The Little Details
Running Time: 76 min. (cover states 90 min.. As this overstates the running time by nearly twenty percent Iím deducting a half point from the overall score.)
Production Date: 2 / 16 / 2008
Director: Andrew Blake
Cast: Carolyn Reese, Chiane, Essi-X, Faye Reagan, Hailey James, Jana Jordan, Jayme Langford, Nika Noire, Tanya James, and Veronique Vega
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: When it comes to artistic, softer porn with a focus on the female form, Andrew Blake has established himself as a King of the genre for years. Itís been quite a while since I watched one of his movies, so Iím looking forward to checking this one out.
Initial Reaction: Itís artistic, creative, and visually stunning.
Who Should Watch It : Fans of very artistic all girl action
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting long or very straightforward sex scenes
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects show some very definite care. The audio is limited to music, and doesnít give any vocals from the performers. The video is presented in anamorphic widescreen and looks fantastic. Thereís a hint of grain from being shot on film, but the film is treated right and enhances the visuals rather than holding them back as so often sadly happens with adult material shot on film. Thereís a mix of full color and black and white footage as well as some scenes being heavily tinted.
Music: The music shows every bit as much care as the visuals. It never feels like typical porno music, and although itís the only audio thereís a lot of care put into the levels as well. The music plays very well with the visuals of this release.
Menus: The main menu simply gives you a still and the choice between the movie and the chapter menu. The chapter menu is very basic, and just gives you a list of scenes by their chapter number and title with a still off to the side of the choices. Itís very simple, but at the same time thereís something about it that works very well.
The FeaturePaid Companions collects seventeen scenes which were originally released on Andrew Blakeís website. As usual with Blake, the focus throughout the collection is on women and beauty, and he focuses mostly on puffy nippled redhead Faye Reagan. .
|Scene 1: Thinking of You - Faye Reagan and Nika Noire|
As redhead Faye lays back on a bed and touches herself, she thinks of her time in a dark place. Brunette Nika appears to have similar thoughts as she touches herself by a patio door looking outside. In the dark place Faye canít help but touch herself as well, and works up to it after teasing her way around her black dress and panties until she has a squirting orgasm in both her locations.
This is a good opening scene. Itís artistic, but a bit more graphic than I often expect from Andrew Blake. This lets the scene work well for those who follow Blakeís work as well as easing new viewers into it with the style and the more graphic action that they might expect because itís porn. Naturally thereís plenty of style to go with the substance, and the style worked well for me both in regards to the camera angles and editing. This is a very nice scene.
|Scene 2: Best Friends - Faye Reagan and Jayme Langford|
In a room lit by a red light, Jayme helps Faye to strip out of her little black outfit. She moves down to slap and admire Fayeís tits and then pulls aside her panties to slap and rub her shaved pussy before working a couple fingers into it. Jayme comes back up to jiggle Fayeís tits before the scene comes to an end with the film looking like itís burning away.
This is a simple and soft scene. Thereís some nice visuals and a hint of chemistry, but the action is limited and short enough that the scene didnít do too much for me. It did provide some nice eye candy, but thatís about it.
|Scene 3: Totally Nude - Chiane|
Black Chiane starts her scene squeezing her tits together between her arms before pulling down her white panties. She flashes a few very nice smiles while showing off her body standing below a skylight and then moves back down to lightly play with her pussy. Chiane rolls around a bit more to show off her great body before the scene ends with the film looking like itís burning away.
This is another nice piece of eye candy. Itís only a couple minutes long, but for how limited the action is that isnít really a bad thing. This is a very nicely shot tease scene with a great balance and length.
|Scene 4: Beverly Hills Sluts - Faye Reagan and Jana Jordan|
Tattooed bottle blonde Jana joins Faye on a bed with both of them completely naked except for Fayeís black shoes. She quickly moves down to sink a pair of fingers into Fayeís pussy while giving the camera some sultry looks. The girls eye the camera a bit while laying on the bed with Jana fingering Faye as well as playing with her own pussy as Faye rubs her hand. Faye sucks Janaís toes and lets her rub them around her pussy before letting Faye lay back so she can finger her pussy in return. Finally, Jana slaps and scratches Fayeís tits before they kiss and the film looks to burn away.
This is a pretty good scene. Jana didnít do much for me as it started due to her excessive ink, but she and Faye quickly build up a bit of chemistry to keep the scene going. They mix things up pretty good going back and forth, and although Faye does seem to be on the receiving end much of the time in the scene, itís handled nicely enough that I really didnítí care that much. This is a nicely done Asian scene.
|Scene 5: Triptych - Two Brunettes|
Two brunettes are shown in a locker room in various stages of action with the screen split in three. One dominates the other, and after she pees on the floor makes her wipe it up while holding the towel in her mouth. Afterwards the submissive girl pees in a toilet, wipes, and the more dominant girl stuffs it in her mouth.
This is an artistic and different scene. Itís quite graphic and the split screen presentation gives it a very different feel that strengthens the action and makes it much more than what it would have been in a full screen presentation moving along as it normally would. I enjoyed this scene much more than I expected to.
|Scene 6: Bad Girl - Faye Reagan|
Faye returns on all fours wearing a little black lingerie and shoes on a bed. She bites the covers, turns around to lightly play with herself, and then gets up to show off for the camera. Finally the scene burns away.
This is a very short scene that worked quite well for me. Itís short but sweet, and Faye does a very nice job playing to the camera as she shows off. This is a nicely done solo scene.
|Scene 7: Afternoon Sessions - Essi-X, Hailey James, Jayme Langford, and a brunette|
As a brunette plays with herself in a kitchen, Jayme plays with another brunette near a window. Jayme strips off she strips off the brunetteís sexy black stockings with her hands and mouth before worshiping her feet and sucking her toes. Theyíre joined by a short haired brunette with glasses who moves in to play with Hailey near a mirror as Jayme plays with her tits. The action cuts between the groups a bit before one of the girls pees in a toilet and the scene cuts out.
This is another nicely done scene. Being a bit of a foot freak I was more than happy to see all of the toe play here, and the short haired brunette made a nice addition to the scene as well. The scene moves at a nice pace with plenty of great visuals, and managed to build a bit of heat as well. This is a hot little scene.
|Scene 8: Dripping Slut - Faye Reagan and Jayme Langford|
Jayme starts out leaning back as oil is poured over her pussy while Faye lays back on a bed drinking a bottle of lager with her legs spread. The action cuts to them peeing in the shower. Finally the scene cuts out.
This is an okay scene. Itís very short and doesnít have time to let much build. There are some decent visuals, but thatís about it.
|Scene 9: Random Thoughts - Carolyn Reese, Faye Reagan, and Veronique Vega|
Veronique struts in and lays back on a bed completely nude to play with herself as Carolyn, in black and white footage and wearing only a black bikini bottom, sits in a chair and then moves to the floor to play with herself. The action goes to full color as Veronique moves in and helps Carolyn up before slapping her tits. They head to the bed where Veronique continues to slap her tits before fingering her pussy and slapping her ass. She wraps up a nylon that she presses against Carolynís mouth and neck and mixes in a little more kissing before the action moves to Veronique with a necklace over her mouth putting makeup around Fayeís pussy and the worshiping and fingering it. Veronique also reaches up to slap Fayeís tits, and keeps working her over until the scene cuts out.
This is a pretty hot scene. Itís longer than most of the others in the movie, but keeps the same very artistic feeling. Itís a little more clearer that this is about Veroniqueís fantasies here, and although part of me was surprised by the shift from one fantasy to another, with Blakeís artistic style it works quite well. This is another well done scene.
|Scene 10: Private Suite - Faye Reagan and Jayme Langford|
Faye and Jayme start out this scene in black bikini bottoms with Jayme in control pulling Fayeís hair and moving her around before checking out Fayeís pussy as she presents herself on all fours. She fingers her a little before the scene cuts out.
This is a very short scene. It has some nice visuals and moves at a nice pace, but at the same time is so short that about the time I started getting into it the scene was done. Itís not a bad scene, but it did leave me wanting more.
|Scene 11: Black & Blonde - Chiane and Tanya James|
Blonde Tanya looks up at black Chiane, whoís wearing only a black leather jacket and red panties. She admires Chianeís pussy before the clothes disappear and they start rubbing each other down under with hands and feet. They spend a little time kissing before the action cuts to Tanya in a black dress helping Cheyenne out of a white top so she can suck her nipples. The girls play and show off a bit more before the scene cuts out.
This is a hot scene. I love the visuals and the black and blonde contrast, and thereís also a bit of chemistry that develops as the scene moves on. Itís a shorter scene once again, but thereís still something about it that really drew me in.
|Scene 12: Leg Diva - Faye Reagan|
The footage switches to black and white as Faye shows off her long legs in a sexy black bikini and shoes on a staircase. She moves around to show off her great body with some very nice emphasis on her very nice legs.
This is a great eye candy scene. Faye plays to the camera very well and takes her time showing off her great body. Thereís a bit of very light masturbation here, but itís so soft that itís barely even worth mentioning and plays to the tease more than anything. This scene worked very well for me.
|Scene 13: Youíre In My Dreams - Faye Reagan and Veronique Vega|
Veronique starts out stooping down in front of Faye and holding a glass for her to pee in before Faye continues to fill it with the cup on the ground. Faye brings a cup up and pours it over Veronique before the scene cuts out.
