42nd Street Forever: The Peep Show Collection Volume 2

Director - Various

Cast - Desiree Cousteau, Candida Royalle, Chris Cassidy, John Holmes

Country of Origin - U.S.

Discs - 1

Distributor - Synapse

Reviewer - Abraham Phillips

Date - 06/11/14

Plot: Their place in history is undeniable. Hardcore 8mm stag films introduced explicit human sexuality to the public. Predating every other moving picture home format, these inauspicious productions provided not only a window to a whole other world, but also immediate relief for those not fortunate enough to make their fantasies into reality. Thousands of these underground movies were made between the 1960's and 1980's, and sold in the backs of sex magazines or distributed to the almost 60,000 private “peep show” booths located in adult stores in most major cities.


Film: (4/5)


Soul Sex to lesbian sex, anal to mouth, three ways, four ways, house orgies and toy play. 8 mm color films, 15 minutes with the wham bam thank you Ma'am.

42nd Street Forever the Peep Show Collection Volume 2 brings a series of classic porn loops. Essentially this is Sex and nothing more than sex. This is the old style of 25 cent peep shows. Impulse Pictures brought out a true winner for lovers of this type of cinema as in their first Volume this one shines in true smut and sexual glory. These are forgotten moments in the history of porn, which may be forgotten had Synapse/Impulse not brought forth such a splendid collection of archival porn oddities.


Anal sex, blow jobs, fellatio, facials, masturbation, rape, golden showers and so much more. This is an ultra-trip into the wonderment of sexual pleasure. Forget about your daddies magazines because this brings the golden age of porn to life. During that golden era of porn the streets where lined with flashing neon lights of XXX and a quarter would get you a darkened room or a darkened theater to release your built up juices. These places in the golden days where a dime a dozen and basically stayed open 24/7.

No one knew your name and no one knew your sexual desire or pleasure. These where moments you choose to adventure into the dark and watch a loop video of woman being devoured by a man's thrust or something even more explicit.


Starring the one and only Desiree Cousteau. Best known for her role in the 1978 Pretty Peaches and of course 1979's Inside Desiree Cousteau. She also has been inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame which is the first and most notable adult entertainment organization the X-rated Critics Organization inducts annually into their Hall of Fame. Desiree, also in 1997 was inducted into the Adult Video Hall of Fame. She has starred in over 100 porn films. She is mainly known for her 70's roles and went all the way up through the 80's. She was a beautiful stunning master at her porn craft. She owned the camera and made many horny men and many horny women lust after her amazing body.


But who can forget the striking and amazing sexually charged wonderment of goddess Candida Royalle. She was the very essence of beauty and truly a crafted master at being a pornographic actress. She is also a member of the XRCO and the AVN Hall of Fame's. She starred in over 70 films and also directed 17 films. She not only graces the screen with her beauty and her sexual appetite and her body of perfection but also creates the stunning atmosphere as a director.

She was a master and seeing her beautiful wonderful highly sexually charged performance in these loops of classic days is truly an eye-opening beauty. Vol. 2 is a must own for fans. Another solid and beautiful series or long forgotten porn, fully restored and made for the modern generation by the one and only in Impulse Pictures (Synapse Films).


Audio/Video: (3/5)


Language: Silent (Projector Sound Only)


Aspect Ratio: Full-Frame 1.33:1


These are loops which were silent in the days. These where not filmed in perfect ways to begin with and so you’re lucky they have survived the test of time. Impulse Pictures does a fantastic job at restoring them and looping them together once again. Most are scratched but you should expect that. Impulse Pictures cleaned these sex loops with loving care and a deep affection for this genera of film history. These are brought out once again in the best ability and clarity possible.


Extras: (2/5)


Liner notes from Cinema Sewer publisher, Robin Bougie. A great quick read on the subject of porn loops and pieces on the stars.




129 minutes of pure sexual bliss. Another stunning entry into this series of Loops. I will say this if I was woman and John Holmes came toward me I would be screaming "He is trying to impale me Cannibal Holocaust style."


If you love porn. If you love classic porn. If you love the idea of a classic nostalgia of sex related history in film then this is a must own piece of pornographic wonderment of an adult nature and an exploration of the mind and the sexual senses.