Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2001)
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Featurette-Ron On The View
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Featurette-Ron On Nightline
|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Scott J. Gill|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Porn Star is a fun documentary about the legend of Ron Jeremy - “the Story of America's Most Unlikely Sex Star”.
With over twenty years in the adult film industry, Ron Jeremy has built up an army of devoted fans, some of who appear in this documentary. Born Ron Hyatt in 1953 in New York, Jeremy landed in adult films after a failed acting career. It is no secret that the popularity of Jeremy stems from the fact that his audience can easily relate to him. However, while the overweight, short, hairy slob has been nicknamed “the hedgehog”, he was blessed with a 10” appendage, and incredible staying power (Jeremy is considered to be the leading “woodsman” in his line of work) which allowed him to become one of the few male Porn Stars. Many fans consider the Hedgehog to be the luckiest man in the world, as he has become very wealthy by appearing in over 1800 adult movies with over 3000 (mostly) gorgeous female co-stars.
This documentary was written and directed by Scott J. Gill, and is composed mainly of interviews with Jeremy and other Adult Film stars, such as Seymore Butts and Tabitha Stevens. The documentary gives us a peek behind the scenes, and a look at the life of a Porn Star. Purposefully not glamorised, Jeremy’s life appears rather lonely. The "clown prince of porn" often seems like an overgrown child, craving fame, attention, and affection. Jeremy appears to be very unsatisfied with his career, as he pines for mainstream acting success. In that regard, Jeremy has made fleeting appearances, often as an extra, in a number of mainstream movies such as Killing Zoe and Reindeer Games.
The transfer is grainy and of variable quality, as a variety of source material is used, ranging from home movies to cheap shot-on-video porn.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full frame.
The transfer has the sharpness of a good VHS tape, and the shadow detail is often poor, for example at 6:15.
The colour of the non-archive footage is fine, and the skin-tones are accurate.
There are no obvious problems with MPEG artefacts.
Film-to-video artefacts appear in the form of aliasing, such as the slight shimmer on the car window at 28:01. While telecine wobble is not a problem, there is a lot of shaky camera work. Film artefacts appear throughout the archive footage, but not during the new passages.
There are no subtitles present on this single sided and single layered DVD.
The quality of the audio is also variable, with many poor mono sources. Sometimes the clarity of the audio is awful, such as during the Kid Rock concert at 58:16.
The only audio option is English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo.
The dialogue quality and audio sync are fine.
The musical score is credited to Carvin Knowles, and it is porn-influenced, with plenty of bass and 70s twangy guitar.
There is no surround presence nor subwoofer activity.
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There are a few extras.
A very simple menu, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital stereo audio, the trailers for Porn Star and Best Of Backyard Wrestling are included.
Ron's TV Spots (3:18)
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital stereo audio, these are a short collection of Ron's appearances on US television.
Ron's Filmography and Pornography
A series of photographic stills.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Porn Star is to be released on DVD in Region 1 in March 2003; as yet the details of the R1 DVD have not been advised.
Porn Star is a reasonably light documentary that does little more than scratch the surface of the porn industry by spending a few days with one of its stars.
The video quality is disappointing but acceptable for a documentary.
The audio quality is limited, but again acceptable for a documentary.
The extras are not really worth mentioning.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||Grundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-545|
|Speakers||Sony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer|