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Black Reign #10

Studio: Mercenary Pictures » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 6/26/07

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Black Reign 10

Mercenary Pictures

Genre: Black

Director: Lexington Steele

Cast: Chavon Taylor, Alicia Tyler, Lexington Steele, Kira Croft, Strokahontas, Mr. Marcus, Mika Kani, Tyra Moore, Sean Michaels

Length: 171:29 minutes

Date of Production: 12/12/2006

Extra's: The best extra was the 20:00 minute Behind the Scenes feature by lovely Tina Tyler. I like that she had an active role in the making the movie since her creative touches have long helped make a difference on various projects though this time, she was limited largely by the format. By that, I mean that the BTS was primarily a look at the photoshoots on the set but there were some cute observations to be found if you watch and listen closely enough during the minimal interviews. The other extras were minimal this time with a photogallery, a fetish menu, trailers to shows like Climaxxx TV, Black Reign, Lex Steele XXX, Silverback Attack, Ironhead, Manhammer, Top Guns, Superwhores, and Nasty Universe, and a second side to the DVD cover full of other covers.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Black Reign 10 was presented in a 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen as shot by director Lexington Steele for Mercenary Pictures. The lighting was decent but not great, eliminating much of the grain and video noise that some of the older works from the company were known for. The composition of the shots was decent and tended to enhance the look of the ladies most of the time; the crew working the camera most of the time was properly credited as Tina Tyler, Lex himself, and Mario Rossi. There were a few bits here and there that needed polishing up but it was well done overall. There were no compression artifacts and any edge enhancement wasn't noticed when I watched the flick; probably thanks in part to the bitrate initially hovering around the 7 Mbps range (though this varied greatly). The audio was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital English (using a 192 Kbps bitrate) with no separation between the channels and kind of limited music added in after the fact. The vocals were also a bit unbalanced as there were times when you couldn't hear them well at all and other times when they were as plain as day but as a fairly polished title by the seasoned veteran performer turned director (who was also working as a performer in 60% of the scenes), it wasn't as bad as some have claimed online.

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Body of Review: Lexington Steele made his mark on the porn industry long before establishing Mercenary Pictures but his influence is still carrying him forward as the CEO provides some of the best urban porn on the market. That doesn't mean he sacrifices raw energy for polished technical values or focuses on the flavor of the month types the other companies seem to be constantly chasing, just making his appeal readily apparent for those of us wanting something different at times. The most recent title of his to make it my way is Black Reign 10, a series I last saw years ago with Black Reign 6. The series is best known as an urban showcase for women of color, typically showing curvy women with solid skills rather than overshot gals of limited appeal. That said, here's a quick look at the five scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used:

Scene One: Chavon Taylor and Alicia Tyler, both light skinned women wearing appealing lingerie, were up first as they received a lesson in playing pool from the man with a plan, Lexington Steele. As expected, the tease of them bending over the pool table led to Lex whipping out his manhood for them to stroke and suck, the ladies taking turns jerking him off, kissing him, and blowing him before they started banging up a storm. Both gals had ample titties to play with and showed some playfulness as they worked the meat pipe; each allowing the other plenty of time sucking or licking Lex's shaft without getting greedy. Neither could deepthroat the man but they weren't expected to, the gals getting some minor lesbian antics tossed in intermittently throughout the scene as they ate and felt each other up (not to mention doing PTM). The only true downside to the scene was that neither gal actively rode his cock until the very end when they took turns on his lap, though it was pretty hot at that point by my reckoning. The scene ended with a titty pop that also tagged Chavon's face a little, Alicia cleaning her new friend up orally to the fading camera.

