Running Time: 83 min.
Production Date: 3 / 10 / 2003
Director: Candida Royalle
Cast: Alexandra Silk, Ava Vincent, Mistress Tara Indiana, Leila Swan, Brian Bishop, Grego, Johnny Dannon, and Marcus Oralius
Initial Expectations: The Femme line has been kind of hit or miss with me. Iím not really sure what to expect here.
Initial Reaction: Itís beautiful but often boring and a letdown.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody whoís afraid of porno and sex or anybody wanting to see new guys
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody who thinks porno should be about hot and complete sex scenes or who wants things like pop shots
Audio /Video Quality: The audio is normally fairly clear, but slightly off balance. The locations throw it off a little a couple times, but it also seems to fit the locations at those places. The video is a bit artistic. It has a soft feel and the lighting is often played with to help with the mood of the scenes. The video definitely helps with the artistic feeling of the feature, and makes things very beautiful.
Music: The music is soft and romantic. Itís often just a little loud, but works well for the soft feel of the movie.
Menus: The menus are decently done. The main menu has some nice animation and design to help it give a good first impression. The chapter menu is okay, and lets you choose a scene only from a small clip from each scene.
The Feature: Alexandra Silk has come to New York City with her star Ava Vincent looking for fresh talent. They interview many guys off the street, trying to find out why they want to be in an erotic film and what they have to offer. Of course, the sex doesnít always according to the script.
Ava Vincent starts things out with Brian Bishop over twenty five minutes into the movie. They kiss passionately with Brian working his mouth across Avaís body and their hands roving across each otherís body. Ava strokes Brianís cock and he kisses her through her panties before they fully exchange oral favors. After plenty of oral attention, Ava lays back and lets Brian slowly give it to her missionary style. The scene finally ends with the two of them kissing and nothing close to a pop shot or any other type of apparent orgasm for either of them.
This is a gorgeous scene! Sadly, thatís about all it is. You can sense some great chemistry between Ava and Brian, and you never feel like either of them are just there for the check. Itís very passionate and artistic, but it never gets much beyond that. I felt like I was watching a magazine spread for most of this scene.
Leila Swan, an extremely cute and hot brunette, gets it on with Johnny Dannon after he finds her watching Ava and Brian. Leila tries leaving, but stays when Johnny tells her how he likes to watch too. They play with each other lightly while watching Ava and Brian as they help each other out of their clothes. Johnny drops down to eat Leila before they play with each other a bit more. Leile sheaths Johnnyís sword before letting him pump her from behind. They finally end things when theyíre interrupted by Alexandra Silk and some reporters.
This is another soft and artistic scene. The entire scene has a red tint, and once it gets to the sex it strongly favors close-ups. Iím not really sure that I ever saw both Leila and Johnnyís reaction at the same time. This scene also struck me as leaving a bit to be desired as once again thereís plenty of passion between Johnny and Leila. Instead of trying to capture all the heat between them, Candida tries to tone it down as much as possible and ended up really hurting the scene for me.
Mistress Tara Indiana and Marcus Oralius hook up backstage while Marcus finds Mistress Tara taking a cigarette break. Mistress Tara talks dirty to Marcus before blowing him, and even adds clothespins to his nipples. Marcus returns the oral favors a bit while Mistress Tara sits on the counter before fucking her from behind. Once again the scene ends up feeling far from complete without anything close to an orgasm for either of them.
This scene was a huge disappointment. It starts out really strong, which is nothing new with the little Iíve seen of Mistress Tara. I love how she dominates Marcus here, but as soon as it starts the fucking it nosedives faster than a kamikaze pilot who thinks he might not have enough velocity for his plane to explode on impact. I donít think I saw a full second of penetration in this scene and the ending feels completely chopped off. Mistress Tara shows a lot of potential here, and although Iíd never expect anybody in a Candida Royalle movie to be allowed to show the kind of intensity she does here, sheís the highlight of the movie.
Alexandra Silk finishes things up with Gregor, Brian Bishop, Johnny Dannon, and Marcus Oralius. The guys smother Alexandra with attention, working her over from head to toe with their tongues, toys, and fingers. She sucks each of them but only rides Johnny. I think I blinked and missed one pop, but it looks like another guy popped on her back that isnít shown.
This is a different scene. I love the addition of the toys in a heterosexual scene as well as the even balance between Alexandra working on the guys. Sadly, it also backfires a little. I couldnít help but think that most of the guys were having wood problems due to Johnny being the only guy to fuck her and because there isnít much for pop shots. Itís an okay scene, but as usual reeks of having a lot more potential than whatís captured here.
