Extras: The best extra of the two disc set was easily the almost 29 minute long Behind the Scenes feature shot by Nando & Masinn. It combined some of the technical obstacles they faced as well as spent time with the cast (primarily Tera Patrick). There was a lot of footage showing the cast doing things that weren't shown in the movie (which is a shame since some of it looked a lot more enthusiastic too) and some of the interview footage was misleading but I enjoyed it. It did include a lot of interesting footage on the problems faced but the fact that Spyder seemed at wits end over everyone complaining had me sympathetic to his plight (Lucy was quite a charmer according to the footage used throughout the feature). There was a decent photogallery, three trailers, and a bookcase style DVD case with cardboard slipcover as well.
Audio/Video Quality: Teradise Island: Anal Fever was presented in a non-anamorphic widescreen color with an approximate ratio of 1.85:1 as shot by director Spyder Jonez for release by Teravision/Vivid. The fact that the BTS feature was in anamorphic widescreen drove me nuts since the additional detail the process adds to a movie is so easy to incorporate but that's water under the bridge at this point. The lighting was almost always decent but the camerawork was not as good as it should have been by any stretch of the imagination. It seemed as though someone had the idea that continually moving the camera would be a better idea than allowing the appeal of the ladies speaking (visually of course) for itself. As a quick note, Tera in particular does not need any distractions going on since she's just fine the way she is. Moving shots distract the eye and weaken the heat just like the edits did. Thankfully, the lush tropical settings did not hurt the sex like the compositional matters did and while this was no Island Fever. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English but the balance of the audio was very heavy on the music instead of the vocals. I could hear the vocals slightly in the background but they were so downplayed as to be negligible, almost as bad as some of the erotica releases that bug me from competing companies. In short, a little of this goes a very long way, especially when the music is as generic as you get in porn. There did not seem to be any significant separation between the channels and the dynamic range was not something to write home about either but the camera work was most in need of repair this time.
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Body of Review: Tera Patrick has long been one of those porn performers that a lot of men (and women) are attracted to. Her exotic beauty fuels many a fire in terms of strokability and her limited output in recent years (first at Digital Playground and now at Vivid via her own company, Teravision) has kept the demand high as gals that make hundreds of movies disappear in no time while Tera shows some staying power. Her latest release is Teradise Island: Anal Fever; a movie described by some as the best thing since the advent of sex. I like Tera too and think director Spyder Jonez shows lots of potential given some of his recent titles so I accepted the assignment of reviewing the title a few weeks before it came out, skipping the previously available screener check disc others have relied too heavily on. Here's what I thought of the movie:
Okay, Teradise Island: Anal Fever is Tera's most recent excursion to Hawaii. It has proven to be a solid spot to work in for her over the years and this should have been no different. Well, I admit that the lush tropical locations were great eye candy and with better camerawork they might have added in even more juice to a movie that banks heavily on Tera (and Tera alone) to bring on the heat. Advertised as "her first all anal feature", I soon found out that 1) it wasn't a feature; 2) it wasn't "all anal", and 3) it denied her past work with anal sex (in Caribbean Undercover; though to be fair, she did a far better job of it this time). The specifics aside, like many of you reading this review; I like Tera enough that she almost can rely solely on showing up in a scene for it to become recommended but I wanted to point out the flaws early on lest I be accused of shilling like the slavering fanboys tend to do. As a couples introduction to Tera, anal sex, or even tropical setting porn, this will surely be a good choice but for all the merits it might have had; Tera has done a whole lot better in recent movies (Desperate, Collision Course, and Reign of Tera for example). That said, here's a look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used once again:
Scene One: Tera Patrick, the world renowned hotty on the front DVD cover, was up first with her former contract employee Lucy Lee, after some tease footage in black & white on the scenic beaches of Hawaii. The music dominated the initial footage though this gave way to hearing the background noise of the waterfall near the rocky outcropping they engaged in lesbian antics on. I wasn't too keen on how the camera was almost always in motion (let's face it; Tera is a hot enough lady that a single medium shot would have been far better at capturing her in coital activity) and how the edits were also so plentiful but even early on, she looked great. Lucy is typically one of my grade "B" performers since she is inconsistent in terms of how well she plays with others onscreen. She did a decent job here of going down on Tera, a woman who has never been all that comfortable with another gal going down on her, and I almost got the impression that Tera was getting off here. Tera returned the oral to Lucy with less enthusiasm, eating her out more tenuously but it served as a nice warm up for the coming action.
