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Off The Hook

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 8/29/07

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Off The Hook

Vivid Entertainment

Genre: Vignette

Director: B. Skow

Cast: Sunrise Adams, Sunny Lane, Mike Striker, Kimberly Kane, Veronica Jett, Barry Scott, Hillary Scott, Nadia Styles, Brian Surewood, Evan Stone

Length: 162:50 minutes

Date of Production: 12/10/2006

Extra's: For many of you, the completely unrelated bonus scenes from Wrong Girl, Burnt Fury, Out of Place, Kayden's First Time, and Two Hot will be the best extras. They were not the best such scenes ever offered on a Vivid DVD but did add some value for me so you might enjoy them too. There were also trailers to Debbie Does Dallas Again, Sex Addict, Double Up, Houseboat, and Two Hot, as well as a biography for hotty Sunrise Adams, a photogallery, some spam, and a positions room too. For me though, the best extra was the 11:35 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Graham Crack Herr. It started off with the main dialog scene of the gals in a round robin discussion, soon having them flub their lines. The BTS then went all over the place with some gals getting little scene time and Sunrise closing it out by discussing her plans for the future.

Condoms: Yes

Audio/Video Quality: Off The Hook was presented in the same 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color it was shot in by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment. For those unfamiliar with his background, suffice it to say that his experience outside of porn is superior to many inside the industry and it shows up in his movies, including this one as shot in HD, though presented in the SD format (for now) as shot in 1080i to provide a lot of resolution supporting some of the effects (making it look more like a real movie than just a porno). The lighting was reasonably well handled but some of the scenes appeared to be over saturated and dark with others grainier than normal but much like some of the director's older flicks from a year or so ago that I liked so much. The composition of the camera angles and lighting were almost always optimal this time, Skow seeing fit to try and enhance the look of the ladies at every turn as possible. The fleshtones were not as accurate this time but the DVD mastering was well done (if in a bitrate hovering around 4 Mbps), making it a mixed bag in terms of visual quality. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English (in 192 Kbps) offering with the vocals sounding flat and the music pretty decent. For some reason, the levels were about the same as usual but aside from the added background noise, the dynamic range was average and the separation of the vocal track nonexistent.

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Body of Review: B. Skow is one of my favorite directors at Vivid Entertainment these days, many of his peers having left for greener pastures and PT locked into the "I'm bored with porn and it shows" mode. One of Skow's strengths is his ability to showcase a gal at her best, evidenced by his extensive work with Lanny Barby, so it came as a pleasant surprise that he was selected to elevate the status of Sunrise Adams in her latest coming out of retirement move; the gal certainly lucky considering some of her previous works. The vehicle for her latest release was Off The Hook, a series of vignettes that starred some appealing ladies in various roles that gave everyone a chance to provide comedy as well as some fine sexual action. Here's what the back cover said about it: "Look, here's the deal on this one: The sex is off the hook! So we called it just that. Sure there's a story - there's a bunch of them. From a rock and roll fantasy to the 'ho next door. But here's what you really need to know: Hillary and Nadia do anal. It's all in Vivid hi-def. Sunrise is everywhere and she has never been so hot! And B Skow outdoes himself with his craziest sex yet. Hook up. Off the Hook. See it now!" If that sounds good to you, here's a look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that one condom was used on Sunny Lane but that was it:

Scene One: Bed & Breakfast: Sunrise Adams, the curvy hotty featured on the front cover, sweet Sunny Lane (whose ass never looked fleshier or better), and moper Mike Striker, were up first in a rustic house as Sunrise and Mike tested their limits with the "young bit of sunshine known as Sunny. The older pair felt Sunny up and slowly disrobed her, the young gal appreciating the attention she was given more than a little bit. Sunny sucked his cock as Sunrise continued stripping and masturbating; the trio moving to the bed for the gals to prove that sharing is caring with his cock. The active oral led to some equally active vaginal screwing, Sunrise going first but soon followed by Sunny who had helped out with some kissing and titty massage during her friend's ride. I was surprised that he put on a condom to tap Sunny but the contrast between Sunny's pale skin and the other two's tan distracted me from worrying about it much. They switched out a few times into different positions and he unleashed a moderate load of population pudding on Sunrise's lower abdomen to close out the sex. The trio showed some chemistry and enthusiasm, elevating the replay value for me by more than a little bit. Whew!

Scene Two: Doin' It In Reno: Kimberly Kane, playing a skanky trailer trash bimbo puffing away on a cancer stick, was up next as she dominated equally trashy brunette Veronica Jett, with scene husband Barry Scott. Barry and Kimberly played a couple that picked Veronica up via an online advertisement (because "she was cheap" and he had a "major whore addiction"). Barry kept working Veronica over with his hands and mouth as Kimberly gave a monologue but the verbose gal jumped in to strip as she saw Veronica getting all the cock. The blowjob was passionate and while neither of these gals is on my top performer list, I've seen a lot of sexual athleticism from both of them so I knew what to expect in terms of a quality scene. They orally shared him and took turns actively impaling themselves on his rod vaginally, the ladies taking a lesbian break in the bathroom before going back to bed with Barry (sounds like a showtune, yes?). Barry did some oral on Kimberly during a 69 as well but there never seemed to be a moment when all three of the performers slowed down or became passive. The ladies shared the spotlight the entire time and generated some decent heat before Veronica took the load in her mouth but she did not cumswap or swallow it before the scene ended.

