New York City’s 42nd Street was a dangerous place back in 1971 – a sleazy strip lined with adult cinemas, grindhouses and dive bars, attracting sex workers, pimps, drug dealers and the desperate like moths to a guttering flame.
It was also the birthplace of the pornography industry in the US, with legalisation dragging it out of a brown paper bag. This X-rated world is the setting for the terrific new HBO series from The Wire producers David Simon and George Pelacanos – recreated with incredible detail and populated by a sprawling character ensemble (including James Franco as twin brothers and Maggie Gyllenhall as a prostitute looking for a way out), whose stories provide the dramatic impetus.
Needless to say it’s provocative stuff, with some of the ’70s fashion crimes more confronting that the adult content.
Release Date: 14 February 2018
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Kevin Breznahan, James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal