Cast: Sativa Rose, Destiny DeVille, Mario Rossi, Dillan Lauren, Bailey, Mark Wood, Denise K., Bobbi Dean, Sydnee Capri, Lori Alexa, Arnold Schwartzenpecker, Ariana Jollee, Gia Jordan, Barbara Summer, Brooke Haven, Francesca Le, Mika Tan, Alec Knight
Length: 114 minutes
Dates of Production: 2/28/2005, 3/6/2005, 3/10/2005, 3/15/2005, 3/16/2005, 3/20/2005
Extra's: The best extra in my mind was the 16 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Juan Cuba. It had some sex, some of the preparations the gals made for the scenes, and some fun moments worth watching more than once. I also sort of liked the 10.5 minute long full sex scenes with Mark Wood boning and being sucked dry by Sydnee Capri and Lori Alexa after they warmed up with some lesbian action. Another good extra was the 21.5 minute long set of interviews by the gals of the movie by Mark Wood. This was followed by the slide show but it really wasn't anything I cared about.
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Audio/Video Quality: Orally Challenged was presented in the usual 1.33:1 ratio full frame color that it was shot in by director/performer Mark Wood. The lighting was good and that meant little grain getting in the way but there was pattern noise on a few outfits here but only a couple of them. The fleshtones looked accurate in most cases, especially the outdoor scenes, but there were also some shadows to contend with due to a lack of fill lights. There were no compression artifacts but the biggest problem for me was the composition of some of the shots; in several cases, the camera angles simply didn't enhance the look of the performers. The stereo audio was fairly weak too with little separation between the channels, no dynamic range, and lots of background noise in the outdoor scenes (were they shooting beside a loading dock or what?). In all, both the audio and visual aspects of the movie were a step above some of Mark's weaker works but the minor issues sometimes bother critics the most (more so than consumers).
Body of Review: Mark Wood is one of my favorite "regular guys" in porn since he seems capable of doing anything he sets his mind to and still manages to get some of the best pussy in the world. Combine that with the hotty he gets to go home to (Francesca Le) and you have to admit it's like he won several consecutive lotteries for the big payout. His latest effort on DVD is the blowjob oriented Orally Challenged. Each scene has two gals, almost all of them cute or better, going down on a single guy (often Mark himself). The cover asks, and answers, the following question; "What's better than 2 chicks sucking your dick?" and the common sense answer "Not Much!". For all my education, I can't answer him any differently and the lighthearted tone the movie made for a lot of boner inducing moments with me.
The general formula of the movie varied ever so slightly, with the two gals either lounging by the pool, sitting by each other on a couch, or some other means of showing they were ready for action. They then teased the camera before taking on their partner, almost always in an energetic, passionate moment with some solid tease at the beginning and a huge facial at the end. The worst cock sucker here (and I mean that in a good way folks with a lot of respect for the oral skills on display here) was skilled and the best…well, the best was simply phenomenal. Rather than bore you with a breakdown of each scene, I'll list the trios in their order of the movie with some commentary at the end.
Scene One: Sativa Rose, Destiny DeVille, Mario Rossi
Scene Two: Dillan Lauren, Bailey, Mark Wood
Scene Three: Denise K., Bobbi Dean, Mark Wood
Scene Four: Sydnee Capri, Lori Alexa, Arnold Schwartzenpecker
Scene Five: Ariana Jollee, Gia Jordan, Mark Wood
Scene Six: Barbara Summer, Brooke Haven, Mario Rossi
Scene Seven: Francesca Le, Mika Tan, Alec Knight
Okay, Sativa and Destiny's opening scene was incredible with a sloppy blowjob, lots of vocals by dirty mouthed Destiny, and the kind of energy that Sativa has shown all over the place in the last year or so. Ariana and Gia were another tremendously good pairing with less vocals but some chemistry filled magic that showed they were top of the class in most movies. I'm not sure if I can quantify the incredible ending scene with the gorgeous Francesca Le and Mika Tan as being the best blow for the buck but the domination theme worked wonders for me (I'd let them manhandle me any time)and my only frustration here is that I wanted it to last forever. In all though, there was a nice amount of scenes that had the gals solely focus on their partners while a lot had the gals look at the camera; each style working for some of us. There was a lot of POV (point of view) camera work too which has grown in popularity so I can honestly say that Mark seems to have catered to a lot of niches in the movie. It wasn't the absolute best all oral movie I've watched of late but it was easily worth a rating of Recommended to me, and I see a lot of porn like this all the time.
Summary: Orally Challenged was far better than Big Gulps 1 but not as valued as Feeding Frenzy 7 yet it made me appreciate the diversity of the so-called "little guy". My rating of Recommended might've been a step higher if the show had better technical values, better extras, or maybe even more footage of Francesca, Sativa, and a few of the other super hotties contained within. If you enjoy watching blowjob only movies, this was well worth your time and money. I haven't seen a lot of movies by Mark Wood (at least as director) but this one made me want to check out more of what he had to offer, always a good sign for those of you that follow critical advice. Orally Challenged will challenge you to keep your load long enough to make it through the entire movie, a feat few of you will succeed at.
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