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|Coming to Beverly Hills Too (1999)|
The First Word: It's another two-day day wonder from Francois Clousot that you're probably thinking about buying because of the cast list and because NuTech discs are cheap.
What's It About?:
People complain about how formulaic
mainstream Hollywood releases are. Well,
Tinseltown has nothing on the San Fernando
Valley. Porn franchises need nothing more than a
theme that would get an 'F' in an elementary
school composition. Clousot extends the 'Foreign
girl goes to Beverly Hills to live and ends up
having lots of sex' themelet another 90 minutes.
But if you're thinking 'sequel,' don't -- there's
no tie between the first and the second
What I liked: Good action shots: When I take notes for my review, I try to remember particularly hot looking acts. On my note sheet for this movie, I have several notations of "great," "nice," and "good," so there were a number of moments that caught my eye. I'm especially into blowjobs with good eye contact and strong facials, and this movie has a couple of those. Overall, I wouldn't put this one into the "outstanding" category when you take everything into account, but it's got some good eye candy in most of the scenes.
What I didn't like: Hollow Feeling: If you've watched porn for a while, you begin to understand what a studio's "feel" is. For example, you know what to expect from studios like Vivid, Wicked, or Private, and nine times out of 10, that's what you get. The same thing goes with most NuTech releases, especially those by Francois Clousot and Silver Star Entertainment. While the sex and production value are generally solid, all of their movies have a very passionless and vacant feel. About the closest thing I can equate it to is the feeling I get when I watch the old "Twilight Zone" episodes -- a creepy and hollow one. The body parts look good interacting (see "What I liked"), but it's almost as if we're watching porn if were produced by aliens ("This is what Human pornography is like").
Not enough Rebecca Lord: For being the main character, she sure doesn't get laid much, with her two scenes coming at the end of the movie. I suppose you could call that a build-up of anticipation, but that's something difficult to pull off in an adult film. Couldn't we have gotten just a quickie or a blowjob as an appetizer?.
DVD Extras: I was pretty underwhelmed with this DVD after seeing the first Coming to Beverly Hills disc. Whereas the first one had a 20- minute behind the scenes video, this one only has some unremarkable video interviews with a few of the girls (and Rebecca Lord and Inari Vachs are not among them, pity). And although the familiar bios and photo gallery are included, strangely, the usual 3-4 preview trailers are not. The NuTech gimmick of DTS and Dolby 5.1 is part of the package, but it's still just a gimmick.
I was surprised to see some authoring mistakes on the DVD, specifically a strange break between chapter stops 3 and 4 at approximately 36:30 that doesn't allow you to reverse scan back past that point. Fast forward and chapter skips work fine, but I can't rewind on my DVD player. There is also some very strange chapter breaks that don't correspond well to points in the movie or in the sex action, not to mention the overall lack of chapter breaks -- that makes it really hard to skip or find something. Instead, you're forced to fast forward through a lot of footage to get to where you want to go. Finally, the multiple angles are clearly from different cameras -- you can tell by night & day difference in brightness between the cameras (calibration, anyone?). The second camera angle is unedited, so you see the cameraman move from position to position -- not really that appealing unless you're interested in the behind-the-scenes aspect.
A/V Quality: This one is pretty typical of modern NuTech DVDs: clear, nearly problem-free video with a DTS/Dolby 5.1 soundtrack that's really just a slightly hollow stereo track with some music thrown on the rear channels. I've seen few better for the price and a lot that are much worse.
The Last Word: Since NuTech discs are almost always sold on the low side of the $10-20 range, this is a DVD you can get without feeling ripped off after you watch it. It's not a scorcher in anyone's book, but it's a decent low-budget porn film. It's good for a cheap filler if you have to get another disc to qualify for a free shipping or coupon deal. However, if you're looking for something identical to the first Coming to Beverly Hills or think that there's going to be a lot of Rebecca Lord or Inari in it, you'd be better off with another DVD.