The Little Details
Running Time: 118 min.
Production Date: 1 / 13 / 2006
Director: Paul Thomas
Cast: Aaliyah Jolie, Chloe Morgan, Erika Jordan, Faith, Lanny Barby, Penny Flame, Shy Love, Tera Patrick, Chis Cannon, Jean Val Jean, Marcos Leon, Spyder Jonez, Steven St. Croix, Tommy Gunn, and Trent Tesoro in sexual roles with Ava Ramone, Lisa Daniels, Mikayla, Samantha Ryan, and more in non-sex roles
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: Tera normally puts out very strong movies, and I've heard very good things about this one. I can't help but go in without high expectations here.
Initial Reaction: There's plenty to like about it, but also plenty that holds it back.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting something different from the typical couples porno but who doesn't want all the nastiness that's normally in gonzo
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting smoothly flowing sex scenes or well done lighting.
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The audio is nicely done. It's well balanced, and although there's plenty of crowd scenes it's never a problem to hear the performers. There are a couple minor spots which are obviously dubbed, but the audio as a whole is nicely done. The video, on the other hand, leaves quite a bit to be desired. To start with, the movie has a fantastic cinematic feel but it's held back by the non-anamorphic transfer that cheapens every widescreen presentation. There is a little grain due to the movie appearing to have been shot on film, but the bigger problem is the lighting. There are extremely noticeable lighting inconsistencies throughout the movie with much of the action on the dark side. There are times when low lighting can work, but here it holds back every scene in the movie.
Music: There's a little music during the runway scenes, but none for the sex.
Borderline False Advertising: Although they don't have sex in the movie, Ava Ramon, Samantha Ryan, Lisa Daniels, and Mikayla are listed with all the girls doing it all, while only Tommy Gunn and Jean Val Jean get credit on the cover for being in the movie. That makes it look like these four girls are in on the sex in the movie, which I can see really ticking off any fans who pick Fashion Underground up to see somebody they like in action other than Tera. It should leave them even more bummed because most of these girls barely even have a cameo appearance, with most of them being about the same level Alfred Hitchcock had in his movies. I'm deducting a half point from the overall score because of this.
Menus: The main menu is okay, and blends a few stills with some fairly generic background animation. The chapter menu is pretty good, and lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and the names of the characters in the movie. There's also a positions menu that lets you go to specific sex acts such as blowjobs, doggie, or cumshots.
The FeatureIt's Tera's final show as a supermodel at the Fashion Underground show. She's trying to line up her future amidst all the politics of the fashion world while newbie reporter Penny Flame tries to get the big scoops going on. There's plenty of screwing going on, and not just in the sexual way.
|Scene 1 – Tera Patrick and Tommy Gunn|
After a bit of bubbly and a little business talk, Tera starts to strip down and kneels in front of him to give him a kiss. She lets him slap her ass and kiss her tits while he rubs her pussy before he moves down to lick her pussy. Tera also lets Tommy fuck her mouth as she holds her hands behind her back as well as fucking her big fat titties. She gets on all fours and plays with herself a little before letting Tommy fuck her doggie style and riding him reverse cowgirl style. They move to the floor for Tommy to fuck Tera cowgirl style before she gets back up on the couch so they can watch each other play with themselves. Finally Tera lets Tommy pop on her tits.
This is a pretty hot scene. I love Tera's dirty talk and leading Tommy on through the scene, and he plays his role just as well looking like he's just a touch desperate and really wanting to fuck her. There's good chemistry throughout the scene, and as always Tommy delivers a good hard cock while Tera shows that she knows just what to do with a good hard cock. It's been quite a while since I've seen Tera in action, and this scene makes me realize that it's been too long.
|Scene 2 – Faith and Marcos Leon|
Hot brunette Faith opens up a lavender robe to tease Marcos, who's sitting on the bed in black shorts and a white wife beater. He comes over to worship her body and drops down to lick her pussy before sitting back in a chair so Faith can suck his cock. They move to what looks to be a huge walk-in closet for Marcos to fuck Faith missionary style. The scene then cuts back to the action at the party with more to come later.
This is a pretty hot scene. It's rare to get a really good feeling of chemistry from a real couple in porn, but here it comes out nicely. Faith looks great in her robe and there's a nice easy feeling with Marcos starting out in his shorts and wife beater on the bed. The action was a little choppy by not showing the position changes, and I think a little extra time would have made the scene even hotter. It should have taken that much for Faith to seductively walk to the closet or wherever the bench was that she got fucked on and tease Marcos a little to lead him in. This is a good start to the scene which could have been just a touch better.
|Scene 3 – Lanny Barby and Jean Val Jean|
Big tittied brunette Lanny leads Jean outside with the temptation of the titties next. She encourages him to touch them but is none too happy with him when she finds that he's hiding a video camera in his pocket to remember her by.
This is a very nice tease scene. Lanny looks fantastic, and it was cool to see the scene all being shot in French. It's a short scene, but it adds nicely to the plot while also putting in some nice tease. This is a pretty good scene.
|Scene 4 – Chloe Morgan, Shy Love, and Trent Tesoro|
Trent gets it on with brunette models Chloe and Shy next. Shy quickly moves in to suck him into her throat before letting Chloe have a try. They team up on him for a moment or two before Chloe moves up to get her pussy licked. Chloe moves to the side to play with her pussy as Shy bounces on Trent's cock cowgirl style before letting Trent take her doggie style as Shy reaches over to play with her pussy. Shy also sucks Trent's cock and tries to give Chloe a little ass licking as Chloe rides him cowgirl style before letting him spear her shitpussy missionary style. Trent moves back to fuck Chloe from behind again as well as letting Shy have a bit more missionary and cowgirl action. Finally he pops between their chests before letting Shy have a taste of his cock.
This is a pretty good scene. Once again the chemistry is pretty good, but the editing held things back a little. There's a choppy feeling to the scene that really comes forward near the end of the scene when Trent magically moves between the girls. This is another scene that could have been even better with a few extra minutes.
|Scene 5 – Faith and Marcos Leon|
The action returns to Faith and Marcos, who are back to fucking doggie style. This is another good segment, but all too short. There's only one position that lasts a couple minutes. I like how the scenes being spread out through the movie, but a little more time would have really helped things here.
|Scene 6 – Lanny Barbie and Spyder Jonez|
After hiding in a closet together, Lanny gets it on with Spyder. She lets him suck her tits before they move from the closet to the bed for him to suck her even more. She moves down to suck his cock and teases him a bit before having him lick her pussy from below as well as while she lies back on the bed. Spyder even mixes in some good ass licking for Lanny before letting her suck his cock a little more and ride him cowgirl style. Lanny turns around for a reverse cowgirl ride as well before letting Spyder spoon her and pop on her big fat titties.
This is another pretty good scene. Lanny looks fantastic, and the closet segment that starts things off adds some nice fun to it. There's a nice feeling of intense chemistry throughout the scene, but the choppy editing and low lighting holds the scene back to being just pretty good rather than being really good. This is a pretty good scene that should have been even better.
|Scene 7 – Faith and Marcos Leon|
Faith and Marcos return again, this time with him turning a little attention to her ass. She lies on her stomach and lets him finger her ass as they talk about their relationships. After a little plot break they come back so Marcos can fuck Faith's ass from behind. He also spoons her ass before fucking it again doggie style and popping on her ass and back with a nice creamy stream of guy goo.
This is a very nice pair of segments. Although the first segment is just one “position” again, it feels like something more by expanding their characters and the chemistry between them. It had me looking forward to their next segment, and when that arrived a minute or two later I was completely into it right away. Sadly, with more positions the limitations of the editing came up once again as they magically went from position to position in less than a blink of an eye. This is a very nice end to a good string of scenes.
|Scene 8 – Aaliyah Jolie, Erika Jordan, and Steven St. Croix|
Steven takes a break from designing to get it on with models Aaliyah and Erika. He breaks away letting them know that they just don't do it for him and lets them kiss and work on each other's tits as he tries to work and steals a few glances at them. Steven comes back to start tonguing straight haired blonde Aaliyah's pussy as she kisses Erika on the mouth and licks her pussy. Aaliyah keeps eating box as Steven fucks her from behind before the girls come up to team up on his cock orally. Erika moves down to give Aaliyah some pussy liking in return before watching as Steven fucks Aaliyah in each of her holes doggie style. Steven comes over to fuck her missionary style before working his way between the girls from behind. Finally, Steven pops on Aaliyah's back as the girls share a kiss.
This is a pretty hot scene. Steven does a fantastic job going from “gay” designer to male stud taking on both chicks. The editing is much better here and actually shows a few position changes, and it nicely works up to the fucking with Steven looking torn. He's easily the star of this scene, and turns out a great performance while the girls look fairly generic. This is a pretty good scene.
|Scene 9 – Penny Flame and Chris Cannon|
After Penny tries to work her thing in a sexy black teddy with stockings and gloves and lets Chris know that she's going to blame her for their not doing well enough, he spins her around to kiss her on a kitchen counter before spinning her back to lick and finger her pussy. Penny moves down to suck Chris's cock in return and the teddy magically disappears so he can lick and fuck her from behind. Penny sucks Chris's cock as he lies back on the counter before climbing up to ride him cowgirl style. She also gives it up missionary style before having Chris pop all over her face.
This is a hot scene. There's great chemistry between Penny and Chris, and she nicely stays in character throughout the scene. The editing works much better here than in the other scenes because it's cut with the fashion show, and the camera work comes off nicely done as well. This is one of the best scenes in the movie.
|Scene 10 – Tera Patrick and Jean Val Jean|
Tera gets in on with Jean on a runway in front of everybody. They kiss and dance around a bit as their hands run around each other before Tera drops down to give Jean a mouth hug to start warming him up. Jean fucks her from behind before letting her have it missionary style. Tera also gets up to ride him reverse cowgirl style before letting Jean take her from behind standing up. Finally, Tera takes Jean's joy juice on her tits.
This is an okay scene. It gets much more artistic with the audio and flashing lights, and had a completely different feel from everything else in the movie. That helps the scene stand out from the rest of the movie, which can be a good thing as well as a bad thing. Here it was more of a bad thing than a good thing, and it helped the scene end up fairly average.
|Scene 11 – Penny Flame and Chris Cannon|
Finally, Penny gets worked over by Chris with his tongue and fingers. This is an extension of their earlier scene, and adds a nice little cap on the action. There's still great chemistry there as well as a touch of art with the presentation of the scene. This is a great little scene to end things with.
Fashion Underground is an impressive and disappointing movie all rolled into one. There's plenty of things to be impressed with here. There's a huge cast to the movie, and Paul Thomas understands that not everybody in the movie has to fuck. There's also some very nice storytelling that's very well handled with the sex scenes being cut into the action of the party and the show that works very well. Fashion Underground has a half movie and half documentary feel to it that works quite nicely, and there's even a bit of depth to the characters with the cast showing some nice acting chops. I really liked the feel and the story of Fashion Underground, which sets it apart from most of the other features being released, and the cast handles it very well.
Sadly, there's also some big things holding it back, and they're on the technical side of things. To start with is the lighting. It's dark as can be through most of the movie, but then the scene changes angles and it's just as bright as you'd hope the movie would be. This, to me, came off as just plain sloppiness or not caring about the product, which doesn't really seem right for either Paul Thomas or Tera and Spyder as from what I've seen they normally show a lot of care towards their product. The editing was the other major problem, which gave the sex a very choppy feeling that cut out most of the position changes. This is nothing new from what I've normally seen of Paul Thomas's recent work. There were a few times it did work, but it was always with scenes where the sex was cut into the other action as with Penny Flame and Chris Cannon's scene and Faith and Marcos Leon's scene. The low lighting and choppy editing of the sex scenes consistently held back the movie.
Fashion Underground is a movie that's very easy to like as well as to dismiss. The cast is very good looking and does a fantastic job acting through a well written movie. The movie as a whole is edited together well, but the editing of the sex doesn't let the scenes flow well at all. The biggest problem with the movie, however, is that so much of it is so dark that at times one can barely tell the different people apart. If not for the flashes of brightness, they might have had to make a trip to the eye doctor the day after watching the movie to see about squinting caused any permanent damage to their eyes. With even average lighting, Fashion Underground would have been a fantastic movie to watch, but as it is it ends up just being pretty good.
The Extra StuffTrailers are included for It's Not You, Briana Love Rocco, Lacie's Life, Served, and Reign of Tera 2. The movie photo gallery lasts just over a minute with about seven seconds to pan around each photo while the Tera photo gallery lasts just over two minutes with about ten seconds to pan around each photo. There's also several bonus scenes, a behind the scenes featurette, commercials, and a bio for Tera Patrick.
The behind the scenes featurette lasts nearly twenty minutes and features videography by Hank Hoffman. After a few words with Tera, things move over to “southern girl” Penny with a boob shot and a few words. There's also a little fun with Faith and Marcos Leon before Paul Thomas talks a bit about his Best Director hat trick and nobody (else, apparently) being able to tell a story any more. After a few quick shots around the set including Spyder having a little fun with Jean ValJean, Chloe Morgan talks about shooting her first scene ever as well as a bit about sex. There's a little more fun with Penny Flame as well as a few words with “Vivid Bitch” Lany Barby and with Spyder and Tera. This is a pretty good behind the scenes featurette. There's plenty of personality from the cast and crew, and a few good laughs as well. This is a nicely enjoyable behind the scenes featurette.
|Bonus Scene 1 – Monique Alexander and Derrick Pierce|
The first bonus scene comes from The Sitter with Derrick wearing only jeans and a bandanna around his head while Monique is completely naked. Derrick sucks her mouth and nice little titties and picks her up to kiss her before setting her down and letting his hands wander around her a little. She strokes his cock while they kiss before kissing her way down to suck it. Derrick sits back on a couch for Monique to ride him cowgirl style before letting her lay back for a missionary ride. They also get in some doggie fucking before Monique happily takes Derrick's population pudding over her chest.
