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Hall of Fame

Studio: Metro » Review by Disco Dirge » Review Date: 8/11/07

XCritic's Advice: Highly Recommended

Genre: Scene Compilation
Director: Various
Cast:: Nina Hartley, Porsche Lynn, Christy Lake, Gene Pepper, Nici Sterling, Felecia, Charmane Star, Emily, Coral Sands, Jill Kelly, Misty Rain, Chloe, Christy Canyon, Pat Myne, Teri Weigel, Peter North, Marc Wallace, Ian Daniels, Eric Price, Mark Davis, Jonathan Morgan,
Length: 120 mins
Production Date: Various

In a Nutshell - All Over the Map, from Film to Video
To say that Hall of Fame has transfer issues would be like calling Peter North "proficient" in providing pop shots. This DVD has pictorial problems a plenty. The 1.33:1 image contains inconsistent colors, lots of grain, moments of flaring and bleeding, and more than one sequence suffers from a lack of definable details. While the sex is never stunted by the subpar visual elements, individuals who are anal over the hardcore home theater experience will be deeply disappointed.

In a Nutshell - Nothing Special or Substantive
The added content for Hall of Fame is questionable at best. There is nothing provided except a cum shot recap, some trailers, phone sex ads, and the standard gallery. Where Cal Vista misses the boat is in the area of actual recognition. This DVD is announced as containing AVN Hall of Famers. Why not tell us exactly who here is a resident in such a symbolic shrine, and what films are being used to present their award winning efforts. Without that info, we occasionally feel like we're watching a carnal crapshoot.

First Impressions:
The adult industry is very much a "what have you done for me lately" enterprise. While age is always an issue, it's the most silent of segregations, the physical rigors and requirements of the business dictating retirement age more than actual corporate collusion. In addition, with the marginal moves toward the mainstream and the lessening taboo of fucking for money, XXX is literally bursting with new babes, faces and forms not necessarily chosen for lasting appeal, but for ready availability. That's why a DVD like Hall of Fame is so refreshing. Not only does it celebrate AVN inductees (the main purpose of the presentation) but it also allows us to see how hardcore was once a combination of the gratuitous and the glamorous. There's not a huge interest in old school screwing, but by giving us glimpses into the careers of such noted performers as Chloe, Jill Kelly, and Teri Weigel, Cal Vista illustrates why these particular porn performers maintain a legitimate lasting legacy.

The Sex Scenes:
Fully functioning under the 'less is much, much more' hardcore aesthetic, Hall of Fame features limited positions, standard scenarios, and relatively tame XXX tenets. But because of the careful consideration by the filmmakers as to who porks who, the chemistry between the performers is absolutely smoking hot. Indeed, you'll see no disconnected diddling here, stars simply going through the motions to make their money. A title like Hall of Fame definitely indicates that the old cliché was actually true - many entered the adult industry to earn some scratch, but the icons stayed because they adored the sex. They paved the way for the billion dollar dynamic that rules the current corporate scheme, and laid (forgive the pun) the ground rules for how modern smut was sold. So complain all you want about the lack of aggressive, balls to the wall (and other orifices) action. The passion here is more palpable than in a dozen penis to pussy delights.

Scene 1: Nina Hartley, Porsche Lynn, Christy Lake, Gene Pepper
Acts Performed: Standard Lesbian Action, Cunnilingus, Tit Play, Toy Fu, Vibrator Fu, 69
Score: 3.5 out of 5

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Proving that old broads can get it done in a big way, Ms. Hartley and her trio of carnal cougars end up delivering one stiff dick's worth of gal on gal gratuity. The Dirge doesn't even like solo Sappho shenanigans and even he was 'intrigued' by the lightning rod lesbianism on display. After a brief Q&A where Nina introduces and discusses the business with her companions, the dildos come out and the girls go to town. They really enjoy each other's physical components and the amount of heat they generate is amazing. One sequence in particular has the gals going to town on each other with a very powerful vibrator - and judging by the reactions, there wasn't a dry crotch on the set. There won't be a limp one in the audience after this rocking randiness.

Scene 2: Nici Sterling, Jonathan Morgan
Acts Performed: Foreplay, Cunnilingus, Blowjob, Reverse Cowgirl, Doggy, Mish, Anal Pile Driver, $hot on Vagina
Score: 2.5 out of 5
Our first look back at classic carnality will be the bellwether as to how you react to Hall of Fame. Nici is a good match with Mr. Morgan, whose youthful appearance may shock those who only know him from his current course of XXX titles (as a director). Still, they don't do much in the hardcore department. The oral is more prevalent than the positions, and the editing argues for a purposeful pruning of the action. Aside from a far too short sequence of sex in Scene 5, this is as mundane as this DVD gets - and its still pretty good gratuity.

