The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann - 2 Disc Set (1974)
"Although it was to be his eminently witty spin on Shaw's Pygmalion, The Opening of Misty Beethoven from 1976, that would predominantly preserve his well-deserved reputation as one of the most artistically accomplished and intelligent filmmakers in all of adult, 1974's The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann - best described as a sophisticated comedy of bad manners - wowed contemporary critics and audiences alike".....................For the full review visit DISTRIBPIX.com's Dries Vermeulen
"Like the best of Radley Metzger’s film, The Private Afternoons Of Pamela Mann is playful, beautifully shot and plenty steamy. Not wanting for explicit hardcore footage, something Metzger had toyed with on The Image and Score, the film leaves nothing to the imagination in terms of showing us the goods, even going so far as to flaunt it with an impressive slow motion facial. That playfulness though, it makes all of this so much fun that you can’t help but want to know how it’s all going to turn out. Little touches, like a female putting on a bib before sucking off a male character and Eric Edwards wandering around the upper east side with a camera mounted to his head keep the film’s sense of humor at the front of the proceedings, while the director’s clever use of mirrors tends to put us in Frank’s place and let us play voyeur as well – whether we want to or not"............................For the full review visit ROCK! SHOCK! POP!
"Easily one of the most important archival releases of the year, Distribpix's new collection dedicated to Radley Metzger's The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann is a powerhouse release and essential purchase for Metzger-fans and cinema-lovers. This new double-disc edition of Metzger's first outing as the legendary Henry Paris offers up the film completely uncut and beautifully remastered. Armed with an arsenal of valuable extras, this new version of The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann is not only the best edition of this film ever released but one of the best releases of its kind ever.".............................For the full review visit MOON IN THE GUTTER
"Fortunately the Henry Paris library eventually fell into the more capable hands at Distribpix, who resuscitated this film with a new hi-def transfer of both the explicit and soft versions. Image quality is drastically improved across the board; the framing is now correct (no more ugly white flaring around the borders), colors are back to their original intensity and values, and detail is much more heightened and impressive. (And unlike their release of Maraschino Cherry, there’s thankfully no logo watermarking anywhere.) The sound quality also kills the VCA version, which was tinny and muffled in comparison. Best of all, this marks the first time the film has been available completely uncut on DVD anywhere in the world, with the garage scene and all of the dialogue completely intact. This alone would be enough to justify the release, but the two-disc set contains a staggering amount of well-researched extras that raise the bar miles higher for ‘70s adult classics".................................For the full review visit MONDO DIGITAL
"The film transfer looks really good to me, much better than I was expecting honestly. Evidently this was shot on Super16 and transferred from a 35mm internegative. It does look it, but not in a bad way in my opinion. It’s a little soft and it’s certainly grainy given the way it was shot but this is probably the best it’ll ever look (unless Distribpix puts this out on Blu-Ray). The set also includes the softcore version of the film on the second disc. This doesn’t look nearly as good as the original. I’m assuming that this is due to the optical effects used to cover up the boners though and not a fault of the transfer. Yes, rather than just cutting the sex scenes out of the softcore version, they superimposed images over the naughty parts. Barbara Bourbon’s face is pasted over the sex scenes as she delivers ridiculous dialog about America (this version was released in 1976 during the bicentennial). Audio is available in the original mono. Everything is clear and I had no problems"..............For the full review visit UNRATED MAGAZINE