NOTE: This is an amateur video. Amateur and homemade movies don’t have the budget nor the resources of studio porn, and therefore rarely get close to the same quality technically. I’m rating this DVD on the same scale, but most homemade or amateur features would rarely make it above a 3 on the standard scale I use for studio porn for their technical aspects. The performers also aren’t normally the ‘glamour stars’ one expects from studio porn, and instead use people who look like somebody you might encounter in your day to day life. Finally, the camera work has a different feel, as it’s often shot from a tripod or with somebody who doesn’t have the technical training or experience of professional cameramen. That said, amateur and homemade features have a great charm to them, simple because the people in them are doing what they’re doing to have fun and because they enjoy it. All the things that separate them from studio porn contribute to that charm, I hope people will keep that in mind when checking out this review and not just look at the ratings as the ultimate word on this release. Since the technical aspects are normally lacking and there normally isn’t much for extras in amateur features, I’ve weighted my overall rating more heavily towards the sex than I do in most studio porn.
Running Time: 88 min.
Production Date: 1 / 19 / 2012 – 2 / 7 / 2012
Director: Phil Varone
Cast: Angella, Kiwi, Nicoletta, Siri, Brad, Phil Varone, and Scott
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are very weak even by homemade porn standards. The audio is pretty decent, with rock music quietly in the background, a decent balance, and no background noises to interfere. The problem is in the video. It's presented in anamorphic widescreen with pretty decent lighting and a little grain in the first couple scenes. The final scene, however, is extremely dark with plenty of flashing multicolored lights and a lot of grain that makes it hard to see. The bigger problem is that throughout the entire movie there's a lot of camera motion, to the point that I started to get motion sickness several times watching this. Needless to say, video that makes me feel like I might throw up if I don't look away never does much to impress me.
Watermark Warning: Swinging American Style: Vegas or Bust has the usual Vivid watermark in the lower right corner. It's small, fairly tasteful (if a watermark can be such a thing), and stays stationary making it easy to put out of mind. Although I can't say that I like to see watermarks, if a company feels that's what they have to do in order to protect their product I hope they can keep them as tasteful as Vivid does here.
The Movie: Phil Varone, known to some as the drummer from Saigon Kick, Skid Row, and a few other bands as well as reality TV show appearances, has decided to travel the country showing off the swinging lifestyle. Here he's in Las Vegas around the time of the AVN awards.
|Scene 1 – Nicoletta, Phil Varone, and Scott|
Scott and his good looking bottle blonde woman Nicoletta start out chatting about the swinger website the run, getting into the lifestyle, and their rules before getting down to business. Scott runs his hands around Nicoletta as Phil strips down and then watches with the camera as Phil and Nicoletta check each other out. She sucks Phil's cock briefly before he moves her around to sixty-nine. Phil quickly condoms up to fuck Nicoletta missionary style and then lets her get on top for a reverse cowgirl ride. She turns around for the traditional cowgirl before letting Phil take her doggie style. Scott moves in for Nicoletta to suck his cock a little as Phil takes her from behind and then backs off again for Phil to nail her missionary style with a little pussy eating mixed in. Scott gets back in on the action for Nicoletta to suck his cock, and also gets to fuck her missionary style as she sucks and strokes Phil's semi-hard cock. Nicoletta strokes Phil to a pop over her hands before she rides Scott cowgirl style and lets him fuck her from behind. Finally Nicoletta strokes Scott to a pop on her chest that she rubs in.
|Scene 2 – Siri and Phil Varone|
Brad and Siri chat about how they got together, swinging, and her big titties before getting down to business with Phil. Siri pops her top to show off her fantastic big titties before working Phil over with her mouth, hands, and tits. Phil focuses on fucking Siri's tits, and finally cums on them before collapsing next to him.
|Scene 3 – Angella, Kiwi, Nicoletta, Siri, Brad, Phil Varone, and Scott|
Older bottle blonde Kiwi starts out chatting with Phil before they head out to a swinger's party. On the bus Siri and Nicoletta chat a bit and show off what they're wearing before the camera wanders around the bus a little as the rest of the group has some fun. Kiwi and their new friend Angela quickly end up sucking Siri's big tits before the three ladies team up on Phil orally. The action moves around the group with Scott and Brad also getting in on the action as the bus turns into one big mess of flesh as Phil and the girls get busy. Yes, Scott and Brad are there too, but trying to spot them in the action is about like trying to find Waldo as the book is thrown past your face. Finally Siri takes a facial finish from Phil to finish things up.
Swinging American Style: Vegas or Bust is a definite bust. I had some pretty high hopes for this release as a fan of homemade porn and with it including Siri, and those expectations were barely ever met. Siri shows off a very nice personality once again, along with her fantastic tits, but the camera work is horrible in this release even by homemade standards. There's barely a single shot in the movie that shows both her big titties and her pretty face at the same time and that's about the best thing one can say about the camera work. It all appears to be captured with a $50 handheld HD video recorder and is completely plagued by camera motion and shots that just plain seem way too limited. The other problem with the movie is that this isn't so much about capturing and playing with swingers as it is Phil seeing how many women he can fuck. Scott and Brad are around for the interviews, but that's about all they get featured in the movie, and there's times where you just see one of them in the background watching and waiting to get some of the action. The bus scene is even worse as 95% of the cock you get to see appears to be Phil's. I had some good hope for Swinging American Style: Vegas or Bust, but all it really made me do was feel like I was going to throw up from the motion throughout the entire movie and the bad lighting in the bus scene as well as making me really appreciate how solid the homemade porn from Shot at Home is.
The Extras: Trailers are included for four other Vivid releases. The photo gallery lasts about four minutes. There's also cumshot recaps and commercials.
Condom Usage: 100% except for Scott fucking Nicolettta in the opening scene
Final Thoughts: Skip it.
Note to Vivid / Phil Varone: With the money you're making off this one would hope you can pick up some equipment to capture the action better and maybe pick up somebody who knows how to use it.
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