Scene Two: Kira Croft, wearing a red fishnet outfit (with separate bra and bottom), was up next on the couch as she masturbated for Lex when he came home to find her making herself at home at his place. Lexington Steele being the generous man that he is, let her go at it with a large vibrator before joining her in POV (point of view) fashion. I'm not used to Lex doing much POV unless it is strictly his POV oriented series, Pole Position, but she was decent with the tease and while not the cutest gal of the movie, applied a seductive mannerism to her work as they sucked and fucked in a number of positions. Lex even gave her a lick or two but wielding the camera wasn't working out that well so I was glad he gave it up for another time. Her oral skills were not the best given how little she took in her mouth but she was an active rider a lot quicker than the previous gals, bouncing on his cock as though totally into the act. I found it interesting that she left her body stocking on during the scene though her oral antics towards the end made me forget about it as she took the massive facial (which was replayed in slow motion using a humorous vocal track...). The scene was not through yet though as she was up yet again in her birthday suit by the back porch, walking over to do him again with some POV oral and vaginal sex, resulting in them moving inside to complete the task at hand for a smaller pop shot to her chest.

Scene Three: Strokahontas, a fetching black gal with a sweet booty and lean figure, was up next as she teased in the living room with Mr. Marcus. He enjoyed feeling and eating her as much as she did, the gal spreading her legs to give him greater access. While some of her panting and moaning seemed over the top, much of it did not so she came across as authentic as she gyrated her hips on his face. The chemistry proven, she then rewarded his gracious efforts with a wonderful blowjob that showed enthusiasm and energy both; the gal smiling knowingly at the camera while satisfying the muscular stud to the best of her ability, going deeper as time went on. That led, of course, to the couple boning vaginally in numerous positions that showed her to be sexually aggressive, an active rider, and appreciative of his efforts as he went balls deep inside her. Even though it was a vaginal only scene, she was very appealing here and the ending facial was so good that she smiled with delight as he glazed her thoroughly.

Scene Four: Mika Kani, a gal that looked like she had a mixed racial heritage (Asian & black), was up next on the couch masturbating to the big screen TV playing one of the Pole Position flicks from the looks of it. Lexington Steele walked in on her and she got even wilder as she diddled herself but she loved a big dick in her mouth so she was happy to interrupt her act in order to start actively slobbing his knob; spending more time licking the shaft than trying to deep throat the guy. This being another POV scene, Lex maintained a steady camera as he gave her the hot beef salami, porking her as she tried to accommodate his as best she could. She wasn't the most active rider of the show and that greatly weakened the heat for me but she took the facial without flinching so she wasn't a complete dud.

Scene Five: Tyra Moore, the sexy babe on the left hand side of the front cover, was up last and in the BTS claimed this might be her final fuck flick so I tried to pay attention. The music was a beating set of drums that was not in time with her masturbation skills, the gal using a huge black dildo on herself while positioned on the red living room couch. I admit to liking her fetishware outfit and curvy body, the gal striking me as physically attractive well before she was aggressively working the cocks of Sean Michaels and Mr. Marcus. She diddled herself while they fucked her face, the gal coming across as loving it as she swallowed their swords in turns before the vaginal screwing began. The scene even lasted long enough that the sun coming through the windows poured in as the scene continued; the trio ignoring it as they found themselves having far too much fun to move to another part of the house (I know some people would prefer the mechanical professionalism other gals show but spontaneous energy is rare enough so why ruin it like that?). There was one abrupt edit from the red couch to the beige one in the other room (so much for spontaneous fun) but she was so actively riding cock and spouting the dirty talk that I didn't dwell on the fact. The scene finished up with the men rubbing out wads of population pudding; finishing up on a high note after the lame previous scene.

Summary: Black Reign 10 by director Lexington Steele for Mercenary Pictures earned a rating of Recommended on the strengths of the majority of the ladies. They were physically appealing and showed a lot of energy, made easier by the fact that the men were all top notch talent and not the parolee types lesser companies feel obligated to employ (saving money in penny pinching fashion). The technical values were well handled for the most part and Black Reign 10, like Black Reign 6 before it, was well worth a walk on the darker side of porn for those of you that enjoy seeing black ladies having a great time.

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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