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Knockout (Wicked)

Studio: Wicked
Category:  Feature film , Straight
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astroknight's ratings for Knockout (Wicked):
Overall Rating 4.5 stars
Knockout (Wicked) overall rating 4.5 stars
Female Looks Knockout (Wicked) Female looks rating 3.5 stars
Male Looks Knockout (Wicked) Male looks rating 3.5 stars
Sex Knockout (Wicked) Sex rating 4 stars
Plot/Acting Knockout (Wicked) Plot/Acting rating 4.5 stars
Extras Knockout (Wicked) DVD Extras rating 4.5 stars
Audio/Video Quality Knockout (Wicked) A/V Quality rating 4 stars
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Reviewed by astroknight  on  3/1/2001

Running Time: 86 min.

Production Date: 11 / 8 / 1998

Director: Jonathan Morgan

Art Director: Brad Armstrong. I know I don’t normally mention the art direction, but if Brad is doing it, it’s worth mentioning as you know it’s going to be good.

Cast: Stephanie Swift, Brad Armstrong, Sydnee Steele, Raquel Devine, Sana Fey, Melanie Stone, Sharon Mitchell, Mr. Marcus, Herschel Savage, and Melissa Hill and Frank Fortuna in non - sex roles.

Initial Expectations: It’s a Wicked release. Nuff said.

Initial Reaction: Wow. I really like this one. It’s got a great story and the sex is hot too.

Audio /Video Quality: Both are typical Wicked high quality transfers. There’s a little grain near the end and some of the audio is pretty noticeably dubbed, but that’s about it. Neither of these bothered me too much while watching the movie.

Music: The music is very well balanced. The music varies during the sex scenes, but it’s mostly the typical high quality porno music. During the plot scenes it’s very emotional and sad and mostly orchestral. Unlike most adult films there’s actually a song with lyrics in Knockout .

Review: Knockout is one of the rare pornos that could actually stand on its own if the sex was removed. It revolves around a failed boxer (Brad Armstrong) and a failed ballerina (Stephanie Swift) who realize they’re at the bottom of the barrel and aren’t really sure where they want to go. Brad was almost the middleweight champion of the world and is trying to work his way back into the ring. He cuts a deal with his former manager Herschel Savage to take a fall in the ring so another boxer (Mr. Marcus) can have a better chance to make it to the big show so he can have enough money to make rent. In order to make it he can’t have sex while training so that he focuses on the fight. Stephanie can’t make enough money as a backup ballerina dancer so she starts working as a stripper for Miss Sharon Mitchell. Unbeknownst to Stephanie, Miss Sharon is renting out some of the girls on the side. Unfortunately, Stephanie’s so short of money that she can’t make her rent. Brad feels sorry for her and lets her crash at his apartment until she can come up with the money while he trains.

The entire movie has a lot of emotion and everything is developed pretty well. Even the sets are noticeably good, much of which Mr. Morgan credits to the art direction of Brad Armstrong. I hope that they team up a lot more in the future. Knockout uses it’s time very well and for a little while I wasn’t even sure if I was watching a porno. The third sex scene doesn’t start until fifty minutes into the movie. It’s also done well enough that I didn’t care. Like the rest of Jonathan Morgan’s movies, the sex in Knockout is as well done as the plot sequences.

After a little intro to Brad’s character, he get’s down to business with Sydnee Steele, who’s married to another man. If you haven’t seen Sydnee in action, you’re really missing something. She always gives a great performance and before the scene starts you know that this isn’t going to be an exception. She also gets her ass pounded on by Brad which you can tell that she loves. It’s a hot scene and it lets you know what you can expect sexually through most of the movie.

When she applies for the job as a stripper, Stephanie asks for an advance on her pay so she can make rent. Miss Sharon Mitchell is willing, but first she wants to see if Stephanie has what it takes. I normally don’t expect this kind of scene from Wicked. It’s very rough. I’m almost surprised that Stephanie didn’t start bruising by the end of the scene. I can’t say that I was entirely comfortable with this scene but that’s the way it seems to have been intended to be. I’m impressed with it after listening to the commentary because Mr. Morgan admits that he was concerned about it also. He checked with Stephanie while they were doing the scene and Stephanie was so into it she was dripping wet. Although I didn’t care much for the scene, I was extremely impressed with Wicked and Mr. Morgan.

In exchange for a little inside information on the fight, Miss Sharon Mitchell sets up Herschel with Sana Fey and Melanie Stone. Miss Sharon has a nice line leading up to the scene about not knowing if the girls are clean and chuckling as if Herschel thinks she tests them. It’s a very nice subtle hint towards AIM . Herschel takes the ladies in a well - decorated stairwell in the back of the club with a very hot, although highly edited, scene. It’s a little unusual as Melanie only has vaginal sex and Sana only has anal sex. It’s all explained in the commentary, but you won’t really care with how well done it is.

After arguing with Brad in a bar, Mr. Marcus takes Raquel Devine out in the alley to relieve a little tension. Raquel really impressed me here. She really gets into the scene and does a great job of trash talking. If I didn’t know better I might have thought Tabitha Stevens wrote Raquel’s lines for this scene. Although a hot scene, it does have a few problems. First it seems really short. It might not have been, but I sure wanted it to last longer. The bigger problems are some of the camera work. There are a lot of close-ups and very few distance shots. I don’t remember a single shot where you saw all of both Mr. Marcus and Raquel on the screen. Other than that, it’s a great scene that looks amazingly good for the light it appears to be shot in.

Finally, there’s the main attraction: Brad and Stephanie. There seems to be a lot of hope built into this scene. Everything is extremely bright. The colors almost seem faded from the light which bring the grain out a little. It’s a very hot scene and it maintains the momentum that’s been used to build it up. It’s slightly nasty while still remaining a little romantic. It’s not easy to combine the two, but when you combine the talent of Mr. Armstrong, Ms. Swift, and Mr. Morgan, it’s not impossible and sometimes seems almost effortless.

Knockout has a couple other very nice touches. It ends with the typical Jonathan Morgan flair and humor. Almost everything is worth paying attention to in his movies, even the credits. This one is pretty tame, but it’s a serious film. That doesn’t mean the credits are completely serious as there’s a great disclaimer that’s worth paying attention to.

Even the cover for Knockout is worth mentioning. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned the cover of a movie positively in a review. This just might be my all time favorite cover. I’m not talking about just adult covers. It’s better than most mainstream covers also. It captures so much of the movie that it’s almost scary. As usual, when Wicked decides to go all the way they make sure that every i is dotted and every t crossed.

For another perspective on Knockout, check out reviewer’s review.

Extras: There are two slide shows, one from the movie and one that includes behind the scenes photos. They both last about three and a half minutes with about eight seconds per picture. It’s a mix of full screen shots and snap shots and has Wicked’s normal high quality.

Audio bios are included for Stephanie Swift, Brad Armstrong, Sydnee Steele, Raquel Devine, Sana Fey, Sharon Mitchell, Mr. Marcus, Herschel Savage, and Jonathan Morgan. Wicked has changed their audio bios slightly, but they still contain much of the same information including a link to the performer’s scene, personal info, and pictures of the performer. It’s a very nice update.

Trailers are included for The Kissing Game, Crossroads, In Style, Crazed, Spellbound, and Heart & Soul . Of course, there’s also web site info, company profile, Wicked Casino (DVD-ROM), and AVN winners and nominations

Themes: Straight, lesbian, anal, domination, rimming (female > female), toys, group, and inter-racial

Raincoat Factor: Medium low

Overall: Currently, Knockout can be found online for between $25 and $30 with almost all of the stores offering it for under $28. It’s worth the money. There’s hot sex, a great plot, an excellent transfer, and some great extras. It’s what you should expect your DVDs to be.

Note to Wicked: Once again, great job. There was a little dead air in the commentary, but from what I understand you’re not doing the solo commentaries anymore so this is kind of a moot point.

If you have any questions or comments, please e- mail me .

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