The Little Details
Running Time: 88 min. (cover states 90 min. and this is as close as I've ever seen Homegrown to making it)
Production Date: 8 / 14 / 2008
Director: None credited
Cast: Kirra Lynne, Nikki Sexton, Tara Tainton, Terrill, Code, Damon Wild, Joel, and John Strange
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: Homegrown is very hit or miss for me, which much more emphasis on the miss. This one, however, gives me a little hope just because it has Tara Tainton in it who's done some great work for Shot at Home.
Initial Reaction: It's one of the most enjoyable releases I think I've seen from Homegrown.
Who Should Watch It : Fans of fresh faces and outdoor sex
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting nastier sex
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: Due to the outdoor location of most of the scenes in this release, it should be no surprise that the technical aspects are far from perfect. The audio is balanced fairly well and you can hear the performers nicely through most of the movie. There are, however, plenty of background noises and some of the time I had a strong feeling that they were being piped in. The video is presented in the full frame format and looks okay. The lighting is a bit uneven with some bleaching due to natural light, and there's also a touch of grain. Although one would think that the outdoor locations would make the technical aspects much weaker on this release than the typical Homegrown release, they actually seemed less sloppy here than normal.
Disc Complaints: The authoring is a bit funky, which doesn't seem to be anything too unusual with Homegrown. Rather than having the entire movie on a title that makes it easy for viewers to skip to where ever they choose in the movie (which is extremely nice if you get tired of a scene and just want to jump ahead randomly or if you're viewing the movie later and want to go to a specific point in the movie) each scene has its own title, similar to how some studios run their TV shows on DVD. This style of authoring has thankfully gone the way of the dodo with most studios, but Homegrown and Naughty America seem to be sticking with it. Both studios are distributed by Pure Play and like Hundies (also distributed by Pure Play) there's only recently been an effort put into their extras (although Homegrown DVDs seem to use the same extras on all of their DVDs). Seeing that lack of care in the same areas for several studios being distributed by the same company I can't help but think that the problem and lack of care lies with Pure Play Media more than anything. With that little care coming from their releases maybe the customer should just be glad that they get a time stamp throughout the movie.
False Advertising: The boxcover lists a bonus scene as being on the DVD, but I couldn't find one anywhere. I'm deducting a half point from the overall score because of this. This false claim (along with the 90 minute running time claim) has been on so many Homegrown releases for so long that it looks more like a deliberate attempt to mislead consumers than it does an innocent or lazy oversight.
Menus: There's only one menu, and it blends a simple background with text choices for extras and clips from each scene to let you jump to specific chapters. If you choose a scene, you're oddly taken shortly past the start of each scene rather than beginning at the start of the scene.
The FeatureHomegrown's Backyard Amateurs series focuses on the simple concept of outdoor sex. Most of the time the scenes here take place outdoors, but sometimes it's just with a few of the outdoors.
|Scene 1 – Tara Tainton and Code T|
Busty brunette (with a few red highlights) happily puts a few things in the back of the car and checks with Code to make sure he's ready to go to Red Rock Canyon. She takes a moment to show off her black bikini top, which of course shows off her fantastic tits very well, before the action cuts to them in the canyon. Tara quickly strips off her top to have just shorts, hiking shoes, and her bikini top on, and they soon hear somebody else in the canyon and try to figure out where they are so that they can have a bit of privacy. They find a secluded spot where Tara strips down for Code while continuing to hear a few people around, as well as masturbating for him. Her clothes reappear with her tits still out as she works Code over orally before they move to a blanket where they kiss and Code helps to show off Tara's great ass. They fuck in a modified spoon on the ground before he takes her from behind against a large rock. He finally cums on her ass as they hear people coming nearby and show off quickly before the camera cuts out.
After the great work Tara and Code have done for Shot at Home I had very high expectations for this scene that they easily met. Tara and Code show a great sense of fun with their camera, and the public sex aspect comes out extremely well through the scene. The slight choppiness to the scene's editing played into the public sex aspect a bit and let it work for the scene instead of against it, and as usual with Tara and Code they show a very nice understanding on how their camera should work. In fact, they show a much better understanding and care towards how the camera does and should work than most everybody else I've seen from Homegrown including and especially their regulars. This is a great scene that makes checking this release out very worthwhile.
|Scene 2 – Nikki Sexton and Damon Wild|
Brunette Nikki starts out by a pool talking about her dogs with Damon. She also talks about what she likes sexually, especially with girls, as well as showing off her piercings and eight tattoos before Damon moves in to eat and finger her pierced and shaved pussy. Nikki strips off her top before slowly sucking his cock and giving it some nice action from her pierced tongue, as well as giving him some great eye contact and throat action. They move around to sixty-nine before Nikki lays back to let Damon fuck her missionary style. She also rides him reverse cowgirl style and lets him fuck her doggie style while pulling her hair and slapping her ass. They also get in a bit more missionary work, some bow and arrow fucking, and a midair cowgirl ride. Finally, Nikki gets down to take an enthusiastic pop on her face.
This is another very nice scene. I hate a hard time considering it a “backyard” scene because the entire scene takes place inside an enclosed gazebo, but there is very nice chemistry between Nikki and Damon. They both put out some very nice energy and the action is captured nicely. I think this would have fit better in one of Homegrown's other series due to the indoor aspect, but this is still a very enjoyable and hot scene.
|Scene 3 – Kirra Lynne and John Strange|
Dirty blonde Kirra plays around with John in the backyard as he teases her with a ball. He takes her to the porch where she asks about taking a break, comments on worrying about sunburn since he didn't put any sunblock on her, and gets an offer for him to give her a little lotion that's healthy and all natural. John admires her ass as Kirra strips down for him to take a few “pictures” before eating her pussy from the front and back. Kirra reciprocates with some nice head while mugging the camera before he fucks her missionary and doggie style. They get in each of the cowgirls before returning to doggie, and finish things up with John giving Kirra a nice load on her face.
This is a pretty good scene. Kirra has been around the business for quite a while and done plenty of nasty things, but unlike so many other pros who have appeared in Homegrown's movies this scene actually feels like it could have been one of her very first scenes. She gets into the sex nicely but also has a hard time not mugging the camera as John fucks her. She puts out some nicely realistic vocals as well as some nice energy as John gives her a good bone to work with. This is a surprisingly good scene even though it once again doesn't fully fulfill the backyard, outdoor aspect of the movie.
|Scene 4 – Terrill and Joel|
Brunette Terrill chats with Joel and brings him a cup of coffee as he works on a car. She offers to help and soon has him running his hands around her and kissing her from behind. Joel helps her out of her top and kisses her nipples a little as they kiss before moving down to kiss his way around her pussy as she sits on the edge of the car. Joel moves down to tongue her twat before moving up to kiss her nipples, neck, and mouth, and then lets Terrill suck and stroke his cock in return with a few kisses mixed in. They move to a conveniently located blanket on the ground for Terrill to ride him in each of the cowgirls before moving onto the car for some missionary work. Terrill also bends over the car for Joel to take her from behind as well as letting him sit back on the car for a little more action from behind. They keep moving around as they mix in plenty of oral action and a bit more cowgirl before Terrill finally takes a nice load on her face and they share one last kiss.
This is a very nice scene. The outdoor aspect works nice, and although it's set in a secluded junkyard it does work well for the movie's theme. There's very nice chemistry between Terrill and Joel, and although she never gets wildly vocal or energetic there's no doubt as to how much Terrill is getting into the action. Joel seems to have a few problems popping at the end, but Terrill never gives up and works him to a nice pop to close it out. This is a hot scene that closes the movie nicely.
Backyard Amateurs 15 is a surprisingly hot Homegrown release. It doesn't completely live up to the outdoor aspect that the title suggests and does have some familiar faces, but it also works well due to some very nice chemistry in each of the scenes. Tara Tainton's opening scene with Code was easily my favorite, but there isn't a single scene in the movie that drops down to even the average level. The background noises sometimes seem like they might have been piped in to help with the outdoor mood, but that's really the only complaint I can have about a movie that does appear to be mostly amateur action. Yes, there's a little shakiness to the camera work and other blemishes, but that's to be expected with amateur action. The problem here, and the typical problem with Homegrown's releases, is that even when you have established people, such as Damon Wild or John Strange with what I expect is one of Homegrown's regular camera people, those limitations still exist and give the scenes a sloppy feel. That's pretty limited here, and is a big reason why Backyard Amateurs 15 worked much better for me than many of the other Homegrown Video releases I've watched. Backyard Amateurs 15 has a few little flaws, but it still a very enjoyable little fuck flick.
The Extra StuffThe extras are the same extras one will find on most other Homegrown releases. Trailers are included for many of Homegrown's previous releases as well as a few of their upcoming releases. They nicely let you see who's in each scene and give you several clips from each movie, but unfortunately also lump all of the trailers under two chapters so that you can't skip a title easily if you've already seen it or aren't interested in it. There's also weblinks and a blooper reel.
The blooper reel lasts about twelve and a half minutes. Unlike most blooper reels which actually contain bloopers from the movie on the DVD, this is a completely generic blooper reel that spans the entire range of Homegrown's releases. It spans so many movies that it's even organized into areas such as bodily functions. There's a few chuckles here, but it's not nearly as good as it might have been if it featured clips from this movie and odds are if you've checked out any other Homegrown releases you've already seen it.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, public sex, tease, and masturbation
Raincoat Factor: High
Condom Usage: Between Damon Wild and Nikki Sexton
The Bottom Line:Currently, many Homegrown DVDs can be found online for between about $13 and $25 with a few stores offering them near the low end. At the low end this one's a pretty good buy. The sex is hot and fun, and the outdoor aspect works well in most of the scenes. The technical aspects are fairly average, and as usual with Homegrown the extras are completely recycled and don't even deliver what the box claims. This is a nice movie on a DVD and packaged that could definitely use a little more work and a lot more honesty.
Note to Homegrown: I guess it's easy to see how far a reputation can take you when you continue to lie as much as you do on your boxcovers.
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