Audio/Video Quality: Naked Aces 2 was presented in 1.77:1 anamorphic widescreen color as shot by director Robby D. for release by Digital Playground. The lighting was kind of strange here and that meant that the limited amounts of grain and other visual elements used to lend a sense of texture were minimal (for example, the first scene looked washed out and blurry; others were stripped of colors or purposely shot in such a way as to cause visual confusion). It took me awhile to notice it but there seemed to be a variation in styles as to how the scenes were shot and edited, some of the scenes using a lot more close ups while others relying heavily on slower and pulled back medium shots. I like a change of pace though much of it still struck me as a work in progress, usually not getting in the way of the heat and at other times de-hancing it somewhat. The composition of the shots and the editing enhanced the look of the ladies a little bit but not nearly as much as expected, proving what this critic has to say about the production team led by Robby (including Nick "Da Man" Pulgadas on editing, music and other aspects of production) with the DVD mastering revealing no compression artifacts (the visual bitrate hovering in the mid to upper 7 Mbps range or so most of the time). The audio was presented in a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround English (384 Kbps bitrate) with a minimalist leaning that seemed unique in most ways to productions outside of the Jack series, with the vocals always dominating the audio track as I like it.
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Body of Review: Robby D. might not be a high profile director these days, preferring to let his work do his talking for him, but the last few years he has been at Digital Playground have certainly proven to be indicative of the company mindset to give fans what they want in the rapidly changing porn market. Originally a couples friendly company known for their almost softcore projects, they have embraced a diversity that allows their handful of directors to try new things as they get increasingly gonzo to cater to the rest of the porn consumers out there. The latest project of theirs I got a sneak peek at was Naked Aces 2, the sequel to Naked Aces 1 that came out recently. The movie is a parody of sorts that mixes high powered guns with high powered sexual depravity, threading the five scenes together with a story about a missing dildo. While I wasn't exactly enamored with the first installment of the series, this sequel showed Robby taking steps to improve the show using some solid performances and the company's leading contract gal, Jesse Jane, in a pivotal role. If that sounds good to you, here's a quick look at the scenes in the movie, noting that no condoms were used at all:
Scene One: Jesse Jane, perhaps the most popular contract star of the day (the blonde on the center of the front cover if you've been living under a rock), was up first as she teased in her silvery bikini while brandishing a couple of Mac-10's in the house. This led to her working with Brianna Love (the cutie in the pink bikini on the left hand side of the cover), Rebecca Linares (the blue bikinied brunette on the right hand side), and an effeminate Marco Duato/Banderas (the only guy on the cover) in the bedroom when the gals walked in on Marco who was reveling on some sex toys (prompting Brianna to say, "Don't you know silly fag, dicks are for chicks!"). The gals teamed up on him in his gold sequined stripped bikini bottoms and converted him as they all stripped off parts of their clothing. The plethora of pussy was too much for him to resist with the gals sucking him off in turns and crawling all over him. His gayness fixed, the gals also jumped each other on the bed, using the toys he was going to masturbate with on each other while licking each other soundly. There was a lot of energy in the scene and while the editing was a bit frantic (reminding me a lot of how the old TV show The Banana Splits used to be edited), it worked here better than expected given the wild way they all were going at it. The blowjobs were well handled and the gals were all active when impaling themselves on his meaty member, Brianna's ass cheeks rippling the best from my point of view as she rode him but the other two doing a fine job as well. Jesse was the most over the top during the ride (not a bad thing mind you) but the lengthy bout of oral and screwing (with substantial amounts of lesbian action tossed in for good measure) made this a fine scene right up until Marco rubbed out his load of population pudding on Brianna's ass. Whew!