Scene 3: Felecia, Charmane Star, Emily, Coral Sands
Acts Performed: Standard Lesbian Action, Cunnilingus, 69, Tit Play, Toy Fu, Vibrator Fu, Free for All
Score: 2.5 out of 5
Sorry ladies - it's just your bad luck that you had to follow Nina and her mischievous matrons in the girl/girl department. In Scene 1, those aging dames got it done. Here, you're like fantasy fodder without the desire to let it rip. Still, you do come across as anxious and eager to snack on snatch, and the overall level of attractiveness really helps the horniness. On the other hand, viewers will definitely find themselves looking back to the initial lesbo lovin' for their same sex satisfaction. That's the problem with comparisons - someone's going to come out the lesser.

Scene 4: Jill Kelly, Eric Price
Acts Performed: Cabaret, Cunnilingus, Blowjob, Doggy, Mish, Anal Reverse Cowgirl, $hot in Mouth
Score: 3 out of 5
Wanna know why people think Jill Kelly is one hot piece of ass? This scene with Eric Price will prove the point with groin grabbing ease. Looking very attractive, and showing that XXX satisfaction is more than just squirt and screaming, we see a sensual smolder in Kelly's eyes that really raises the arousal factors. When her meat man is mounting her, cock cleaving cunt with expert precision, we feel the joy generated inside the star, and can't wait for the pop to polish off the exploits. When it comes, we're as spent as the performers - always a plus in recommending porn to others.

Scene 5: Misty Rain, Marc Davis
Acts Performed: Foreplay, Blowjob, Doggy, Cowgirl, $hot in Mouth
Score: 2 out of 5
This is not a bad scene. As a matter of fact, it's really rather amusing (it's especially fun to see everyone's favorite pig boy with body fur and an actual head of hair). But it lasts mere moments - blow, go, out cums the cock juice - and the weird baroque Goth setting definitely leaves something to be desired. Still, for what's there, one has to really congratulate our couple. They make up in boning for what they lack in time.

Scene 6: Chloe, Ian Daniels, Pat Myne
Acts Performed: Dueling Head, Doggy, Anal Mish, DP in the Cowgirl Mode, $hot in Face
Score: 3.5 out of 5
Chloe is pretty much a sexual safe bet. Put her is a room with some dick, and see if you're not spanking your plank by the time the scene is over. In this case, the prison setting is perfect to see our lanky honey get the job done, and her pud providing partners aren't afraid to deliver some dominant DP. As with Jill Kelly, there's just something about the look in our leading lady's face. It's as if she's sending out a secret message to all the men in the audience, saying something like "This may look painful, but I'm enjoying every fucking minute of it". That's guaranteed hard-on fodder, without a doubt.

Scene 7: Christy Canyon, Marc Wallace
Acts Performed: Foreplay, Tit Play, Cunnilingus, Blowjob, Ball Action, Cowgirl, Tit Fucking, $hot in Mouth and on Chest, Oral Clean-up
Score: 3.5 out of 5
Ah...Christy Canyon. The gal with the enormous, natural breasts. The kind of lovely lungs a dude like The Dirge can get lost in. Unlike her post-modern plastic fantastic counterparts, who don't know quite what to do with the artificially inflated racks, Ms. C works those mouth watering melons in a way that only a lover of legitimate tits can appreciate. Whether she's wrapping them around a massive piece of pork or simply letting her partner give them a nice, slow suck, her knowledge of her body makes for some boffo balling. If you want an argument against augmentation, here it is in all its DD glory.

Scene 8: Teri Weigel, Peter North
Acts Performed: Foreplay, Cunnilingus, Blowjob, Mish, $hot on Stomach
Score: 3 out of 5
Time trounces the overall effectiveness of this scene. Before you know it, Mr. North's noted ability to blow gallons of guy goo is in full effect. We barely get to see Ms. Weigel at all. Instead of working the wiener, we see her get most of the oral attention. And what is it with only one position - and mainstream MISH at that! It would be an outrage if it wasn't for how fiery the fucking between the duo is. Imagine the score had they actually gone on to include a little Doggy, Cowgirl, and Spooning into the mix. Yikes!

Disco Dirge Peter Meter Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Highly Recommended)
Cohabitation Certification: Granted
The Dirge will freely admit that this is the kind of porn that sensates his shorthairs. The throwback angle adds a touch of naughty nookie nostalgia, while the definitive dynamic between each couple (or collection of corporeal co-conspirators) adds to the peter prompting possibilities. There will be younger fans who favor something a little more forceful and in your face, but the performers here are hallowed for reasons readily apparent on the screen. More than deserving of a Highly Recommended rating, this is an excellent erotic primer. It can teach the uninitiated about potent performers past, while leading them away from the more mean-spirited and debasing kinds of smut that's all the rage. Of course couples will eat this up. The action here is purposefully designed to accentuate their mired marital state. Not matter the field of endeavor or arena of achievement, entry into the Hall of Fame is something significant. As this powerful presentation of porn argues, it's the same in the XXX 'game' as well.

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