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Running Time: 74 min.
Production Date: 10 / 05 / 2002
Director: Anders Manga
Cast: Julie Robbins, Victoria Givens, Brooke Ballentine, Brandy Clark, Bill Tyler, Skye Oxford, Duane Vein, Nick Justice, and Sam Sharp
Initial Expectations: Anders Manga and Pandora have impressed me with every one of their features so far. I’ve been told this one is a little different, but I still can’t help but go in with high hopes.
Initial Reaction: It’s one of the few pornos I’ve watched that afterwards I wasn’t sure what I thought. It’s very artistic, very dark, and yet also pretty hot.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody who likes extremely artistic porn and dark movies
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting happy, bright, fun porn
Audio /Video Quality: In their first few releases, Pandora had a few problems with their technical aspects. Thankfully most of those problems seem to be a thing of the past. The audio is clear and well balanced for the most part, although there is a bit of grain in some parts. There’s also a few artistic tricks played with the video, but they do a great job of helping to set the mood in the feature. The video is very well done and more than a little artistic. No, that doesn’t mean there’s a lot of smoke and mirrors. Instead there’s fast cuts, a blend of black and white and color for the video, and a little playing around with the aspect ratio. There’s also some very nice use of shadows throughout the feature. That isn’t to say everything’s perfect. There’s a couple background noises, a few soft focus blurs, and the cameraman gets in the shot a couple times throughout the feature.
Music: Once again, Anders Manga has put together a musical selection that you wouldn’t think belongs in porn. It has almost unheard of things like lyrics, as well as a dark and moody feel that fits the movie extremely well. The balance also varies to help the mood, and ends up helping almost every scene.
Menus: Pandora has been playing around nicely with the standard menu format in some of their other releases, and they continue it here. Things aren’t normally labeled as you’d expect them to be, with the exception of the chapter menu, yet it feels natural for Pandora. None of the menus are animated, yet all appear artistic and have interesting titles which really put a smile on my face.
The Feature: Down south the girls aren’t always southern belles and the mood isn’t always friendly. There’s dark secrets. Some are hidden in back rooms of homes and out in the woods, but the darker ones are held in the back places of people’s hearts and heads. When they come out, things can get ugly, and you never know what’s going to happen.
Victoria Givens, a good looking brunette gives Anita Rose its first scene with Bill Tyler. She strips down and pushes him onto the table to suck his cock before hopping onto it herself for him to fuck her. It doesn’t take long for him to work Victoria up to an orgasm, and with Victoria you know she isn’t faking it since she lets go with a good squirt. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take him long to finish either, and he pops onto her bush. It’s a fairly short scene, but has a nicely realistic feel to it.
Skye Oxford, an average looking brunette, finds her husband Duane Vein missing from their bed at night. She finds him in Julie Robbins’ room, where Julie instructs her to sit down and watch while she sucks his cock. At Julie’s instruction, Skye removes her nightgown to reveal a body very unlike the normal porn star. It’s a very real body, rather than the supermodel body with a negative percentage of body fat. Skye sucks Duane’s cock and balls at Julie’s instruction and then hops on to fuck him reverse cowgirl style. Julie plays with her a bit before dropping down to lick them both as they fuck before going back to playing with Skye. The girls play with each other a little bit before Duane pops, and then accept his guy goo on their tits. It’s a hot scene with great chemistry. Skye is fairly restrained at the start of the scene, but gets into things very well by the end. Victoria Givens also makes an appearance, listening from the hall and playing with herself until she has a couple obvious orgasms.
Next, Brandy Clark, a slightly older redhead with a realistic body and most of her body parts pierced that can be, and Sam Sharp, who looks like almost any other guy on the street, team up to make their last night in their house special. Brandy starts out warming him up with a footjob before letting Sam return the favor with his tongue and fingers. They finish things up with Brandy giving Sam a little more head, but without any visible pop. It’s a different scene, and one that didn’t quite work for me.
After a few people leave the party they’re at, Brooke Ballentine, a nice looking girl with a fantastic body, comes over to eat Julie’s pussy while Victoria watches. After she thinks she’s watched long enough, Victoria pulls Brooke away to dive in herself. Victoria works back and forth between Brooke and Julie before the girls take turns being in the middle to be worked on by the others. The girls finish things up in a line, and the scene cuts out just as things look like they’re winding up. The scene feels like it might still have a few more seconds to go, but comes to a much better close than most of the all girl scenes out there.
Brandy Clark and Sam Sharp get busy again after the party, and go directly to Sam fucking Brandy. In a nice touch, Sam plays with Brandy’s clit as he fucks her to give her a little extra stimulation. They work through missionary and reverse cowgirl before Brandy pulls Sam out and directs him all over her bush. It’s a nice continuation of the earlier scene, and makes a great finale to the party sequence.
Finally, after taking care of a little business, Brooke Ballentine gets a little cock. She sucks off her partner and then hops on to ride him reverse cowgirl style. They move on through a little missionary, with Brooke putting some great energy into it and finishing it taking a small pop on her stomach. Oddly, the guy’s face is never shown so you don’t know who she just fucked.
Once again Pandora takes a risk that ends up paying off with Anita Rose. I have to admit that this is probably one of the hardest times I’ve had rating an adult movie. It reminded me a bit of what porn might be like if David Fincher, who did mainstream movies such as Seven and Fight Club decided to make a porno. Darkness like that isn’t what I normally want with my porn, yet once I started watching I couldn’t look away. The editing is rough, yet is consistent enough that it seems to be what Anders Manga was wanting. I’m not sure a smile ever passed my face unless somebody was fucking, and Victoria Givens, Julie Robbins, and Brooke Ballentine all did a great job at that. The rest of the cast also did a great job here, and I think part of the reason I couldn’t pull myself away was they the entire movie a very base and primal feel to it. It’s so unusual to have this feeling in porn, and especially done this way, that I couldn’t help but watch to see what might happen next.
Anders Manga deserves a lot of credit for the cast he’s put together. Nobody in this movie looks like a supermodel or like they’re going to be the next Silvia Saint. Everybody looks like a real person, and they fuck like them too. The scenes aren’t long and drawn out, with people looking like they’re contestants for the Sexual Olympics. The cast also gives the scenes some very realistic emotions. There isn’t the constant screaming and moaning where you can’t tell if the person’s enjoying the sex or if they’re trying to do an impersonation of the starter on a semi turning over. It all gives the sex a feel, and for a change, makes for sex scenes that the average person can really relate to.
I really don’t know how to rate Anita Rose. It’s something that I think people are either going to like or really hate, just like Michael Raven’s Limbo and the miscarriage scene it contained. Things like this often make for good movies, but not always good porn, since a lot of what’s here isn’t close to wanking material. The cast does a great job, and Anders does a great job of pulling it all together. Whether or not it’s going to be what you’re looking for, however, is another matter. If you’re looking for something dark and different, Anita Rose is definitely worth a look.
Extras: As usual, Pandora has included a variety of extras. Trailers are included for Anita Rose and the excellent Girl Show 2. There’s also about four and a quarter minutes of outtakes. There’s plenty of flubbed lines and little screw-ups, as well as some other behind the scenes things. It shows a nice lightness and spirit of fun and enjoyment on the set despite not being a light and fun movie. Finally, interviews are included with several of the stars. Victoria Givens gives about a nine minute interview. She starts it off singing before talking about her favorites, such as food, cuss words, and type of guy to work with, as well as talking about religion, her fantasies, and her hobbies. She even talks about her squirting before 1finishing things up with a demonstration. Brooke Ballentine is featured next, and talks for about seven minutes. She talks about kidney stones, Julie Robbins, her shoes and sunglasses, religion, and what’s learned in and plans for after porn. Finally, there’s Julie Robbins, who talks for about three and a half minutes. She talks about growing up and the town she grew up in, religion, sex, and clothes.
Themes: Straight, masturbation, tease, squirting, group, lesbian, footjob, oral, and rimming (female > female)
Raincoat Factor: Medium
Overall: Currently, most of Pandora Bazzar’s DVDs can be found online for between about $13 and $25, with quite a few stores offering them for under $20. If you like artistic and dark porn, this is going to be some of the best money you ever spent.
Note to Pandora Bazaar: Although this movie won’t be for everybody, it’s great to see that you’re willing to take a few risks!
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