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I'm not sure what Vivid Video meant by "East vs. West" in the title, but this sad excuse for a cash-in by the label and its wonder boy Paul Thomas is bad beyond belief.
The competition in the film is actually between Latinas and "Whites", thanks to a dismal, race-baiting screenplay by David Stanley. Violence escalates between the two ethnic factions of cheerleaders, with Voodoo of all people cast as the Chicano scoundrel who is the source of most friction (pun sort of intended).
After a prolog, bulk of the action takes place "One Year Later", after creep Diego (played by Voodoo) has switched schools and is now playing with the white boys for even creepier Coach Austin, played by Randy Spears as a serial sexual abuser. Antics dreamed up by Stanley don't play very well in the current MeToo age, if they ever played well back in the day either.
Pranks escalate to violence, clashing with the supposedly lighthearted nature of these mindless "Debbie" movies, the success of which has never impressed me (I didn't even like the first one way back when). Sunrise Adams is the contract girl in the title role, bringing her big boobs and sunny disposition to what amounts to a nothing part as head cheerleader.
The great Ann Marie Rios is cast as a peacemaker, but none of the story or sex scenes pass muster, a definite off-day for PT and his crew. Considering some greats like Dee (totally wasted here), Olivia O'Lovely and softcore favorites (see: Fred Olen Ray B-movies of the era) Nicole Sheridan and Rebecca Love tnhis should have been infinitely better.
Arabian Nights (1993)
Morgan shines in amusing sex comedy
Jonathan Morgan was at the top of his game in a series of Jace Rocker/Jim Enright hits for fledgling Wicked Pictures, including this funny opus as well as "Haunted Nights" and later "Western Nights".
He's teamed with Steven St. Croix as bumbling private eyes, and the case includes plenty of hot sex scenes, especially with Porsche Lynn and busty Lacy Rose. Rocker's script is filled with funny lines and in-jokes, all delivered with admirable skill by Morgan.
In fact, beyond the slapstick (much of it performed by young St. Croix), Morgan manages to channel and steal from the greats, in particular Abbott & Costello, Bo Hope, Laurel & Hardy, and even Groucho Marx and Moe Howard of the Three Stooges. His eclectic use of this myriad of sources helps the content rise above mere carbon copy imitation of a single act.
Comedy as well as sexual content holds up remarkably well 25 years later, and all three titles are recommended to fans of traditional Adult Cinema.
To Completion (2001)
100% fellatio exercise, boring on its face
One of the junkier videos I've seen lately, dating back to the turn of this century, consists of one "Master Blaster" imitating Rodney Moore and shooting mighty wads on the faces (and especially into the closed eyes) of a number of starlets, who take the sex work in their stride. This sort of gonzo drivel is now enshrined as a virtual necessity for anyone wanting to make a living in the porn biz.
Gauge is perhaps the most expert and enthusiastic of the players but it all adds up to Pavlovian repetition, aimed at the lowest end of the Adult Entertainment audience. Master Blaster generally adds a second dick to the scenes, owned by one "Pop Eye" until the finale in which the great Kaylynn is charged with emptying the balls by oral means, belonging to Lex Steele. Ever the gentleman, Lexington avoids her eyes for his blast, the only moment of chivalry in the nearly 2-hour show.
As a final insult, MB insists on repeating each cum shot to stretch out the climax for the unwary viewer.
First Dates Volume 2 (2018)
Mediocre, in All-Sex format
James Avalon slacks off in this edition of Erotica X's "First Dates" series, delivering all the set-ups for his 4 vignettes in voice-over narration, and then on to XXX content for the duration of the live action.
Obviously fans increasingly prefer the wall-to-wall sex approach, but I remain a holdout in favor of storytelling and characterization. The window dressing of voice-over does not hide the fact that the end product is merely over 2 hours of generic sex acts, performed by a handsome cast.
Britney Amber has sex in the kitchen with Mick Blue and Alexis Fawx sporting her newish brunette hair style goes May/December with Seth Gamble. Younger generation has a more subdued than usual cover girl Adriana Chechik (no squirting) taking on Chad White, while cutie Karla Kush beds surfer Tyler Nixon.
