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Best of Erik Rhodes, The

Studio: Falcon » Review by Brady Jansen » Review Date: 4/18/08

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Directors: Chris Steele, Chi Chi LaRue, Steven Scarborough and Jim Steel

Cast: Erik Rhodes, Jason Ridge, Drew Sumrok, Alex Rossi, Solo, Derrick Vinyard, Maxx Diesel, Ethan Kage, Arpad Miklos, Fox Ryder (Brent Corrigan), Billy Brandt, Mike Roberts, Joe Sport, Mike Powers, Jesse Zane

Length: 3 hours, 33 minutes

Production Dates: September 2004, January 2005, March 2005, April 2005, July 2005, February 2006, May 2006, August 2006

Condoms: yes

The Skinny:
Falcon's Anthology series continues with one of its biggest stars, presenting nine previously released scenes from the career of Erik Rhodes.

Scene 1: Super Soaked (Jocks, directed by Chi Chi LaRue)
In his studio debut, Rhodes is lounging in a whirlpool with Jason Ridge (it's funny how they both look younger and slightly smaller in build!). The two stare at each other before Ridge reaches over to rub the chest and biceps of his pal. Rhodes sits up on the ledge and pops his cock out of his blue Speedos for Ridge to slurp on (and nibble his foreskin). Drew Sumrok--a handsome, tattoo-sporting stud--watches from afar, then gets in the pool fully clothed before starting a suck chain. Drew's bubble butt is soon out, and the ass eating starts. Rhodes then fucks Ridge before Ridge fucks Sumrok (and reaches over to suck Rhodes as he's doing it in a nice shot), and the finale has a fuck chain with Rhodes in the middle. This scene has some solid shots, typical of LaRue's work.

Scene 2: Flex (Jocks, directed by Chris Steele)
Rhodes gets into a muscle show-off contest with built Alex Rossi at the gym. After flexing their biceps, Rossi drops to his knees to slurp on Rhodes (exclaiming "Huge...Jesus!"), although he uses a little too much hand. Rhodes returns the favor as Rossi delivers a nice face fuck, with some great shots below capturing his hard shaft in action. While this is happening, black stud Solo is (appropriately) jacking off his big piece as he watches from afar. After a 69 position where Rossi licks Rhodes' hole, the tall mass of muscle bends over to get pounded by the shorter alpha male in three positions. They all squirt, with Rossi delivering a nice facial to Rhodes.

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Scene 3: Driver (Jocks, directed by Jim Steel)
Rhodes plays a chauffeur to businessman Derrick Vinyard, and soon the boss is ordering his underling to strip in his hotel room. Rhodes complies and then buries his face between Vinyard's legs on the couch. Vinyard--with not quite as many tattoos as he has now--has got a gorgeous shaft that gets great screen time, with Rhodes delivering a long suck with some ball licking. Rhodes then straddles Vinyard's face for some service as Vinyard strokes his nice meat. Rhodes then gets fucked, with the best shots coming while he's on his back (there aren't as many good close-ups when he gets it doggie style). This scene is more of a showcase for Vinyard, which isn't a problem considering how cute he is...and how hot that cock is.

Scene 4: Cross Country Part 1 (Falcon, directed by Chris Steele)
Rhodes is abducted by big, buff and bald Maxx Diesel and Alex Rossi, who tie him up to a tree and drug him. He wakes up on his knees, with two nice cocks dangling in his face. Rhodes takes turns on each cock (Diesel has a great vein on his thick piece), and Rossi gets a little verbal as the action unfolds. Soon the two are sharing Rhodes' piece, with some great angles above the action. A suck chain follows before both suck Rossi, and all three jack to end the all-oral action. This is one of the stronger scenes here, and all three cocks are gorgeous to watch.

Scene 5: Beefcake (Falcon, directed by Steven Scarborough)
Buff Ethan Cage is taking a shower on an outdoor patio when tall muscle hunks Rhodes and Arpad Miklos show up. The three are soon locking lips as Cage reaches for both of his bud's cocks, jacking them as their shorts fall down (Rhodes is wearing his trademark camouflage shorts, always a hot sight!). The two tower over Cage, a hot visual. Cage then sucks both uncut pieces before Arpad eats Ethan. Cage then fingers Rhodes before bending him over and fucking him before Rhodes sits down on Miklos. A great shot follows as Cage offers his mouth and hand services on Rhodes' cock as he bounces up and down on Miklos. Rhodes jacks to squirt as he's fucked, then the two tops unleash their loads on him: Cage shoots spooge on Rhodes' face, while Miklos gets some in his hair--a truly spirited ending. Both of them leave Rhodes' chest dripping. This is another strong scene, although it would have been nice to see more attention (and screeen time) on Cage's hot piece.

