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Boxcover for Nuttin
Nuttin 

Release date: 4/12/2004
Reviewed on: 4/12/2004


Studio: Platinum Pictures

Review brief: Nuttin Cast: Hernando, B. Nasty, V. Twizzy, Lorenzo, James, and Boom Boom. Director: Baby Boss Production date: 1/2/026/27/02 Length: 60 min. Extras: A bonus scene from Nuttin 2 ("Jail Bird," running time: 9:31), and a photo gallery which doesn't work on my player. Boobie prizes: I initially had difficulty getting my machine to accept this DVD-R. It was too thick to fit into the iMac slot until I peeled off the website label around the central hole. The studio logo is ubiquitous in this production; prominent silver-on-black lettering appears on shirts and/or hats in five of the six scenes. I understand concerns about piracy, but I would've preferred a subtle watermark over what appears to be unrelenting self-promotion. The box cover photo is slightly misleading, since it was taken prior to the tattoo work which appears in the movie. Audio/visual quality: The picture is masked to a widescreen ratio. The camerawork is handheld, lending a not-quite-polished feel which some viewers prefer.
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Italy's Finest 

Release date: 2/4/2003
Reviewed on: 4/3/2004

Starring: Marco Altieri
Studio: Erotic Men

Directed by: Edward James
Review brief: Italy's Finest Cast: Riccardo, Bruno Rossi, Marc Lacoma, Marco Altieri, and Alessandro Capua. I'm not certain they're credited in order of appearance, so I'm unable to identify them by scene. Director: Edward James Production date: 4/99 (opening statement); 6/25/01 (box) Length: 62 min. Extras: A ten-minute recap of pop shots at the end, plus a photo gallery with 20 images. Boobie prize: Four minutes of sleazy ads precede the menu. I can scan through at 8x but cannot skip them altogether. These forced ads hawk straight websites and phone sex. Hey, if I wanted to see augmented tits, I wouldn't be watching man porn. I've deducted a half star from the overall rating for this idiocy. Audio/visual quality: The camerawork is generally pleasing and very well focused (e.g., the men's pores are easily visible during the shaving). There's a little too much enhanced motion for my taste, as well as some intercut footage of roses that begins to test my patience.
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Single Handed (solos) 

Release date: 2/18/2003
Reviewed on: 3/30/2004

Starring: Peter Wilder, Mike Roberts, Dean Coulter, Michael Vincenzo, Eduardo, Vinnie Rocko, Michel D'Amours, Talvin Demachio, Rip Stone, Rick Hammersmith, Thom Barron, Tom Vaccaro, Todd Stevens, Brock McKay
Studio: Titan Media

Review brief: Single Handed Cast: Brock McKay, Dylan Yates, Michel D'Amours, Dean Coulter, Eduardo, Maleek, Talvin DeMachio, Peter Wilder, Ty Saunders, Thom Barron, Tom Vaccaro, Rick Hammersmith, Mike Roberts, Terry Rogers, Rick Matthews, Sean Rider, Cal Decker, Bam, Todd Stevens, Michael Vincenzo, Rip Stone, Vinnie Rocko. Directors: Uncredited, but this set compiles scenes from movies directed by Bruce Cam, Brian Mills, Harold Creg, and Keith Webb. The original source material includes seven previously released titles: Is Your Big Brother Home? (out of print), Titan Men: All Alone in the Backwoods (VHS only), Titan Men II: Size Matters (VHS only), Titan Express, 3 Easy Pieces, Fallen Angel III: Initiation, and Eruption. Production date: ©2002 (original DOPs: 4/10/959/22/99) Length: 224 min. (3.75 hrs.) Extras: Five "mystery stud" solos (total time: 19:35) and a five-minute trailer for Immersion and Arousal. Audio/visual quality: The visual quality is good overall. The most significant problem is a pale yellow blocky artifact in the upper left corner of a third of these scenes.
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Marie And Jack: A Hardcore Love Story 

