Distributor: Accent FilmsSRP A$24.95
DVD Release Date 20 Aug 2014
Director: Michael Lee
Rating: R18+ (High impact sexual images)
Run Time: 80 mins
Visual Format: 1.78:1
Audio Format : Dolby 5.1
FROM ACCENT FILMS
Author: John Mathews
Hustler the back story, is a documentary that goes behind the scenes of the famous or infamous hustler magazine. The incredible thing about this movie is that you may will learn so many more secrets about Larry flynt and the magazine than the film that starred Woody Harrilson. It exposes various truths and a takes first hand accounts from staff that worked in the magazine during its hey days. Directed by Michael Lee , his father was one of the main art directors for it during the 70's and 80's. The documentary starts out going through the magazines that were out at the time, that being Playboy and penthouse. Larry ran a club and wanted to make something more raunchy that focused on sex. The other magazines were too lifestyle based.
After getting the company off ground with a few flyers, he struck a deal and was able to bring the magazine nationwide. The magazine so generally speaking was all about the "pink", exposing the vagina more than any other publication. We get first hand account from the original staff during the 70's and the controversy that arose from it. One issue involved a nude photo of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, which was enough to put Larry Flynt on trial for obscenity. We begin to have sympathy towards Flynt as he appears more to us than a sleazy salesman. As the documentary progresses it successfully creates an image of an intelligent, political and self aware business man. It also focuses on his shocking near murder attempt by a madman, which left him in a wheelchair for life; Harry never stands down. The documentary splits it's focus between him and the magazine very well, as after all it is the magazine we want to get to know about. The film is split into four decades from the 70's onwards, having a wonderfully colourful montage of the magazine covers.
The films also had a very energetic punk soundtrack which suits the vibe very much, punk is about rebelling, Hustler is about rebelling on a larger political scale. We get first hand account with porn stars such as Rom Jeremy and Nina hartly (she still looks amazing in her 50's) in a typical shoot. Ron Jeremy discusses a funny story where if a shoot was cancelled they would go snorting and have lobster for dinner, giving and idea behind the culture of the company. We also see the budget and effort that goes behind a shoot, with a focus on budget.
The DVD is presented in it's original aspect ratio 1:78:1 and comes off clean. The colours are rich, shot digitally so there is a great deal of contrast. It's as clear as you would expect, even as an upscaled DVD on a HD TV, it loks great. There are no signs of digital noise and it remains consitant with no digital glitches in the video print.
The Dolby 5.1 mix is strong, dialogue comes off clear and the rocking punk soundtrack will keep you engaged. It is a very effective mix and was obviously well recorded by The documentary filmmakers.
Unfortunately no extras, but we do ge the usual entertaining and awesome trailers for Accent upcoming releases. Make note this is the only country in the world currently where you can fins this movie on DVD, that alone is something rather unique.
FROM ACCENT FILMS