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Studio: Adam & Eve
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Overall Rating 3 stars
Eden overall rating 3 stars
Female Looks Eden Female looks rating 4 stars
Male Looks Eden Male looks rating 4 stars
Sex Eden Sex rating 3 stars
 
Plot/Acting Eden Plot/Acting rating 2.5 stars
Extras Eden DVD Extras rating 3.5 stars
Audio/Video Quality Eden A/V Quality rating 2 stars
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Reviewed by astroknight  on  3/25/2008

The Little Details

Running Time: 217 min.

Production Date: 4 / 16 – 27 / 2007

Director: Daniel Dakota

Cast: Ava Rose, Bree Olson, Carmen Luvana, Courtney Cummz, Evan Valentine, Evan Stone, Jean ValJean, Jerry, and Tommy Gunn

The Short Story

Initial Expectations: Adam & Eve's movies can be a little soft for me at times, but with this lineup of lovely ladies I can't help but look forward to this one.

Initial Reaction: It's not bad, but also not up to the hype.

Who Should Watch It : Fans of the cast

Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting high quality video

The Technical Stuff

Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects almost make it to the average mark. The audio is very impressive for the amount of footage that was shot outdoors, and in addition to the lack of background nosies there's a very good balance between the cast and the ocean surroundings. That said, there are quite a few areas where the audio seems a bit hollow which holds it back a bit. The video is presented in anamorphic widescreen, and is where the major problem is. The lighting varies a little, which is to be expected with a movie shot so largely in the outdoors, but the bigger problem is the grain. There's often grain like one would expect with a shot on film movie, but it rarely has the depth of film and that gave Eden a very sloppy look to me. It comes across as overly soft and I noticed some frequent light ghosting and color lines around the lines in the presentation that seemed like poor authoring or perhaps trying to fit too much on one DVD and compressing the video too much more than anything. Although the audio is nicely done, the video is disappointing and held back the movie for me.

Music: There's a little nicely done music that often disappears after starting out with a nice audio balance.

Menus: The main menu works through a few non-anamorphic clips from the movie before settling in on a full screen still of Carmen with the style of the boxcover and a little minor animation. The chapter menu nicely lets you choose a scene based on a clip of each scene and the name of the girl(s) in it.

The Feature

Ava, the movie star. Tommy, the bad boy. Courtney, the widow with more money than she may ever be able to spend. Jerry, who has so much money he thinks he can buy anything. Carmen, very sophisticated but also very uptight. Together they come to Mr. Xavier's island resort after being specifically selected out of thousands of applicants.

Scene 1 – Carmen Luvana, Courtney Cummz, and Jean ValJean

Although she loves horses, Carmen has never been able to ride one. That changes when she's introduced to shirtless and shoeless Jean, who takes her riding through the country before they stop by a large tree to kiss. Jean can't resist running his hands around her and kissing her before he moves down to suck her big fat titties. He picks her up and sticks her in the fork of the tree to eat her pussy before letting her back down to eat her from behind and to kiss her tits a little more. He works her bald beaver over with his tongue a bit more, and as Carmen starts sucking his cock they're joined by Courtney who's just as eager to mouth Jean's manhood. Jean fucks Carmen from behind and lets her ride him in each of the cowgirls as Courtney watches, guides his cock, and plays with Carmen lightly. Courtney moves up to ride Jean's tongue and to let Carmen play with her a bit before Jean fucks Carmen in midair and then lets Courtney have it from behind both standing and on all fours as she eats Carmen. Jean spoons Courtney a little as the girls play before going back to fucking Carmen doggie style and then popping on her ass for Courtney to lick up.

This is a pretty hot scene. The visuals are great, with the location being every bit as beautiful as the girls and Jean. There's nice chemistry through most of the scene, but Courtney showing up and the balance between the girls threw the scene off slightly for me. It does move at a good pace and is drawn out nicely, but there's something about the scene that just felt slightly off for me. This scene might not be perfect, but there's a lot to like about it.



Scene 2 – Evan Valentine and Tommy Gunn

After a little time on the beach, Evan gets it on with Tommy starting with a quick kiss and a blowjob. Tommy drops down to reward her with a bit of twat tonguing that Evan turns into a sixty-nine before she moves forward to ride him reverse cowgirl style. They also get in a little cowgirl fucking before Tommy takes Evan from behind both on all fours and standing up. Finally he lets Evan have a decent facial finish.

This is an okay scene. Evan looks great and the location is gorgeous, but the chemistry seemed a little weak here. The editing was also a little on the rough side with the camera work never really grabbing my attention. This is an average at best scene.



