Plot: What’s it about?
Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, it was literally a different world. By that I mean that the sheer availability of adult material to a teen was very hard to find. Today you key in any combination of words and you can watch videos, see stars at their best (and worst) and much, much more. Damn it! Today’s teenage boys will never know the anxiety and anguish about going into a 7-11 and purchasing a copy of Playboy, only to wonder and worry if they’ll ask you your age. There’s no sneaking peeks at your father’s “stash” – it’s all been ruined by the internet. All kidding aside, we’re talking about the cult classic Deep Throat. The movie became an international success in 1972 and was so inspirational that it worked its way up to the White House (in a manner of speaking). It’s like the Holy Grail of the adult film industry and a movie I’ve actually never seen (though I’m sure it’s available online somewhere). Lovelace chronicles the meteoric rise (and fall) of its star, Linda Lovelace.
We meet Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried), who lives at home with her two strict parents: John (Robert Patrick) and Dorothy (a nearly unrecognizable Sharon Stone). Linda’s out at a roller rink one night and meets Chuck (Peter Sarsgaard), a seemingly nice guy on the surface, but we all know it’s too good to be true just below the surface. Chuck and Linda become an item and are soon married and this is where Chuck discovers Linda’s “talent.” Suffice it to say that the title of the movie defines that talent and Chuck soon starts filming their “sessions” to show his business associates. We don’t need to connect too many dots to learn that Linda has been cast in Deep Throat and the movie was an instant success. This is where the movie peaks and then takes a fall. The second act of the movie shows the down side of Linda’s fame as Chuck essentially whores her out to his friends. Linda’s life is a living hell.
Based on her own novel, Ordeal, the film shows the ups and downs of stardom in the early 1970’s. While it’s true that Linda Lovelace’s name is synonymous with pornography, she actually only did one film. Lovelace actually became a conscientious objector to the pornography industry and rallied her support for females trapped in the same situation that she was in. The film is good. Not great but good. I think I was expecting something along the lines of Boogie Nights, one of my personal favorite films, but alas – it’s not. I will say that the cast is stacked with a veritable who’s who of Hollywood featuring the likes of Chris Noth, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick and James Franco as a young Hugh Hefner. It’s revealed that the movie Deep Throat has grossed over $600 million dollars worldwide since it came out and that Linda Lovelace received about $1200 for her work in the film. Sadly, Lovelace was killed in an automobile accident in 2002, though this movie might give us some insight to the life she lived.
Video: How’s it look?
Presented in a 1.85:1 AVC HD image, Lovelace looks pretty good on Blu-ray. I actually caught the movie on demand a few months back and I have to say that this disc supersedes that HD presentation, if only by a little. The look and feel are pretty true to form as a “70’s movie”, though I found a few areas in which it was lacking. It’s a bit difficult to say how much of the movie is trying to look a bit aged and how much is actually a “fault” of the transfer. Having seen plenty of new to Blu-ray releases, I wasn’t necessarily disappointed by the way this looks, I think rather I’m more spoiled by the way that most other films look. Colors are a bit flat, we don’t get that crystal clear, razor sharp detail level like some other movies and I found a few scenes that were noticeably soft. Still, on the whole, it’s doesn’t look bad in the least, but it’s a bit hard to classify Lovelace when it comes to the image quality.
Audio: How’s it sound?
Unlike the video presentation that’s a bit hard to determine, the DTS HD Master Audio track for Lovelace sounds pretty good indeed. Though primarily a dialogue-driven film, we do get a few very good examples of surround sound, namely with the associated music. Vocals are strong and sharp with surrounds kicking in at a few times. Like the video presentation, this is good with some genuinely good moments, though noting really stood out as being amazing. I don’t see viewers being disappointed with the way this sounds by any stretch, but it does deliver.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The only supplement is a featurette entitled “Behind Lovelace“, which gives us a recount of the star’s life and a bit on the film.