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Manhunters (Blu-Ray)

Studio: Wicked
Category:  Feature film , High Definition
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andyblake's ratings for Manhunters (Blu-Ray):
Overall Rating 3.5 stars
Manhunters (Blu-Ray) overall rating 3.5 stars
Female Looks Manhunters (Blu-Ray) Female looks rating 4 stars
Male Looks Manhunters (Blu-Ray) Female looks rating 0 stars
Sex Manhunters (Blu-Ray) Sex rating 4 stars
 
Plot/Acting Manhunters (Blu-Ray) Plot/Acting rating 4.5 stars
Extras Manhunters (Blu-Ray) DVD Extras rating 2 stars
Audio/Video Quality Manhunters (Blu-Ray) A/V Quality rating 3 stars
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Reviewed by andyblake  on  12/5/2008
OVERVIEW:

Wicked and Brad Armstrong have been putting out excellent feature porn for over a dozen years now. This film is squarely in that tradition. Jessica Drake, Kirsten Price, Exotica and Carmen Hart play a team of female bounty hunters who track down bail jumpers for bondsman Randy Spears. They're very serious about their jobs and good at them.

SCENES:

Scene one pairs hot latina Luscious Lopez with Marcos Leon (who is one of the bail jumpers the girls are sent out to track down). Even the sex talk is in Spanish, but you'll get the drift of it. I loved this scene, which includes anal, and is one of the best in the movie. Scene two, where the girls pick up a wannabe gansta rapper, is not really a full sex scene but includes some good oral.

Scene three features Devon Michaels and Lee Stone, where Lee Stone is Devon's former trainer/lover, and she is turning him in because she posted his bail, and he then dumped her. Devon, like Lee, is a body builder, but has one of those unfortunate breast augmentations where her boobs tend to migrate under her arms in certain positions and under certain circumstances. One of those positions is featured prominently in this scene. Ouch.

Scene four is a pretty tame scene between Kirsten and Chris Cannon, who plays her Karate coach. Scene five features Jessica Drake and Brad Armstrong (who plays her loser ex-boyfriend), includes anal, and is an excellent scene.

Scene six features Jada Fire, Sandra Romain, and Brian Surewood (another bail jumper) in a seedy motel room. Sandra and Jada give their usual vigorous, super-nasty performances, and there is anal. I love Sandra, as I'm sure most porn watchers do, but she needs to learn to modulate her performances a bit. It seems like she always has the dial turned up to 11, with constant loud verbalizing, hair pulling, spitting etc. There's no build up, no natural arch to the scene. She needs to learn to slowly ratchet up the intensity. But that's just my opinion.

Scene seven is a pretty tame shower scene with Carmen Hart, no anal. Scene eight is a very hot four-way lesbian romp feature strap-on anal. I knew it was a dream sequence because it didn't fit with the plot. I just guessed wrong on whose dream it would turn out to be; I guessed it would be Randy Spears' but it turned out to be Jessica Drake's. It is a very strong scene. The last scene is a not bad coupling of Exotica and Tommy Gunn; it is nothing to write home about.

PLOT AND ACTING:

The plot and the acting are pretty good for porn, but at two and a half hours, this really dragged. There's enough plot here for about an hour and forty-five minutes, maximum. The movie has a more than adequate premise, but it certainly doesn't have an epic story to tell, and should not clock in at an epic length. After about the fifth take-down of a bail jumper, I said, "Okay, I get it, I know what these girls do for a living already!"

VIDEO QUALITY:

Most people are going to expect outstanding video quality from a blu-ray disk. Not the case here. The film is shot in a somewhat grainy, gauzy style to begin with, and the blu-ray transfer just makes the grain sharper and more noticeable. The darker scenes are especially problematic, but even some of the better lighted scenes don't look especially good. In a couple of scenes there is artifact--purple vertical lines that oscillate--the origin or explanation of which I have no idea.

There are a couple of scenes that look blu-ray quality, but on the whole, I'm not sure that the video quality is signicantly better than a good anamorphic non-blu-ray DVD. Blu-ray is going to be yet another technical challenge for the porn industry to overcome. Some studios, like Evil Angel, have only recently mastered DVD technology, and now the technology has moved forward yet again. Only Digital Playground has really mastered Hi-Definition photography; even their regular DVDs, shot in HD, are of fantastic quality.

EXRAS:

Other than the director's commentary track, there aren't any extras. The regular DVD has a ton of extras, including a quiver-full of behind-the-scenes/making-of material, 2 deleted scenes, and four bonus scenes. The Blu-ray version has none of these extras. Why? I would expect, and I think any unawares consumer would expect, the Blu-ray version of any release would have the same content as the DVD version, even if it has to include two disks.

SUMMARY:

This is an excellent, if a bit over-long, feature porn film with some pretty hot sex, including several anal scenes. The video quality is not good enough to recommend an upgrade from the DVD version, and the fact that the Blu-ray version has no extras makes it a slam dunk in favor of the regular DVD release.



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