Running Time: 127 min.
Production Date: None credited
Director: Marcus London
Cast: Andy San Dimas, Charley Chase, Devon Lee, Gracie Glam, India Summer, Jenna Presley, Karina O'Reilley (listed here as Carina Roman), Melanie Rios, Miko Lee, Nicole Aniston, Nikki Daniels, Prinzzess, Tanya Tate, Marcus London, Nacho Vidal, T.J. Cummings, Tommy Gunn, and Tony DeSergio in sexual roles with Ben English, Brad Armstrong, Eric Masterson, Jack Lawrence, Jack Vegas, Kyle Stone, Lucas Stone, Marco Rivera, Reno, and many more in non-sex roles
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects in Spartacus MMXII: The Beginning are more than impressive and show no shortage of care. The audio is very clear and well balanced, right down to the music, which varies in balance nicely throughout the movie to add some very nice dramatic effect. The video is also extremely impressive. The lighting is fantastic, and there's some great effects down with the video to give the movie a very solid artistic style that works perfectly for it. Add in nice care with the camera work and a picture with just the right touch of grain and you have a movie with a visual style that's some of the best I've seen come out of 2012.
The Movie: The story of Spartacus is one known by many, from an older generation familiar with Kirk Douglas in the title role of Stanley Kubrick's fantastic classic to a younger generation currently following the Starz channel series. Here Marcus London, Tommy Gunn, Devon Lee, and Miko Lee team up to bring the gladiator tale to the wonderful world of adult entertainment.
|Scene 1 – Devon Lee and Tommy Gunn|
Busty brunette Devon brings gladiator Tommy in for a reward while her husband travels to find more gladiators. She has him get down to eat her cunt before sucking him in return. Tommy takes Devon doggie and missionary style before pulling out to pop on her bush.
|Scene 2 – Devon Lee, India Summer, Nikki Daniels, and Tony De Sergio|
Devon summons brunette slaves India, for her husband Tony, and Nikki for herself after he returns home. As Tony and India kiss passionately, Nikki plays with Devon's pussy while they watch. India moves on to suck Tony's cock and lets him play with her pussy before fucking it missionary and doggie style. Tony and India moves over to Devon so he can fuck her missionary style as India kisses her and Nikki leaves them. Finally Devon drops down for a nice facial finish from Tony.
|Scene 3 – Tanya Tate and Marcus London|
Smoking hot busty blonde Tanya selects Marcus to serve her needs from a lineup of gladiator slaves. She taunts him verbally before he roughly bends her over and fucks her hard from behind. Tanya continues to work her great potty mouth urging Marcus on, taunting him, and giving him orders as he fucks her missionary style. Finally Marcus pulls out to pop a good load on the stomach of a very satisfied Tanya.
|Scene 4 – Gracie Glam and Tommy Gunn; Karina O'Reilley, Melanie Rios, and Nacho Vidal|
Senator Brad likes what he sees in gladiator champion Tommy, and although he's too drained from the journey to check out Tommy's other talents himself, he asks for a demonstration instead. He has Tommy get busy with handmaiden Gracie not knowing their feelings for each other. As Tommy tenderly strips her down and lays down with her to kiss her and admire her body, Nacho enjoys a little kissing with Melanie and Karina on the other side of the room. Tommy moves on to fuck Gracie missionary style as Nacho fucks his way between the faces of Karina and Melanie. Nacho moves on to fuck his girls in the cowgirls as Gracie rolls on top of Tommy for a cowgirl ride of her own. Tommy finally lets Gracie have a nice pop on her stomach with Nacho's pop going unseen.
|Scene 5 – Charley Chase, Nicole Aniston, Prinzzess, and Tommy Gunn|
As slave girls Charley, Nicole, and Prinzzess bathe Tommy, Nicole moves in to suck and stroke his cock Prinzzess moves up to kiss him as Charley caresses his body and then moves in to help Nicole suck him. Prinzzess moves around to play with Charley and Nicole sucks Tommy more. Finally Charley gives him a last bit of sucking before being rewarded with a facial finish.
|Scene 6 – Miko Lee and Tony DeSergio|
When Tony calls upon Miko for help, they strike a deal beyond money that he's more than willing to accept. They kiss as she fondles his cock and then drops down to eagerly suck it. Tommy eats her bald pussy in return before fucking it missionary style. He moves on to spoon her shitpussy before pulling out and popping on her shaved pussy.
|Scene 7 – Andy San Dimas and T.J. Cummings|
Slave girl Andy visits T.J. one last time before he fights in the arena the next day. She unlocks his cell and comes inside to kiss him before he takes her to his bunk to suck her nipples and eat her pussy. Andy mouths his manhood in return before riding it cowgirl style. T.J. also takes her from behind as she begs him to cum on her body and is finally rewarded with a solid pop on her nice round ass.
|Scene 8 – Jenna Presley and Marcus London|
Jenna starts out riding Marcus cowgirl style before laying back to let him lap at her cunt. She lovingly sucks his cock in return before letting him put it back inside her missionary style. Finally Marcus pulls out to pop on her stomach.
