Date of Production: 12/31/2005 (box); 2/4/2006 (credits)
Extras: The only extras were a slide show, some trailers, and some spam.
Audio/Video Quality: A List was presented in non-anamorphic widescreen color with an approximate aspect ratio of 1.85:1 as originally shot by director Van Styles for Hustler Video. I've found a lot of Hustler releases to be pleasant and fun but rarely ball draining in nature so the minor issues I had with the picture didn't bother me much at all here (Van has a master plan to restore the Hustler Empire from what I hear so I wish him all the luck in the world to make it happen). The fleshtones were accurate and there was some very light grain but the lighting was decent (too bright at times though), the composition of the shots enhanced the look of the cast, and there were no compression artifacts to be found on this lengthy DVD release. A bit more work and I could see it beating out releases by top level gonzo companies so I continue to hope Van takes the time to push the envelop just a bit more in this area. The audio was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital stereo English with limited separation between the channels and the kind of dynamic range you'd expect of a gonzo release (not great but not terrible either). I also wish the audio levels were better handled (and that the visuals were in anamorphic widescreen of course) but this was only a problem some of the time here.
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Body of Review: Van Styles is a director in porn that is known mostly for his interracial efforts yet he has also shown a fair talent for other genres too. His work at Hustler is rapidly growing in popularity due to his skillful camera work and the direction he takes the ladies that work for him, with the latest release being A List; a term used both for the nature of the demand for the ladies as well as the fact that they all do anal. The back cover said it like this: "Watch five sexy fuck sluts get their holes pounded. Every scene includes hardcore anal and a scorching facial!" In general, I was looking forward to the show since it had a couple of my current favorite performers starring in it (Tiffany Rayne and Flower Tucci) and the others were also known to me from recent titles. Here's a look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used at all in them:
Scene One: Tiffany Rayne, one of the hottest and freshest anal princesses in porn these days, was wisely chosen to open the movie as the camera shot her from behind, almost silhouetting her lovely body on the glass door. Her satin white short shorts enhanced her ass and the fishnet top did little to cover her perfectly natural titties with the fluffy half jacket adding ambiance. The standing tease was fun, even if the vocals were far too low to properly hear, and it led to her using a red anal plug to stretch her ass for the coming pounding she'd take by Mark Ashley. He entered the room to tongue her ass with her giving him some fine head to start the real sex. Within moments, she was riding his cock hard in her tight pussy, making a lot of noise as she impaled herself soundly upon it. The tempo slowed during the anal but she worked it to the point where she began getting used to it as well, with him powerfucking her as though driven by the spirit of Erik Everhard. She used her oral skills throughout the scene and ended with the frothy facial, smiling the entire time and marking a great beginning to the action.
Scene Two: Brooke Haven, a curvy blonde with implants, is another gal known for her aggressively appreciative style with cock so the tease footage of her sucking on an anal plug in her leather top and shorts in the bathroom was appealing too. She teased a little and walked into the living room to find Jerry sitting naked in a chair so she used his face as an ass wiping station before grinding slowly onto his hips. I love seeing this kind of tease as it livens up the moment and she carried forth the dynamic as she slowly sucked him off. It was the kind of savoring oral that men dream about, getting him as hard as a diamond, leading to a short bit of vaginal and a much lengthier round of anal sex. As her ass learned to accommodate the cock, her ride became more heated but she never really got as into it as I've seen her do elsewhere. She did taste testing too and he ripped up her perfect pucker by not using enough lube. She took the facial well and while the scene didn't live up to my expectations, I like Brooke enough to enjoy it a few times.
Scene Three: Dana Vespoli, a gal who is as Cock Starved as most in the porn industry, was up next in the living room as she played with her glass Phallix dildo (she made such a blatant plug for it that I joined her) for some masturbation action. Unlike most gals, she skipped the vaginal with it and dove straight into the anal, looking up when the phone started ringing in the background. This led Mark Ashley to dive in on her ass crack and start orally working it over, seemingly enjoying the taste of her healthy cheeks more than a little bit. They then started doing anal, largely skipping the vaginal and blowjob in favor of him ripping up that small ass of hers, using various positions that seemed to cause her pain. She was not particularly active during the riding portions of the scene but she did have the hugest gape if that works for you more than it did for me.
Scene Four: Tia Sweets, a cute young gal in a white top and short skirt, was up next as she answered an advertisement for how to be an anal queen. Her boyish body went through the formula of teasing before engaging in sex with the perfect choice for such a gal; Kurt Lockwood. She had an all natural body and playful sense of self so fans of the little gals will like her more than I did (I like at least a few curves). She struck me as a perfect choice for some of the anti-glamour alt-porn going around more than this one but Kurt was into working with her and she responded well to his ministrations. He sucked her ass and used what appeared to be his own glass anal toy on it to ready her for his modest member. Her oral lacked anything to set it apart but it served the purpose of getting him hard. She actively rode his cock vaginally before becoming relatively passive during the anal. She did grind her hips a bit in the doggy anal and took a large load by Kurt to close out the action but she was the least skilled performer of the cast.
Scene Five: Flower Tucci, the anal queen of the Americas on the front DVD cover, was wisely picked to be up last given her status as the ultimate choice for the show. Her demeanor was completely different than the words on her shirt ("super bitch") in how she actively and enthusiastically embraced working with "two big cocks" in the form of Mark Wood and Mark Ashley. Her tease was enough to get me hot and staining my shorts ever so slightly, leading to the best oral of the movie by far. She then took turns riding them vaginally, anally, and doing some DP work with some taste testing on the couch. The heat poured off of her and the guys were caught up in a maelstrom of decadence as she showed her superior combination of skill and desire. She did a little of her infamous waterwork show but even the anal creampie circus act sex couldn't weaken the scene for me. Tiffany may be fresher but Flower is still the queen.
Summary: A List benefited greatly by performances from Tiffany Rayne and Flower Tucci but the others were not giving their all and that weakened the movie for me. I thought a better selection of true "A List" ladies might have caused the movie to work better for me but the lack of extras did help (nor did the technical matters previously discussed). I think director Van Styles is on to a good formula but even a talent such as he is limited to the cast he is given so maybe a second volume will rate higher than a Rent It.
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