Worst aspect of this is the washed-out, nearly monochrome color grading for photography credited to cameramen Avalon and Matt Holder, a team that usually delivers far more scintillating visuals.
Trophy Hunter (2018)
Inspiration pays off
Originally I thought it was just a marketing gimmick to keep subscribers happy, but Stills & Mills' recent outreach to their website users for story ideas pays off in the vignettes compiled in this Web Young DVD.
User "Jerichoholic" gets credit for inspiring the title 2-parter, an ingenious vehicle for lovely Aidra Fox that manages to spotlight various fetishes, beginning with panties sniffing. Story goes that Fox gets a souvenir pair of panties from every sweet young thing she manages to seduce, enouugh to fill up a cigar box-sized receptacle.
The two parts show her humping Ivy Jones and then her stepsister Lilly Ford, for the daily minimum requirement of incest content for Jerichoholic and other Web Young/Girlsway fans. Along the way we get plenty of related fetishism, as panties are stuffed in the mouth and pussy by Aidra and Lilly.
"Friendly Competition" is another inspired vignette, in which Joseline Kelly gives a career-defiining performance as a snotty young girl who gives her brother (played as a significant cameo by crew member Curious Judas) a hard time and then bags his girlfriend Lily Rader while he's out buying burritos. This is a cleverly staged scene, with Lily blindfolded and tricked into thinking that Joseline is actually Judas for much of the sex scene, as it consists of cunnilingus and fingering that can be thought of as gender-neutral (from the fingerer's POV).
Remaining scene stars Keisha Grey in "Fauxmance", a made-up word signifying how Chloe Couture (nka Chloe Cherry for inexplicable reasons unrelated to Fashion) sympathizes sexually with Grey after Grey dumps her boyfriend (Billy Visual, voice-only in another fine use of freebie crew members filling out the cast) for cheating on her.
Sexual content is hot, and this video benefits greatly from novel and interesting situations rather than mere repetition of young girl humping young girl trotted out hundreds of times before by Alan & Bree.
Not Bewitched XXX (2008)
Much ado about nothing
This porn parody (or as I prefer to call 'em, ripoff) from the successful team of Mullen (aka Ryder) and David has the latter working on nostalgia riffs including bad wigs, Yard Sale furnishings and gaudy costuming to suggest the '60s while co-conspirator Will Ryder gets the over the top performances.
Sex scenes are perfunctory, especially a shoe-horned into the script extraneous one to feature overrated star of the day Sasha Grey. Doing a Gilda Radner-styled comedy turn, Michelle Avanti impresses in the sex department, deep throating Nate Threat and taking it in the posterior from him.
Flaunting a non-p.c. approach, Ryder is prescient a decade earlier in predicting today's blatant racism, under the guise of mocking 1960s racism, in a now-relevant scene of Avanti phoning 911 to report "a Negro is in our neighborhood", when Nate is changed from a toy doll to a living person by star Teagan's magic spell.
Big-name cast is wasted, especially a miscast Jenna Haze in the lead Elizabeth Montgomery role, while Nina Hartley has a good NonSex turn with red wig imitating Agnes Moorehead's original performance. Imitation is what makes this sort of junk annoying, as well as the stupid laugh-track.
Thrills II (2003)
Sloppy excuse for a porn thriller
Crew member (often on major Vivid projects) Tommy Ganz got Peter Principled into the director's chair for a pair of thrillers, which should be termed Fillers. Even the credits on this junker are garbled -using the End Credits from Part 1 to list the wrong personnel for Part 2.
In any event it's simply Kira Kener vehicle time, the goal to feed on a regular basis the turn of this century demand by fans for heavy doses of porn featuring the busty contract superstar. She's in a mental hospital, with a large empty room with pillars used frequently here as a poor subsitute for a dressed set.
Frank Bukkwyd is a corrupt senator and Steven St. Croix an inquisitive reporter who ends up in the asylum, giving the veteran Adult actor a chance to give an embarrassing over-the-top performance when he goes crazy in stir.