This is a short tease of a scene once again. Those with a pee fetish will probably really enjoy it, but Iím very ambivalent about the subject.
|Scene 14: 3PM Private Session Hollywood - Jayme Langford|
Jayme wears only a pair of black shoes and black panties to start out this scene. She pulls the panties around a little and slides a finger into them before moving around the bed a bit. She gets on all fours to play with her pussy before the scene finally fades out.
This scene didnít do so much for me. Jayme has a definite beauty about her, but the red tinting of the scene and how drawn out it was just didnít work. Thereís a touch of eye candy, but the artistic nature of the scene really held back the sexuality of it for me here.
|Scene 15: Legs & Clits - Chiane and Tanya James|
Chiane returns, this time in a sexy lacy black top with sexy pink velvet panties. She sits at the end of a table for Tanya, whoís wearing only a pair of panties, to crawl to her and slide a hand into her top to pull it down, massage her next, and touch her tits. Chiane joins Tanya on the table to let her play with her panties before she slaps Tanyaís ass, helps her out of her panties, and spanks her. She moves down to worship Tanyaís feet and legs before they close things kissing and caressing each other.
This is one of my favorite scenes in the movie. Once again the black and blonde contrast worked great for me visually, and thereís some good chemistry between the girls as well. The scene moves at a nice pace, and drew me in right from the start. This is a great scene.
|Scene 16: Bottled-Up - Essi-X|
Things return to the screen split in three for Essi to work herself over with a pair of beer bottles. She drinks from one while fucking herself with another, and pours a bit over herself as well. Less than a minute later itís all done.
This is an okay scene. With it lasting less than a minute itís hard to get too excited about it, but I do like how Blake presents the action at three different times together on the scene like it was here. This is a decent little break of a scene.
|Scene 17: Attention Whores - Faye Reagan and Veronique Vega|
Faye lays back on a bed for Veronique to rub against her. They rub their tits together and Veronique sucks Fayeís tits before moving down to spit on and rub her pussy. A couple minutes later the scene burns out.
This is an okay final scene. Like so much of Blakeís other work it left me wanting more, but there is some nice chemistry between the girls as they play. This is a pretty good close to the movie.
Paid Companions gives just what one should expect from Andrew Blake. The scenes vary in length, but are all short compared to the standard adult scene being put out today (and in some cases donít even last a full minute). In fact, the movie itself is very short as well, as it barely lasts an hour and a quarter. Iíll admit that going in I was ready to be disappointed as a DVD with an hour and a quarter movie and no extras doesnít seem like something that one should consider paying the standard DVD rate for (and especially not more than that), as Blakeís movies often demand. After the first handful of scenes that thought had completely left my mind (with the exception of enough of it sticking around to let me know that I was wrong). Iíll always be slightly disappointed by a DVD that doesnít include any effort towards the extras as itís so easy to include a bonus scene from another release, but the running time is a complete non-issue here. Thereís more substance in some of the scenes here than there are in scenes three, four, or five times their length, and more than that they feel creative. There are nights when I can blow through a four hour adult movie without a problem, but here there was so much to the scenes that I was afraid the movie would burn me out a bit and I had to spread it over a few nights. The scenes are all very artistic, which I know will lose some people, but thereís a very nice mix of styles to the girls that helps to give them a bit of variety. Itís easy to see how Blake is inspired by Faye and Jayme with how they play to the camera, and the other girls do just as well. I think Chiane and Tanyaís scenes were my favorites, but very few missed the mark for me. Paid Companions is a great collection of scenes from one of adult filmís true artists.
The Extra StuffNone. Not even weblinks or a photo gallery.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: All girl, masturbation, squirting, solo, feet, peeing, and interracial
Raincoat Factor: Very high if youíre more about the beauty of a scene than the nastiness
Condom Usage: None needed
The Bottom Line:Currently, most of Studio Aís DVDs can be found online for between about $18 and $30 with only a few stores offering them near the low end. If youíre a fan of Blakeís work and have found him worth the big bucks in the past, thereís nothing that should change your mind with this release. Those who havenít experienced him, however, might want to rent it first as his style can be a bit of an acquired taste. The technical aspects show a lot of care, but sadly thereís no effort put into the extras. This is a very impressive movie on a DVD that cries out for a little effort towards extras.
Note to Studio A: Thereís no doubt that you put plenty of effort into your movies, but a little effort towards your overall DVDs would be very nice. Things as simple as a cast listing by scene or a bonus scene from one of your other releases would have really helped this DVD out overall.
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