Scene 3 – Ava Rose and Bree Olson

When Bree spots Ava and asks her if she's really gay like it looks in her TV show or if it's fake, Ava has her come close to show her. She kisses her passionately before having Bree sit back in her pool chair to eat Bree's bald box. Bree helps Ava out of her panties and has Ava sit on her face before getting on all fours and letting Ava work her over form behind with her tongue and fingers. They work back and forth a little more before sharing a kiss in the pool to bring things to a close.

This is a pretty good scene. The girls, as always, are gorgeous and there's some nice chemistry between them. The scene moves at a good pace and the action is captured pretty well. At the same time, the opening kissing is horribly shot with the girls' long hair almost completely covering their faces so you can't see much. This is a good scene, but with these two ladies I expected much more.



Scene 4 – Carmen Luvana and Jerry

While out on the yacht, Jerry puts the moves on Carmen once again, and starts to grope one of her big boobies as he kisses her. He helps her out of her bikini to eat her pussy from below in front of and behind her before Carmen sucks and titty fucks his cock in return. Jerry fucks her from behind against the railing before letting Carmen ride him in each of the cowgirls on the deck. They also get in a bit of spooning before Jerry milks his cock onto Carmen's big boobies.

This is another decent scene. Carmen looks great and there's some nice chemistry with Jerry. They keep the action moving nicely around the front of the boat with the cameras capturing it nicely. There's a little something missing here for me once again, but this is still a pretty good scene.



Scene 5 – Bree Olson and Evan Stone

When Evan asks blonde cutie Bree what she wants, she throws herself into his arms and gives him a hard kiss. Evan hoists her up to eat her pussy through her bikini before letting her down so she can suck his cock into her throat. He fucks her from behind when she stands up and pushes her down to fuck her doggie style with Bree mixing in a little cocksucking for Evan before riding him in each of the cowgirls. They also get in a bit of missionary, standing fucking, and pile driver before Bree gets up for a nice facial finish.

This is a pretty good scene. Bree, as always, looks fantastic and there's great chemistry between her and Evan. Evan seems to get a little rough with her, and she seems to love every extra push and thrust from him. With this scene the thing that had been holding Eden back for me also became clear. Bree is a gorgeous girl with a killer body, but the camera never seems to want to look at her face. It's more concerned with long distance shots to capture the scenery and the action and close-ups of the penetration, but never really pans around the girl's body to capture all their beauty. This had the potential to be a great scene, but instead comes off as a pretty good one instead.



Scene 6 - Evan Valentine and Evan Stone

After Evan Valentine brings Evan Stone a tropical drink on the beach after he escapes a shark while diving, she gives him some sweet, sweet loving starting with letting him kiss her as he holds her in his arms. Evan pours some water over Evan's tits before sucking them, and then lets her sit on his face. She moves back to ride Evan's cock before letting him spoon her, and then move on with a little missionary and doggie fucking. Evan gives him a little head in return before letting him take her from behind and riding him cowgirl style. Finally, Evan takes a very nice facial finish from Evan.

This is a decent scene with some nice unintentional humor. There's nice chemistry between Evan and Evan, and the scene moves along at a good pace. At the same time, I had a little bit of a hard time concentrating on the scene because with Evan fucking Evan, I kept having Rodney Carrington song Fred (you know, the one with “Fred riding Fred”) going through my head and it ended up amusing me more than the scene did. This is one of the better scenes in Eden, but thanks to the soundtrack in my head I just couldn't get into it as much as I probably should have.



Scene 7 – Carmen Luvana and Courtney Cummz

As Jerry checks out some snorkeling equipment, Carmen and Courtney appear in the surf and start to give him a little strip tease. They come together with a kiss before moving to the rocks out of the water where Courtney starts kissing Carmen's tits and rubbing her pussy. She moves down to tongue and finger Carmen's coochie, and naturally lets Carmen have a taste of her fingers before letting Carmen tongue and finger her in return from below. Carmen also works Courtney over from behind before laying back in the surf for Courtney to lick and finger her a bit more. She even lets Courtney play with her ass and takes a taste of her fingers before they share another kiss and the scene fades out.

This is a hot scene. There's great chemistry and the action moves along at a very nice pace. The camera work is also done much better here, with the cameras taking time to pan around Carmen and Courtney's bodies to show just how great they are rather than just capturing it from a distance. This is easily one of my favorite scenes in the movie.



Scene 8 – Ava Rose and Evan Stone

Ava and Evan hook up in her room with Evan running his hands around her from behind and helping Ava out of a pink robe and a dark bra before throwing her down on the bed to kiss her mouth and nipples. He moves down to lick her through her panties before moving them out of the way to continue licking her. Ava gets on top to suck Evan's cock while he continues to tongue her twat and stays on top to ride him in each of the cowgirls. She lets him spoon her before getting on all fours for him to fuck her doggie style while giving her ass a few spanks. Finally, Ava strokes Evan to a small pop on his stomach.