Tyce Bune underplays by way of contrast as the evil guy in charge of the place, and I thought his was going to be a NonSex turn until late in the show when he has the privilege of humping Kira. This mess has so many loose ends and incompetent plotting/continuity that director Ganz should have been stripped of his DGA card (as if he ever could have been granted one in the first place).
Like so many inferior Vivid releases, it seems to have been ground out merely to generate Bonus Scene excerpts for other Vivid releases, sort of a Porn version of finance's Pyramid and Ponzi schemes.
Perverted Stories 22 (1999)
Highly imaginative perverse concepts brought to the screen
JIm Powers' imagination is on display in this edition of the hit series, with a couple of the 4 vignettes approaching classic status.
"The Devil Made Her Do It" is a rare case in "Perverted Stores" canon of porn-parody, directly mocking Blatty/Friedkin's horror hit "The Exorcist". Unrecognizable under heavy makeup FX, Mila plays the possessed child Regan, confronted in her bedroom by a couple of televangelists (not priests) amusingly portrayed by Herschel Savage and Dave Hardman.
While the head-turning-around gimmick is unconvincing, Powers' twisted mind has her spraying the clergy with green liquid shot out of her behind, as well as urinating on the bed, among other kinks, with Regan tied to the bed sort of a bondage motif. Mila talking dirty fits especially well into this format, with the two reverends chanting "The power of cock compels you!". Nancy Vee, one of porn's least inhibited actresses, gets the Ellen Burstyn role, which is NonSex.
Anoher world-beater is titled "Smells Like Fish -Tastes Like Chicken", in which a different sort of gross-out is displayed. JJ Michaels is shucking oysters to meet a deadline imposed by his mean boss (a cameo appearance by Powers). Under a black tarpaulin he finds an oyster that is actually a woman's exposed vagina, and inserting his knife inside it in closeup is a more realistic and unsettling bit of knifeplay than I've seen in any BDSM/fetish video. The actress involved is Angela D'Angelo, like many of Powers' players willing to go the extra mile in pursuit of her craft. Of course, JJ gets to have sex with her including anal, but that knife action is pretty shocking.
One segment title is misspelled on screen as "Straw Lock", when the DVD menu indicates "Straw Cock" was intended. It's a more conventional Powers trope, her a girl played by Envy humping a scarecrow out in the field in the middle of nowhere. It's not established if he has a heart.
Finale takes on horror movies with "Don't Look in the Closet", a showcase for Jade Marcela, who is gang-banged by the trio of studs in her closet (where they make lots of noise, getting her attention). Jade goes airtight in a scene including an anal creampie, par for the course in this outrageous series.
The Boobyguard (1993)
Entertaining riff on the hit film
Cash Markman spearheaded the porn-parody movement back in the VHS era of the '90s, actually making fun of popular movies & TV, rather than the carbon-copying of same by the recent porn-parody craze of the last decade. I saw this Scotty Fox (misspelled Cox in the credits) VHS when it was new, and returning to it on an obscure DVD reissue (a double-sided 10-disk set of random titles) found it holds up nicely.
That's because it doesn't dwell on the original film or imitate the Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner combo, but instead goes for more Industry-related comedy targets. Dominique Simone (her name also misspelled on screen) plays a former porn star who has had much work done, including massive boob enlargement, to embark on a mainstream acting career. Her fear of tabloid exploitation, namely printing photos of her new boobs, has her hire former Secret Service agent Randy Spears to protect her.
Friends and employees are out to get Simone, for profit, but stalwart Spears staves off all danger and of course ends up in the sack with the Black bombshell. Markman, who gets no screen credit, delivers snappy dialog in one of the few videos (out of nearly a thousand) of his that I've enjoyed. Every dog has its day, the saying goes.
In the supporting cast as Simone's maid, French import Beatrice Valle is a stunning beauty, and her lilting accent and sexual prowess (providing anal sex, the specialty at the time of Euro talent) steal the show.
