VCX (USA). All Regions, NTSC. 4:3. English DD 2.0, Spanish 2.0. 66 minutes
Director: Gerard Damiano Starring: Georgina Spelvin, John Clemens, Harry Reams, Marc Stevens Screenplay: Gerard Damiano
Music: Alden Shuman Tagline: If you have to go to Hell... go for a reason. Country: USA
Digital Retribution is the website your mother always warned you about. To confirm its corrupting influence, one need only look to my review of Deadly Weapons. At the time of its posting, just over a year ago, I had no idea which actor Harry Reems was. Now, I'm not just aware of who he is, I'm reviewing one of his hardcore films. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. And me, I've fallen, too.
The Devil in Miss Jones opens with a woman, Georgina Spelvin, in a cell desperately trying to seduce her unresponsive male cellmate, played by director Gerard Damiano. The film then segues to Spelvin commiting suicide. She arrives at the gate to heaven, which looks like a meeting room at a country estate, but thinks she's at a job interview. The gatekeeper is a bit worried by Spelvin's case; she's lead a rather mild mannered life, but her final act in it guarantees her a trip to Hell. Spelvin pleads with him for a bit more time, just to have the opportunity to explore her uncharted carnality. He agrees, but before sending her back, sends her for some training from The Teacher. The Teacher is played by Harry Reems. See, I told you I knew who he was now.
The Devil in Miss Jones is regarded as a porn classic, but I think it deserves mention outside that realm as well. The film has an interesting premise and is generally well put together. The acting varies, but Spelvin's not bad at all, and her performance really boosts the film's overall effect. Convincing as the spinster, Spelvin quickly loses her inhibitions, pretty much immediately after she gets over the idea of using dirty words. Her exploration of pleasure and pain is interesting, and her attempts to find pleasure in pain equally so. She's a very quick study under Reem's teacher, and perhaps her gaining expertise is too rushed, but the film was probably all ready as long as it could be, and by the time the first sex scene arrived, there probably needed to be payoff fairly swiftly (though the…uhm…full payoff…is still a little time coming).
As a piece of eroticism, I'm not sure about the film. While I agree with the fans that Spelvin talking us through her sensations is very appealing, there aren't that many sex scenes, and I wasn't interested in a few of them. One is a girl on girl scene, which just isn't my thing. Another features fruit and a snake, and while I get the symbolism, again, I didn't care much. I've heard rumour this scene was trimmed on the DVD, but as I didn't care for it, I didn't mind. Spelvin taking on Reems is certainly worthwhile, though, and an influential double penetration scene has its moments, even if the guys only manage to come on each other in the end.
As a film, it's very interesting, and I found myself much more engaged with the plot than the sex. However, without the sex, there wouldn't be classic lines addressed to penises such as, "You're like…like a toe. A beautiful, long toe."
Ignore the remastered claim on the sleeve, The Devil in Miss Jones appears to have been taken from a video master for this DVD. The film is letterboxed for the end credits, but is otherwise 1.33:1. There is grain, a light spot mid screen, specks, dirt, and print damage. There's also some light flicker in a few scenes.
Audio is available in English or Spanish 2.0 mixes. Dialogue is all decipherable, and the mix is fine for a porno from the early 70s.
We get web access, a still gallery, as well as the film's trailer, plus those for Debbie Does Dallas, The Blonde, Candy Lips, Little Girls Blue, Inside Désirée Cousteau, and Sex World. Kind of an extra are the options to unlock Video On Demand versions of A Dirty Western, China De Sade, Sex World, Tangerine, Ginger Lynn's Vault, and Reel People Volume 1.
While The Devil in Miss Jones is certainly worth seeing, fans of the film would probably be better off buying the two disc special edition, which features a remastered, letterbox (but still non-anamorphic) print, and a 5.1 sound mix. I think surround sound porn is a scary idea, but maybe others will like it. That release also has far more substantial extras. If your usual supplier doesn't stock the two disc set, the single disc release isn't much better than a video, but the film itself is worth seeking out.
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