Cast: Eva Angelina, Ben English, Courtney Cummz, Prince Yahshua, Priva, Steve Holmes, Oliver Sanchez, Sandy Sweet, Mick Blue, Alexis Texas, Mark Wood, Rachel Roxxx, Priscilla Milan, Mark Ashley
Length: 128:29 minutes
Date of Production: 3/25/2008
Extras: The only extra really worth discussing was the 9:08 minute long Behind the Scenes feature. It consisted mostly of the ladies getting interviewed as well as some breast play by the make up artist contingent (one of my favorites looking like she's filling out with child). I wish the entire cast had been given the chance to get in on it but it did start with Eva so most of you won't be as disappointed. There was also a photogallery and a pop shot recap from the scenes, a true double sided DVD cover and slip case on top of it too.
Rachel Roxxx and Priscilla Milan
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Audio/Video Quality: Down the Hatch 23 was presented in an anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen color as shot by director Ray Bones for Diabolic. Having only seen a limited amount of his works in the past, I was ready for anything and to be frank, he did a decent job here with the lighting helping to minimize the video noise, and other visual flaws that are too common to porn flicks these days. The fleshtones leaned a little too much to being over saturated with yellow tint (perhaps from a lack of properly setting the white balance on the camera for the lighting) and the camera angles were edited too aggressively at times but even the over use of close up shots was not too bad here as far as I was concerned. There was more grain than usual here and the aliasing along with it distracted me on occasion; making the show one of Ray's weaker looking titles. The bitrate was almost always hovering in the mid 5 Mbps area but the picture struck me as being less crisp than similar efforts by the company over the years, perhaps the compression ratio or other technical aspect weakening the picture more than a little bit in the process used to convert the scenes to DVD's MPEG-2 codec. The audio was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital stereo English using the standard 192 Kbps bitrate, generally sounding lackluster with no depth, separation, or major range in the dynamic of the track. The vocals were minimal in most cases and the background noises rarely noticed; the automatic gain such that it did bug me at times.
Body of Review: Ray Bones has directed a number of titles for Diabolic of late and my observation of the guy is that he seems to pick some of the best ladies to flesh out his cast of the entire company's directorial line up. His latest release for them is a swallowing flick called Down the Hatch 23, picking up the series from a long line of zany directors that each added a different flavor to the endeavor. The six scenes were all focused on gonzo styled sex that ended with the ladies swallowing semen, some of the hottest names in the industry participating in the movie such as Eva Angelina, Alexis Texas, and even Courtney Cummz (who I thought was still under contract for sister company Zero Tolerance). The anamorphic widescreen process used on the movie added to the appeal of it going in so I was hopeful that it would live up to the marketing hype, regardless of the history of the series (when previous volumes were handled correctly, they were great but when they weren't, they often flopped). Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Eva Angelina, the busty beauty on the front cover, was up first with Ben English after she gave up some heated tease to showcase all those body parts fans want to play with. Ben came in to diddle her senseless with his hand, resulting in Eva dropping to her knees to aggressively slob his knob. She used hand, mouth, and titties to generate some lubed up friction for his member, Ben even throatfucking her wildly before she continued the dynamic with her vaginal ride. Gyrating her hips and pumping manically on his cock, Eva never let up as they switched into various positions. It took awhile but this milked Ben dry with the guy jerking out his wad of population pudding to her mouth for swallowing. Whew!
Scene Two: Courtney Cummz, the blond contract starlet from another company with a decidedly nasty streak in her, was up next with Prince Yashia after she pranced around in her bikini outfit that showed she had put on some weight of late. Courtney has been making the rounds at a number of companies of late so I can't say that she is still under contract, the nasty gal fingering her own asshole as she spewed some heated dirty talk about wanting her partner to eat her ass out. The audio seemed slightly out of synch here as she masturbated on the couch but she has long been considered a first class piece of ass and the visuals alone drove the excitement of the scene. Just as she was getting particularly moist, Courtney was faced with Prince's moderately large black cock to suck, her natural instinct being to suck start him like an old friend. She ravaged his penis orally and made a mess of it with her spit; throatfucking it while he stood passively in front of the kneeling vixen. This led to an active bout of vaginal boning and the obligatory anal; Courtney screaming out loud as he pounded her (and licked her feet). Her make up smeared and need for seed established, she then took his load into her mouth and swallowed, inhaling every last drop she could before releasing him from her clutches. Yum!
Scene Three: Priva, a lean exotic foreigner in bikini undies, was up next with Steve Holmes and Oliver Sanchez after teasing on the purple felt pool table. To be frank about it, she did nothing for me; from her make up to her implants, to her overall look so if you're a fan just accept the fact that she isn't for everyone. She was sexually aggressive enough during the scene, from her alternating blowjobs to the guys pounding away at her holes like they were on the bonus plan. She sucked them clean out of her holes (both pussy and ass) too but there was no sign of chemistry, the scene relying on pure mechanical friction instead. It ended when she swallowed both of their loads too but for me, it was the weakest scene of the bunch.
Scene Four: Sandy Sweet, a cute brunette with a stripper body, was up next to give a masturbation tease with a colorful glass dildo. I'd have preferred she do some more traditional teasing too but the appeal of the lovely young lady was enough to keep me interested, her appreciation of cock leading her to blow studly Mick Blue. This didn't last long at all and he didn't reciprocate as she had an itch to scratch; climbing on his rod to get boned vaginally with a huge smile on her face. Her titties bounced up and down too; Sandy getting into the action most when Mick rubbed her asshole during his vaginal screwing, her repetitive vocals slightly irritating but showcasing her being lost in the scene. Given the way he fingered her perfect pucker, I half expected them to do anal but the wad of spew hitting her mouth for swallowing cut that idea short.
Scene Five: Alexis Texas, one of the best reasons for picking up the DVD from the outset, was up next wearing a black body stocking and matching stripper shoes as she masturbated. She deployed a glass dildo early on, replacing it with the cock of Mark Wood, the vocals on the low side as they skipped the initial oral for him to plunge into her cookie. She kept on her outfit and that was a nice change of pace, Alexis getting off the cock to perform PTM and clean it before finally getting active where her ass cheeks could jiggle. This was not her best work since too much of the scene showed her passively accepting his dick but she did swallow at the end and fans will still want to see it.
Scene Six: Rachel Roxxx and Priscilla Milan, were up last in the shortest scene of the movie with Mark Ashley being the recipient of their sexual attention once the initial lesbian tease was over with. There were flashes of chemistry between the ladies but neither seemed too enthusiastic about working with Mark for some reason; appreciating his dick but not the man himself. There was relatively little going on her aside from some oral and vaginal screwing; the over the top vocals, waterworks, and cumswapping fulfilling the advertised actions but not selling the scene to me.
Summary: Down the Hatch 23 by director Ray Bones for Diabolic started off on a high note with two very appealing scenes but dragged after that far too much for me to rate as anything higher than a Rent It. I admit to having had high hopes for the show going into it and seeing "Double Dee" in the BTS was another reason to believe the people that point out Courtney's presence in the movie was no surprise but check this one out before spending a lot of money or you may find yourself relying too heavily on Eva and Courtney to save the day. In short, Down the Hatch 23 had some bright moments courtesy of a few stars but the overall package wasn't as "down" as some in the series have been in the past.
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