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Debbie Does Dallas...Again

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 5/2/07

XCritic's Advice: Highly Recommended

Debbie Does Dallas Again

Vivid Entertainment

Genre: Feature

Director: Paul Thomas

Cast: Stefani Morgan, Derrick Pierce, Monique Alexander, Lacie Heart, Sunny Leone, Courtney Simpson, Penny Flame, Evan Stone, Staci Thorne, Marty Romano, Hillary Scott, Cassidey, Savanna Sampson, Christian, Jay Huntington
Cameo and background roles: Domenico, Lisa Daniels, Kayla Paige, Samantha Ryan, Kina Tai, Erika Jordan, Jennifer Lee, Angie Savage, Paul Thomas

Length: 122:21 minutes

Date of Production: 7/5/2006

Extra's: Unlike the HD DVD version of the movie, the SD version most of you will get had some great extras on the three disc set. The first, and arguably best extra was a full copy of the original classic Debbie Does Dallas starring the loveable Bambi Woods. The movie was never a great one but it hit a cultural niche and is one of the most known porn titles in the history of the industry, nearly as well known as Deep Throat. This was not the newly commissioned super enhanced version of the title but it was still fun to watch and I and glad that VCX allowed Vivid to add a copy in with the set. The first disc held the movie and the first thing that surprised me was the lack of a commentary track by the performers and Paul Thomas. For the huge releases of a season, these types of extras tend to be a given by the bigger name companies and for all the drama played up on the Showtime reality series about the making of the movie, I'd have loved to hear such a track to set things straight.

The second disc was where the meat of the extras unique to the movie were located. The best extra for me was easily the 70:05 minute long bonus sex outtakes from the shooting of the film. Some of the footage was marred by trains going by, other background noise, framing errors and other technical mistakes, and times when the lighting was off. The flubbed lines, awkward moments, and other issues that kept this footage from being used in the movie also added some knowledge of how difficult the lengthy process must have been but it was often strokable and well worth adding in. There were then 12:19 minutes of trailers, 3 photogalleries (a "pretty girl" gallery, an "action" gallery, and a "behind the scenes" gallery), a biography for Stefani Morgan, and 56:36 minutes of bonus scenes from previous "Debbie" movies released by Vivid over the years. These six scenes often looked terrible but added to the porn pop culture nature of the series and bonus scenes, however flawed, are always welcome additions to an extras section. I appreciated the 38:15 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Hank Hoffman was really interesting too; combining several montages, numerous anecdotes, and plenty of looks at the shoot with all the nudity, goofing around, and other aspects you'd expect from a top notch release. This disc also had a lot of spam for Vivid products and phone sex ads too.

The third disc, while having a weak looking version of the original classic Debbie Does Dallas (the biggest problem with it being the VCX copyright logo plastered on the bottom of the entire 83:39 minute movie), also claimed to have 3 additional movies in WMV format; including A Family Affair, Good Morning Taija Rae, and Little Girls Talking Dirty but it amounted to little more than a commercial for the movies and you had to pay extra for them (rip off!). There were also some trailers to older VCX titles, a photogallery to the original movie, and a trailer for the release as well. The box the trio of discs came in had a lensicular cover, opened up to reveal a folding case format holder, and had a paper coupon on how to get a poster of the cover (a 3D poster) by logging onto the Vivid movie website set up for the feature.

Condoms: Yes

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Audio/Video Quality: Debbie Does Dallas Again was presented in an anamorphically enhanced widescreen 1.85:1 ratio color presentation as shot on film by director Paul Thomas for Vivid Entertainment. Having seen both versions of the movie today (the HD DVD version looking superior), I have to say that my first impression of this SD (standard disc) version was that it was as grainy as I would expect a Super 8mm porno to be. I'm seen this before with Paul's work on other "big project" titles, most recently with Emperor, and it always amazes me that such ambitious projects attempt the impossible; making relatively low budget porn on film try to look good. I'm led to believe that this might not be a factor after next year since AVN is dropping their "film" category but I can only imagine how much nicer this would have looked if shot on video. That said, the lighting of the scenes varied substantially due to the thematic matter. The scenes shot in dark areas or at night looked the worst and the well light scenes outdoors looked almost okay but the levels of video noise, grain, and other visual defects were always plentiful. I appreciate that film "as an art" has plenty of advantages but only when the corresponding budgets will allow for the necessary cleaning up of the projects. Had everyone involved on this one worked for free, I still doubt it would have had enough of a budget to look as good as it could have on video (perhaps Eon Mckai's version will show the world the truth in this matter; time will tell). On a more positive note, the camera angles flattered the ladies in most scenes and fans of the original movie from nearly thirty years ago will find some visual homages to the flick from time to time. The artistic aspects of the film were handled well with the editing substantially better than past efforts (less jumpy, seemingly more in tune with the pacing, and better timed). There were some compression artifacts and print scratches, the bitrate clocking in at around the mid 6 Mbps range more often than not. Still, my absolute hatred of porn shot on film aside, I liked many of the other aspects of the movie as they made up for the initial poor choice (when Vivid is ready to start spending 7 figures a flick to make film work, I'll revisit my stance but neither they, Wicked Pictures, Hustler, or other companies have been able to successfully pull off the ambitions of porn very well to date; Andrew Blake's modest efforts in B&W probably the only visually consistent efforts in the field to date). The audio was presented in a Dolby Digital 2.0 English with an optional Spanish track using a 192 Kbps bitrate. While some of the vocals were hollow, the music was typically appropriate (even interesting at times) and it was obvious that a lot of care was given to the audio track. The music had a decent amount of separation and the dynamic range was slightly above average, though a true 5.1 track would have been greatly appreciated if done correctly.

