly enough, at that time, the Video Shack on 49th st, was a cash machine and to keep grandpa Jerry busy, my father gave him a job as a security guard, to keep an eye on the ADULT room in the back of the store, which was a hot commodity. So my grandpa continued to get up at 5 am and head into the city, but instead of going to the garment district, he headed to Video Shack.

This amazing shot, shows grandma Sylvia, working the porn counter and working it well. Look at that selection in the glass counter. It is the mecca of adult VHS! I remember her so gracefully charging someone’s credit card for hundreds of dollars of VHS porn( which was like 2 movies)! Or asking why they did not rewind Debbie Does Dallas. Again, it is in hindsight that I realize all of this.

Original Sweetheart theater min-catalog, these are priceless.

Original Sweetheart theatre mini-catalog, these are priceless.

“Take Your Sweetheart to a Sweetheart Theatre”!! The Sweetheart Theatre chain consisted of 5 film houses- The World Theatre, The EastWorld, The Circus, The Harem and The Orleans. These were all prolific film houses, some more historic and important than others. The World Theater had an amazing reputation and if you had your movies play at the World, it was a good thing. It was like, ” If it is playing at the World, it must be great”. Gerard Damiano’s Deep Throat  premiered at the World in 1972 and so did many of Radley Metzger’s films, such as The Opening of Misty Beethoven in 1976. The Circus around the corner was more gritty, but also a cash cow. I grew up around the theaters, I was too young to be a patron, but it never stopped me from going inside. I would go along for walks to pick up money bags from the theaters, with large men, that carried guns. I hung out with a Philippino projectionist named Raleigh, who would lift weights in the projection booth, between reel changes- NO JOKE. He was packed with muscle and if I remember correctly, he was a runner up or a winner of the Mr. Philippines contest, before he came to the US. I mean, I was thrown into this projection booth and I would peek down into this packed theater of perverts, it was awesome. I remember once, going down to the front entrance and asking for a soda and candy bar. I am not sure if I was even 10 years old at the time?

The World Theater.

The World Theater.

I hope you enjoyed my little mini tour of some of these rare and unique images, there are so many more stories and images, they really can fill volumes of coffee table books, but right now, I have to get some sleep. Long live New York’s golden age of erotica.

-Distribpix Man

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:

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

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!

AVN Press Release for Barbara Broadcast, plus HD GRABS

http://business.avn.com/articles/video/Remastered-Barbara-Broadcast-Collectors-Edition-Coming-Soon-521641.html

These are the most recent set of HD screen grabs for the brand new HD transfer of Barbara Broadcast, a film by Radley Metzger( Henry Paris). An Erotic Film in Four Courses, this one takes place in a restaurant! And let me tell you , this film has one of the hottest sex scenes of all time, and it takes place in the kitchen- UNCUT!  And let me tell you it sizzles- pun intended. I am overwhelmed with the buzz around this release, but for all the work that was done on this one, it totally deserves it.

And we have plenty more planned before the release, including a fun Barbara trivia video contest and chance to win some very valuable Henry Paris stuff.

ALSO, GET READY FOR THE UPCOMING VIDEO POLL:  “What’s your favorite one-liner or phrase from Barbara Broadcast”!!

Wade Nichols as the cook.

Wade Nichols as the cook.

Shirley Peter's (Center), as Joyce.

Shirley Peter’s (Center), as Joyce.

C.J Laing as Roberta, The Reporter

C.J Laing as Roberta, The Reporter

Annette Haven as Barbara Broadcast

Annette Haven as Barbara Broadcast