Release date: 9/11/2003
Reviewed on: 10/3/2003

Starring: Jack Bravo, Aria
Studio: Comstock Films

Directed by: Tony Comstock
Review brief: Update (3/27/2004): A number of improvements have been made to Marie and Jack. Comstock Films discontinued the DVD-R version last year. The movie is now replicated on high quality DVDs and packaged in standard size Amaray cases with full-color inserts. Multiple chapter stops help facilitate skimming. A time code/time search function is enabled for the entire disc. Also, the minor audio glitch on my original reviewer's copy has indeed been fixed. For more information, see the "Marie and Jack Q&A" thread at the Adult DVD Talk forum. Comstock Films deserves a lot of credit for such a gracious response to customer feedback. A fantastic movie is now even more fabulous! Cast: Marie Silva (aka Aria) and Jack Bravo. Director: Tony Comstock Production date: ©2003 Length: 28 min. Extras: The 16 minutes of sex footage can be viewed separately from the documentary.
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Boxcover for X-Pressed Desires
X-Pressed Desires 

Release date: 9/22/2003
Reviewed on: 9/24/2003

Starring: Nick Stone, Jeff Baron, Rick Randy, P.J. Dixon, Ian Mathis, Julian Morino, Ricky Amman
Studio: Daddy Oohhh

Review brief: Cast: Nick Stone, Jeff Baron, Rick Randy, P.J. Dixon, Ian Mathis, Julian Morino and Ricky Amman in major sex roles; Tom Spade, Trey Anubis and Evan Teed in minor sex roles and bonus footage. Director: Miles Strayhorn Writer: Cock Robin, based on a book by Gore Vittle. Production date: ©2003 Length: 81 min. Extras: An 8-min. bonus scene "in the raw," 4 min. of behind-the-scenes footage and 18 min. of trailers (for all five of Daddy Oohhh!'s previously released titles). Audio/visual quality: Much of the camerawork has a documentary feel, allowing the viewer to experience the maze of hallways and rooms right along with the performers. The setting is Basic Plumbing, a Seattle sex club sparsely furnished with oversized industrial and art objects. At odd moments, this dark and surreal environment reminds me of Wakefield Poole's Bijou, a movie which I very much like. The lighting tends to be somewhat dimthe undersaturated colors almost approach sepia tones at times. This does fit the atmosphere very well, however, and it does not prevent the action from being seen.
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Boxcover for Country Time, Country Fine
Country Time, Country Fine 

Release date: 3/8/2003
Reviewed on: 9/15/2003


Studio: Daddy Oohhh

Review brief: Cast: Jeff Baron, Brett Collins and Cody Scott (each clearly identified by clips in the credits, which I always appreciate). Director: Richard Wagner Writer: Toby R. Noddtobe, based on a book by Henri de Ballsack. Someone's had fun cooking up a slew of puns for the end credits. My favorite? The production sound mixer, Sean Song d'Moor. Production date: ©2002 Length: 65 min. Extras: A 10-min. behind-the-scenes featurette and a gallery with 42 images. Audio/visual quality: The visual quality is tolerable, but not the finest effort I've seen from this studio. The camerawork meanders at times; there are unsteady moments in the handheld footage and possibly too much use of the zoom. The focus is not always as sharp or careful as it should be. The lighting conditions also pose a minor challenge, due to the high contrast between sunlit windows and candlelit interior. Despite the flaws, the movie's never unwatchable.
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Boxcover for Outlaw Ladies 1
Outlaw Ladies 1 

Release date: 2/17/2001
Reviewed on: 9/10/2003

Starring: Joey Silvera, John Leslie, Samantha Fox, Veronica Hart, Merle Michaels, Bobby Astyr, Juliet Anderson, R. Bolla, Marlene Willoughby, Jody Maxwell, Roy Hudd, Elyse Alexander, Josh Andrews, Cami Graham, Al Greenbach, Jolet Kodet, Candida Royale
Studio: VCA

Directed by: Henri Pachard
Review brief: Cast: Veronica Hart, Juliet Anderson, Marlene Willoughby, Merle Michaels, Jody Maxwell, Samantha Fox, John Leslie, Richard Bolla, Bobby Astyr, Ron Hudd and Joey Silvera and in sex roles; Jolet Kodet, Candida Royalle, Erica Eaton, Elyse Alexander, Cami Graham, Josh Andrews, Al Greenbach, Henri Pachard and several others in nonsex roles. Director and writer: Henri Pachard Production date: ©1981 Length: 83 min. Extras: A slide show with 20 stills and a catalog list of classic VCA titles. Audio/visual quality: The quality of print is excellent, with a minimum of speckles and other defects. The lighting tends to be a bit low, but in a way that's flattering to the performers. The mix of camera angles is good. Shadows partially obscure some of the action, though not to the point that it bothers me. The penetration footage is briefer and generally less explicit than is common nowadays; it holds up well, however, when compared to other movies of the day. Two of the five scenes contain sex sounds only.
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Boxcover for Seek & Destroy (Twisted Transmissions)
Seek & Destroy (Twisted Transmissions) 

Release date: 7/14/2003
Reviewed on: 8/25/2003

Starring: Kimi, Jada, Enchantress Gia
Studio: Twisted Transmissions

Directed by: Anders Manga
Review brief: Cast: Enchantress Gia, Lolita LeMarchand ("Kimi") and Jada in BDSM roles; Anders Manga ("Kennedy") as the documenter; and two uncredited individuals in speaking roles. Director: Anders Manga Production date: 3/03 (opening statement); 3/02 (box) Length: 79 min. Extras: An 8-min. interview with Enchantress Gia and a trailer for the feature. Audio/visual quality: The handheld camerawork is very good and fits the documentary style perfectly. The lighting is excellentnever harsh, always adequate. Shadows and soft focus shifts occur once in a while, but they're not severe enough to cause a serious distraction. The on-site audio is generally superb. There's a tiny amount of unavoidable location noise, such as banging pipes at the Den of Iniquity. Anders himself is quiet and unobtrusive during the sessions, except for a couple of amusing places where Enchantress Gia scolds the "cameraboy" for getting too close to her.
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Boxcover for Anita Rose
Anita Rose 

Release date: 7/11/2003
Reviewed on: 7/25/2003

Starring: Victoria Givens, Julie Robbins, Brooke Balentyne, Brandy Clark, Skye Oxford, Nick Justice, Sam Sharpe, Bill Tyler
Studio: Pandora

Directed by: Anders Manga
Review brief: Cast: Julie Robbins, Victoria Givens, Brooke Ballentine, Brandy Clark, Skye Oxford, Sam Sharpe, Nick Justice and Duane Vein in sex roles; Bill Tyler in a non-sex role. Director and writer: Anders Manga Production date: 10/5/02 Length: 73 min. Extras: Interviews with Victoria (9 min.), Brooke (7 min.) and Julie (4 min.); 4 min. of outtakes; a 4-min. music video; and trailers for the feature and Girl Show 2. Audio/visual quality: The technical aspects of this disc are very good. The camerawork is competent, and Manga's characteristic editing stylewhich includes scattered jump cuts, monochrome and masksis fun to watch. Because of the relatively low lighting, shadows and grain are present in some scenes. A crewmember's shoe is briefly visible at one point, but I haven't spotted any other potential distractions. The soundtrack is original. As I've come to expect from this director, the music's eclectic range of styles supports the different types of scenes. Other than an occasional bump against the microphone, there are essentially no audio flaws.
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Boxcover for Color Me Bad
Color Me Bad 

Release date: 1/30/2003
Reviewed on: 7/5/2003

Starring: Dennis Lincoln, Dominique, Ryan Block, Ricky Parker, Rolf, Duke Johnson, Cougar Cash
Studio: VCA

