The Pirate Boxed Set 2
1) Love Me Deadly: Pirate Video 5
2) Broken Dreams: Pirate Video 6
3) Sex Club: Pirate Video 7
4) Powerslave: Pirate Video 8
Genre: Fetish, Vignette, Foreign
Director: Frank Thring
Cast: varied per movie: see below:
Lengths of the movies:
1) Love Me Deadly: Pirate Video 5: 80.5 minutes
2) Broken Dreams: Pirate Video 6: 77.5 minutes
3) Sex Club: Pirate Video 7: 85.5 minutes
4) Powerslave: Pirate Video 8: 85 minutes
Dates of Production:
1) Love Me Deadly: Pirate Video 5: 1/1998
2) Broken Dreams: Pirate Video 6: 1998
3) Sex Club: Pirate Video 7: 2/1998
4) Powerslave: Pirate Video 8: 1998
Extra's: The extras were plentiful here in absolute terms but most of them similar on each disc. Each disc had a number of trailers (typically one for the feature and five others), a Production Notes section that gave the cast as well as some limited general information, various foreign language and subtitles, profiles for the female cast members, and photogalleries. On top of that, each disc had a Behind the Scenes feature called "The Report" which allowed many of the cast to be introduced (some in English, others not but with a voice over). The set was inside a single DVD case that held all four discs with a double sided DVD cover made for this set rather than putting smaller versions of the originals covers as I would've preferred.
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Audio/Video Quality: The pictures were presented in the usual 1.33:1 ratio full frame color that they were originally recorded in. Most of them looked very solid in terms of accurate colors, minimal video noise, and few other visual flaws, leading me to believe that they were remastered somehow (although that probably wasn't the case), There were some minor issues with lighting that led to grain and other problems from time to time but they were artistic matters for the most part so I'm not going to rip the set a new one over it. The audio was presented with the usual choices of a stereo English track or a number of others for fans from another area of the world. This has long been an area in need of improvement for Private and these four movies were no exception but they could've been a whole lot worse (I've heard a lot worse from the company in the past). In all, I think the technical aspects balanced out fairly well, especially for the age of the original releases.
Body of Review: Private Pictures has long been a leader in providing foreign porn for domestic audiences that appeals to numerous market niches in this country. From their features to their compilations to their edgier material, the company has tried to provide for the needs of a great many people and one area they have excelled at has been with their fetish lines of movies. From Fetish Machine 11 to Fetish Machine 14 (with more to come), the emphasis on attractive women who wear fetish outfits as they take hardcore action has been something fans could go to Private for and limp away spent for many years. While the directors of the various fetish series change over time, with Kovi, Susi Medusa Gottardi, and Frank Thring being the more well known of the bunch, the initial DVD movies that launched the premise were the Pirate Fetish line by Frank Thring. Now, for the first time ever, his second four volumes of the series are available in a 4 disc set for the cost of a single movie, Pirate Boxed Set 2. I saw a lot to like when I reviewed The Pirate Box Set 1 last month and this one was no different. If you like leather, latex, stockings, thigh high boots, and want all the kink you can handle, check out the following glimpse into the action of the four movies, which looked to be essentially untouched from their original releases:
1) Love Me Deadly: Pirate Video 5 Cast: Judit, Mina, Miralda, Natasha, Nikky Andersson, Susy Q., Vanda, David Perry, Frank Gun, Frank Thring, John Walton, Robert Rosenberg
2) Broken Dreams: Pirate Video 6 Cast: Angelica Sin, Gabriella, Goldie McHawn, Miralda, Frank Gun, John Walton, Marco Pipinho, Nick Lang, Rich Handsome
3) Sex Club: Pirate Video 7 Cast: Angelica Sin, Gabriella, Goldie McHawn, Beatrix, Erika, Barbara, Mercedes, Natasha, Vanda, Frank Gun, John Walton, Mike, Nick Lang, Rich Handsome
4) Powerslave: Pirate Video 8
Cast: Carmen, Dru Berrymore, Melory, Suzi, Vanda, Frank Gun, John Walton, Kris Newz, Nick Lang
Okay, rather than list every sex act in a mechanical manner, suffice it to say that virtually every scene had oral and straight sex with a fair amount of anal to boot. A great many of the scenes had double penetration action and there were more than a few orgies too. Fans of the sometimes silly plots for these short films will probably already know that Frank seemed to have watched a lot of Twilight Zone episodes in his youth but for the most part, the quality of the sex, especially if you enjoy the kind of fetish attire the gals wore in almost every scene, was pretty high. I've long enjoyed this series and the boxed set format is great since the price per movie dropped way down to a price range that elevated my ability to recommend the movies to an even broader group of people.
Summary: In terms of fuck for the buck, you'd be hard pressed to find as much value as some of the recent releases by Private, including this boxed set. For that reason alone, the rating should be Highly Recommended for fans of the various fetish activities and clothing on display here. While many other types of action could also have been included and some of the scenes weren't exactly show stoppers, the overall quality of the picture, the attractive cast and the hardcore sex they had, made this a good offering for fans on a budget. Rather than focus on the limitations, I'm choosing to look at the big picture and I can't deny that the sheer amount of sex this set has is worth the price of admission. There'll be one more boxed set in the series (there were originally twelve movies released under this line) and I hope Private starts boxing up some more of their series in a similar fashion.
Note: You can see recent candid shots of newer performers by visiting: My Photo's and read about their antics at 2004 AEE Show.
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