This is an okay scene. Monique, as always, is cute as can be and has a smile that can easily light up a room. There's a nice feeling between her and Derrick as the scene goes on, but at the same time it feels like something's missing. They move through the positions okay, and the problem might partially be that you never see the position changes. There's also a “pretty” feeling about the scene that made it feel like the main aim was to look pretty rather than to be as passionate as possible. That isn't always a bad thing, and it might partially be that Monique is pretty enough that her scenes start to feel that way when something's a touch off. I'm not sure what it is, but it left the scene feeling just a little above average.
|Bonus Scene 2 – Courtney Simpson and Stefani Morgan|
Hot blondes Courtney and Stefani start things out kissing passionately and feeling each other up on a bar before Courtney lies back and lets Stefani pull her panties aside to kiss her kitty. Stefani lies back on the bar as well so Courtney can eat her in return before they lube up a pair of black vibes and fuck themselves with it. Of course they don't limit the toys to themselves, and Stefani gets on all fours first for Courtney to fuck her before the scene comes to a close with them kissing each other.
This is a pretty average scene. The girls are cute, and the western outfits are nice. There's an okay back and forth feeling to the scene, but when Courtney gets to fuck Stefani without Stefani getting to fuck her back the scene fell a little short for me. This isn't a bad scene, but a couple more minutes for Courtney to get fucked too would have really helped it out.
|Bonus Scene 3 – Mercedez and Steven St. Croix|
The third bonus scene comes from Karma. Mercedez and Steven start things outside kissing as he lies back on a pool chair and lets her open up his shirt. They kiss and she teases him a bit with her tits while kissing her way around his chest and stomach. She lets him suck her tits as she works her way down and into his pants to suck his cock. Mercedez moves back up to squat over Steven's face and get her pussy licked as she fingers her ass before moving back down to ride him reverse cowgirl style. She turns around for a cowgirl ride before letting Steven fuck her missionary style and pop on her stomach.
This is an extremely likable scene. Mercedez looks fantastic, and she brings a great playful spirit to the scene. They move through the scenes very well, and the couple extra minutes compared to the other scenes lets the scene feel much more complete. I really enjoyed this scene.
|Bonus Scene 4 – Lanny Barby and Lexie Marie|
The fourth bonus scene comes from Spiked. Big tittied brunette Lanny starts things off in a black bra and panties kissing blonde Lexi, who's in some nice white lingerie, and holding her close by her pearl necklace. They kiss each other's tits with some playful aggression before Lanny pulls Lexie's panties aside to lick her down under as well as working her over with her fingers and the pearls. Lexi laps at Lanny's lower lips in return before letting Lanny pile drive her with four fingers. They continue to work on each other back and forth with tongue, fingers, and the pearls before finishing things up with a passionate kiss.
This is a pretty good scene. I really like the intensity that shows up as the scene starts, but it tapers off a little as the girls set into each other and decide to just work back and forth. The back and forth doesn't come out as such a strong feeling as it does with many other scenes, but the scene does feel a bit short. This isn't a bad scene, but there's nothing to really make it feel special or unique either.
|Bonus Scene 5 – Briana Banks and Erik Everhard|
I'm not positive, as there isn't anything to let you know for sure like with the other scenes, but I think the final bonus scene comes from Briana Loves Jenna. Erik starts things out sucking Brianna's big boobies before she opens up his pants to suck his cock in return as he reaches around to play with her pussy. He rips her shorts open to eat her cunt before fucking her missionary style. Brianna rolls onto all fours so he can fuck her ass, and Erik gives it to her hard with some nice ass slapping as well as taking a little break to give her bung a little tongue. Finally he moves up to give Brianna a nice facial as well as a kiss on the mouth.
This is a pretty hot scene. There's some good intensity between Brianna and Erik, and she takes the anal extremely well. At the same time the scene was held back a bit for me due to Brianna's looks. She can be a good looking girl, but here she looks almost like she's made of plastic. That just doesn't do a lot for me even though she takes it in the ass great. There's also an artistic feeling to the scene that interfered with the action for me. This scene had some good potential, but it just didn't work as well for me.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, titty fucking, masturbation, group, lesbian, rimming (male > female), and anal
Raincoat Factor: Medium high
Condom Usage: None
The Bottom Line:Currently, many TeraVision titles can be found online for between about $20 and $28 with a few stores offering them near the low end. Rent this one before you buy it. There's some very good things to like about the movie, but the sex could be hotter and the lighting sucks. The technical aspects fall below the average level due to the lighting, but there was some nice effort put into the extras. This is a pretty good DVD that should have been better.
Note to TeraVision: It's great to see you supporting the widescreen format, but I hope in the future you do it right and take it to an anamorphic transfer. I also hope that you can figure out the lighting better in the future, because it definitely hurt this release.
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