Running Time: 132 min.
Production Date: 10 / 30 / 2001
Director: Paul Thomas
Cast: Taylor Hayes, Joey Ray, Taylor St. Clair, Dale DaBone, Julie Meadows, Voodoo, Meriesa Arroyo, Tony Tedeschi, Adajja, Rikki Lixxx, Jason McCain, Mark Wood, and Eric Everhard and Paul Thomas in a non-sex role
Initial Expectations: Iíve heard a lot of great things about this movie, so Iím going in with some pretty high expectations.
Initial Reaction: Although itís not great whacking material, it is a well done adult film.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting porn with an extremely mainstream movie feel
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting a straightforward porno without much artistic expression
Audio /Video Quality: The audio is very clear and well balanced, without even a hint of background noise. The feature was shot on film, so it has a much more grainy look than most features shot on video. Itís treated pretty well here, but the grain is still quite noticeable. Beyond that, and with the exception of a couple soft focus problems, itís great. Itís nicely even out to the edge and extremely well lit.
Music: The music has the soft feel Iíve come to expect from Vivid, and is nicely balanced with the rest of the audio. It helps give the feature a much more couples-oriented feel, as it sometimes tames down the feeling of the sex rather than enhancing it.
False Advertising: The cover proclaims that this DVD has ďmore features than any other DVD disc to dateĒ. Although I didnít go through and check, Iím pretty sure that Wicked and Adam & Eve had both released DVDs with far more to offer before this over a year ago (such as Appassionata and The Gate in 2001 roughly nine months before this DVD was released). Thereís no bios, no behind the scenes, no filmographies, no interviews, and no commentaries, just to name a few. Maybe Vivid counts each multiple angle as a separate extra, but regardless, itís another thing that puts a bad taste in my mouth from Vivid. As one of the most visible and easily recognized studios out there, they should be setting an example of what porn can be, rather than turning it into an even bigger joke than many people already think it is.
Menus: The menus are okay. The main menu has a little animation and the chapter menu lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a name for the scene. I couldnít help but be turned on by the background having lots of little slogans such as ďVivid RulesĒ and ďGo VividĒ.
The Feature: When Taylor St. Clair, Dale DaBone, and Voodoo get their call to come out to California to do big time porno movies, they find out that things donít always go as you expect. They want to stay as a team, but director Paul Thomas and his assistant Tony Tedeschi seem to only want to turn them against each other. If thatís not enough, Paul has cameras set up wherever they are to try and capture reality as porn without telling them about it. The only person who seems upset about things is Dale DaBone, who could mess things up for everybody.
Taylor Hayes starts things out playing with herself with a dildo for a scene in Dale DaBoneís movie. Sheís soon joined by Eric Everhard, and quickly gets down to gobble his knob. They move on through a few common positions as Dale directs them before Taylor finally strokes Eric, with a little help from him, onto her implants. Itís a pretty good scene with nice chemistry. Eric is much tamer than in many of his scenes, but it fits well for the scene.
Adajja and Jason McCain worship Julie Meadows in her temple as part of another adult film. Adajja and Jason start out playing with each other as Julie watches and plays with herself a little. They move on to fuck missionary style for Adajjaís pussy and doggie style for her ass, with Julie moving her dildo to her ass while Adajja gets her back door plugged. She finally comes forward and helps out by stroking Jason onto Adajjaís face. Itís a good scene, but I would have really liked to have seen Julie get a little more active in this scene. As Devinn Lane has showed many times, just because you donít want to have sex with somebody of a certain sex doesnít mean you canít be in a threesome.
Taylor Hayes and Joey Ray get busy for Taylorís first scene in a movie. After a little groping, Taylor drops down to give Joey a sloppy hummer and gets a gash gobbling in return. Taylor plays with her holes while Joey eats her, and even gives him a couple tastes of it with her fingers before he fucks her. They work through missionary and doggie before Joey decorates Taylorís great ass. Itís a hot scene with great chemistry once again.
Taylor St. Clair does all she can to make sure Dale DaBone and Taylor St. Clair are completely comfortable while staying with her. After a little hot tub fun, she helps Taylor suck his cock and then watches a little as Dale fucks Taylor from behind. Taylor St. Clairís rewarded with a cock in her ass before Dale goes back to fucking Taylor from behind. Finally, the Taylors team up to work Dale onto their hostís face, making for a very nice ending for the scene. Itís a very well done scene, and has a lot more heat the ones before it since it. Most of this is probably due to the scene having more of a mainstream feel than the previous scenes with the crew in the shots.
Voodoo gets a piece of Taylor St. Clair next, after coming over to try and find Taylor Hayes and Dale. Voodoo taste tests Taylorís tantalizing titties before letting her show off her great oral skills. Voodoo returns a bit of Taylorís oral attention before tit fucking her and letting her ride his cock. He fucks her from behind before fucking her ass missionary and doggie style with a little ass to mouth in between. Finally, Taylor sucks and strokes Voodoo until he pops all over the place in front of her face. Itís a very hot scene with great chemistry and energy.
Dale DaBone gets busy with Julie Meadows next. She sucks his cock before he goes directly to fucking her from behind. He works her over in missionary before letting her stretch her ass out on his cock cowgirl style, and finishes things with a nice facial. Itís a pretty hot scene with nice energy and chemistry.
Meanwhile, Taylor Hayes masturbates for Paul Thomas. Paul shows her Dale fucking Julie as she plays with herself, and gets her to take on Tony Tedeschi for a grudge fuck. He licks her before she works on him with her hands and tits. Finally Taylor lets him bone her in a few common positions before he strokes himself onto her tits. Itís a hot scene with Taylor really making the scene great. She plays to the camera extremely well, and makes the scene work very well.
Finally, Meriesa Arroyo (you can pick her up by reading her last name off her back) and Rikki Lixxx take on Mark Wood on a set. They work each other over, including a bit of strap-on action and anal action, before the facial. This scene didnít do anything for me and seemed more like an afterthought than anything for much of it. Much of this probably had to do with all three of them being unattractive to me to the point that they lowered both the male and female ratings for the movie a half point down.
Fade to Black nicely blends mainstream and porn. The movie is extremely well written and well acted, and even blends the sex in nicely. Taylor Hayes easily leads the feature sexually, as well as dramatically, and turns in a great performance at every turn. Sheís nicely helped by Julie Meadows and Taylor Hayes sexually, and Paul Thomas and Dale DaBone dramatically. Although the scenes are good, most of them arenít exactly whacking material. You often see crew members in the scenes due to the plot, which gives the scenes a behind the scenes type feel that didnít do much for me. Artistically, however, it works extremely well, as does the rest of the movie. Fade to Black is a very well done adult film that anybody wanting a plot and something other than the typical porno should make sure to check out.
For another perspective on this feature, please check out Flashís review.
Extras: Of course, thereís web links. You canít have a DVD without web links. Trailers are included for Deep Inside Kira Kener, Ultimate Raylene, Prisoner, and Devon: The Lost Footage. The photo gallery lasts about three minutes with ten seconds per photo. As usual with Vividís photo galleries, it pans around to show you a close-up of the photo rather than just letting you look at the photos. They look good, but I donít care for the style. Fetish rooms let you watch just specific sex acts, such as pussy eating, anal, or certain sexual positions. Thereís also multiple angles, which mostly, but not always, appear to be true even if they are a little shaky at times. Thankfully you can at least turn off the multiple angle icon now. Finally, thereís bonus scenes, all of which have more than a little grain. Iím not sure whether all of these scenes were shot on film (which I highly doubt) or if you just canít get that good of video quality when you stuff this much on one DVD (which I think is probably true). Although I always like to see bonus scenes, and thereís many of them here, some bonehead decided to put all of them on only two chapters so you canít skip from a scene youíve already watched or donít like to the next one.
Taylor Hayes starts things out the twenty seven minutes of bonus scenes featuring her with Chloe and Tony Tedeschi in a scene from Dangerous. Tony watches as the girls work over each otherís holes before joining in to work on Taylorís ass with his tongue and fingers. Chloe moves off to work on herself with a double dildo as she watches Taylor and Tony, and has Taylor slide all eight of her fingers into her pussy along with the dildo while she DPs herself. Taylor moves off to watch and masturbate next, working four fingers into her ass while she watches Tony bone Chloeís pussy and ass in a few common positions. Although Taylor never gets fucked, she does get back in the action to take a nice pop from Tony in her mouth. Itís a surprisingly nasty scene that I wouldnít have expected to come from Vivid. Itís a good scene, but the slow jazz music didnít fit with the scene at all and only brought it down.
Taylor gives Mr. Marcus a little bathroom action in a scene from Haunted next. She gives him a nice deep hummer before turning around for him to bone her from behind and on the sink. Marcus has to take a few breaks to stroke himself, back up, but finally manages to give Taylor a little pop on her ass. Itís a nice and energetic scene, with both Marcus, and especially Taylor, looking like theyíre having a great time.
Taylor takes on Kobe Tai and in a scene from She Town to finish up her bonus scenes. Kobe works on Taylorís pussy with her tongue and fingers, as well as giving Taylor a little rimming, before Taylor flips her around to return the favor. They work back and forth a bit without ever breaking out a toy before finishing things with a passionate kiss. Itís a nice scene that actually feels like it comes to a decent conclusion.
The half hour of Vivid Girls Get Fucked bonus scenes starts out with a scene from Unconscious. Marc Davis brings Dascha back to consciousness by tonguing her pussy and ass and then letting her flip around to suck his cock. They energetically work through reverse cowgirl and missionary before Marc gives Dascha an impressive facial. Itís a great scene and has all the energy, chemistry, and intensity I rarely expect from Vivid.
Dale DaBone and Dayton get busy in a scene from Blue Room next. He starts out tonguing Daytonís twat before letting her slowly mouth his manhood and climb up to ride it. They also work in a bit of missionary before Dale gives Dayton an impressive ball blast over her entire upper body. Itís a pretty good scene. Although the camera work seemed to often have as almost softcore feel to it, there was some nice chemistry here.
Finally, Kobe Tai and Bobby Vitale get it on in a scene from Dupe, in what appears to be a fantasy Kobe is mildly tied up and masturbating to. Bobby kisses her on one set of lips after the other before giving her ass a good tonguing. Kobe slides her puss up on Bobbyís face so he can continue to eat her as she sucks his cock before moving around again to ride him cowgirl style. They move on through missionary and doggie style before finishing things spooning and with a nice facial finish. Itís a pretty good scene that has nice chemistry and energy. My biggest complaint here is that once again, the music is soft and sensual while the scene seems much more primal. The two clash and keep the scene from being as hot as it should have been.
Themes: Straight, masturbation, toys, group, rimming (male > female and female > female), anal, spanking, lesbian, tit-fucking, ass to mouth, and masturbation
Raincoat Factor: Medium
Overall: Currently, Fade to Black can be found online for between about $18 and $27 with many stores offering it right about in the middle. The low end is a fair price for this one. Although the movie is very well written and acted, itís not much of a movie for wanking. Although the transfer is very good, there isnít really anything here for extras beyond a few bonus scenes.
Note to Vivid: This DVD would have benefitted nicely from a commentary track or perhaps an interview with people like Paul Thomas or some of the leads in the movie. A behind the scenes would have also been nice, especially when somebody is listed in the credits as actually doing a behind the scenes!
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