Cast: Lauren Phoenix, Tre Synful, Tristan Seagal, Angel Long, Cindy Crawford, Alex Rox, Talon, Joelean, Sergio, Lisa Marie, Jean Val Jean
Length: 115.5 minutes
Date of Production: 1/22/2005
Extra's: The best extra was easily the bonus scene as described below. It was fun, heated, and well worth checking out although I'd have preferred if the bonus scene was created just for this release. Otherwise, the bonuses were light with a slide show and some trailers as well as a couple of commercials for the Hustler Empire.
Audio/Video Quality: Phoenix Rising: The Very Best of Lauren Phoenix was presented in the usual 1.33:1 ratio full frame color as the scenes were originally shot by various directors. For the most part, the colors were accurate, the focus crystal clear, and the lighting well done with solid composition. Unlike compilations from some other companies, this series tends to be drawn from pretty good sources (especially this volume) so I had little to complain about. The audio was presented in stereo English although the separation between the channels was limited (if at all present) and the dynamic range wasn't very pronounced. Still, the vocals were clearly heard and the passionate moaning of Lauren was nice to hear.
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Body of Review: There are few who could argue that superstar Lauren Phoenix was anything less than one of the top performers in the adult entertainment world over the last few years. It doesn't matter which company she worked for, she managed to prove that a gal with natural breasts and a fleshy ass could propel herself to the top on sheer talent alone without a contract. I first met her signing for Hustler at the AEE show awhile back so it makes sense that Hustler Video released their first compilation of the young hotty last month titled, Phoenix Rising: The Very Best of Lauren Phoenix. There were seven scenes altogether (including the bonus scene) and one of the best things about the DVD was that Hustler added one of the scenes from VCA. I hope they continue this trend and start including scenes from Vivid as well (if not make deals with other companies once in awhile) but regardless of this fact, Lauren looked her best as a young starlet trying to bust her way into porn with some energetic, passionate, scenes. Here's a quick breakdown of those scenes to give you an idea of what took place, along with some background data to let you know where they came from:
Scene One: Barely Legal 37: D-Clive McLean: 1/16/2003: Here's what I said when I first saw the scene a few years ago: "Lauren Phoenix, a lean and young looking gal with an all natural body who was featured on the dvd cover, and Tre' had a scene in a small home workout area. Finished with a pop to the kisser and was pretty warm."
Scene Two: Campus Confessions 10: D-Kat Slater: 2003: Lauren Phoenix and Tristan Seagal were up next as a couple of lab rats at a local University studying their own biology in the laboratory. I thought the oral was extremely well done and the screwing heated with both her pussy and ass taking the plunge. Fans will appreciate that she gave his penis a good licking after it went in each hole, working his semen out with a final blowjob at the end. Yum!
Scene Three: Hot Showers 10: D-Clive McLean: 2/24/2003: While a bit crude, here's what I said when I first saw this scene: "Lauren Phoenix, Angel Long, and Cindy Crawford had a hot shower and did some licking before taking it to a bench in the locker room. As they continued the scene, one took time out for a piss and then they did some strap on action. It was pretty warm with leggy Angel getting really frisky." If you like seeing attractive young gals getting busy in the shower, this will be a great scene for you.
Scene Four: Young Girls' Fantasies 5: D-Marti Klatt: 1/30/2004: "Lauren Phoenix, perhaps the best known performer of the cast these days since she's been in everything under the sun, had a scene with Alex after she told the mysterious stranger that she wanted to engage in bondage play. Wearing a fishnet top and a thong, he pulled her hair as he chased her down a private path in the woods, spanking her with a paddle as they went. She topped from the bottom as she had him tie her up before ordering him to eat her out near a running stream. They screwed for a while and he jerked off onto her abdomen and surprisingly enough, went back for a second round of fun. The second load went to her face (and eye) and she sucked him clean at the end. She's done better but she looked good here too."
Scene Five: Young Sluts Inc 13: D-Kat Slater: 5/31/2003: "Lauren Phoenix, wearing big hair and a funky black dress, and Talon, got busy on a couch. She gave him a great blowjob and the straight sex was pretty solid too. While her performance was a bit over the top, it was enjoyable to watch as she rode him hard (in reverse cowgirl no less."
Scene Six: Young Sluts Inc 13: D-Wit Maverick: 9/2003: "Joelean, the lean blonde hotty, Lauren Phoenix, an up and coming superstar, and Sergio, had a scene on a couch with the gals attending to his every need. They inhaled his penis and toyed with him to get him really ready, taking turns on it like it was a lollipop. They then took turns getting the resulting erection inside their tight, wet pussies with some lesbian action tossed in for good measure. There was some pussy to mouth (PTM) and it ended when he jerked off onto their chests. I liked the scene a lot and wished it lasted longer." It was interesting to FINALLY see Hustler using a VCA (one of their subsidiaries) scene in one of their compilations. I hope this trend becomes more fully developed in the future.
Bonus Scene: Cum Swappers 1: D-Kat Slater: 2004: This scene lasted about 28.5 minutes and had the lovely Lauren Phoenix joined by brunette Lisa Marie and Jean Val Jean in an elevator. The sex was very extreme for a Hustler release and included oral, anal, PTM, ATM, and some very energetic screwing by a cast seeming to enjoy working with one another. I really liked her striptease at the beginning of the scene and found this an excellent bonus.
Summary: Phoenix Rising: The Very Best of Lauren Phoenix was worth a rating of Recommended from me due to the way the scenes worked collectively as a showcase for the lovely young Lauren Phoenix. While she has made a number of increasingly extreme scenes in recent months, none have the freshness this collection provided for the viewer. In terms of Phoenix "fuck for the buck", you won't likely find anything else on the market as solid as this collection so if you're a fan, disregard the terrible picture of her on the front DVD cover and scoop this one up.
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