Cecil Howard's "Scoundrels"PHILADELPHIA—Once upon a time, AVN was just a 16-page, two-color, center-stapled movie-store giveaway, but in its sixth issue, June of 1983, it reviewed the tenth release from acclaimed XXX director Cecil Howard: Scoundrels.

Scoundrels is certainly the most erotic hardcore film released so far this year,” we wrote. “Thanks to Anne Randall’s magnificent script, Scoundrels gives us three-dimensional characters that rarely find their way into adult plots. This family is sensitive and very normal in their feelings; the abnormalities come from the unstable setting. Scoundrels takes serious themes (the kinds that Taboo and Roommates tried to tackle) one step further, showing that its subject can be erotic and dangerous at the same time. … Scoundrels classifies as thinking man’s porn.”

In the decade since videotapes have gone the way of rotary dial phones and laserdiscs, Scoundrels has been off the market … but thanks to HotMovies.com, adult movie fans will now have another chance to see the film that won AVN’s first Best Film award, and which garnered its first Best Director and Best Editing trophies also.

“I’ve been involved with Cecil Howard, who produced this film, going back for three or four years,” HotMovies.com spokesman James Cybert told AVN, “and I’m the only one who’s been able to do a deal with him in the last 20 years to get any of his product out on the marketplace.”

Just two of Howard’s masterpieces have ever been available on DVD—Neon Nights and Babylon Pink, both now available on HotMovies.com—but due to a disagreement with the DVD releasing company, Howard soured to the idea of releasing any more of his titles on disc.

“Being an artist/art director/photographer/filmmaker, I got turned off by the day-to-day video business, but hung in for a few years,” Howard said. “Not wanting to depress myself further, I made a decision not to put my movies out in DVD format; I closed up shop. But in 2005 or ’06, I was contacted by Media Blasters and we contracted for them to distribute the two movies on DVD. The package they put out was very professional, all nice guys, but although they gave me a hefty advance, they failed to send me agreed reports. They were really not into the adult business as I know it so we severed the relationship. Too bad.”

“After the Media Blasters situation, and after months of negotiation, we were able to get Howard to give us 10 or so products for VOD, including The Final Sin, The Last X-Rated Movie Parts 1-4 and Dangerous Stuff,” Cybert reported. “Those were quite successful, so basically we came to the point of wanting to get more of his product out, and we were having a really hard time coming to terms. So what we’ve agreed is, he’s giving us Scoundrels, and we’ve agreed to put an unparalleled amount of marketing behind this title. It’s been out of print for 20 years, and now it’s groundbreaking in VOD in the sense that it’s the first movie any VOD company has ever released with the intention of it being a limited-time release.”

Scoundrels will premiere on HotMovies.com on June 22, and will be available for viewing for just 28 days…

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