Four Rooms: Los Angeles (2013)
The B team
Filly Films lists very few credits for its crews & filmmakers, with Rhonda Ovalman as editor the only constant. Here Rhonda gets to step into the director's chair, with meager results.
Attributed to a production company called "Honest Babe", the four vignettes have individual titles but weak set-ups. It's basically an all-girl, all-sex video with lovely ladies and boring content. All of them have far better story films and Lesbian DVDs available.
My Girlfriend's Mother 8 (2015)
Julia Ann is perfect
James Avalon gives Julia Ann a plum role in Volume 8 of this hit series, playing a free-spirit, hippie character in today's world.
Her daughter played by Karla Kush is uptight, the opposite of her mom, and frankly embarrassed by latter's openness. For example, when she brings our humble narrator played by Logan Pierce home with her, mom preparing breakfast in the kitchen in the nude (not recommended, considering bacon may splash hot oil while cooking on the stove top) causes some eye rolling.
Well-scripted with Dani Santitas (whoever that is, but at least a screen credit is doled out), the story has an unusual structure for Sweet Sinner, as the first hour has both XXX scenes featuring Kush, first in flashback humping her college professor, big-dicked Daniel Hunter, and then in the sack with Logan. Kush's character is an unreliable narrator, as she switches in her retelling the actual roles of good girl and temptress in the college prof flashback, also featuring Abigail Mac in a NonSex role.
Julia Ann teaches Logan to paint, inluding body painting on both of them, and relates a flashback showing what happened to Karla's dad: Erik Everhard running off and humping cute hippie girl Ariana Grand. There follows, as the night the day, the finale of Julia getting down with Logan -the hallmark of this particular series.
Avalon's visuals are quite colorful, with loads of pastels representing the hippie era. He takes considerable artistic license as regards the time frame, since for this contemporary story our present-day Moonrose (Julia) and daughter Sunshine (Kush) are of ages 40s and 20s, so the flashback with its '60s look is over 20 years too old.
Lesbian Anal P.O.V. 5 (2014)
Put a sock in it
Once more into the breach deer friends, as Dana Vespoli takes time out from her creative schedule to indulge herself (and get paid for it). Her willing co-conspirators are big names: including Adriana Chechik and Missy Martinez, and Ms. Vespoli makes no bones about her fetish.
It basically boils down to her not merely worshiping female rear ends but wanting to plunge her hands inside. She complains at one point about the modern censorship of mainstream porn at least, forbidding fisting, so she goes ahead and fists Missy off-screen, reminiscent of how porn pioneer Joe Sarno famously had couples actually having sex for his softcore movies but didn't show the actual peneteration. (Later he ground out hardcore videos by the bushel basket but pretended it didn't count.)
What does count here is the relish Dana takes as she convinces (without much trouble) her co-stars to go gonzo and take large dildos including her strap-on up their butts. At one point she does a two-hander inside a lady's posterior, but that supposedly is okay, as both thumbs are outside in the open air. Ah, the wonders and peculiarities of censorship!
Five nice segments
This is a good, if not great, grouping of vignettes from Sasha Alexander, built as usual around his meal ticket, lovely British-born star Sarah Louise Young.
Sarah leads off in the limousine excerpt from one of her European videos with Christophe Clark, humping away in the cramped quarters of their limousine while driving one evening. The scene ends differently than in its feature version, here with Sarah breaking the fourth wall to look at the camera (viewer).
The other four vignettes are varied, but with threesomes and interracial sex well represented. In one of them Sean Michaels and Jake Steed tag team a lucky lady as her erotic fantasy, with Sean briefly fisting the girl.
Another segment has Steven St. Croix and Blake Palmer in an office setting taking time out to hump a pretty blonde secretary (wearing glasses of course) together.
Behind the Counter (2000)
Unsung gem from unlikely source
This little-known video is all about an Adult video store, and manages to charm porn fans the way that the goofball Jack Black comedy "Be Kind Rewind" did for mainstream audiences in search of something different.