This is a pretty good scene. There's nice chemistry between Ava and Evan and the action moves along very well. Ava's oral skills really shine here and with the more fixed location of the scene occurring in a room the camera work appears a little stronger and better balanced. This is a nicely done scene.



Scene 9 – Bree Olson, Jean ValJean, and Tommy Gunn

On the beach, Bree gets it on with Tommy and Jean. She strokes them a bit before dropping down to suck her way between them. After leting Bree suck him a bit Tommy slides down and behind her so she can ride him while continuing to suck Jean. When Jean gets his turn to fuck her he goes right to fucking her ass doggie style, and then pinches her nipples, slaps her, and chokes her while she rides Tommy reverse cowgirl style with her pussy. The guys keep taking turns fucking Bree's pussy and make sure to give her ass a plenty of loving as well with Bree taking a bit of ass to mouth action as well. The guys mix things up nicely between Bree's holes before letting her have a nice double facial finish.

This is a pretty hot scene. The camera work is sometimes a little limited due to the location, but Bree once again looks like she wants it a little more rough and intense and that's just what Jean and Tommy give her. I was a bit surprised that Jean seemed more willing than Tommy to get a little more intense with her, and because of that the chemistry between Bree and Jean is a bit stronger than the chemistry she has with Tommy. This is a hot scene that worked well for me with Bree showing just why she's been getting so much attention over the last year or so.



Scene 10 – Courtney Cummz and Tommy Gunn

After being grounded to the house by Mr. Xavier for having a gun and rescuing Ava from the savages on the island, Courtney appears to pleasure him. They kiss and she lets him suck her tits before he drops down to continue to work on her orally. Courtney gets down to suck Tommy in return before standing back up and letting him fuck her from behind. Courtney also rides Tommy cowgirl style and lets him spoon her pussy before getting up and riding him reverse cowgirl style. They finish things up with a bit of doggie fucking before Tommy gives Courtney a nice facial finish.

This is a good final scene. Tommy and Courtney have nice chemistry and put out some good energy and vocals. The camera work seems a little better, but once again seemed so concerned with catching all of the ocean scenery that it felt like getting the best angle at the action sometimes came in a distance second. This is a good final scene, but not the best in the movie.



Eden is a release I went into with fairly high expectations and came away from a bit disappointed. I know a lot of people are going to go into it comparing it to Digital Playground's Island Fever series, and although I really didn't want to do that going into this review it's something I not only don't think I can avoid doing, but also think is one of the best ways to looks at what's done right and wrong here. The biggest difference people will find between the two is that while the Island Fever series works on pure eye candy, Eden tries to be something more by bringing in a light Fantasy Island setup and format. This, combined with a running time of over three and a half hours, lets Eden feel like something much bigger than the Island Fever series and often works nicely to its advantage even though the plot sequences are very light and sometimes leave a bit to be desired (most of which comes out in the last half hour). It will also score a few points against the Island Fever series for many people because it has a lot of real audio through the movie (even though some of it is lost in the noise of the surf and nature) instead of slowing things down and just going with music throughout the entire movie. Where Eden stumbles in its race against the Island Fever series is the visuals. This is a great looking cast at a fantastic location and there's some nice expense put out there with things like the yacht fuck. At the same time the camera work often felt very limited and often left me wanting a different angle. This often came out to me in Daniel Dakota appearing to put the beauty of the cast in second place to the surroundings much of them time. He does a very nice job capturing the beauty of the beach, the surf, and the Hawaiian rainforest, but I popped Eden in to see some hot sex in nice locations not nice locations with titties hanging out in the background. If I wanted that I would have popped in a National Geographic DVD instead. Finally, and this for me was the biggest problem for me with Eden, is that it stumbles due to the video quality. Although it was shot in HD and is presented in anamorphic widescreen (which is great for a presentation like this), it often came across as being overly soft and a bit sloppy with light ghosting. I'm guessing that the video was compressed a bit too far fitting a movie lasting over three and a half hours in anamorphic widescreen and with two audio tracks on one DVD, especially with how much information has to be contained with the wild Hawaiian location, and because of it the video ended up suffering and holding back the entire presentation. Eden has a very nice idea and a great cast to build on a style that's been very well received elsewhere, but it falls short largely due to the camera work and video quality and ends up feeling like it might be slightly beyond Daniel Dakota's skills.

