Set way back in the age of Sultans and harem girls, 1001 Erotic Nights follows the exploits of Sultan Shaka Khan (John Leslie), who claims (falsely) to be a descendent of Ghangis Khan. His most prized possessions are the women of his harem, many of whom are very beautiful and skilled in the ways of sex. The film details the exploits of the Sultan, his harem girls and his friends.
Scene 1 : The Sultan's wife, Sultana (Lisa De Leeuw) is cheating on him with another man, Saragon (Herschel Savage). We see her in bed with him going at her from the missionary position in this very brief scene. After some dialogue between the Sultan and his advisors we cut back to them, and he offers her a gift in the form of Joey Silvera and his mammoth member, who dances for them to the soothing sways of a bizarre sitar based rendition of a song that sounds way too similar to a certain Jefferson Airplane song. The two men double-team her, as she sucks away at one and gets prodded by the other, then switches back and forth until they both come all over her. Unbeknownst to her, the Sultan is watching them, and scheming his revenge.
Scene 2 :The Sultan picks Scheherazade (the gorgeous Annette Haven) for his nightly rendezvous. She warms up with a session from a lady friend who coats her pussy in oil, then eats her out. Once this is over with she's ready for the Sultan. She tells the Sultan a story, which leads to
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Scene 3 : As a woman (Nicole Black) paints her nails, an on looking man (Paul Thomas) becomes aroused and masturbates. He comes back later to find her ready for him and the two masturbate in front of each other. Finally they can take no more and he climbs into bed with her. He eats her pussy then she mounts him for a few minutes. Soon she decides to bring two more women into the room for him. This segues into
Scene 4 : Paul Thomas, now masquerading as a doctor, examines the two girls that have been offered to him. His examination techniques involve having one girl finger the other until he's hard, at which point he lets them examine his cock with their mouths, which confirms that I'm in the wrong profession and should have gone to medical school. The girls suck and fuck each other and everyone is happy.
Scene 5 : A sleeping woman named Mariko (Mai Lin) is awoken when a randy David Morris licks her while she sleeps. When she wakes up, he's treated to a nice sloppy blowjob. He turns her on his side and slips in and out for awhile then goops all over her thatch.
Scene 6 : In this flashback scene, Haven and Paul Thomas watch as three women (one of whom is Chelsea Manchester, another is Lysa Thatcher) lick and finger each other for their viewing pleasure. The girls take turns on each other and are quite gentle, seeming to really enjoy what they're doing. When one of the girls finds a ceremonial mask with a very phallic nose, she puts it to good use by using it on her friends.
Scene 7 - : Paul Thomas is back, this time with Nicole Black who sucks him then rubs him all over her breasts in this quick scene that ends with him coming on her chest.
Scene 8 - : Annette Haven and John Leslie finally get it on in this climatic scene. He mounts her from the side in a rather tender scene that keeps things pretty gentile. He moves on top for some missionary action and the camera pans away as the movie finishes.
The film was shot on 35mm film stock and so it has a nice, high level of detail that shot on video porn sadly lacks most of the time. Great care was obviously taken and the movie exhibits some really nice cinematography. Some of the lighting could have been a little brighter but even the darker scenes exhibit some truly artistic compositions. Quality of the transfer on this DVD is quite good, without any compression artifacts to report and only some slight edge enhancement. There is some minor print damage present but it's never enough to distract from the onscreen action.
The English Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack is just fine without much to complain about in the way of hiss or distortion. Levels are balanced nicely and the background music never overshadows the sounds of sex or the dialogue. There are a couple of scenes where a line or two are a tiny bit low in the mix but this is more to do with the conditions of the original shoot than with the audio mix on this DVD, as even on the VHS releases of this title in the past they've sounded that way.
Extras are limited to an advertisement screen for four other VCA Classics titles, a photo gallery consisting of twenty images from the film, a cast listing in text format, an internet link and a contact page for VCA.
1,001 Erotic Nights Part 1 The Story Of Scheherazade is classic early eighties erotica at it's finest. An all star cast, some truly hot scenes, nice set design and a basic but effective storyline make this professional looking adult film easy to highly recommend.