Director Alex Ladd is a journeyman in porn, still active two decades later mainly as as cameraman, especially for Wicked and now venturing into gay porn for the new Mile HIgh label "Noir Male". Here we find him with erstwhile critic (working with the dreaded AVN team) Roger Pipe as scriptwriter with amazing results.
Perhaps with a nod to Kevin Smith and "Clerks", story is set in a video store where former employee Tyce Bune shoots the breeze with current clerk Jay Ashley. The sex vignettes stem from anecdotes of odd happenings at the store, or simply banging the female personnel.
Show gets off to an incredibly arousing start with an extraneous sex scene, shot in beautiful, vivid color, starring the busty Candy Cotton, getting humped by Brit Porn stud with dreadlocks Karl Kincaid, who went on to become a prolific Euro Porn purveyor for Mile High Media.
Strong sex scenes featuring Chennin Blanc and especially Samantha Styles follow, with a very effective set piece featuring Chris Cannon as a horny customer, masturbating in the store to a VHS box of a Taylor St. Claire hit "Rage" (from the same distributor as "Behind the Counter") that turns into his erotic fantasy of humping Taylor right there in the store.
Jade Marcela also pops up to service the boys in a finale that includes a d.p.
This simple format turns out to be both amusing and very sexy, with the nostalgia value now adding to the mix, given the demise of Blockbuster and any sort of video stores (including Adult) in recent years.
Definitely worth a gander.
Twisted Minds (2008)
Made when Ken Docherty (aka Kendo) was transitioning from fetish (and local) Brit Porn to a wider audience via the new daring! Media label, "Twisted Minds" unveils his now familiar, overused bag of tricks: fancy editing, overly cropped images, passive "couldn't be bothered" male performers, and playing with color grading. It also has his preferred "cattle" (to quote Hitchcock), namely Eastern European talent before the camera.
The five vignettes are thus uneventful, merely a pretentious exercise in style that attracted attention once upon a time but reduced Mr. K's video to their more recent status as cheap buys residing in the Bargain Bin. Cast has some familiar beauties like Darla Glower in it, but overall this DVD is mediocre.
Candy is dandy
Michelle Thorne surprisingly plays second fiddle in the breast department in one segment here to Candy Charms, an amazing if obscure (I couldn't find another extant DVD featuring her) actress.
Charms seems as big up front as the legendary '90s Euro bust queen Lolo Ferrari, and has a solid lesbian tryst with Michelle worth catching.
Her guest stud Stefan Hard is busy the rest of the way, servicing Thorne in two separate scenes. Michelle also has a fun time with the wonderful Victoria Summers dressed (sort of) as secretaries, and MT rounds out the show with a solo scene, performing a d.p. on herself with a couple of dildos.
Fantasy Roleplay Vol. 3 (2018)
Not Ricky or James at their best
Ricky Greenwood gets story credit for this James Avalon video, but the set-ups for the 4 XXX vignettes are not very interesting. Structure has Olive Glass as a blogger who is giving sex advice, and presents us with some case histoires, including her own.
Blair Williams is the biggest name in a cast, weighted more toward presenting new talent than most matinee idol-oriented entries in the Erotica X universe. She is advised to role play, and heads back to teenage days, dressed in cheerleader costume to hump hubby Michael Vegas.
Big-dicked Logan Long and his wife Jenna Reid play at infidelity when he goes for a blind date meet up with Jenna pretending to be not herself. Kendra Spade fakes a prowler on the loose episode, phoning her man Mick Blue who shows up costumed as a cop to hump her.
For the finale Olive play at BDSM, with husband James Deen dull as usual flogging her in a scene that emphasizes straight sex. Not very exciting, especially with Deen, who outlived his welcome about 2000 videos ago, on the payroll.
Busty Brits Abroad (2008)
Cheerful and stimulating
Cathy Barry and fellow big-up-front actresses from Britain romp in this obscure but worthwhile title out of her and hubby Phil Barry's Pumpkin Media catalog.
The setting is unspecified, but might be Ibiza or some other holiday spot where a heck of a lot more sunshine is available compared to back home in Blighty. Highlighted by a four-girl Sapphic romp, the bosomy ladies get down individually with Christian XXX, who seems mighty pleased with the arrangement. Phil, who directed, can be heard interacting frequently on the soundtrack.
