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Studio: Mach 2 » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 9/14/06



XCritic's Advice: Recommended

XXX Pin-Ups 1

Mach 2/Supercore

Genre: Gonzo

Director: Otto Bauer

Cast: Nyomi Zen, Otto Bauer, Vanessa Lane, Marco Banderas/Duato, Trevor Thompson, Audrey Hollander, Van Damage, Tonya Hardin, Chris Charming, Amber Rayne

Length: 112 minutes

Date of Production: 6/6/2006 to 6/8/2006

Extra's: The best extra was the 10.5 minutes of Behind the Scenes footage from Skeeter Kerkove; one of the cameramen on the movie. I would have preferred it if all the ladies had more of a chance to shine during the feature but it was a nice taste of bloopers more than anything. There was also a cumshot recap, a set of eight trailers, a photogallery, a bit of spam, and a double sided DVD cover.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: XXX Pin-Ups 1 was presented in a 1.85:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color that looked very nice in most ways as directed by Otto Bauer for release by Mach 2/Supercore. In his favor, Otto wisely used the substantial talents of Jim Powers and Skeeter Kerkove on cameras and assisting with the other technical matters so with that kind of wealth of technical knowledge helping him, it really shouldn't be a surprise that the fleshtones looked accurate, the composition of the camera angles enhanced the looks of the cast, and the amount of grain and video noise was minimal (Skeeter also took care of lighting from what I understand). I had recently inquired as to what happened to Skeeter as I missed his movies (the guy does a fine job directing) so I'm glad he has found a way to continue to make movies of reasonably decent caliper. I saw no compression artifacts either and this led me to think the DVD mastering was well handled too. The audio was presented in the usual 2.0 Dolby Digital English with no separation worth mentioning on the vocal aspects of the movie but the music was pretty darned good even if a few more lines might've helped keep it from sounding repetitive.

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Body of Review: Mach 2 is one of the new gonzo producers of porn on the block so I gladly picked up a couple of screeners from them the other day in hopes of seeing what they had to offer. Upon reading their website, I found a number of names that I have long associated with quality porn so I felt that my chances for finding a new source of good titles had increased substantially (too many new guys seem to be in porn for a quick buck; a less likely scenario in these days of tightened budgets and lower sales). The first movie from the company was XXX Pin-Ups 1, a series of gonzo scenes directed by veteran performer Otto Bauer. While there were some rough edges in need of polishing up, the movie was well worth checking out, especially thanks to the assistance of industry veterans Jim Powers and Skeeter Kerkove. Here's a look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used:

Scene One: Nyomi Zen, the lean Asian gal on the right hand side of the front DVD cover in red lingerie, was up first as she nursed a beer bottle on a red couch before taking on Otto Bauer. He played a producer considering signing her to a contract with Skeeter Kerkove playing her suitcase pimp. Skeeter let the couple play as she masturbated with the bottle but she found the prop to be too small for her needs. This led to Otto giving her the opportunity of sucking him off, a task she took quite readily too as she deepthroated him. Her ability to ball worship and otherwise orally entertain him as he fingered her ass was interesting but both they and myself wanted to see her riding his cock in her pussy and ass so I was appreciative that they cut to the chase soon after that. She was an aggressive cock rider who seemed to enthusiastically impale herself on his rod and do taste testing. I prefer gals with more meat so the fact that the scene held my interest at all after a porn reviewing spree spoke volumes but the sweaty gal will almost certainly appeal to those of you into the ultra petite Asian body type. The scene ended when he rubbed out a load to her mouth that she swallowed down whole, marking a decent start to the movie.

Scene Two: Vanessa Lane, the brunette white gal featured on the forefront of the front DVD cover, was up next as she arrived late for a modeling assignment in her black polka dotted outfit as seen on the cover. Her curvy body looked like she had gained a few pounds (pounds that looked really good on her compared to the meth-head look she has sported in the past) and after telling the men that she'd do whatever it takes to get the job, agent Marco Banderas/Duato and producer Trevor Thompson offered up their cocks for her to suck with a sense of abandon that I found very favorable. They double teamed her soundly and she kicked up the energy levels to accommodate their needs with her usual passion in the office setting. They took turns stuffing her mouth and pussy before giving her ass a workout too. In all, I found her to be a very active ride with lots of dirty talk until she was distracted by the DP (that caused her to lose her ability to easily concentrate). Trevor seemed to have some minor wood problems in the scene (maybe it was how his balls were rubbing on Marco's cock) but Vanessa was looking good and handled them very well, taking their facials without dodging but not swallowing before the camera faded away.