Review brief: Cast: Ryan Block, Cougar Cash, Dominique, Duke Johnson, Dennis Lincoln, Ricky Parker, Deven Rexman, Rolf, Jeremy Strong, Ty Thomas and Dex Westin. Director: William Careley Writer: Edward James Production date: The exemption statement indicates the movie was made before July 3, 1995. This appears to be an older movie, but more recent than the pre-condom era. The VCA copyright is 2002. Length: 82 min. Extras: Five trailers, catalog information on four additional titles, and a slide show with 20 photos. Audio/visual quality: The camerawork and editing are adequate, but not always as satisfying as they might be. There are no explicit initial penetration shots; we do get some nice facial expressions, however. Very minor problems with lighting, shadows and soft focus occur in a couple of scenes. The music is unremarkable, usually sitting so far in the background that it's barely audible. A bit of dubbing is obvious in a few places. Faint background noises are present (including at least one direction).
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Boxcover for Sex Across America 5: Miami
Sex Across America 5: Miami 

Release date: 10/5/2001
Reviewed on: 6/27/2003

Starring: Alexandra Silk, Luc Wylder, Angelica Sin, Rich Handsome, Lori Rivers, Maria Silva, Marie Silva, Robyn Foster, Anais Sin, Jack Bravo, Peter Foster, Robin Foster
Studio: Adam & Eve

Directed by: Luc Wylder
Review brief: Cast: Alexandra Silk, Angelica Sin, Marie Silva, Robin Foster, Lori Rivers, Luc Wylder, Peter Foster, Jack Bravo and Rich Handsome. Director: Luc Wylder Production date: 11/18/00 (opening statement); 2/26/01 (box) Length: 106 min. Extras: A 54-min. behind-the-scenes featurette, bios for all female cast, 16 trailers, a gallery with 20 photos (viewable as thumbnails and a slide show) and a hot shot button. Audio/visual quality: The video quality is pretty good, with decent lighting and only minor soft focus issues. Equipment and crew members sometimes appear at the edges of the screen, which is not uncommon for gonzo productions. The white balance is off in scene three, giving the flesh tones an orange cast. The camera angles emphasize close-ups to a greater extent than I recall for other episodes I've seen. This may or may not be a good thing, depending on viewer preference.
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Boxcover for Funn & Games (Daddy Oohhh)
Funn & Games (Daddy Oohhh) 

Release date: 3/28/2003
Reviewed on: 6/17/2003


Studio: Daddy Oohhh

Review brief: Cast: Nick Stone, Victor Rios, Simon August, Sean Anderson and Roman Reade. Director: Richard Wagner, Ph.D. Writer: Steven E. Webb (The storytelling is wordlessthere is no audible dialog.) Production date: ©2001 Length: 70 min. Extras: An 8-min. behind-the-scenes featurette and four performer galleries with 515 photos each. Audio/visual quality: Daddy Oohhh! is a young studio that's still working toward improvement in their technique. Expect some problems with grain, soft focus, rough edits and white balance shifts. The camera style is not highly explicit and usually avoids extreme close-ups. But the lighting is good overall, and the sets are visually appealing. The first scene incorporates the same classy modern rooms that appear in Good Morning Men, with a mirrored headboard providing an alternate angle on some of the action. The second scene features a sexy red and brown tribal-themed den that I haven't seen before. Daddy Oohhh!'s soundtracks never fail to please me.
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Boxcover for Adult Stars at Home
Adult Stars at Home 

Release date: 1/6/2003
Reviewed on: 6/5/2003

Starring: Billy Glide, Charlie, Chennin Blanc, Lola, Cheyne Collins, Voodoo, Nicole Sheridan, Zana
Studio: Adam & Eve

Directed by: Luc Wylder
Review brief: Cast: Nicole Sheridan, Chennin Blanc, Charlie, Lola, Zana, Voodoo, Cheyne Collins and Billy Glide. Director: Luc Wylder Production date: 9/6/02 Length: 87 min. Extras: A 27-min. behind-the-scenes featurette, bios for all actresses, two previews and a slide show with 44 images. Audio/visual quality: Camerawork is not always Wylder's forte, but this particular title includes enough angles to keep me satisfied. The focus almost always stays sharp in the close-ups. The lighting is saturated in places; however, this tends to be more of an problem in the house tours than during the actual sex. The DVD authoring is far from stellar. I have deducted a half star from the audiovisual rating because I am distracted by random artifacts throughout the movie and by a persistent flicker at the top of the screen. Except during the credits, there is no music.
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Boxcover for Body Rocks
Body Rocks 

