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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

REVIEW: ALL NIGHT LONG AND TAPESTRY OF PASSION (Vinegar Syndrome DVD) - MIDNIGHT REVIEW


Let the festival of John Holmes begin with the latest installment of the double feature adult entertainment Peekarama featuring two works from director Alan Colberg is out now. Both features were originally released by Essex Pictures from 1975 and 1976 and are cheeky, entertaining pieces of early John Holmes smut. I do have a preference for one of these pictures, and we’ll get into that in a second. First let’s talk about Alan Colberg for a second.

Colberg was active in the adult film industry from 1975 to 1983 with his final release Bad Girl. He started his career with Frankie and Johnnie… Were Lovers which saw a release on Something Weird Video on DVD as part of a double feature with The Teaser. Tapestry of Passion was his second film followed by All Night Long with Naked Afternoon starring John Leslie. His other works including Nanci Blue (a parody of Nancy Drew which plays like Tapestry), Sissy’s Hot Summer and One Way at a Time as well as a feature on Colberg favorite John Holmes in Superstar John Holmes.

Let’s get down to our double feature.


ALL NIGHT LONG

Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome – The world’s greatest lovers, John Holmes and Rick Lutze, embark on a lusty competition to see who can bed the greatest number of women of the course of a night.

1.85:1 OAR, restored in 2k from the 35mm camera negative and includes the original theatrical trailer

According to the cover art this is the winner of the “best erotic film”, and as far as this double feature is concerned I agree. We have an entertaining wrap story that pieces together hardcore scenes featuring one of the greatest cock’s the industry has ever known. In John Holmes we trust and cry at our own inadequacy. Wipe away the tears because All Night Long plays two stars off one another in a game of one-upsmanship that will actually get you to root for a champion.

The opening ceremony is pretty damn funny imitating an awards ceremony that I can only imagine must feel like the early predecessor of  the AVN awards. What a lovely trophy (I won’t spoil it for you).

TAPESTRY OF PASSION

Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome – Private detective Johnny Wadd is hot on the case of mysterious and beautiful woman known as “The Black Widow” whose lovers have an unfortunate habit of dying.

1.85:1 OAR, restored in 2k from the 35mm camera negative and includes the original theatrical trailer

Tapestry of Passion is more laid back. It plays on the popular tropes of gumshoe detective stories without any real mystery. While there’s plenty of tongue in cheek, humorous moments, you don’t get that true ruckus laughter that you find in All Night Long that really carries the movie between scenes.

Still the erotic set ups are geared toward a high brow crowd with well polished sets/bedrooms and a more focused, methodical sexual target. All Night Long’s competition means that anyone is fair game while Tapestry is more of a detective tale to find a specific woman.

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