Cathy is the most accomplished humper in the bunch, though mates Alexis Silver and Hannah Callow (latter reminding me a bit of current champion "big naturals" model Lucie Wilde). Video also gives us a chance to view a legendary (perhaps forgotten by most) plumper Toni Evans (aka Kirsten Halborg), making a case for the eroticism of "folds of flesh" (e.g., Christian has to search for a moment to find her pussy).
Twisted Passions Part 3 (2008)
Provocative, if tangential, segment in the Thornhill saga
For Episode 13 of the Thornhill Diaries series, this "Twisted Passions 3" DVD briely picks up where Episode 12 left off, with Sam Ryan recuperating with an arm and face injury meted out by Mikey. Episode 12 was titled "Lesbian Psychotherapists 2", but all the recent Diaries have been named Twisted Passions.
Elexis Monroe comforts Sam and then humps her, with the cast on Sam's arm part of the less strenuous than usual Sapphic XXX scene.
The rest of the show goes off on a tangent, with Flower Tucci dominating. She brings a gonzo sensibility (check out her credits listed in IMDb for some off-color titles) to the show, playing a foul-mouthed, uninhiibited buddy to Heather Silk, who badmouths other characters and then humps Silk in a memorable scene in which the young beauty Silk lactates and squirts plenty of milk (they call it cream here) on Flower, much to her delight. Later Flower has a mature ladies' blonde on blonde sex session with Autum Moon.
Maggie St. Michaels also gets to hump Sam and there are brief NonSex cameos by superstar Sasha Grey and Rebeca Linares, latter going topless but as they say not "all the way".
Slut Hotel (2017)
Lawless gets a workout
Half of this Brazzers DVD is devoted to the 3-part "Slut Hotel", starring big-dicked Sean Lawless as a guy who can't pay his bill, so has to take it out in trade. In this particular fantasy universe, that means three vignettes of him forced to hump a total of six porn actresses working at the hotel. It's enjoyable porn thanks to lovely ladies like Rache Roxx and Skyla Novea, as well as Brazzers latter-day regular Romi Rain.
Alektra Blue, post her stint as Wicked contract girl, gets two scenes that both feature her humping Brazzers' iron man Keiran Lee. One is a bonus, while the other has her "suffering" through wife-swapping by her creepy husband, who ends up with Nina Elle in the bargain.
Other segment is title "While My Husband Passed Out", featuring the always energetic Alexis Fawx humping away with Keiran Lee as the room service guy, while her hubby (an extra, uncredited) lies nearby unconscious. Fawx throws in some squirting for good measure.
White Witch (2014)
Deen is awful & so is the movie
After effectively casting mysterious Asphyxia Noir in the title role (she's the best thing in the feature) Scott Allen fumbles the rest of the assignment. Death blow to the project is casting James Deen in the central, overbearing role as an ineffectual private dick, pun intended.
Story is intentionally cryptic and nonsensical, meaning it makes no sense. Deen is hired by smug Nick Manning to find a guy named R. Morris, with an ultimatum the guy pay up a debt with a tomorrow deadline. For the rest of the picture Deen wanders or drives around, is relentlessly dull and monotone as an "actor", and gets to whip out his dick and hump at every opportunity. This leads to a trick ending and such lousy filmmaking that his big-deal coda voice-over statement is drowned out by music.
So we're left with sex scenes in search of a movie. Noir is plenty hot in her XXX coupling with the non-hero, and Bridgette B steals the show as usual in an extraneous sex scene with Ryan Driller. Noir's real-life girlfriend Skin Diamond plays a sub and should please her fans, though adding no luster to her transition to a mainstream career subsequently.
Allen's frenetic editing and relentless closeup photography ruin the sex footage, leaving poor Wicked Pictures with a barely releasable mess. The incipient fantasy elements of the story are bungled, with the extent of our heroine's white witchcraft consisting of a hypnotic tea that sort of foams like dry ice.
