Pearl's Marquis ain't what it used to be!
You'll recall how about a year ago, following the whole AC location indiscretion, which was in turn involved with myself getting first dibs on a monstrous VHS porn collection from one serious ass collector who was basically "donating" his stuff, I started making a few quickies "Look back at VHS" nostalgia posts. Now if you have also paid moderate attention, then you will remember how I mentioned and reviewed a version of the infamous Rosa and Rocco "Marquis De Sade" flick, which also had a pre-americanized and boob-jobbed Vicca in the flick. Now here comes the point (I tend to get all FZ on the phone whenever I open my own yapper concerning porn, but I don't necessarily prevent the other parties from hanging up!) . You will recall how the VHS version I acquired was from this unknown to me french-euro company, and how it turned out to being the full and uncut version of the film, including the infamous pissing sequences from one of the earlier scenes. Well not long ago, as I was shopping directly off of one porn distributor's website (I started to do so when the distributor invited me to save on shipping and take advantage of their 2 day only St-Patrick's sale by shopping directly through their own site instead of via the AdultDVDFleaMarket site), I saw that the porn distributor Pearl Productions, whom I already owned at least a half dozen other titles, mainly european stuff generally unavailable via traditional north american markets, actually had the rights to distribute the "Marquis De Sade" Rocco and Rosa flick on DVD! Plus, as this particular wholesaler is known for offering rare euro stuff like Marc Dorcel for a fraction of the cost, I decided to add the title to my virtual shopping cart , since this would mean the fact that I could get rid of the VHS tape which does take up more space than a DVD. Now when I got the DVD I was thrilled because when I popped it in my player, and jumped to the chapters menu, discovered that, in the chapters' thumbnails, the peeing scene was still there! Thrilled, but consciously suspicious as usual, personal paranoia notwithstanding of course, I decided to scan the scene in question. At first, everything is fine: Rosa looks from afar, hidden from sight, watching Rocco as the Marquis tease a lady and then placing coins on the floor at a distance, in order for her to pee upon them. The first coin is close, the second one further, and the third even farther still, and the lady just keeps on peeing! Now comes the actual sex scene as Rocco pulls out his cock and starts slapping her face and cheeks with it. Cut to Rosa's facial reaction, and then a quick cut back to the lady blowing Rocco, but she's all wet all over the face and chest. Cut back to Rosa looking shocked, then we cut back to Rocco and the girl, now engaging in a traditional sex scene where she looks wetter than when it began. Yes folks, you guessed it; they cut out the peeing part! It is painfully and horribly obvious for anyone with an attention span beyond that of videogame facebooking that the whole pre-sex scene peeing on the lady was edited out! What a horrible rip-off feeling ! After all, how come they left the bit where the lady pees on the floor intact, but cut out the bit where Rocco pees on her? Aren't we passed this ridiculous form of censorship, and haven't we passed it ages ago? Why is her peeing OK while Rocco's isn't ? And it today's age of unrated DVD releases versus rated theatrical runs, shouldn't this older version of the "Marquis De Sade" be left intact? What gives? Seriously, what's the point or reason? Could it be that Pearl Productions do NOT have the actual rights to distribute this film in its entirety? Or do they make it a habit of censoring the films they distribute? Are my other Pearl DVDs also edited for content? Is there anyone I can "complain" to about this? Anyway, you get the picture. Granted, it is hopeful that anyone who buys this disc will do so for being a fan of either Rocco and / or Rosa or other performers and performances within this flick, as it was, for the era, quite a magnificent european flick (which also shares location, costumes, and some same actors/actresses as some other similarly themed period pieces , some featuring Sarah Louise Young by the way). I recall how this film simply was never made available in Canada and back in the day, a fellow porn renter and myself were pretty darn pissed off at how we lacked certain titles, not knowing how the censor board seriously amputated many porn flicks crossing the borders before being "allowed" to sit on rent shelves in video stores, such as some more extreme Anabolic tapes of the time, and all the max Hardcore stuff which, as you can imagine, was seriously chopped and hacked until only a fraction was left. Point at hand, please be careful if you wish to purchase or acquire the "Marquis De Sade" DVD from Pearl Productions: it isn't complete! I have yet to watch and compare the whole film with the VHS tape I already have properly mapped out, but I should go through the DVD version soon enough to see if they didn't censor other bits or entire scenes out as well! So be weary my faithful porn lovers; sometimes you do not get what you expected! Oh and don't get me started on Arrow Productions! Two fails out of two purchases? Must avoid Arrow at all costs! OK, must dash out-I think I have rambled on for quite enough as is!