Body of Review: Paul Thomas is the directing icon responsible for much of the success obtained by the Vivid Entertainment Empire. Every year, he gets to make a huge blockbuster or two in an effort to wins scores of awards, typically getting the resources he needs to succeed in bringing home the bacon. This year, his big entry is the title Debbie Does Dallas Again; a tribute to the popular porno made almost three decades ago, Debbie Does Dallas. Debbie is still a cheerleader but as in the classic mainstream title Here Comes Mr. Jordan, she has an accident and is given a second shot at life. Her goal to usurp the power of her cheerleading rival aside, Debbie's life centers on winning the national cheerleading competition; a goal that brings her back from the dead in the body of geeky Hillary Scott (at least made to look geeky). Along the way to her goal, the members of the squad and those she encounters have numerous sexual liaisons, ending in a macabre orgy that revisits another classic remake from recent years but I don't want to spoil the fun for you by divulging all the details. The back cover explained it like this: "Stefani and Monique are rivals on the same team, competing for the same boy, and a win in the National Cheerleading World Championships in Bakersfield, California. After Stefani suffers a fatal accident in a botched but fabulous flip, she meets her guardian angel, Penny Flame, and promptly makes a deal to go back to earth to avenger her loss. She reappears in the body of Hillary Scott, and from the gates of Heaven, all hell breaks loose. Paul Thomas presents Debbie Does Dallas ... Again, the most ambitious Debbie ever made, and the inspiration for a major reality TV show! See five Vivid superstars lead the cheer for sex, sex and more sex in the Debbie to end all Debbies. With three separate discs, and the original Debbie included. In other words ... Vivid does it ... again." If you have Showtime HD, you might have seen some of the dramas involved in the making of the movie; including contract gals fighting for the lead role (and why shouldn't they given the way such roles lead to a lot of additional opportunities?), director dramas (Paul grumping at Eon for trying to steal his thunder), and even production nightmares suffered by company co-owner Mr. Hirsh. I hope the show is released on HD DVD soon but until then, the movie sure had a lot going for it. The HD DVD version of the movie is also out for those interested in superior picture and audio quality too (though you'll lose most of the extras getting it). Here's a quick look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that condoms were used:

Scene One: Outdoor Activity: Stefani Morgan, the total cutie seen on the center of the front cover, was up first in a scene outside with muscular Derrick Pierce after they had a discussion about some personal matters. Her version of "Debbie" seemed much more natural than Bambi Woods in the original, almost age appropriate too given her healthy, all natural body (Lacie Heart would have been the only other choice on the same level with her). Derrick snacked on her puffy pussy as she leaned against a tree, working his way up her body before she gave him an adequate hummer in return. This led to them screwing actively vaginally, the gal showing more enthusiasm than I have seen from her in the past. I didn't get a sense of chemistry between them but the energy levels were high enough to make up for it, the gal scratching her itch well as she pumped back against him in most positions. He rubbed out a load of population to her face and the dialogue began, setting up the premise of the movie.

Scene Two: Funeral Rites: Monique Alexander, the hotty seen on the lower left hand side of the front cover, was up next as she took over Derrick Pierce using her charms in a casket fuck outside at the funeral. Both wore black and while her cheerleading outfit wasn't as appealing as Stefani's was in the prior scene, it wasn't on long enough to matter. She gave far more active head to the man and worked him up with her hand and breasts, Derrick reciprocating as the sunlight poured down upon them nicely. She struggled for a moment to find proper footing but her active riding skills were in evidence here too; the gal having come a very long way since starting for the company a few years ago. A few of the shots showed jumpy camera work but it was largely a strokable ride with substantial replay value, ending as expected with his wad rubbed out onto her face and mouth.