Release date: 5/29/2002
Reviewed on: 4/25/2003

Starring: Nick Stone
Studio: Daddy Oohhh

Review brief: Cast: Nick Stone, Sebastian Long (aka Roman Reade), Sean Anderson, Bryce Denem, Todd Newman, Clay Calhoon, Bart Wells, Angus Reed and Orlando Alverez. Director: Richard Wagner, Ph.D. Writer: Steven E. Webb Production date: ©2001 Length: 60 min. Extras: A 5-min. behind-the-scenes featurette, a trailer for Bodyrocks II and a gallery with 50 images. Audio/visual quality: It's clear right from the opening credits that this is a classy and artistic production. The camera traces the elegantly lit contours of an attractive nude bodyit's Nick Stone, reclining and breathing deeplywhile a smooth, sexy dance beat plays on the soundtrack. The editing is spirited and playful, with lots of special effects like split screens, picture-in-picture, monochrome tints, widescreen masks, enhanced motion, jump cuts, mirror images, blurs, frames and filters (I'm not sure I have all the correct technical names, but hopefully you get the idea). There are ongoing issues with soft focus, remnants and shadows throughout the movie, but they're not too distracting.
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Boxcover for Best of Pacific Northwest Voyeur, The
Best of Pacific Northwest Voyeur, The 

Release date: 2/4/2003
Reviewed on: 4/9/2003

Starring: Angelica Sin, Jasmine, Jennifer, Autumn, Kat, Arial, Misery, Akane, Charis
Studio: Brookland Bros

Directed by: Sean Brookland
Review brief: Cast: Angelica Sin, Akane, Arial, Autumn, Charis, Jennifer, Jasmine, Kat and Misery. Director: Sean Brookland Production dates: 20012002 Length: 62 min. Extras: None. Audio/visual quality: The main location (reused for seven scenes) is a clean but characterless bedroom with an attached bath. The other two locations are similar and appear to be hotel rooms. The camerawork is acceptable, with reasonably good handheld technique. There are sporadic soft focus shifts. The scenes are overlit, and no serious attempt has been made to disguise the light stands or electrical cords in the bedroom. The audio is horrendous. The music consists of the same lite jazz/rock that you might hear when the operator puts you on hold, and it becomes increasingly grating as the movie progresses (especially since it infrequently matches the mood of the scenes). Shower sounds are apparently looped along with at least one direction ("Go ahead and rinse yourself off" can be heard six times in the third scene). Blunders and bugs: The box cover neglects to include Akane in the cast list.
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Boxcover for Good Morning Men
Good Morning Men 

Release date: 3/29/2003
Reviewed on: 4/3/2003


Studio: Daddy Oohhh

Review brief: Cast: Victor Rios, Simon August, Benton Place and Roman Reade (all performers are clearly identified by credit screens preceding their scenes and also by clips in the end credits, which I appreciate). Director: Richard Wagner, Ph.D. Writer: Steven E. Webb Production date: ©2002 Length: 73 min. Extras: A 15-min. behind-the-scenes featurette and four performer galleries with 68 photos each. Audio/visual quality: The visual quality is somewhat hit-and-miss, but when it hits, it's quite nice. The lighting is about right, and very good use is made of natural sunlight in several places. The camera angles are also pleasing, with occasional peeks around the shower walls or bed canopy to give a voyeuristic feel. Video problems include soft focus shifts, slightly rough edits, mild camera shake, significant grain, a bit of moiré and a few artifacts. The technical issues are definitely noticeable, yet not so distracting that they ruin the movie.
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Boxcover for Smokin' 5
Smokin' 5 

