Constance Money aka Misty Beethoven

Desperately Seeking Susan- Constance Found

Constance Money, aka Susan Jensen. The Opening of Misty Beethoven, directed by Radley Metzger.

Constance Money, aka Susan Jensen. The Opening of Misty Beethoven, directed by Radley Metzger.

Unforgettable in her starring role in the classic 1975 erotic film ‘The Opening of Misty Beethoven,’ Constance Money is an iconic figure of adult film’s golden age who continues to fascinate all those who see her films.

Piastro Cruiso, writer of one of her later films, “Anna Obsessed,” said of Constance: “She was different from anyone else in the business: innocent, distracted, unaffected, friendly, a natural beauty—many of us fell in love with her (or at least felt protective of her), and she made us all think we had a chance.”

If Money’s performance in a handful of golden-age classics made her famous, her subsequent disappearance made her a legend.

From 1985 on, she appeared in no films, gave no press appearances or interviews, attended no more parties at the Playboy Mansion. Like Bambi Woods and Nancy Suiter before her, it was as if Constance Money had simply ceased to exist.

So who was Constance Money? How did she come to be an icon of the Porno Chic movement? And why did she leave it all behind?

Thankfully, over the past few years I have been staying in touch with Susan.  While I wanted to have her involved in our actual re-release of The Opening of Misty Beethoven, she was just not ready. But we stayed in touch and thankfully we finally got to meet up last summer in Seattle, where we were able to sit down for a heartfelt interview(location courtesy of SWV). We will post some snippets from the B roll camera and the full interview will be released in the near future.

Special Thanks to Susan Jensen, Plausible Films, Something Weird Video

X-Rated: The Greatest Adult Films of All Time

Some of the greatest adult legends of all time and some of the best X rated films of all time!!

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Is it the best documentary ever made on the topic, NO.

Is it a great documentary, NO.

Are these really the best adult films of all time, NO.

BUT, it is a good documentary. And yes, some of these films are very famous. For those of us who are not die hard fans or do not work in and around the adult biz, this is sometimes the closest that many people will ever come to being exposed to a world that so many of us love and find to be normal. It is generally a good thing, when a taboo oriented topic can be so easily accessible with a cable service. Whenever networks like HBO and SHOWTIME are able to obtain  sex oriented programming something magical happens, for when the logos of these big networks show up at the bottom of  an episode it is magical, as if the footage is now safe and cool to view by millions and they get great ratings. Sex sells, it always will sell, and these networks know it, and at the same time, they can’t become the next playboy channel, or they would lose all their subscriptions, and have picket lines outside their headquarters.LOL!

I am happy to have been a part of this doc and it was an honor to work on it.  Congrats to Showtime on the success and Plausible Films, the show’s producer for being able to create this on such a short time frame and budget. As for the actual show, I am much more partial to the first 25 minutes, as the classic stuff is what interests me most. Four films from the Distribpix Archive were featured, The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Barbara Broadcast, Roommates and Blonde Ambition. To be able to see some of these films and figures get the broad exposure that they so deserve, is amazing.

Blogs, Forums, and Social Networks are a great way to keep the genre alive. But to bring these niche into millions of viewers living rooms via cable network is bigger than big, it is HUGE. Along with footage I licensed for the show, I produced 2 interviews as well. One was with Gloria Leonard( her last video interview) and one with Constance Money(her first video interview), with special thanks to Lisa Petrucci and Something Weird Video, who were the most gracious hosts. I must say the best thing is the exposure, as since the show aired, sales of the featured titles are off the charts. I just goes to show what I already knew, this is the kind of exposure this niche needs!

Both of these interviews will be available as extras on upcoming Distribpix releases and via the web as special video features. I look forward to working with Showtime and Plausible Films again in the near future.

 

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Constance Money ( Susan Jensen). Interview July 1,2014. On Location in Seattle Washington. Her first ever recorded interview.

Constance Money ( Susan Jensen). Interview July 1,2014. On Location in Seattle Washington. Her first ever recorded interview.

Gloria Leonard Interview. On Location, Kona Hawaii, 2012.

Gloria Leonard Interview. On Location, Kona Hawaii, 2012.

 

 

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.

pam_gargae5Without that scene, the film is not complete. So leaving that scene intact, was really refreshing and I think many realized that I had a different approach to restoring these films. And keeping the film’s original run time and scene order is vital. Proper restoration is first, and if money is going to come from the release, it comes second. It is nice to know that several other film restoration companies share the same opinions that I do about quality.

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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).

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.

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:

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.