Scene Three: Keeping Perky: Hillary Scott, the award winning anal princess (we've discussed at length whether I should call her a princess or queen; the lady flattered by either so I'll stick with my gut feeling here), and hotty Sunrise Adams, were up next after a brief walk in the cold outside. The cold air made their nipples hard and they discussed how Hillary got a splinter in her ass so they went to the couch for Sunrise to play medical assistant. She used her teeth to get the splinter out, savoring the taste of Hillary's ass as the scene took off from their. The licking, sucking, and caressing were all plainly in evidence as the ladies went back and forth to turn each other on. Sunrise used a moderate vibrator on Hillary's ass and both gals poured on the dirty talk; reversing their roles to make Sunrise the receiver before too long. Whether they were acting or actually getting into one another is a matter for discussion but they seemed to be having fun if not truly getting off so I liked this scene too.

Scene Four: Makin' Georgia: Nadia Styles, an exceptionally cute brunette, was up next in a sun dress as she knocked on the isolated cabin door of Brian Surewood's shack. She was lost and tired after a long day of stripping, blathering on about her boyfriend troubles in a funny manner while frustrated Brian went nuts with desire for her. He pounced on her and played on her fears about the unfaithful guy, enhancing his line by going down on her sweet pussy as he convinced her that she should get back at him by screwing every guy she meets for free (including him). She was verbally responsive to his touch, the mountain man look of his fitting perfectly into the scenario as he released his pent up frustrations, her fine ass looking awesome as he pulled her thong up the crack between her cheeks. She was an energetic cocksucker in return, showing a flair for giving head and a titty fuck before they started to bone like hormone crazed teenagers. They screwed vaginal in a few positions but she was most active when riding his cock in her ass, bouncing on it while making those little moans of hers. The heated scene finished with a facial, Brian coating Nadia's face with a healthy load of glaze from the looks of it. Yow!

Scene Five: Drummer's Dream: Sunrise Adams, again playing a foxy little hotty in a skimpy dress (this time a black one at night), was up last as she took on drummer Evan "The Mighty" Stone who had dumped the rest of his band to set out on his own (giving some of his usual, funny dialogue). The couple met during the shooting of his video, Evan convincing her to dance around a little and join in the production, leading to the hotty stripping down to her thong and bending over for him. He picked up a camera to show some POV Sunrise, the gal nearly losing it in laughter as they got increasingly frisky. He then dropped the pretense and went down on her, sucking her pussy and ass as she panted in pleasure. They screwed vaginally and she aggressively slobbed his knob, her oral skills the best thing about the scene as far as her skills were concerned. There was a nice titty fuck and more vaginal plowing too but I remember the blowjob as her trademark move this time, the scene coming across as though they had some fun but little chemistry or spark between them. She practically posed when taking the facial he rubbed out, grabbing his cock too late for some post coital sucking that seemed like she was directed to do so.

Bonus Scene: Burnt Fury: Lanny Barby, in a revealing dress that proved her appeal yet again, was up with award winning hotty Hillary Scott in a bed for the ending lesbian scene. I know that conventional wisdom in porn holds that this kind of scene is best buried deep inside the folds of the movie rather than as an opener or closer but given who we're talking about; this proved to be a solid choice as they fingered, ate, and otherwise went at one another in the bed. Hillary was quite vocal in telling Lanny what she wanted from her friend, the couple kissing and taste testing in between the titty play and other sexual antics. The only toys used was a light purple dildo (who decided that choice of color?!?) that was used primarily by Lanny when drilling Hillary after the clear dildo was tapped into Lanny by Hillary.

Bonus Scene: Out Of Place: Lexie Marie, the cutie on the front DVD cover, Nadia Styles, a lean brunette will an all natural body, and Franco Del Torro, a guy that looks like he could be Voodoo's kid brother, were up first on the pool table as the ladies licked and sucked his meat stick in a sharing manner. Nadia positioned her crotch over his face while assisting Lexie and everyone got some oral by the end of the scene. Granted, the hard slate surface of a pool table isn't the best place to screw although if either of these ladies insists, my own table is available for them to show me different. The ladies then got to ride on his shaft in their pussies, not as actively as I wanted them to but better than I've seen Lexie in far too many scenes. At some point, they even switched to the top of the bar counter (it was in a small dive of a bar) with the pop shot taking place on Lexie's abdomen.

Bonus Scene: Kayden's First Time: Kimberly Kane, hanging in a metal cage in Kylie's dungeon, was up next as she hovered near beautiful Kayden Kross that was overly made up and on the plastic sheets below with Manuel Ferrara. He was eating out an appreciative Kayden before she gave a passing attempt at oral and a handjob; leading to another passive ride on her part. Her cookie looked red and inflamed, the real action beginning when Kimberly joined them. The lesbian face sitting and active riding by the formerly caged princess of alt-porn certainly livened things up, with Kayden getting a little more action before he let loose with his man juice on Kimberly's crotch. It was a large load and Kayden licked at it a bit, the scene ending the movie for the credits to roll.

Bonus Scene: Too Hot: Veronica Jett, a skinny brunette new to porn, Lyndsey Love, the wicked half of the fictional characters played by the twins, and Scott Nails, were up next on a chair in a secondhand store where the twins were signing autographs. Lyndsey was the first of the trio to get undressed but the gals shared his meat orally like swell friends would do for one another. Lacey kind of masturbated in the corner as she watched while Lyndsey was getting nailed by Scott (pun intended) in a couple of positions. Veronica also got some meat but she didn't look too happy about it and neither of the gals did much with the other. It ended when Scott rubbed out a load onto their faces and they licked him clean.

Summary: Off The Hook by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment was not as consistently appealing to me as it could have been but part of this is due to my ambivalence to some of the ladies (that did a fine job by the way) as well as the less ambitious nature of the movie (vignettes are far easier than shooting a full feature). Still, the amounts of fuck for the buck, replayability, and strokability were easily enough to warrant a rating of Recommended or better (if you are a fan of Sunrise Adams). In all then, Off The Hook was probably the best new release by Sunrise to date for her fans so give it a look if you get the chance.

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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