Scene Two: Renae "J Ho" Cruz, a lean Latina wearing a metallic gold bikini, was up next in bed with a couple of high powered weapons (other than her genetic gifts that is) where she teased the camera with some masturbation action before catching up to Chris Charming; the guy playing a dildo loving flamer with a performance similar to Marco's. As she searched high and low for the missing dildo, she figured it must be in his pants since the tell tale bulge was too large to be a real cock. Hypnotized by the size of his cock, she started sucking him off on the couch, slobbing his knob seductively as she attacked his meat with some darned fine skills (as she said in the BTS: she sucks a mean cock). The manner in which she relished his rod was another reason to keep an eye on her career as it positions to take off, her eye contact with him enhancing the chemistry and energy of the scene. That she actively rode his cock vaginally was merely a bonus as she went balls deep on the guy, going down on him between the scenes with a taste for PTM. It ended when he jerked out his load onto her ass cheeks, Renae asking for more as she went back down on the lucky guy. Yum!
Scene Three: Madison Young, a redhead known best for her fetish performances, was up next in the living room wearing a shiny blue bikini that barely fit her. She also had a few weapons on her, playfully prancing about the room before finding the mythic dildo and playing with it (regardless of where it might have been). While not my type in general, she was pleasing enough and a wigged Jerry joined her little masturbation session; turning it into a full scene where she gave a touch of oral before riding his cock. Her milky white skin contrasted with his tanned figure, the over the top dynamic continuing but not as pleasing this time as in the previous scenes. Given the way he fingered her ass while screwing her, I (rightly) assumed she would be taking it in the shitter as well; her ability to do so actively greatly diminished as a result. This led to a premature vaginal pop shot to her cookie, the gal tasting it to satisfaction in no time at all.
Scene Four: Jesse Jane, in a great pink bikini, was up next as she tried to recover the dildo from studly Tommy Gunn by using a Russian rocket launcher on the ninja-esque Tommy. The blast knocked him onto the bed (okay, I'm not making that up but the silliness of the movie was decidedly cute and cartoonish) and she leapt on him in a 69 position where both got to sample the goodies of the other. She was throatfucking his cock and tittyfucking him like crazy while he snacked on clam; leading to the pair boning like a couple of high school students. She pushed back on his cock as often as not, regardless of the position she was in; the multiple positions driving him to unleash his load sooner than expected onto her lovely crotch. By the end of the scene, she had a glow about her without the glammed up perfect make up and hair I'm used to seeing on a contract gal (showing she had a lot of fun, not caring about the way she looked by the end of the scene).
Scene Five: Candy Manson, a busty blonde in need of seed, was up last as she held her gun firmly while declaring her dislike of fags. Marco Duato/Banderas, initially portrayed as a homosexual but now converted by the ladies in the first scene, wanted her badly and Jesse surprisingly stepped aside to let Candy strut her stuff with him. Out came the vibrators that he worked her mouth and pussy on, feeling her up in the process of getting her off repeatedly. She reciprocated by slobbing his knob and using some hand to gland combat, starting off the vaginal ride far too passively as he did all the work. She did get better with time but as much as I might like some of her previous works, this was far from her best scene in terms of how well she handled him during the penetration. The pop shot went to her chest and she licked some of it off, the lackluster scene proving to be a weaker ending than the movie otherwise deserved.
Summary: Naked Aces 2 by director Robby D. for release by Digital Playground showed that a porno can be fun as well as show heated sexual performances. It may not have been the most consistently rewarding experience I have had with the company and director of late but Jesse alone was worth checking it out and gals like Brianna Love, Rebeca Linares, and Renae "J Ho" Cruz elevated the rating to a firm Recommended for me. The strokability, replay value, and amount of fuck for the buck wasn't hurt by the extras either but the strength of the movie was clearly resting on three of the five scenes being the best of the batch. In short, Naked Aces 2, like Naked Aces 1 before it, only needed a few nods to beer and porn rinds to establish a whole new genre of porn; something I would probably refer to as "redneck porn" except for the talents of the cast. If a third volume is released later this year, I wonder what Robby will do to improve on his craft once again, hopefully focusing on getting the best pairings that money can buy.
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