Release date: 9/15/2002
Reviewed on: 3/31/2003

Starring: Paris, Loni, Kayla, Alexia Riley, Candy Estefana
Studio: Kick Ass

Directed by: Mark Archer
Review brief: Cast: Loni, Kayla, Candy Estefana, Pamella Page, Paris, Alexia Riley, Starr McKinnely, Lisa Linn, Rossana de la Vega, Karianna. Director: Mark Archer Production date: 4/21/02 Length: 101 min. Extras: A 6-min. blooper reel, six previews and a slide show with 20 photos. Audio/visual quality: The video is sharp and very well-lit. The mix of wide, medium and close-up shots is pleasing, but be forewarned that the masturbation and smoking footage are heavily intercut. The set is starkly elegantthe all-black furniture and black backdrop showcase the smoke beautifully. Occasionally, the cameraman catches other parts of the room along the edges of the screen, which is a minor distraction. Sensuous jazz plays during the tease sequences; there's no music during the solo sex. There are very small, infrequent problems with reverb and background noise, but the dirty talk is always easily heard and understood. Disc problems: Unlike the previous volume I reviewed (Smokin' 3), there's no way to exit or skip the two minutes of compulsory advertising that precede the main menu.
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Boxcover for Willie Gets A Brand New Thing
Willie Gets A Brand New Thing 

Release date: 3/19/2003
Reviewed on: 3/23/2003


Studio: Daddy Oohhh

Review brief: Cast: Jeff Baron, Nick Stone, Mateo Urrutia, Luc Hugo, Justin Strife, Gabriel Comet and Simon August (all actors are nicely identified by clips in the credits, which I appreciate). Director: Richard Wagner, Ph.D. Writer: Toby R. Nodtobe (based on a book by Henry David Threw, and yes, you should read the movie's end credits for even more goofy puns) Production date: ©2002 Length: 97 min. (The cover states 105 min., which is the length of feature plus the length of the behind-the-scenes featurette.) Extras: An 8-min. behind-the-scenes featurette and a slide show with 27 movie stills. Audio/visual quality: The visual quality is acceptable, but a little amateurish. There are ongoing issues with camera jitters, soft focus, color shifts, grain. The lighting is always adequate, but sometimes rather harsh and uneven. The camera operators eschew proctocam close-ups, instead providing teasing glimpses from just enough angles to confirm that the anal penetration is authentic. The balance of wide, medium and close-up shots is generally pleasing.
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Boxcover for Sex Across America 2: New Orleans
Sex Across America 2: New Orleans 

Release date: 7/11/2001
Reviewed on: 3/8/2003

Starring: Alexandra Silk, Evan Stone, Luc Wylder, jessica drake, Alexis Amore, T.J. Cummings, Scarlet Begoia, Alexis Fire, Rob Dancer, Sydnee Steele
Studio: Adam & Eve

Directed by: Luc Wylder
Review brief: Cast: Alexandra Silk, Alexis Amore, Alexis Fire, Sydnee Steele, Jessica Drake, T.J. Cummings, Rob Dancer (aka Rod Danger at IAFD), Evan Stone and Luc Wylder in sex roles; The Cigar Man and Scarlet Begonia in non-sex roles. Director and writer: Luc Wylder Production date: 5/12/00 Length: 115 min. Lagniappes: (That's New Orleans-speak for extras...) A 31-min. behind-the-scenes featurette, bios for all female cast, 14 trailers, a gallery with 37 photos (viewable as thumbnails and slide show) and a hot shot button. Audio/visual quality: Fallen Angel DVDs tend to be uneven in technical qualitysometimes the lighting or camera angles leave a lot to be desired. But Sex Across America Second Stop: New Orleans is probably the best I've yet seen from this studio. The footage from the two cameras has been edited together in a pleasing manner, usually letting me see what I want to see (the biggest exception is the indirect view of the anal sex in the third scene). A few places are slightly overlit (leading to saturation), and a few are slightly underlit (leading to grain).
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Boxcover for Curious (Vivid)
Curious (Vivid) 

Release date: 4/24/2000
Reviewed on: 3/3/2003

Starring: Bunny Bleu, Tina Tyler, Candy Apples, Lauren Montgomery, Drew Andrews, Vince Rockland, Dino D'marco, Grant Woods, Herschel Savage
Studio: Vivid Raw