Scene Three: Audrey Hollander, the kinky redhead that has won lots of awards (and was advertised as such all over the cover, with her picture in the bottom right hand corner though too small), was up next as the main squeeze of old spotted dick Van Damage. He was playing an editor that was growing "immune to porn" in his words as he watched Aurora Snow prance about the small editing screen, so Audrey gave an over the top masturbation sequence they relit his fire a little bit. Slamming a large, clear dildo in and out of her ass before slobbing his knob to some pretty decent rock music showed that her time in porn has not diminished her skill or ability to project a sense of heat in her scenes, though ending up with him practically fisting her ass before anally assaulting her. For me, porn isn't about the sexual Olympics or the stamina required to outdo someone else so long as you're having fun and that's the only thing that saved the scene from the pile of wannabes I've watched; I always think she's into the sex, no matter how extreme. I'd like to see her try something different than her recent artistic erotica or the gonzo but I have no idea if the lady is as talented at handling dialogue as I've been told (her and Otto were exceptionally gracious to fans at the 2006 AEE Show too; something I witnessed firsthand several times by the way). In any case, she did a technical DP and ended the scene with some taste testing and Van dropping his load into her gaping ass and pussy so fans will have a lot to like.

Scene Four: Tonya Hardin, a bitchy gal with light brown hair in fetish attire that barely covered her chunky body, was up next as she complained about working conditions to an off camera Jim Powers while Chris Charming jerked off on the small black leather couch she was told to sit down on. At passing glance, she did look a little like a dangerous figure skater and I'll admit that I'd do her myself if given the chance; especially after seeing her suck him off like his cock contained a gallon of ice cream. It was slow at first but she built up momentum as he held her hair like a gentleman. He was larger than she could easily handle so he tried going down on her a few times between poking her in a modified missionary though she did give up some heat when actively working the tip in cowgirl (with her fleshy ass looking hot as she jiggled it on him). The scene ended uneventfully with a facial; her closing her eyes like he was trying to kill her with poisonous waste.

Scene Five: Amber Rayne, a very cute little brunette with a petite body in a skimpy pink outfit consisting of a bra and miniskirt, was up last and fans of petite gals that look barely legal will adore her. A quick look at her profile on Gold Star Modeling showed me she'll turn 22 next week (Happy Birthday!) but she'd be carded anywhere I hang out with extra scrutiny given considering her youthful look. The modeling session where Jim Powers pushed her limits ended up in a full fledged scene with Otto Bauer who provided the body double during the POV oral. The rest of the scene was kind of standard with Otto trying her out but the gal was a wonderfully skilled performer in need of only a little more experience to truly shine. She actively sucked him off with a lot of passion, rode his cock in her pussy like a champion, and at least put up with the anal sex as she continued her onslaught of dirty talk. The scene ended when he jerked off to her mouth and she swallowed the load nicely to finish the movie.

Summary: XXX Pin-Ups 1 was a nice surprise for me because given the number of gonzo companies churning out porn, many of the newer ones seem too derivative of the rest of the pack. Without providing something of merit that the other guys don't have, that means you either need to compete on price, quality of talent, or an overall vision. It was funny that when I first opened the DVD case, I thought the DVD was signed by the cast and thought that this was a nice touch for a company to provide (it never hurts to be nice to reviewers) though upon closer inspection, all the magic marker wording said was "screener copy not for sale". Regardless, Mach 2 is starting off on a good foot with me for the quality of the movie in hand, earning a rating of Recommended for XXX Pin-Ups 1. If their other titles are as good as this, it won't be long before they become a name to be reckoned with. Good job!

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