Scene Two: Tera Patrick, all warmed up and ready to go, was swimming naked in a small alcove during the B&W tease, looking very enticing. When the scene started in earnest, Spyder Jonez was eating her out as though he liked the taste of her pussy. Her moans weren't exactly believable to me as he slapped her clitoris but she got better as the scene progressed here too. She then went down on Spyder, inhaling his meat pipe slowly and deeply as she jerked him off. I liked that she has become more willing to experiment with what works than she used to be (ball sucking for example) and if anything, she looks better now than she did back in 1999 at the beginning of her career (albeit with implants). He took to porking her pussy pretty hard but the weak spanking he did should have been skipped and the cameraman could have been better. Spyder also got better as he drove it home inside of her, moving to her ass as she passively laid back and took what he offered up. She even did ATM (ass to mouth) with his rod before repositioning herself for more anal but the vocals were so light that the erotica nature of the scene was enhanced at the expense of the heat. She worked out his load manually and with more oral, with him popping a good load to her face (even her eye) with post coital sucking.
Scene Three: Alexis Amore, a sultry little Latina, followed the formula and teased in B&W in an inlet as she was half covered in water. The gorgeous scenery aside, she got to work with studly Tommy Gunn; a man known as much for his muscles as the size of his pecker and rugged good looks. Unlike the previous two scenes, this one was in broad daylight out in the open with the waves crashing on the rocky shores in the background. She showed the other ladies how to really work a guy over orally; savoring the cock like she was in Heaven. I may not be fond of her implants but her playfulness was fine and made the scene much better than if she were going through the motions. He got to taste her in a 69 and then she started impaling herself actively on his cock in a reverse cowgirl. If anyone in the cast gave the appearance of getting off, it was this little cutie and her skills were clearly the reason she was chosen for the movie, not the possibility of her contract status as the others came across as being selected for. After some PTM, she further proved that anal was her friend too as he hammered away at her for a few minutes; ending the fine scene to drop a load on her face.
Scene Four: Brittney Skye, a gal with light hair and a decent track record in porn, was up next as she teased before working with Kris Knight. The location was a similar spot to the last scene with the ocean in the nearby background and the rocky shore adding some appeal to the look of the locale. He went down on her much like Spyder did on Tera previously; a bit mechanically but well enough to suit her as a warming up process. The sun setting as the scene progressed, she deepthroated him and played it up to the camera as a performance rather than appear lost in the moment. It was a good blowjob if not done with a sense of abandon as I prefer. The vaginal ride was active and was followed by a quick bout of anal. Had the entire scene been filmed at the moment of the pop shot (the sky looked engorged with color as the sun went down; I'd have thought even better of it but the camera kept too tight the entire time and made the action look more claustrophobic than it needed to.
Scene Five: Tera Patrick, Alexis Amore, and Spyder Jonez, were up next as they played on the beach after Tera's tease session. The skimpy outfits that gals wore did not last long as they peeled them off for Spyder to gain greater access to their titties. The beach looked incredible as a backdrop for the action and I liked how Tera was getting into Alexis as Alexis was slobbing Spyder's knob. Tera joined in of course but the heat index would have risen tremendously if both gals were more active. Tera then laid back for her husband to screw vaginally as she licked Alexis' breasts, passively letting him do all the work until she finally kicked into gear in some reverse cowgirl. It wasn't a great ride but I liked seeing her breasts heave up and down while Alexis kneaded his nuts and did some PTOGM. There was no anal this time (what happened to "her first all anal feature" advertised on the front cover???) and it ended with a pop shot that both gals shared.
Scene Six: Nikki Benz, the former contract gal with a sense of playfulness that some of her peers could learn from, was up last with the lovely Tera Patrick in a more sensual scene to close things out. The gals spent considerable time rubbing each other's bodies and gyrating before the camera, stripping off their clothes as the scene progressed. Tera seemed to like the taste of Nikki's pussy here and spent more time on it than in her other scenes that explored lesbianism. For her part, Nikki rimmed and tongued Tera's dainty little ass as though she were drilling for gold, soon squatting over Tera's face as the couple engaged in a 69. They then used a glass dildo on Tera that looked pretty interesting with Tera giving some energy to the act before the two kissed and the camera faded away to a montage shoot of the female cast members on the beach.
Summary: Teradise Island: Anal Fever will serve fans of Tera Patrick quite well as they beat off, engage in sex with a loved one, or fantasize about the exotic looking hotty we all known and care about; well enough that I rated the movie as Recommended. The limitations mentioned above will hopefully be addressed in future releases and the missing scenes will likely appear on future efforts as well. Tera is still a hotty and Evan/Spyder is getting accustomed to directing so I can't say that I expected him to be the next big directing name before paying his dues (a shoot like this isn't easy; it's just that some directors can make it LOOK easy) yet the quality of movies like Desperate, Collision Course, and Reign of Tera all raised the expectations I had for this one to really come off looking fantastic. It looked good in several ways but except for a couple of highly replayable scenes, it was on the edge of "for fans only" material. In summary, if you enjoy watching Tera Patrick having sex with ladies and her husband, Teradise Island will be right up your alley. She did a capable job under tough conditions and I look forward to her next adventure in porn.
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