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Black in the Crack Black in the Back

Studio: Platinum X Pictures » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 2/15/06

XCritic's Advice: Watch On Demand

Black in the Crack, Black in the Back (Katja Kassin)

Platinum X Pictures

Genre: Interracial

Director: Sean Michaels

Cast: Melissa Lauren, Sean Michaels, Tee Reel, Staci Thorn, Lee Bang, Julian St. Jox, Katja Kassin, Tyler Knight, Trina Michaels, Barbara Summer; Sandra Romain (bonus scene only)

Length: 151.5 minutes

Dates of Production: 10/28/2005 (box); 11/7/2005, 11/8/2005, 11/10/2005, 11/18/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005 (credits)

Extra's: The best extra was a 30 minute long bonus scene between Sandra Romain and Sean Michaels. She's one of those gals in porn that is always reliable and this was no exception as she teased in her hot lingerie, sucked and fucked (no holes barred) as well as any of the ladies in the main movie up in the game room on and by the pool table. There was also a decently made 13 minute long Behind the Scenes feature that wisely started with the lovely Katja Kassin (giving her the lion's share of the feature in fact) but worked through to Barbara Summer to close. There was also a photogallery and a double sided DVD cover but that was it as far as extras were concerned.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Black in the Crack, Black in the Back was presented in the same 1.33:1 ratio full frame color it was shot in by director Sean Michaels for distribution by Platinum X Pictures. The lighting was decent which led to fairly limited amounts of grain, video noise though the fleshtones seemed accurate. I thought the composition of the shots was generally fine; helping to make the established professionals look their best here. I saw no compression artifacts and the only true "flaw" for most of you will be the barely noticeable watermark on the lower right hand corner of the screen during the movie used to combat piracy. The 2.0 Dolby Digital stereo English was about the same as always and the generic music that started off the scenes didn't last long enough in most cases to offend me. The vocals were typically set about right to hear the performers so that wasn't a factor.

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Body of Review: Fans of interracial sex in porn have long had a lot to choose from though it always seems that the top talent makes the argument that doing so would hurt their careers. In recent years, this truism has been turned on its head with the advent of a plethora of titles geared specifically for this fetish, making interracial not only acceptable but almost mandatory as the race baiters claim a gal that won't do black is automatically racist, regardless of her reasoning. I don't get offended when I hear a gal won't do chunky, middle aged white men so I guess my leanings are always about the performers choice to do what they want and gets them off more than forcing them to do something specific to "prove" something about their character but I can understand that some people are super sensitive about issues. Thankfully, this wasn't the case in Sean Michael's latest release, Black in the Crack, Black in the Back, a show about interracial double penetrations. Each gal here did the deed though admittedly a couple did them far better than average this time. If that's what you're looking for, here's a quick breakdown of the scenes by cast and sex acts, noting that no condoms were used by the men:

Scene One: Melissa Lauren, the beautiful brunette with stunning eyes and a nice ass, was up first as she teased the camera outside by the pool in the midday sun in her pink & black outfit that hugged her body so well. The tease footage continued as she walked into the house all naked where she met Sean Michaels and Tee Reel, rubbing them and talking about what she wanted them to do to her. She enthusiastically inhaled their meat pipes, taking turns with them on the short staircase as she followed Sean's orders. She then started taking them in her pussy one at a time, bouncing up and down until it came time to up the ante and get into the anal. While she wasn't quite as energetic during the anal, she was vocal in her approval and managed to suck off one while gyrating on the other. This led, of course, to some DP footage where they really stretched her out before mixing it up in her holes for the facial finish. Their shooting ability left something to be desired but that was no fault of hers as she gave a lot of herself to coax out those loads nicely in her half hour of stardom here.

