The Little Details
Running Time: 98 min.
Production Date: 9 / 13, 18, 19 / 2007, 1 / 29 / 2008
Director: Bud Lee
Cast: Brooke Banner, Brooke Belle, Devon, Jayme Langford, Jenni Lee, Samantha Sin, Alan Stafford, Marco Banderas, Steven St. Croix, and van Damage
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: Penthouse has been putting out some very nice couples movies. I'm looking forward to checking this one out.
Initial Reaction: It has some decent sized faults, but due to its overall spirit I couldn't help but really like it.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting couples friendly action with a bit of artistic style
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting nastier sex
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are pretty good. The audio is pretty clear and well balanced, but there are a few minor background noises that are just enough to be noticed. The video is nicely presented in anamorphic widescreen, and has a touch of softness to it along with some very nicely handled lighting. There's also a fair amount of footage that looks like it's been slowed down to help enhance the romantic feeling of the scenes, but it's done in a manner where the audio doesn't point it out much.
Music: The music is pretty good. It has a bit of a fun energetic style to it, but it doesn't come off as porno music. It's also all over the place for a balance, going from resting nicely in the background to being the only audio in the scene.
Disc Complaints: There's no time stamp to the movie, which limits the viewers to navigating the movie by chapter breaks. This can sometimes be tolerable if there's a lot of chapter breaks, but here there's just one per chapter. This gives the DVD a bit of a cheap feeling, and holds it back slightly.
Menus: The main menu works together a little animation with stills of the girls for a pretty good first impression. The chapter menu is nicely done and lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene along with the name(s) of the girl(s) in it.
The FeatureRelationships always have their own flow. When Brooke breaks up with her man she plans on making some changes. Her friends let her know things will get better talking about their relationships, and when she meets Alan during the remodeling she starts to feel things change for the better.
|Scene 1 – Brooke Banner and Van Damage|
Cute blonde Brooke starts out taking a nap when her lover makes her way up to her in what appears to be a dream and starts kissing his way around her as she tells him to leave. She stops him when he goes to leave and has him stay as he kisses his way around her. The action cuts to him fucking her missionary style before they spoon. Brooke turns around to suck his cock before riding it cowgirl style and gives Van a little more head before he fucks her missionary style again and licks her pussy. Finally, Van pulls out and pops on her stomach.
This is an above average scene. I always look forward to seeing Brooke in action, and she does a nice job here once again. She has nice chemistry with Van and they put out some nice energy as well as good vocals. I'm a bit torn over how the positions are mixed up as they give the scene a bit of a different feel but also didn't seem quite right. Throw in the artistic look that didn't quite work for me and you have a scene that isn't bad, but just didn't quite work right for me.
|Scene 2 – Brooke Belle, Jenni Lee, and Steven St. Croix|
Redhead Jeni and bottle blonde Brooke hang out and chat while Steven whizzes in the background before Jeni confesses to liking Steven's ass and Brooke offers to let her grab it. They joke around about it a bit before talking about mixing things up with Brooke opening up Steven's shirt and breaking out his cock. The girls team up on Steven orally with Brooke getting in a little sixty-nining as well as helping Jenni to strip down before she comes up to let Steven suck her tits. Jenni also gets a little tongue action from Steven while watching Brooke ride him cowgirl style and kissing her and then moves down to ride him reverse cowgirl style as Brooke plays with her and gives each of them a bit of oral attention. Steven goes between Brooke's pussy doggie style and Jenni's mouth as the girls sixty-nine before moving around to fuck Jenni missionary style as Brooke continues to ride her tongue. Finally Steven pulls out and pops on Jenni's stomach.
This is a very fun scene. There's great chemistry all around and the teasing to start the scene gives it a great feeling right from the start. There's a great balance between the girls and nobody ever feels like they're left out of the action. It does have a slightly odd flow due to some of the footage looking like it's been slowed down, but the overall feeling of the scene raises it up far past anything that might hold it back.
|Scene 3 – Samantha Sin and Marco Banderas|
After a little fight, Marco begs for forgiveness from bottle blonde Samantha, who's looking plenty sexy in a little black and white outfit. They start kissing as soon as he's forgiven, and strip each other down so Marco can suck her tits and worship her ass before eating her as she bends over and then lays back on her desk. Samantha drops down to suck his cock while giving him great eyes before letting him fuck her from behind. She rolls over to let him fuck her missionary style, and even gets up for the reverse cowgirl anal. Marco fucks Samantha's ass missionary style, and then finishes her off with a pop on her tits.
This is another very nice scene. The opening is handled very well and builds a bit of chemistry between them as well as giving the scene a bit of a fun feeling with Marco begging. The scene moves along at a very nice pace and the anal works very well in the scene. This is another nicely done scene.
|Scene 4 – Devon and Jayme Langford|
After redhead Jayme chats with Brooke on the phone she moves to the kitchen island to get it on with dirty blonde Devon. They kiss softly before Jayme joins her on the island to continue kissing and caressing each other. Devon moves down to eat Jayme's pussy before coming up to kiss Jayme and let her grope her tits. Jayme moves down to lick Devon's pussy in return before they sixty-nine to finish things up.
This is an okay scene. The girls look great and have pretty good chemistry, but there's also a fairly generic feeling to the scene. I wanted to like this scene, but with it going one way, the other way, and a sixty-nine there just wasn't much to convince me that this scene should be that memorable. This was easily the weakest scene in the movie.
|Scene 5 – Brooke Banner and Alan Stafford|
While on a picnic with Alan, Brooke makes a move and starts kissing him. They start to help each other strip down before heading inside where there's a convenient pool table, and Alan kisses Brooke a little more before moving down to lick and play with her pussy. She turns around to let Alan fuck her from behind before giving him plenty of head, and then gets back up on the pool table for him to fuck her missionary style. Brooke also rides him cowgirl style before going back for a little more missionary work and a pop on her stomach.
This is yet another nice scene. Brooke, as always, looks great and Alan, as usual, provides a nice hard cock that shows him to once again be quite an overlooked porn stud. There's very nice chemistry between them with the scene moving along at a nice pace. Yes, the pool table did give it a bit of a clichéd feeling, but with the chemistry I still couldn't help but like it. This is a very nice scene to end the movie with.
Remodeled is a nice little couples movie. There's a nice looking cast, a nice mix of sex acts, and best of all, plenty of chemistry that's nicely captured. Although the scenes were sometimes a bit generic, the only one that didn't work too well was Devon and Jayme's scene and that's simply because it didn't have the spark of the others. There's a few artistic touches here and there that had mixed results for me, and the style of the movie also didn't help it too much by not seeming to know if it wanted to be a vignette movie with the girls each telling their stories or a movie about Brooke on the rebound. That said, those complaints fell by the road for me throughout the entire movie. There's such a great feeling to the sex in each of the scenes that I couldn't help but have the complaint come into my head and then drop right back out. Remodeled might not know quite the path it wants to take to tell it's story or how it's going to take that path, but it does know that it wants to enjoy itself as it goes towards its destination. Thankfully it enjoys itself enough that we can have fun watching it get there.
The Extra StuffTrailers are included for Sex in Dangerous Places, Looking Glass, Cougar Club: The Hunt is On, Foxtrot, and Slave For a Night. The photo gallery lasts about five and a quarter minutes with about five seconds per good looking snapshot. There's also a bonus scene (with accompanying photo gallery) and internet information.
|Bonus Scene – Gianna Lynn and Anthony Hardwood|
The bonus scene comes from Sub-Urban Sex. Smoking hot Asian Gianna was having a hard time dealing with things after her divorce until Anthony came by to help a bit. She invites him in for a cup of coffee after he helps her fix her car. They talk a bit sitting on the staircase enjoying their coffee with Gianna looking nice and hot in a striped black shirt and grey skirt before she leans over to start kissing him. She starts rubbing his cock through his pants, asking if it's okay, and when he doesn't turn her down there gets down to check if it's okay again as she takes his cock out of his pants and works it into her mouth. Gianna takes it down her throat a little and works in a little ball washing and cheek stretching as well before letting Anthony worship her great body as he strips her down. They skip any warmup for Gianna so she can go right to riding him reverse cowgirl style, and she sucks him clean before getting up for the cowgirl ride with a bit of ass slapping mixed in. Anthony also takes her standing up on the staircase before she turns around and eagerly sucks him to a decent pop on her tongue as she does her best baby bird impression.
This is an above average scene. It has a bit of a generic feel with the chemistry being fairly average. The camera work also has a feeling like it's going for a softcore shoot with gyno-cam shots mixed in to make it hardcore. That method never works for me, and although the lighting was a little low to maybe kick up the romantic feeling of the scene, the lighting held back the scene a bit for me as well. I'm also not sure about the overall mood of the scene. It starts soft and romantic before getting pretty energetic and vocal with a bit of a push from Anthony. Gianna looks to get into it pretty well, but the harder mood between them seemed to be at odds with the lighting and camera work trying to make everything soft and romantic. This scene makes it past the average mark, but not by a lot.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, group, lesbian, and anal
Raincoat Factor: Medium high
Condom Usage: None
The Bottom Line:Currently, many Penthouse DVDs can be found online for between about $17 and $25 with several stores offering them for around $20. Aim low here. The sex is very enjoyable in the movie with the cast looking like they're having a very nice time, and the technical aspects are pretty good. The extras show a little effort, but with only a bonus scene from another release and a few of the standard extras they come up a little short. I definitely enjoyed this release, but I'm not sure it offers enough replay value to justify the pricetag.
Note to Penthouse: If you're not going to include a time stamp on your DVDs to let viewers navigate the movie easily by being able to jump to any place they choose in the movie with their remote, please at least provide a ton of chapter breaks. Authoring like this only makes your product look cheap.
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