Directed by: Anthony Rose
Review brief: Cast: Candy Apples, Tina Tyler, Bunny Bleu, Lauren Montgomery, Drew Andrews, Grant Woods, Vince Rockland, Dino D'Marco and Herschel Savage. Director and writer: Anthony Rose Production date: 4/25/98 (opening statement); 3/26/99 (box) Length: 84 min. Extras: Nine trailers, eight bonus scenes, a gallery with 20 photos from Curious, and an extra slide show with 40 unidentified photos. Audio/visual quality: The video quality is slightly inferior, though not to the point that the movie is unwatchable. The problems range from minor to moderately distracting; they include remnants, harsh lighting, shadows, grain, flickers, a moiré effect, jerkiness in the handheld camera and occasionally inexplicit angles. The good news is that the focus stays pretty sharp. The audio is okay and has a only few issues with hollowness, extraneous noises and maxed out vocals. The soundtrack is a generally pleasant mix of jazzy dance and chilled-out techno.
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Boxcover for Real Deal Amateurs: Real Naughty Wives & Girlfriends
Real Deal Amateurs: Real Naughty Wives & Girlfriends 

Release date: 7/23/2002
Reviewed on: 2/16/2003

Starring: Gina, Michelle, Kelly, Anna, Amanda
Studio: BB Entertainment

Review brief: Cast: Kelly, Michelle, Gina, Anna, Amanda, Alec, Johnny, Mike and Michael (all performers are nicely identified by title screens that precede their scenes). Director: Uncredited. Production date: 1/20/02 (box); 2/02 (opening statement) Length: 95 min. Extras: Except for an advertisement, there are none. Audio/visual quality: It's my understanding that the audiovisual quality of amateur DVDs is often lacking. What I'm seeing/hearing here, however, is surprisingly good. The problems are brief and minor, like the temporary color shift in the second scene when the performers knock a lamp over in their excitement. A crew member's foot also intrudes in a couple places, and pixelation occurs in the foreground in one scene. But overall, there's a pleasing mix of camera angles and the focus normally remains sharp. Except for the rock theme during the credits, music is completely absent from this DVD. The audio suffers somewhat from background hiss, but sounds like the bed squeaking and the performers panting are perfectly clear.
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Boxcover for Fashionistas, The
Fashionistas, The 

Release date: 1/6/2003
Reviewed on: 2/4/2003

Starring: Billy Glide, Tricia Devereaux, Brandon Iron, Raven, Caroline Pierce, Ruby Richards, Taylor St. Clair, Rocco Siffredi, Mike, Monique, Shyla, Paula, Gia, Chelsea Blue, Kiva, Belladonna, Emma, Kate Frost, Sharon Wild, Friday, Manuel Ferrara, Mark Ashley, Casee, Kane, Della K. Cherry, Suz EQ, Nadja Lee, Nicole Love, Lydia Lynn, Ms. September, Jamie Riley, Vixen Sweet, Nicole Woodward, Mark Catawia, Phoen X Griffin, Scott Hislop, David Land
Studio: Evil Angel

Directed by: John Stagliano
Review brief: Cast: Belladonna, Taylor St. Claire, Caroline Pierce, Kate Frost, Sharon Wild, Friday, Monique, Gia, Rocco Siffredi, Manuel Ferrara, Brandon Iron, Billy Glide and Mark Ashley in sex roles; Chelsea Blue, Tricia Devereaux, Star Chandler and many others in nonsex roles (including a brief cameo by director John Staglianocan you spot him?). Director and writer: John Stagliano Production date: 9/1/02 Length: 4 hr. 38 min. Extras: Audio commentary (with John, Belladonna, Taylor and Tricia), 110 min. "The Making of The Fashionistas" featurette, 72 min. soundtrack CD, 45 min. extra sex, 13 min. preproduction, 12 min. photo shoot, 9 min. bloopers, 5 min. extended fashion show, 4 min. The Fashionistas trailer, 1.5 min.
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Boxcover for Affliction: My Unbearable Burden of Self Important Pleasure
Affliction: My Unbearable Burden of Self Important Pleasure 

