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08 July 2009

The World's Greatest Obscene Phone Call!

Marc Morris at The Cult Movie Forums sent me a screener of the Region 2 German Special Edition DVD release of the 1971 X-Rated comedy THE TELEPHONE BOOK for review. Sarah Kennedy (who replaced Goldie Hawn on LAUGH-IN) plays the "girl who falls in love with the world's greatest obscene phone call" alongside Barry Morse (TV's THE FUGITIVE), William Hickey (MOUSE HUNT), and a young Jill Clyburgh (TV's DIRTY SEXY MONEY). Sexy, hilarious, and poignant, this black and white film (with bits of color footage and animation) is given the special edition treatment (even if the restoration is not always pristine) with commentary by the producer Mervin Bloch (who has done the advertising campaigns for Woody Allen's films), the unreleased soundtrack, a trailer, radio spots, the script in PDF, and a 96 page book (in German and English) sold directly from the film's website for 49 Euros.

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