Stud Hunters is one of the best releases Iíve seen from Candida Royalle, but it still lacks quite a bit. Nothing in the movie really seems complete. The plot starts good, and thereís plenty of humor, but by the end of the movie nothingís really happened. Thereís some nice humor about the adult industry, but itís never enough to tie everything together. The sex is much the same way. Every scene has an excellent start. The foreplay in every scene her is better than a good portion of the sex scenes out there as a whole! Itís passionate and the stars take their time to build some very nice heat up between each other. You feel like thereís something happening there every time, and then the fucking is so completely downplayed, including the lack of pop shots, that every scene ended up a disappointment. Supposedly this is what women want in porn, and I have yet to see them want it like this. Yes, they want to feel something and want to watch something visually appealing, but they also donít want to be bored. Yes, I agree that the foreplay is really lacking in many scenes, but with how the sex is done here you wonder why they took the time to warm themselves up. I canít help but compare the scenes here to what most guys say about jerking off to porn. As youíre stroking and things are building up, everythingís great. Then when you pop you just donít care anymore and stop the movie. Itís like Candida popped at the insertion of every scene and quit trying to make an adult film each time. Itís really too bad because every woman here does a great job, and the guys donít look bad either. Itís great to see different guys, and Iím sure many people are going to be intrigued by Stud Hunters because of it. Stud Hunters has some good ideas, but sadly nothing really comes of it.
Extras: The only extra on the first DVD is a commentary with Candida Royalle. After being bored by a few of Candidaís movies in the past, I canít say that I was particularly looking forward to the commentary here. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. Candida handles the commentary by herself, and I think might do the best job Iíve heard so far for a solo commentary. She barely even pauses as the movie goes, and talks in quite a bit of depth about the cast and crew, the good and bad about shooting the scenes, and her movies in general. Itís an excellent commentary and something that should be listened to by everybody who watches the movies. If you like the movie, youíre going to learn a lot more about it and gain a much deeper appreciation for it. Even if you didnít like the movie I think itís a good commentary to listen to as I found myself appreciating and enjoying the movie much more with the commentary than I did for Candidaís other movies. This is a great commentary!
Thereís also a second DVD packed with extras. Trailers are included for Christineís Secret, The Gift, One Size Fits All, Eyes of Desire, and Eyes of Desire 2. Thereís a three minute bio for Candida Royalle and a message from Candida which lasts about two minutes and lets Candida talk some about Femme Studios and why she started making adult movies. The scrapbook lasts over five and a half minutes with about six seconds per nice looking snapshot or full screen photo. Thereís also a commercial for her Natural Contours vibe, weblinks, bloopers, and behind the scenes footage.
The blooper reel lasts over three and a half minutes. Thereís a few flubbed lines, a little screwing around, and sadly some of the scenes seem to go on forever before the blooper happens. Itís not that impressive of a blooper reel, and perhaps the worst one Iíve watched.
The behind the scenes featurette lasts about twenty minutes. It nicely mixes comments from Candida with the cast and even a little of the crew to get things started. It brings in a few clips from the feature and some clips from behind the scenes. Itís a nicely done behind the scenes featurette, but I couldnít help but feel like the major focus of the featurette was to promote Candida and her movies rather than focusing on the making of the movie and the people in it.
In the end, itís a decent collection of extras, but Iím really not sure why itís on a second DVD. Many other studios have released single DVDs with a longer movie, audio commentary, and behind the scenes and other extra footage rather than giving it a second DVD. Iíll admit that Iím attracted to 2 DVD sets since I normally think that if itís a two DVD set thereís too much to fit on one DVD. With whatís included here Iím left to feel a bit ripped off as it seems like nothing more than a marketing ploy, and the extras rating suffered because of it. Hopefully Candida wonít think she needs to release a 3 DVD set if her movies ever go over an hour and a half.
Themes: Straight, B&D, group, toe-ing, toys, and rimming (male > female)
Condoms Usage: 100%
Raincoat Factor: Low
Overall: Currently, most of Femmeís DVDs can be found online for between $14 and $28 with a few stores offering them near the low end. This one is actually close to worth the money. The sex lacks, but itís normally nicely shot. The technical aspects are nicely done and thereís nice extras. Although a double DVD set, there isnít quite as much here as many single DVD releases.
Note to Femme Productions: In the future, if youíre going to have a multiple DVD release, make it look like the extra DVDs are needed. I could see no reason for multiple DVDs here, which did not give a good impression of Femme.
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