Scene 6: The Velvet Mafia Part 1 (Falcon, directed by Chris Steele)
Rhodes plays a porn star filming a scene within the movie, a teacher trying to teach pupil Fox Ryder (an alias for Brent Corrigan, used around the time the Cobra controversy was heating up) a lesson. It doesn't take long for Rhodes to prop his student up on a desk and get to work on his big cock. The oral work here is fantastic, and the camera captures great angles of Corrigan's cock as it gets devoured. Rhodes also eats Corrigan's pink hole, then stands up and goes to the other side of the desk to feed Corrigan his own meat, with Corrigan's big boner pressed back against the desk. Rhodes massive, built body is a treat to look at, and it's hot watching him tower over his young charge. Rhodes fucks Corrigan from behind, but the even hotter shot has Corrigan sitting down on Rhodes, his own cock bobbing up and down (and his abs tightening) as he bounces away. Corrigan then returns the favor, fucking Rhodes doggie style before the two jack off. This is the strongest scene in the compilation.

Scene 7: From Top To Bottom (Falcon, directed by Chris Steele)
Rhodes enlists Mike Roberts to help restrain "straight" Billy Brandt, the gay-for-pay star who made his return to porn with this feature for a rare bottoming appearance. Rhodes sucks Brandt and Roberts, and soon the blond Brandt is sitting down on Rhodes--although it doesn't look like he's enjoying it all that much, and the fuck isn't too deep. Brandt then returns the fuck, with Roberts also getting in some thrusts, although the close-ups aren't that solid. The two squirt over Rhodes, who then jacks off as he gets fingered by Roberts. One of the weaker scenes here.

Scene 8: Cross Country Part 2 (Falcon, directed by Chris Steele)
Rhodes wakes up from another drug haze to find himself surrounded by four studs rubbing and sucking him: Diesel, Rossi, Joe Sport and Vinyard (now with more tattoos!). This outdoor orgy starts nicely, with Rhodes finally getting a lot of attention. Rossi soon breaks free to suck Vinyard, with Sport and Diesel focusing on Rhodes, who soon lies down with his head draped over the table for a gang bang face fuck. Rhodes then takes turns sitting down on Rossi and Vinyard, while Diesel pounds Sport. Tattoo-clad military man Mike Powers soon joins the group to fuck Diesel, and all of then dump their loads on Rhodes.

Scene 9: The Farmer's Son (Falcon, directed by Chris Steele)
Young blond Jesse Zane gets naked on a country road, and tricks Rhodes (once again in those camo shorts!) into picking him up. Rhodes is soon sucking the blond in the front seat of his truck, and the two then head to the back of the pickup for more sucking fun. They jack and stare at each other before Rhodes stands up and--you guessed it, towers over Zane (is there anyone Rhodes doesn't tower over?!). He face fucks Zane, with a great shot below looking up at the action, capturing Rhodes' shaft in all its glory. Zane face fucks him back, then offers up his hole for some licking and sticking. Rhodes fucks Zane in a few positions before they squirt.

All nine scenes appear to be the same transfers as the originals, so no complaints on that front. A lot of Falcon's scenes have a very soft look to them, which is the case here. There isn't quite that sharpness and bold color that would make it better. The audio is solid enough in each scene.

Unfortunately, the only extra is a photo gallery from each scene. The last two scenes are technically listed as "Bonus Scenes" on the menu, but I don't count that as a true bonus feature considering the box boasts nine scenes as the main content of the disc. There's no new interview with Rhodes, and not even any bonus features from the titles represented, which is a shame: The original The Farmer's Son release included interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, as did Cross Country and The Velvet Mafia.

The Naked Truth:
For Rhodes fans, this is a no-brainer. This compilation of the first part of his career is a solid package, and it's nice to have the scenes all on one disc (I treasure my Falcon Anthology release of Mike Branson scenes like it's pure gold). Some scenes shine, especially the Velvet Mafia scene with Corrigan, the all-oral threesome from Cross Country and the Beefcake trio. Some of the other scenes don't have quite as much chemistry, and a few soft dicks creep in every so often, but it's minimal. The lack of extras is disappointing, but this still has a lot to enjoy. As Rhodes is already building up more titles in his resume, a second volume is sure to follow in the future. Recommended.

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