Bravo to Subversive Cinema for finally bringing this gem to DVD. And to Amazon for making it widely available. This DVD contains both the X-rated and the XXX version of this infectiously happy little porno. A true classic from the Golden Age of porn.
This Alice is for adults only. The story is straight out of Lewis Carroll. Except that Alice is older. She's a small town librarian. A 20-year-old virgin and a prude. But Alice is the hottest prude you'll ever meet. Kristine DeBell was the Playmate and Playboy Centerfold for June 1976. She is the cutest little hottie, with her tiny upturned nose, petite body, all natural assets, and neatly trimmed bush (this was the 70s).
After a tiff with her horny boyfriend, prudish Alice learns all about sex in her daytrip to Wonderland. Her guides are Lewis Carrol's famous cast of characters. With a twist.
The Mad Hatter is a flasher with a 9-inch schlong. Humpty Dumpty falls off his wall and needs Alice to "blow" him up again. The White Rabbit is a perv who likes spying on Alice as she plays with herself. Tweedledum and Tweedledee are incestuous twins who can't get enough of each other. They show Alice how to get it on. The King's knights are Gay. The King is a Bongo playing African who speaks in painfully tortured rhyme (70s rap?). The Queen is a leather clad Dominatrix who takes a liking to Alice. And enjoys having her eat at her box. Alice is finally deflowered by the Texaco pump attendant (her boyfriend). It is a total laugh riot.
It may be porn but it's not like any porn you've ever seen. With fully choreographed song and dance numbers. Broadway Style and performed with gusto. A constant stream of witty one-liners. And naked flesh galore. Don't know if Kristine does her own singing but she sounds great. Just imagine, a singing, dancing Playboy Bunny. What more could you ask for. If you want sleaze, this is not for you. It is not nasty sex. It is just pure fun. Innocent fun. Even with the hardcore footage restored it remains sweet and innocent. And the cornball jokes never stop coming. Sample:
Alice eyeing the Mad Hatter's shrivelled dick with horror: "Oh my goodness... Are you alright? ... I thought I'd broken it."
Scrug to a wet Alice: "We don't have any towels. We had one once but a hotel stole it away."
Alice, as the Muggie licks her all over: "It feels good... If it feels good, there's a good chance it must be bad."
Humpty Dumpty falls and breaks his balls and everyone sings: "He can't get his ding-a-ling up." (Song)
Queen to Alice: "I don't want to cut off your head, I want you to give me some head."
Alice to girl impaled on Knight: 'What's a girl like you doing on a Knight like this?" (Song)
King to Gay Knight on Horseback: "Stay on the Nag, Fag."
King to Alice: "May My Rod and My Staff Comfort thee."
This Limited Storybook Edition DVD (30th Anniv.) contains the 72min X-Rated Theatrical cut (softcore) and the complete 81min XXX original (hardcore). It also comes with a 37min documentary featuring interviews with Adult Film practorian, Bill Margold, Porn Star and Feminist Critic, Lena Ramone and Larry Gelman who played the White Rabbit. Sadly Kristine DeBell was not involved. The films are presented in their original 1.85:1 widescreen (enhanced for widescreen TV). The X-rated version (softcore) has been fully restored and is as near perfect as you'll probably ever get to see Alice. The XXX version (hardcore) varies in quality depending on the state of each restored hardcore element. Multiple defects still remain. But it's more than acceptable. Sound is in the original Mono. Worth the price? Absolutely. Alice is delightful. It's light and breezy. It's full of fun. It'll leave you happy and smiling. It'll have you humming along with its silly tunes. They just don't make shows like these any more. And Kristine DeBell never looked more adorable than here.
Note: No other Extras are included. The originally proposed soundtrack audio-CD has been axed. The Limited Storybook Edition which I bought from Amazon doesn't have any storybook. Just the single DVD.
PS. Kristine does indeed do all her own hardcore scenes. All except the final deflowering. The defloration closeup uses a body-double. Apparently Kristine did sing all Alice's songs as well. An amazingly multi-talented girl.