Running Time: 73 min.
Director: Brad Armstrong and Greg Steele
Cast: Jenna Jameson, Jeanna Fine, Liza Harper, Julie Rage, Nico Treasures, Sofia Ferrari, Lovette, Mark Davis, Vince Voyeur, Peter North, and Mike Horner
Initial Expectations: Brad Armstrong seems to make a great movie no matter whoís in it and Wicked normally makes a great DVD. I canít help but look forward to this DVD.
Initial Reaction: Itís okay but nothing too special.
Audio /Video Quality: Both live up to the high expectations Iíve grown to have from Wicked. The audio is very clear and well balanced. The video is also clear as a bell. Although Pure is only five years old, this appears to be a significant amount of time for most studios. Pure looks and sounds better than most adult films that are produced today.
Music: As can be expected from Brad Armstrong, the music varies according to the scene. It ranges from a few techno-style songs, one of which really reminded me of Enigma, to some very funky music.
Review: I was amused at Pure from the moment I first saw it. Jenna in a movie titled Pure seemed as accurate as Madonna singing about doing things ďLike a VirginĒ. Although I donít think Jenna is up to her reputation, her movies are normally worth watching so I looked forward to watching Pure .
The opening to Pure sets the mood great. Pictures flash by almost in a strobe effect. Most of the scenes contain Jenna wearing a black wig and looking very hot. Sheís in a variety of positions, such as the hands of a clock. As a door opens we see a sleeping Jenna on a bed with Enigma - style music all around. Her voice beckons on how youíre about to embark on a journey into the mind of a very special woman. Jenna wakes and invites you into her dreams. This turned me off a little bit as Jennaís ego seemed to be flowing a bit out of control. I know that many consider her one of the greatest porn stars ever but there are quite a few who donít. Apparently Jenna lacks a lot of humility and strongly subscribes to the first group.
The sex in Pure starts off very strong. Jenna dusts a room while wearing a maids outfit (yummy) and discovers a porn tape she canít resist watching. Of course, this leads to a little bit of touching also which is all well and good until Jeanna Fine, who also appears on the tape Jennaís watching, catches her. It doesnít take a genius to figure out what comes next. On its own, the sex is very good. As itís done here itís even better. The TV continues to be used throughout the scene. Many times the main picture will show all of the action while the TV shows a close up. Itís a great idea and one that works great here. At the end of the scene it simple ends as if the TV was turned off.
Next, Jenna appears in a suit with Mark Davis and Lovette in the background. The entire scene appears to have kind of a gangster feel to it. Jenna teases and helps Mark and Lovette a little before she leaves them by themselves. Sadly, this scene didnít continue the momentum of the first scene. This scene lacked a lot of chemistry or maybe I just didnít care much for Lovette. She seemed kind of trashy with very noticeable scars. Surprisingly she still jiggles a little when getting fucked. I do have to admit that she does give a pretty good effort even fucking herself with a toy while Mark fucks her ass. Sadly, itís not enough to come close to the first scene.
Jenna picks up a little speed in the next scene. She makes full use of an ice cube while the radio describes the heat in the background. After a while she mentions making a wish and Vince Voyeur appears off screen holding the ice cube that was cooling Jenna. The pacing of this scene really helped it out and made it extremely erotic. It seemed like Jenna worked herself over with the ice cube for almost half of the scene before Vince appeared. The scene made you want more throughout it and left me satisfied at the end.
Sophia Ferrari and Liza Harper work Julie Rage over in a farm building during the next scene. Surprisingly, this was my favorite scene in Pure . The chemistry between the girls is very good and Julie is very vocal. I almost expected some of the toys to melt with the pressure the girls put them through. Sophia really stands out in this scene. After giving it to both Liza and Julie, she lays back and lets them thank her properly. I was actually upset when Jenna came in to watch them as I knew that the scene must be approaching its end. Thankfully it doesnít end as poorly as the first scene. Thereís actually a feeling that the scene is coming to an end before it ends with Jenna walking out the door.
As Jenna walks into the next room the scene goes back to the seventies with Nico Treasures waiting for her. Before long Peter North shows up in a plaid suit and bow tie selling vacuum cleaners. After seeing some of Peterís work I would have thought that heíd be selling stain remover or eye protection, but heís plenty amusing as the vacuum salesman. Itís a decent scene and Nico and Jenna trade off pretty well as they work on Peter and his peter. Although it is a hot scene, it doesnít seem strong enough to end the movie on. Normally the final scene in a porno has kind of a feeling of closure if the movie has a plot or a feeling of going all out if itís an all sex movie such as this. I was expecting another scene with Jenna in her black wig when she says that weíve arrived at the final stage of purity before wishing a good night.
In the end, as much as I hate to say it, Pure really let me down. To begin with, the scenes seemed really short. I suppose they should as the entire movie isnít even an hour and a quarter long. For five scenes that works out to about fifteen minutes a scene which shouldnít feel that short as there normally isnít much of a lead in into each scene. The scenes started off good, but normally ended poorly, especially the opening scene between Jenna and Jeanna. The poor closing to most of the scenes probably had something to do with the scenes feeling short to me. The biggest problem for me, however, was Jenna herself. She comes off as being really egotistical from the start of the movie and it carries through many of the scenes. Despite Jennaís ego, Iím sure her fans will still be quite happy with Pure .
Extras: As with almost all of Wickedís releases, Pure includes a photo gallery, bios, trailers, Wickedís AVN winners and nominees, web site and company info, and the Wicked Casino. Unfortunately, thatís about it. On the plus side, they did a good job with whatís there. The trailers include Hell on Heels , Pornogothic , Double Feature! , and Sex Safari . Iíve seen all of them except Pornogothic and all of them deserve to be seen. The audio bios include a few still, some personal information, a listing of other Wicked movies, and a link to the scene for Jenna Jameson, Jeanna Fine, Nico Treasures, Julie Rage, Mark Davis, and Peter North. The photo gallery lacks a little compared to Wickedís normal quality. Itís the standard length of two minutes with about five seconds per picture, put the pictures are slightly grainy. All in all, the extras are very average. On an average priced DVD I wouldnít have a problem with these extras, but with the price Wicked demands for Jennaís titles I think itís lacking.
Themes: Straight, group, lesbian, masturbation, anal, DP (toy), spanking, and rimming (female > female)
Raincoat Factor: Extreme
Overall: Currently, Pure can be found online for between $21 (on sale) and around $30. Personally, I think $21 is pushing it for what you get here. Although the transfer is excellent, I was a little let down by the movie and thought the DVD really needed a few more extras to justify the price tag. Of course, I doubt these faults will deter most of Jennaís fans.
Note to Wicked: I really missed a commentary on this DVD. The scenes are varied enough that I would have loved a commentary between Brad and Jenna (since they both wrote it) like Brad did with Stephanie on Sex Safari . It would also make the price a little more justifiable as most stores offering it for over $25 is too high for whatís on this disc despite the great transfer. I realize that many Jenna fans would gladly give at least one body part to have her work on DVD, but if I was a new fan who bought this one it would give me a fairly poor image of Wicked due to the price structure of this DVD.
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