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Dual Identity

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 4/17/04

XCritic's Advice: Skip It

Dual Identity

Vivid Entertainment

Genre: Feature

Director: Bo Edwards (Paul Thomas)

Cast: Karina, Evan Stone, Tawny Roberts, Savanna Samson, Katsumi, Alec Metro, Trevor Zen, Ariana Jollee, Kurt Lockwood, Jeremy Steele
Non-sex role by: Kaiser Sosay (it's a play on words)

Length: 77.5 minutes

Date of Production: 10/23/2003

Extra's: The best extra for me this time was the 13 minute long Behind the Scenes featurette by Victoria Woodhill. It had a lot of fun moments and nudity, something I like to see in such an extra. There were also three related and two unrelated bonus scenes from other Vivid movies (the three had Tawny in them) that were pretty good. The other extras were standardized, a short biography of Tawny Roberts, a couple of photogalleries, some trailers, a positions room, a double sided DVD cover and lots of spam (I hate having to speed through the spam at the beginning of the movie, why can't you leave it on the extras page?).

Condoms: Yes

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Audio/Video Quality: The picture was presented in the usual 1.33:1 ratio full frame color, as most porn made these days. The movie was advertised as being shot on film rather than the usual video. While this could be a good thing, it was not in this particular case. The fleshtones looked reddish, the video noise was very prevalent, and the focus was lacking in many scenes. I can't recall any recent Vivid release looking this bad which is a shame since the cast was so solid. The audio was presented in the usual 2.0 stereo English but the dynamic range was lacking and the separation was nonexistent. It was hollow and I was less than impressed with the sound here.

Body of Review: Vivid Entertainment is known for releasing a host of movies that range from compilations to features. Some of these have technical issues and others look pretty good but the common thread is that the company focuses on a certain market niche. Most of the time, that niche is for couples or those new to porn, and their latest release in the features market is a strange little title, Dual Identity. The movie centered on the life of a screenwriter played by Evan Stone and his brother (an identical twin played by himself) as they write a story commissioned by a wealthy producer. That's about all there was since the sex kept getting in the way (thankfully). If you like the cast, read the following breakdown of the scenes:

Scene One: Karina, a blonde with large implants, and the mighty Evan, had a scene on a small boat after he argues with his brother (also played by Evan) about what people want in their movies. The couple had some oral and he playfully swatted at her pussy with his penis, causing her to urinate (some would claim squirt though). I think the two had some chemistry but considering his talents, it's no wonder. Her deep throating ability was as advanced as his fingering so each got off at least once during the scene too. She jerked him off and blew him to completion (although he was the one rubbing at the very end) and she didn't dodge the facial.

Scene Two: Savanna, the blonde Vivid contract star, and Katsumi, the lean Asian hotty that can do it all, dominated Alec in a small room. At first, he was locked in a cage and blindfolded but after they let him out, they spanked him, used him as a toy, and made him lick them all over (including rimming). Katsumi went down on him after that and the other two gave some more oral as well. He then boned Katsumi in the ass before getting some of the prime grade meat of Savanna (in her pussy). She did most of the work though and it ended with a standard pop shot.

Scene Three: Tawny, the advertised lead of the movie, had a scene with Evan in the house on the kitchen counter. She flashed him so he ate her out, teasing her as he tasted her pretty pussy. They switched places and he got some fair head from her (her skills are okay but not that advanced) before they boned a while. She even took the tip of his meat in her ass and screwed for a bit before jerking off onto her lovely face. She even sucked it afterwards. What a gal!

Scene Four: Tawny, after getting caught by Trevor masturbating on the fireplace, decided to blow him. In all, I think Trevor would agree with me that this was a good decision as she put more effort into it than in the last blowjob of hers (with Evan). Her hand-assisted action looked like a blast and that's almost what he did, blast, before he opened her up a bit with the dildo (giving her some love taps as a spanking). He then boned her deeply in her pussy before she used both hands to jerk out a load from his cock.

Scene Five: Ariana, looking rather reddish due to the camera work involved, took on both Kurt and Jeremy inside a boat. They all did oral and straight sex with a double pop shot to her face at the end. I've never found her to be very attractive (in the face) but she was energetic and seemed like she wanted to be here so she gets some credit for that.

Summary: Dual Identity is a movie that had identity problems of it's own. The technical matters were very weak, with a horrible picture and simply poor audio, but the sex was pretty good with a decent cast and good extras. That puts me in a bad position since I liked the good parts a lot but they were presented in such a fashion as to kill most of the heat for me. Perhaps working on film wasn't a good idea this time since Paul Thomas usually does a better job with video. I'm going to rate this one as a Skip It unless you're a huge fan of the cast.

Note: You can see recent candid shots of several of these performers by visiting: My Photo's and read about their antics at 2004 AEE Show.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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