SEX-The Annabel Chong Story (1999)

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Released 27-Jun-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Reversible Cover
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Theatrical Trailer
Biographies-Cast
Trailer-Shadow Of The Vampire, Betty Blue, Innocence
Trailer-Mullet, Romance, Amores Perros
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 86:44
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Gough Lewis
Studio
Distributor
Omni International
Madman Entertainment
Starring Annabel Chong
Ron Jeremy
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $39.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Sex: The Annabel Chong Story is a documentary about a woman who set the record for the world's largest gang bang, sleeping with two hundred and fifty one men in a single ten hour period.

    Annabel Chong grew up in Singapore and later moved to Los Angeles when she enrolled at the University of Southern California. It was reportedly during a gender studies class that she decided to become involved in the pornography industry. Annabel quickly made a name for herself performing the first 'TP' on video and then attempting to break the world record for multiple consecutive partners, previously held by a sex worker from Amsterdam.

    This documentary was filmed, with the full support of Annabel, after her world record breaking achievement and explores the reactions that her friends and family had and how it affected her life. While focusing on Annabel, this documentary also provides a general insight into the pornography industry and the effects that it has on the people involved.

    Please note that there is a problem playing back two of the additional trailers included on this disc - see the extras section for additional information.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    A range of source material is used in this documentary and consequently the quality varies considerably.

    The full frame transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The footage that has been shot specifically for this documentary is quite sharp and displays high levels of detail. During sections from other sources, the sharpness varies considerably with some segments appearing to have been sourced from VHS. High levels of shadow detail are visible in the material shot for this documentary. Obvious low level noise is visible during many of the poor quality material segments but this is not surprising and is not distracting to the viewer.

    The colour displayed in the transfer appears accurate at all times but during some of the lower quality source materials the colour is muted as you would expect.

    During the closing credits an example of Gibbs effect can be seen but at no other stage were any MPEG artefacts seen during the transfer.

    Throughout the transfer a number of aliasing artefacts can be seen. These occurs in all types of source material but are only slightly distracting to the viewer. Examples of these artefacts can be seen at 4:53, 14:24, 22:44, 39:10 and 48:42.

    As all material has been sourced from video, no film artefacts are present during the transfer.

    Numerous analogue tape errors are visible during the transfer and they occur in all types of source material. Examples of these errors can be seen at 7:03, 9:56, 28:15 and 31:49, and due to their frequency they are slightly disruptive to the viewer. During some of the transfer, a small line appears at the bottom of the screen where the video appears to fold over. As this appears on only a very small portion of the image most users will be unable to see this due to the overscan of their display device. If the viewer is able to see this part of the image, they will find it easy to ignore and non disruptive after a short period of time.

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Audio

    A single Dolby Digital 224 kbps 2.0 soundtrack is provided on this disc.

    The dialogue is clear and easy to understand at all times.

    At no stage were any dropout or sync issues detected in the transfer.

    As this is a simple 2.0 soundtrack the surrounds were not utilized at all during this transfer. At no stage during the documentary was the subwoofer utilized.

    The mix is formed completely from on-location audio and there is consequently no score present during the transfer.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menu

    The menu is provided at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Biography

   An eleven page biography of Annabel Chong is provided covering topics such as her childhood and her religious beliefs. This is quite interesting and provides some background information that is not covered in the documentary.

Theatrical Trailer (1:56)

   This trailer is presented at an aspect ratio of approximately 1.75:1 with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

Additional Trailers

   Seven trailers are provided for the following Madman titles: Amores Perros, Betty Blue, Innocence, Mullet, Romance, Shadow of the Vampire, and The Girl Next Door. Note that the packaging incorrectly states that there are eight additional trailers.

    When playing the trailer for Romance, severe macro blocking followed by total lock up occurs at 0:31. When attempting to play back the trailer for Shadow of the Vampire the player locked up on the menu. These errors have been verified as being present on multiple DVD players and on multiple copies of this DVD and presumably will affect all viewers.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This disc does not appear to be currently available in Region 1.

Summary

    Sex: The Annabel Chong Story is an interesting documentary that provides an insight into the pornography industry and those associated with it.

    The video transfer provided on this disc is let down slightly by the numerous analogue tape artefacts and some poor source materials.

    The 2.0 audio track is perfectly functional for the material presented.

    The minimal extras included on this disc provide some additional background material and are a welcome inclusion.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Wednesday, July 18, 2001
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