Release date: 7/2/2002
Reviewed on: 1/21/2003

Starring: Mariah, Inga, Darian Caine, Tara Indiana, Lolita LeMarchand, Mistress Charlize
Studio: Pandora

Directed by: Tina Tyler
Review brief: Cast: Lolita LeMarchand, Darian Caine, Tara Indiana, Mariah, Mistress Charlize, Inga. Director: Lunar Eclipse (aka Tina Tyler) Writers: Anders Manga and Tina Tyler Production date: 1/25/02 (box); 1/27/02 (opening statement) Length: 68 min. Extras: Trailers for the feature and three additional titles. Audio/visual quality: It's a little disconcerting to see so many artifacts in the opening slides, but they vanish the instant the movie begins. On the whole, the visual quality of Affliction is strong and appealing. The lighting is appropriately spartanthe stark ambiance perfectly matches the "personality" of the movie. There are minor issues with shadows and soft focus shifts, but the mix of camera angles is extremely pleasing. (Because of the unfortunate legal issues that plague the BDSM genre, no vaginal penetration is ever directly shown. But Affliction does contain explicit footage of oral penetrationwith a dildoin conjunction with bondage.) The music is limited to a haunting instrumental theme at the beginning and end.
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Boxcover for Talk Dirty to Me 1 (Dreamland)
Talk Dirty to Me 1 (Dreamland) 

Release date: 7/31/2001
Reviewed on: 1/14/2003

Starring: Sharon Kane, John Leslie, Jessie St. James, Holly McCall, Richard Pacheco, Juliet Anderson, Dorothy LeMay, Aaron Stuart, Anthony Spinelli, Carl Regal, Cris Cassidy
Studio: Dreamland

Directed by: Anthony Spinelli
Review brief: Cast: Jesie St. James, Shirley Woods (aka Sharon Kane), Juliet Anderson, Cris Cassidy, John Leslie, Richard Pacheco and Aaron Stuart in sex roles; Dorothy LeMay, Holly McCall, Anthony Spinelli and Carl Regal in non-sex roles. Director: Anthony Spinelli Production date: ©1979 in end credits; original release date of 1980 according to IAFD; DVD production date of 6/5/01 on box cover. Length: 80 min. Extras: Diesel's review at AdultDVDEmpire.com reports that the DVD includes a gallery of random freeze-framed stills. I am unable to view it on my copy, however. The only other "extras" are ads. Audio/visual quality: Print quality is very rough for first few minutes. Fortunately, the worst flickering subsides before the sex begins. The presence of blemishes, artifacts and video noise is probably acceptable given the age of the movie. The camerawork and editing are quite nicemuch less choppy than a few of the other classics I've seen. The emphasis falls on medium-length shots, with pleasing pans between faces and genitals.
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Boxcover for Blue Plate Special
Blue Plate Special 

Release date: 10/10/2002
Reviewed on: 1/5/2003

Starring: Billy Glide, Claudia Chase, Alex Sanders, Candy Roxx
Studio: Adam & Eve

Review brief: Cast: Claudia Chase, Candy Roxxx, Billy Glide and Alex Sanders. Director: Luc Wylder Production date: 5/3/02 Length: 80 min. Extras: A slide show with 20 photos. Audio/visual quality: The lighting is poorly balanced. The backgrounds are overly bright, and the performers' skins are dark. The handheld camerawork meanders and occasionally suffers from jitters. The angles are too often indirect and dissatisfying. Seven minutes into the movie, I'm already feeling frustrated that so much of the view has been devoted to food and to headless torsos. The focus is a bit soft in places but not bad overall. There are also continuity problems and a few scattered artifacts. The music (rock instrumentals and electronica of questionable quality) supplies the only audio for the first 21 minutes. The sex sounds are nicely audible when they finally do enter the mix. The second scene is exclusively live sound. Unfortunately, traffic noise filters in from outside, and there's also a pretty strong echo in the room. Much of the murmured sex talk is incomprehensible.
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