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40th Anniversary: The Ultimate Anthology 1965

Studio: Private » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 5/28/05

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Private 40th Anniversary: Ultimate Anthology Set 1965- 2005 (Best of Private 67)


Genre: Compilation

Director: varied per scene

Cast: see the scene breakdowns below for casting information by scene

Length: 278 minutes

Date of Production: 4/10/2005 (compilation only)

Extra's: The two best extras from a consumer's standpoint would be the 11.5 minute long featurette of Private at Cannes 1999 and the 13.5 minute long featurette of Private at Cannes 2002. Each gave some highlights of Private's presentation at the film festival and included a lot of sexual moments or nudity. There was also a slide show but the best extra for reviewers was the scene breakdowns that covered all but one of the scenes from the movie. There was also a photogallery and a double disc DVD case with pictures and a cardboard slip cover.

Condoms: Not a factor

Audio/Video Quality: Private 40th Anniversary: Ultimate Anthology Set was presented with a number of different aspect ratios from the usual 1.33:1 ratio full frame to the 1.78:1 ratio widescreen used on some of Private's bigger budget releases. Some of the older source material might've looked a bit weak but most of the time; the scenes looked very good within the context of their production. The colors were typically accurate, the lighting pretty good or better and the composition of the shots was almost always interesting if not done in a manner to enhance the looks of the gals. I saw a few compression artifacts and some grain but this is to be expected of such a compilation. The stereo audio was equally diverse in terms of sheer quality since a number of the scenes had bad dubbing or limited separation between the channels of the audio tracks but most fans of Private know what to expect.

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Body of Review: I've long suspected that some companies know how to do certain aspects of marketing better than others and this seems to be the case with Private. Most companies offering compilations these days either edit the scenes, string together scenes that simply don't fit well with one another, or otherwise screw the pooch when it comes to making them. Well, the latest from Private, Private 40th Anniversary: Ultimate Anthology Set 1965- 2005 (Best of Private 67), was certainly a mixed batch with something for almost everyone to enjoy but some serious limitations due to the age of the elements used in the 2 disc set. I thought the amount of fuck for the buck was very solid though and here's a list of the scenes for you to more fully appreciate what went into the set:

Scene One: Fatal Orchid: D-Pierre Woodman: 11/1997: Katja Kean, Anastasia, Brigita, Andrew Youngman

Scene Two: Virgin Treasures 2: D-Frank Thring: 2/1994: Erika Bella, Alberto Rey, Joey Verducci

Scene Three: The Gigolo: D-Pierre Woodman: 6/1995: Olivia Del Rio, Monique Covet, Jean Yves LeCastel, Richard Langin, Alain Deloin

Scene Four: The Pyramid: D-Pierre Woodman: 11/1996: Tania Russof, Richard Langin

Scene Five: The Private Gladiator: D-Antonio Adamo: 12/2001: Barby, Tiffany, Cindy, Tina, David Perry, Choky Ice, Nick Lang

Scene Six: The Academy: D-Frank Thring: 5/2000: Silvia Saint, Rumika, Lexington Steele

Scene Seven: Sex Angels: D-Xavi Dominguez: 12/2003: Sandy Style, Jennifer Dark, Toni Ribas, Bryan

Scene Eight: The Scottish Loveknot: D-Gazzman: 6/2002: Vanda, Violet, Steve Hooper, Tony Di Sergio

Scene Nine: The Millionaire: D-Alessandro Del Mar: 1/2004: Stacy Silver, Simony Diamond, George Uhl

Scene Ten: Dangerous Things: D-Antonio Adamo: 3/2000: Silvia Saint, Lea DeMae, Franco Roccaforte, Nacho Vidal

Scene Eleven: Exotic Illusions: D-Pierre Woodman: 12/2000: Mia Stone, Loureen Kiss, Ian Scott

Scene Twelve: Brides & Bitches: D-Kovi: 3/2001: Michelle Wild, Maria Bellucci, Alberto Rey, Thomas Stone

Scene Thirteen: The Private Life of Stacy Silver: D-Little Al: 7/2004: Stacy Silver, Sebastian Barrio, Andrea Moranti

Scene Fourteen: The Private Story of Bobbi Eden: D-Hot Frame: 6/2004: Bobbi Eden, Toni Ribas

Scene Fifteen: Explosive Women: D-Andrew Youngman & John Walton: 8/2002: Sandra Shine, Lora, May

Scene Sixteen: Anal Love Stories: D-Skeeter Kerkove: 12/2003: Dana Vespoli, Benjamin Brat

Scene Seventeen: Castings X 32: D-Pierre Woodman: 8/1998: Judith Fox

Scene Eighteen: More Than She Expected: D-Tony De Sergio & Steve Hooper: 3/2003: Sandra Mark, Ramon Nomar, Mick Blue, Steve Hooper, Tony De Sergio

Scene Nineteen: Paradise Island: D-Alessandro Del Mar: 10/2002: Alexa Weix, Maria, Maya Gold, Sandra Russo, Tina Time, Francesco Malcom, Greg Centauro, Sebastian Barrio

Scene Twenty: Island Fever: D-Ton Herold: 7/2002: Katja Kassin, Violet, Lara Stevens, Steve Hooper

Scene Twenty One: Theatre Of Lust: D-Susi Medusa Gottardi: 10/5/2003: Julie Silver, Gabriel Montoya

Summary: Private 40th Anniversary: Ultimate Anthology Set was worth a rating of Recommended from me for the volume of scenes, the low cost, the number of hot looking gals in the scenes, and the number of scenes that showed some decent levels of heat. I'd have rated it higher but for my tastes, there would have been a vastly different set of scenes and few of the older ones here would have made the cut due to technical limitations. For the most part, the action offered a lot of extreme sex with anal and DP's pretty standard, but fans of the company will know how mechanical the action can get in such scenes too. Give it a look since it had some solid replay and good fuck for the buck but don't expect any new material you can't find elsewhere.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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