Scene Three: Monica and the Life Force: Lacie Heart, the total cutie seen on the upper right hand corner of the front cover (and visually, my first choice for the lead role), was up with lesbian lover Sunny Leone, the brunette on the upper left hand side of the cover, in a lesbian tryst that saw the two licking, kissing, and rubbing each other while Courtney Simpson, a former cheerleader in Arizona, masturbated in the showers. I'm not a fan of editing scenes together and the use of toys by both parts of the scene struck me as too early but still allowing for all three of them to get off. My biggest complaint about the scene was how dark it was, reminding me how much the pairing looked better on my computer monitor than my big screen TV. Lacie and Sunny were the hotties this time and while a bit more polish might have elevated the scene a bit in my eyes, they were the proverbial eye candy that works wonders for strokers everywhere.

Scene Four: Cadillac Heaven: Penny Flame, playing an outlandish angel with a goofy accent, was up next with lovely Stefani Morgan, and the mighty Evan Stone (playing another angel), beside a large 1957 Cadillac. As the trio got busy with oral and vaginal sex (Evan's halo and wings looking kind of gay); Lisa Daniels, Kayla Paige, Samantha Ryan, and Kina Tai, lounged around on the car masturbating and otherwise looking like solid eye candy. They never joined the main trio but it added some stroke value to the artistic manner in which the scene was shot. Penny got really rough slapping Stefani and proved to be far more aggressive in taking the cock, also adding in lots of dirty talk before the ending pop shot went to Stefani. It looked almost surreal in how it was shot but I thought the trio had some great chemistry and passion during the scene; leading to some of the better dialogue of the movie.

Scene Five: Roommate Troubles: Staci Thorne, a curvy blonde with a decidedly nasty streak, was up next with nasty Marty Romano in the cheesy little bedroom. He paddled her, screamed at her, and even dripped hot wax from a candle on her as she masturbated, leading to her blowing him and sitting on his face as he ate her out in return. He choked her when drilling her cookie, the gal actively riding his cock in her ass (thankfully for her, he was one of the smallest guys available that day and not a challenge for her anal skills). The rock music background was suitable for them and be busted a nut on her abdomen, Stefani's incorporeal body calling him a "hillbilly piece of shit" as though his initials were M.S., leading to another major plot point.

Scene Six: Locker Room Fun: Hillary Scott, the anal princess that won scores of awards in the last year, was up next with dirty Cassidey (the brunette contract gal on the lower right hand corner of the front cover), and Derrick Pierce, after a successful audition. They went to the locker room and got it on to some modern music while Erika Jordan, Jennifer Lee, and Angie Savage had a lesbian tryst. The trio of secondary cast members weren't exactly Vivid contract quality but as almost a shout out to alt-porn, they provided some acceptable energy to warm things up for the main show between Hillary, Cassidey, and Derrick (shower scenes are always welcome in my porn too). The main action wasn't as good as the locker room scene from the original movie but the gals were certainly more skilled at what they were doing; the oral showing them to be well versed in cock sucking just as their ability to impale themselves on dick to be top notch too. Cassidey's use of a strap on dildo to give anally active Hillary a technical DP added to the fun as well but toy or no toy, this was one of the sexual highlights of the movie in terms of skilled performances. His pop shot was minimal and Hillary didn't swallow it as expected, but foot fetish fans will like how it ended.

Scene Seven: Orgy in Hell: Savanna Sampson, the most seductive gal in the contract stable but found nowhere on the front cover, was up last in an orgy with Monique Alexander, Stefani Morgan, the mighty Evan Stone, Christian, and Jay Huntington, in the depths of a whole new realm. Savanna was playing her most famous role to date and took to the oral and anal like a champion as Jay and Evan boned her deeply. Stefani and Monique double teamed Christian on a nearby couch but as the scene progressed, the partners mixed it up more than a little bit. Savanna was looking tight and in great shape, easily holding her own against the junior members of the team here and surpassing them on skills, energy, and enthusiasm to name but a few qualities. The overall scene was solid enough to boost the sexual score of the flick for me; ending things on a high note with a cute ending after the pop shots.

Summary: Debbie Does Dallas Again by director Paul Thomas for Vivid Entertainment was shot on film but aside from that fact, it was a very entertaining movie with a lot of additional fuck for the buck thanks to the extras and copy of the original movie tossed in for good measure. Stefani Morgan fit the airhead, vengeful Debbie of the modernized version perfectly so apart from the overacting by Penny Flame and Evan Stone (both of whom camped it up big time), the movie earned a rating of Highly Recommended for those of you looking for a variety of sexual encounters from the hardcore (Staci's scene) to the lesbian outing (between Lacie and Sunny) to the arousing ending starring the rest of the highlighted cast. My only true complaint dealt with the use of film to record the scenes of Debbie Does Dallas Again since that weakened the technical values more than a little bit but if you can overlook that aspect of the movie, you'll find the replay and stroke value to compliment the social satire tossed in by the creative staff. As far as the other two versions; one being the HD DVD version and the other being the upcoming Blu-Ray version; suffice it to say that many of the extras were dumped so your value might not be as good but this being the first NEW feature using the higher definition formats (other companies using tried and tested big hits to test the waters), it proved to be a good first step along a very long road.

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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