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In the 80's, the videotape caused a porn wave all over France. With our book Rayon X, we wish to take you back in time to (re)discover the videoclubs and their forbidden section. This book is a crazy object, an anthology of the most incredibles X-rated VHS sleeves, the rarest, the funniest, the bests and the worsts. But this is also an original investigation : we asked producers, publishers, video rental store owners, journalists about this time. Let's not forget the collectors, who continue to worship the god VCR and its goddess the VHS tape ! To rewind the porn on tape years, we need you. The more you'll be to subscribe to Rayon X, the more sleeves we will ad to the book !
In the late 70’s, when the first mainstream video format appears, the X cinema leaves the specialized theaters to invade households. The explosion of the video tape is also the one of porn usage with unseen proportions in the history of mankind (at least until Internet). The phenomenon takes place thanks to video clubs, which flourish everywhere in France, and almost everyone of them have an X-rated section.
Watching porn movies then becomes a very common activity, always preceded by the ritual of choosing the tape in the adult area, in front of a wall of sleeves where each film throws all his attractive features to be chosen rather than another one.
Anyone who knew this time felt this shiver of prohibition while searching in this covers that promised all sorts of wonders. People often chose only one movie, they wanted to take their time, but didn’t dare to draw out. People dreamed on a title, an actress on the VHS, or let themselves being convinced by the irrefutable arguments on the back of a sleeve. Then they came back home with their Video tape, which they didn’t always watch right away (but not two days afterwards so they didn’t have to pay late return fees). The wait caused was part of the experience. A time which now seems folkloric to those who have only known online porn, always immediately available.
We lived this VHS porn era, and we know that our personal experiences are shared with people of our generation. This is why we wanted to make a throwback to this age, with the idea of a sleeves anthology, which contains the best and therefore the worst, the prettiest, craziest, the more unlikely ones.
With the experience of our previous books, The Worst Porn Parodies are Often the Best for Claude, and Brigitte Lahaie the cult movies co-written with Cédric GrandGuillot for Guillaume, we already had a consequent documentation on this theme. We continued the collection of sleeves with friends, editors and collectors, always seeking for more and more sleeves to reproduce it unfolded and actual-sized, with one sleeve per page, for this new book called Rayon X.
To tell this period the best we can, we went interviewing privileged witnesses of the period. Video clubs managers, distributors, editors, producers, journalists who directly participated to the construction of this market, which appeared almost from one day to the next, et who made it evolve until VHS turned into DVDs. We also met collectors who have a true passion for vintage VHS porn, even if they were to young to live these days !
The following people will talk to us in the book : (non-definitive list)
And we will also have Cristophe Lemaire who will talk about the time where he worked in a video club, when customers asked him advices on the best X movies to rent !
Rayon X is going to be a 208 pages book, linked and sewn with hardcover, landscape layout, the best way to show sleeves in their original size.
We need at least 6000€ to pay printing costs, but if, thank to you, we pass our initial goal and reach next stretch goals , we will of course add pages to the book and more sleeves.
The VHS sleeves will be reproduced without censorship or modification, as they were so thy are obviously non-appropriated to readers under 18.
To complete Rayon X, we gathered compensations pretty matched with the subject
Fisrt of all, the first of you could get their book with 5 movies in DVD with Brigitte Lahaie, which made the beautiful hours of video-clubs. Among these films, those of you which backed Brigitte Lahaie Les films de Culte will recognize the rarely-seen Bijou d’amour and Touchez pas au zizi, which we can finally offer for the very first time in DVD from 4K mastering created specially fort the occasion. And by the by, Rayon X will have a section entirely dedicated to stories of Brigitte’s movies’ sleeves !
Touchez pas au zizi (1978) by Patrice Rohmm, with english audio track
Le Bijou d’amour (1978) by Patrice Rohmm, with Italian audio track
Hurlements d’extase (1980) by José Bénezeraf
Anna cuisses entrouvertes (1979) dby José Benazeraf
Body body à Bangkok (1981)by Jean-Marie Pallardy, also with Marylin Jess.
We made 4 t-shirts with logos of legendary editors of that time, chosen with a comity of experts we assembled expressly.
You could also order our books related with Rayon X’s subject, Les pires parodies X sont souvent les meilleures by Claude Gaillard, with the DVD of La Playmate des Singes.
As well as Brigitte Lahaie les films de culte by Cédric GrandGuillot and Guillaume Le Disez, in a collector edition with its exclusive double DVD including Jess Franco’s Dark Mission, Les Fleurs du mal (1987) with Brigitte Lahaie, Christopher Lee and Chris Mitchum.
We also wanted to offer the movie of Nicolas & Bruno A la recherche de l’Ultrasex, including their film completely awesome and hilarious made from extracts of X movies of the 80’s and 90’s !
Finally, you could get some “suprize” prizes of VHS Video Tape X which will all be unique, you will discover their content when you’ll receive your book next October.
Do not wait to book your book and compensations, and share the Rayon X project around you so we could start doing together this time travelling and offer more and more sleeves in the volume. We’re counting on you !