The Extra Stuff

Adam & Eve put some nice effort into the extras here and includes a second DVD for them. To start with, there's a full trailer and a teaser trailer for Eden as well as trailers for Fetish Dolls, A Slice of Pie, Dark Confessions, Big City Nights, The Devil Wears Leather, and Rawditions. The photo gallery lasts seven minutes with about six seconds annoyingly zooming in and out or panning around each very nice looking snapshot. I have this style and killed the photo gallery as soon as possible because of it. There are also interviews, auditions, a blooper reel, a behind the scenes featurette, and some of the usual weblinks and commercial crap.

A collection of some of the auditions for the movie lasts just over five minutes and is presented in anamorphic widescreen. You get to see a few lesser known brunettes try out who get rejected for things like not having perky enough nipples, being too happy, and having horses hate them as well as a dirty blonde who wears too much green. You also get to see some more recognizable stars such as Sunny Lane, Ana Nova, and Audrey Bitoni before Xavier gets hired for seeming like a nice guy. Of course, you get a bit of eye candy as well as the girls pose for their audition stills. This is a nice little featurette. There's a bit of humor with some of the rejections and it mixes things up well. This is a fun little extra.

The blooper reel lasts twelve and three quarter minutes and is nicely presented in anamorphic widescreen. After a piercing malfunction between Courtney and Carmen, Evan has a little fun with Tommy during the final scene with Courtney. There's also plenty of flubbed lines from around the movie. This is a fun little blooper reel that adds nicely to the overall package.

Just under thirteen minutes of interviews are included, which are also presented in anamorphic widescreen. Daniel Dakota starts it off talking about the story for the movie, going to Hawaii, and some of his movie influences. He also talks about some of his growth with Adam & Eve and having a major budget before Carmen and Courtney talk about their roles and Hawaii. Tommy also chats about his role and Hawaii as well as how he gets in character and working with Courtney. There's even an attempt at an interview with Evan, which of course goes far off course talking about his role, the job, and fish. This is a nice collection of interviews that adds nicely to the overall packaged. You get a look at most of the crew as well as director Daniel Dakota, and it nicely mixes personality with fun. If you're fans of the cast this featurette is worth checking out.

The behind the scenes featurette lasts nearly sixteen minutes and is presented in anamorphic widescreen. After a few words with Jean about working in Hawaii, Courtney shows off her southern girl outfit and chats about the location, being a Zero Tolerance contract girl, and being more than familiar with horses. Carmen chats next about her scene with Courtney and being excited to work with her before Evan talks about all the civilians around. Daniel talks a little about the challenges of shooting on the beach and how happy he is with how things are going. Bree gives a little rundown of how her threesome with Tommy and Jean went with plenty of enthusiasm before Carmen chats a little more about working for Adam & Eve. Things return to Evan Stone getting his hair braided and talking about things going on around the shoot before going out on the water hunting for sea pussy. This is an okay behind the scenes featurette. There's some decent personality and laughs, but for a movie that lasts over three and a half hours a featurette that barely lasts fifteen minutes seems like a drop in the bucket to what it should have been, especially when there's more than enough room on the DVD for a much larger featurette. On a two or two and a half hour movie this would have been a good featurette, but for one of the magnitude and length of Eden it just doesn't feel like too much even with Evan Stone's always amusing antics.

Bonus Scene – Lauren Phoenix and Randy Spears

The bonus scene comes from At Your Service. Lauren asks Randy if he likes older women before kissing him passionately as she strips out of her coat and gropes his cock through his pants. She strips Randy down and attacks him orally with plenty of throat action before getting right up to ride him cowgirl style. Lauren turns around for a little reverse cowgirl fucking before letting Randy fuck her doggie and style. Finally Randy pulls out and pops on Lauren's stomach with her taking a taste and getting one last kiss.

This is a pretty good little scene. It moves along at a fast pace that seems like it could have been slowed down a little, but there's also nice chemistry between Lauren and Randy. I love how she drives the action to start the scene, and Randy adds some nice humor to it as well with his facial expressions. This is a nice little scene that's plenty enjoyable.



The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff

Themes: Straight, group, lesbian, titty fucking, anal, and ass to mouth

Raincoat Factor: High

Condom Usage: Between Jean ValJean and Carmen Luvana; Jerry and Carmen Luvana

The Bottom Line:

Currently, Eden can be found online from around $33 to well over $50 with many stores offering it for a little under $40. Rent this one before you buy it or aim low. It's not bad, but also not worth the big bucks that it's going for. The sex is above average while the technical aspects are pretty average. There's some good effort put into the extras, but it's far from a full second disc worth of extras. This is a decent release, but it just doesn't seem worth the hype.

Note to Adam & Eve: Please watch your video quality. With movies like this when the quality drops like it did here it holds back the movie a lot more than some of the lighter porn fare you frequently put out.

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