Watching Spartacus MMXII: The Beginning I was repeatedly struck with one major thought: “Why haven't we seen a heck of a lot more of Marcus London behind the camera???”. When one finds something great, you can often tell it right away, and I was struck with that thought before the opening credits were even done here. There's a fantastic artistic style to Spartacus MMXII: The Beginning that's matched with a well done story, impressive fight sequences, a killer set and costumers, and solid performances both acting and sexually. Even the music shows a tremendous amount of care here, and really works well to give Spartacus MMXIII: The Beginning a very mainstream entertainment feeling as opposed to a “porn movie” vibe. Marcus London, Tommy Gunn, and Tony DeSergio do a fantastic job leading the cast, and they're nicely supported by Devon Lee, Miko Lee, and a host of top name performers in both sexual roles as well as non-sex roles. The roster of performers here really shows how passionate everyone involved with this release was, , and because of it I can only really have one complaint. That complaint is that the sex scenes all seemed like they could have used one more position. They're all a bit on the short side, and another two to three minutes for each scene would have nicely pushed the movie over the two and a half hour mark, making it seem all the more epic. It also seemed like it could have benefited from a second scene with Miko Lee rather than having it go unseen. This desire for a bit more towards the sexual side of the movie is the only thing that kept me from giving Spartacus MMXII: The Beginning a perfect 5 stars across the board, as it truly is an epic release that's one of the best made features in the last several years.
The Extras: In addition to a blooper reel on the first DVD, a second DVD is devoted entirely to extras. Seven different trailers for the movie are included, as well as nine different photo galleries. There's also several behind the scenes featurettes that give a very in depth look at the making of the movie.
The only extra on the first DVD is a blooper reel lasting about nine and three quarter minutes. This is a pretty standard blooper reel with plenty of flubbed lines, crackups, physical blunders, and the cast having a good time. You even get a sexual blooper to wrap things up. This is a nice addition to the overall package.
The main “Making of Spartacus MMXII” behind the scenes featurette is divided into five parts lasting a total of just over an hour. Marcus starts out behind the camera showing the work being done to create the set by Tommy Gunn and Tony DeSergio with Tommy appearing to have no limits to his skills or endurance. Tommy shows plenty of creativity and skill creating the sets and wood with plenty of skills both in carpentry in blacksmithing, and as someone with experience with both I have to say that I'm very impressed with Tommy's skills. Tommy also shows skills with the sewing machine before they work on some of the fight sequences and discuss things over some darn good looking food. You also get to see a bit of the sex footage being shot before Marcus chats about what he, Tommy, and Tony have done as producers and how happy he is with how the movie is progressing. There's also a bit of Marcus directing in his loincloth (which if this is his standard director's garb might explain why one hasn't seen him directing much as it seems like he should be). You also get a few short interviews with Gracie Glam, Melanie Rios, and Tanya Tate. This is a very nice behind the scenes featurette. You get a great look at the making of the movie and sets, the cast, and the passion of those involved making it. This is a very solid addition to the overall release.
Over fifty minutes of Cast Interviews are included. Marcus chats with producers Tony, Devon, and Tommy about the long journey in making the movie, the importance of the little details, their characters, and making something beyond the typical “porn genre”. They also chat about their favorite scenes and parts in the movie. Marcus also spends a bit of time in front of the camera talking about the movie and how everyone involved always seemed to be pushing themselves to do more due to how passionate they were about it, parodies, and shooting the movie in six days. This is a very nice collection of interviews. You can definitely see how personal a movie this is to Marcus, Tony, Tommy, and Devon, and there's no doubt that care comes out through the movie. This is another great addition to the overall release.
The Fight Concept Color Tests is divided into three sections lasting a little over ten minutes total. This is a nice little featurette that does a good job showing just how much care and effort was put into the overall look of the movie. You get to see the original shot footage against the graded video. There's also a comparison between the fight footage in the movie and the conceptual fights and training. This is another nicely done featurette.
Condom Usage: None, as this is a release distributed by Wicked Pictures and not made by Wicked Pictures
Final Thoughts: It's easily one of the best adult features I've watched over not just the last year, but the last several years, and well worth the purchase.
Note to London Gunn Films / Miko Lee Productions / Wicked Pictures: Thank you for all the care you put into this release and I can't wait to see what you can accomplish next!
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