The First Word: Don't let the low price, the dumb title, or the baggage that orgy videos carry with them--this is about as good as these gigantic fuck-fests get.
Plot Synopsis: First, take 30 or more adult performers, bring them to one place, put them by a pool, and tell them to fuck their brains out. Then get a bunch of video cameras to record the festivities and you have a gonzo orgy video. Seymore Butts pioneered the gonzo orgy genre in the early 90s (including the multi-volume pool party videos), and many others have tried over the years to imitate. Most of the time, the results are pretty boring--it's difficult to capture orgy footage and its distracting to watch the action change from coupling to coupling every few seconds. Although most of these types of videos are at least two hours long, they quickly become an exercise in fast forwarding.
Thankfully, Titman's Pool Party 2 seems to have the right mix of stuff to keep fast forwarding to a minimum. First of all, there's no bullshit--we're not deceived into thinking that this is a pool party where an orgy just happened to break out. In fact, there's a lot of behind the scenes footage incorporated into the video, including girls signing model release forms, posing for photos, and being interviewed. We also see tons of crew standing around (and I do mean a shitload of people just hanging out), holding camcorders, and setting up the shoot. I think that's pretty fair--unless you're Hugh Hefner, several dozen people aren't going to have sex in broad daylight in front of cameras, so why disguise the fact that it's a porn shoot?
Next, the atmosphere on the set is very light and friendly. There's a lot of playful teasing for the cameras. It seems like everyone's having a good time and not just going through the motions like in other orgy videos. Finally, there's a good mix of hardcore and softcore (for example, topless sunbathing, interviews, and general goofing around). I just hate gonzos that try to cram as much hardcore as possible into the features. I guess they must think that "gonzo" means "wall-to-wall, non-stop sex." Don't worry, there's plenty of hardcore in this DVD, but it's intelligently mixed with interesting soft bits. Even if you do choose to fast forward through the video, I'll bet that you will go back to normal speed during the non-sex parts to check them out. :)
Notable Performances: It's hard to pin down specific things in a 2-hour orgy video that stand out by themselves, but I can think of a couple that immediately rise to the top. First, since it's a poolside orgy, of course it has sex in the water. Courtesy of an underwater camera, we get to see some pretty nice shots below the surface. Unfortunately, the shots are too short and somewhat gross when you realize that they didn't bother to clean the pool before the shoot. But still, I like underwater sex and wish they would show it more often.
The other pluses in this video have names: Lola and Vanity. I've watched them since they first started making movies and they've become two of my favorites. Lola is a petite Cuban girl with small, very cute, natural tits. She's a very versatile performer, equally adept at playing very dominant roles as well as submissive ones. She's got the most amazing smile and exudes self-confidence. Vanity is one of the group of four or five girls who came from Texas together to get into the business a year or two ago. She's notable for her very big (and very real) boobs that are practically perfect in my book. She also several piercings (tongue, navel, labia, and several in her ears) and tatoos, but for some reason, I don't mind them even though excessive tats and piercings usually turn me off). Anyway, both of these girls really stand out above the others, which is really saying something considering there several other excellent girls in this cast.
Dislikes: Although I've never liked "The Hedgehog," Ron Jeremy, I really don't want to see him as a performer in the shape he's in today. Although he's always been on the portly side, he's really let himself go (and I'm not exaggerating either). I can't imagine anyone who would be turned on by watching the Sta-Puft marshmallow man having sex, and Ronnie is just a hairier version. Although I have to admit that it was pretty cool to see him cum on command (the crowd gave him a 20-second countdown and he popped on cue!). :) The second disappointment is my standard "I-don't-want-to-see-women-with-overinflated-boobs-or-bad-tit-jobs" complaint. There are plenty of girls in this video that look much better in bikinis than in their birthday suits. Fortunately, they balanced the cast out with several all-natural beauties who prove that you can make it in this business without titanic implants.
DVD Notes: Except for a couple bad low light shots, the video quality is very good, about what I would expect for a multiple video camera gonzo shoot. Although it's difficult to hear what the performers are saying sometimes, the sound is also very good, considering the environment (outdoors, in the middle of an orgy). At first glance, there doesn't seem to be any DVD extras worth mentioning. But once you flip to side B, you'll find approximately three dozen preview trailers, as well as a short text blurb about each. Most of these titles are "new" (meaning they were released on video in 1998 or 1999) and not just the same set of 12 trailers that were included on early Metro DVDs. Other studios should take note that preview trailers are a great value-added extra that costs next to nothing to include and would probably generate more sales. I'd much rather see trailers than random clips, tiny photo galleries, or phone sex ads.
The Last Word: If you're a fan of orgies with no false pretenses and no story whatsoever, just honest-to-goodness sex and plenty of it, this is a great title to own. I bought it for a ridiculously low price, thinking, "What do I have to lose?" Fortunately, it turns out that Titman's Pool Party 2 is worth a lot more than I paid for it. Also, if you haven't seen Lola or Vanity before, this DVD will give you a good look at them both. Recommended!