Scene Two: Staci Thorn, a thin blonde in a black see through bit of lingerie, was up next as she played with Lee Bang and Julian St. Jox on a red couch in the living room. Her oral skills weren't as well developed as Melissa's and she ended up blowing one while getting her pussy tapped by the other pretty early. She was vocal in her approval for the vaginal ride but even as she took anal (what was that burn mark on her upper right arm by the way?), it looked like she was barely able to handle the penetration. Neither of the men was that large and this made the scene something of a filler scene with the men looking disinterested far too often for my tastes (if you're fucking a gal, you should be focused on having her, not something else going on at the time). She also did a DP but it appeared to tax her abilities so she mostly sat back for the ride and took it rather than enjoyed it as Melissa did. The scene ended with the pop shots to her mouth that were swallowed down but it really didn't help the show much at that point.

Scene Three: Katja Kassin, the German anal queen world renowned for her sexual skill and sweet ass, was up next in the bedroom with Tyler Knight and Tee Reel. She's built for comfort more than speed and if you like hot booty; this is your gal, regardless of color. Calling herself a "dirty little slut that likes to suck black cock", she slowly showed off her body, with the camera focusing mainly on her ass (a wise move of course). If you prefer boyish looking ladies over this, so be it but there's a reason why she continues to move titles long after release date; she's just a great combination of skill and looks. In any case, the men played with her ass as they offered up their cocks for sucking, working fingers inside her ass to ready it for the coming penetration. Tyler got first dibs on her ass while Tee had his dick inhaled with the men switching around to sample what the other was missing. One her strengths is her ability to truly enjoy anal sex and that was sure the case here as she took Tyler's thick shaft inside her rectum. Tee got some too before they DP'd her handily and showed her willingness, nay appreciation, of their talents hammering away at her. They then did some assorted screwing before rubbing out loads to her mouth before swallowing whatever made it inside her. It was a well done scene in all ways, elevating the heat more than a little bit. Whew!

Scene Four: Trina Michaels, a large breasted gal with bleached hair, was up next as the scene started already underway, sadly skipping the tease session. Whatever happened to that footage wasn't discussed but it was a loss since she can be a playful gal given the right incentive. Her partners for the scene were Tee Reel and Tyler Knight; both capable men when it comes to sex scenes as proven by their previous work with Katja. She was on top of her game orally and used her implants to titty fuck them like no other. Both men spanked her fleshy ass a bit before she got a little oral (which was a surprise) which led to them boning her thoroughly. The penetrative sex in her pussy and ass wasn't as satisfying as the last scene because she was barely able to handle them, allowing them to do all the real work as she sat back passively. They did a DP that was more of the same and made me wonder if following Katja's awesome scene had the effect of causing her to look even weaker than she should have. There was some taste testing but even with swallowing, she was another filler scene in my opinion.

Scene Five: Barbara Summer, the lovely blonde on the front DVD cover, was up last and restored the formula by teasing the camera in her pink & black outfit that enhanced her already great body more than a little bit. Her muscular legs and firm ass added to her appeal and her partners were Sean Michaels assisted by Tee Reel in the living room. At first, they couldn't get enough of feeling her up and I couldn't blame them given the quality of flesh they were about to receive. This turned her on to the point where she gave an extra solid bit of oral on them, going from one to the other as she licked, sucked, and even stroked their balls with her tongue. She was a moderately active rider as they took turns tapping her pussy while she blew the other in turn. She wasn't as active in the anal or DP but she did manage to act like she enjoyed them in those holes unlike a few of the earlier gals. She also warmed up to them better which conveyed a sense of heat (not as much as Melissa or Katja but more than the other two). It ended far too soon with her sucking down their loads, making for a pretty good scene though one with limited replay value.

Summary: Black in the Crack, Black in the Back had a couple of great performances in it by Katja Kassin and Melissa Lauren (as well as the bonus scene by Sandra Romain) but the others were of mixed quality. Whatever the reasoning for this will probably remain a secret as the BTS focused almost exclusively on Katja but the end result is the same, a rating of Rent It. If Sean ever releases a compilation of his better scenes, he'll know which ones belong and which ones don't, although I think he would've done better to save a few of the weaker scenes and "hide them" as extras in upcoming flicks. My sources say he's looking for another home (like many other directors at the RLD/PXP headquarters) so perhaps we'll see what he has to offer elsewhere in the future but I've watched his work for a long time and he gets better with experience though even he can't help it when a performer doesn't "click" with another. Oh well, check it out and you'll see what I mean.

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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