This second "porn-parody" of the hit Marvel film is a ripoff in two ways: stealing Marvel's intellectual property by imitating rather than presenting satire or parody (it's not funny and doesn't make fun of the comic book characters), and then ripping off the consumer.
Feature runs 76 minutes long (including credits) and then continues for 24 more minutes with a tacked-on sex scene of Nick Fury (Lex Steele) and sexy Shazia Sahari that is merely to set up a plug for their Avengers ripoff feature. And this XXX scene is easily the best in the show, likely shot 9 months later given the production dates of July 2011-March 2012 for Iron Man XXX and March 2012 for Avengers XXX.
Dale DaBone is a fine choice for the title role, more exuberant than Robert Downey Jr. , since he always channels a bit of The Rock's braggadocio into his acting performances. But he doesn't do much, nor do any of the other lead players in a threadbare cast. Brooklyn Lee toward the end of her career looks smashing as Black Widow, but merely shows up irrelevantly for a lesbian scene with leading lady Lexi Belle. Masked with a lousy wig and fu manchu mustache Derrick Pierce is a poor villain, and Alec Knight shows up briefly in a NonSex role, after a featured part in the earlier film parody made by the notorious Rob Black during latter's "cleaned-up pornographer" career phase (post-Lizzy Borden outlaw content). Most porn films omit NonSex credits (here Kylie Ireland suffers that fate) but one Robert McEvilly gets both screen and box cover credit for playing 'Thunderbolt' Ross, a character I didn't spot at all.
The special effects are lousy, minimal action scenes weak, and overall the dramatic set-ups add up to a mere 22-minute NonSex version provided as so-called Bonus content on a second disk. The 2-DVD format is a total ripoff, with price point over $30 but delivering far less than the usual porn release at nearly twice the cost.
Voluptuous Biker Babes (2008)
Incompetent alt-porn with plumpers
Adam & Eve dabbled in the alt-porn movement a decade ago with meager results, typified by this very poor sort of Russ Meyer tribute from one Carlos Batts. Batty is a better pseudonym for the pornographer, based on this poorly made piece of junk.
It opens like one of those tributes to Meyer's classic "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" with 3 huge-bodied ladies stranded in a desert with a biker offering them a ride. Everything slides downhill from there, as the combination of poor acting, lousy dancing around and unexciting sex seems a mere excuse to show off way larger than life plumpers headed by star April Flores. She appeared in other more conventional Adam & Eve DVDs to way better effect.
Thrown into the mix is bona fide star of the era Audrey Hollander, and her inevitable man/moocher Otto Bauer, with his hambone performance just terrible. None of the scenes make any sense, as apparently Mr. Batts took Russ's unofficial '60s nickname (offered by porn critics of the day writing for magazines like Adam Film World) of the Rural Fellini and decided to mix the two auteurs' styles. Bad move.
Mommy & Me (2010)
The filly that got away?
By all rights "Mommy & Me" should be a Filly Films release, but parent company Combat Zone takes credit inexplicably for this mediocre video.
It's merely a series of older/younger couplings, but there is no mention of family relations, the title merely being a marketing come-on. Most of the lady pairs don't have any physical/facial resemblance.
MILFs Kylie Ireland and Francesca Le are a definite selling point, while Hall of Famer Ginger Lynn looks way past her prime in the finale. The sweet young things are far less impresssive or well-known.
The Scarlet Manor (2009)
Mindless fetish content
Director Roy Karch takes an unusual "conceived by" credit, but merely gives birth to a mediocre Penthouse vignettes DVD.
Kristina Rose and Angie Savage, hiding behind masks, play the red-latex outfitted hostesses of this boring show, admitting folks to the manor to have sex. Despite the attempt at style and atmosphere, it's no more than a gussied up hot-sheets motel.
Best sex scene features Fetish icon Satine Phoenix, looking terrific in her mask and strange gear, humping away in hetero style rather than her usual Sapphic approach. Finale predictably has Rose & Savage shedding their tight-fitting trappings for lesbian bliss together.