Note: This review is for the Blu-Ray version of the movie that I reviewed last month. While I found the SD version to be very appealing in terms of how it looked and sounded, there was absolutely no doubt that this Blu-Ray version was far sweeter in appearance, making it one of the best dual release versions to showcase how even a well received movie could be made better using the newer format high definition mastering.
Memphis Monroe looked especially busty with her new boobs.
Extra's: The best extra was the 14:36 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Jamal Johnson and Drax (Shay picking up the camera at least once); the usual nods to comedy, the ladies, and preparations for the movie. I'm always left wanting more by these efforts but they are fun to watch all the same. There were a lot of little clips showing what I presume was Joey Pulgadas' humor; slightly off beat but well worth watching multiple times too. This was supplemented by a series of biographies for the contract gals, a photogallery, a slide show, and 7 trailers to movies in the Blu-Ray format (most of which, I have yet to see).
Shawna Lenee and Adrianna Lynn (click for Adrianna's blog)
Alexis Texas, Shay Jordan, Camryn Kiss, etc. (click for Shay's blog)
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Audio/Video Quality: Cheerleaders Blu-Ray was presented in 1.78:1 widescreen color as shot by director Robby D. for release by Digital Playground using a full 1080p resolution with the AVC codec the company uses in mastering. The lighting was solid here, as expected given this was Robby's standard type of gonzo, and that meant that the limited amounts of grain and other visual elements used to lend a sense of texture were minimal. This will probably be the biggest flick of the year attributed to the director since Pirates 2 will be Joone's baby all the way, so it was evident that he spent extra time getting it just right, even employing directors Andre Madness and Ralph Parfait to work the cameras. The way the scenes were shot and edited was slightly different in the scenes, the composition of the angles changed up a bit depending on the scene in question; the infamous Joey "Edit Stud" Pulgadas handling the editing and other post production duties this time. The DVD mastering revealing no obvious compression artifacts (the bitrate varying but far higher in this Blu-Ray version, making it look so much better on my large screen television that I doubt I'll ever look back on the SD, mostly in the lower teens but reaching into the 20 Mbps areas as well). Jesse eating ice cream seductively in a softened tease was so much finer here, Alexis pouring on her charms in a more chaotic group setting, and Stoya's always welcome presence wherever she popped up were all even easier on the eyes! The audio was presented in a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround (using an upgraded 448 Kbps at 48 kHz) 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 and the cast easily heard this time. There wasn't much separation between the channels but the ladies were not overwhelmed by the light soundtrack and this added to the appeal of most scenes.
Stoya and Brianna Love!
Body of Review: Babysitters was one of the biggest movies of 2007 for Robby D. and Digital Playground; the release still garnering scores of awards from all the usual outlets (it was one of our top yearly picks, followed by AVN, Empire, XRCO, and other smaller groups). I remarked that it could have been better but it remains a placeholder until Pirates 2 comes out later this year, even suggesting the company shoot a sequel about other genre favorites; the result being next month's release of Cheerleaders Blu-Ray. This time, the focal point is on those ladies that jump, scream, and look good in tights with all the company's contract stars at the time it was shot having a series of barely related vignettes. Starting off in a locker room, a group of frisky gals start playfully teasing each other about their sexual exploits, eventually leading to a nine girl lesbian orgy that some of out bloggers have remarked about (Adrianna Lynn, Stoya, and Shay Jordan). Without going into too much detail, this movie had some great scenes even if none of the performers looked as though they could be in high school except maybe Stoya. The chemistry was uniformly solid or better and you get a lot of fuck for your buck this time as the movie clocks in at over two and a half hours. If this appeals to you, here's a quick look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used:
The nine lady orgy!
Scene One: Jesse Jane, the lead contract gal featured on the middle of the top line up seen on the cover, was first in a scene with studly Manuel Ferrara. She had been seductively eating ice cream with that active tongue of hers when he came over, the scene shot in a glowing style much like what I've come to expect from Celeste's works at the company. Thankfully, this one played out as a gonzo love fest between the couple, Manuel eating her out before she put her oral talents to better use on his cock. Wrapping her lips around his shaft and jerking him off seemed to increase his desire to fuck her, the couple leaving the 69 position to aggressively bump uglies on the couch. Jesse acted as if she were on fire, ordering him to fuck her ever harder even as she impaled herself on the penis rapidly. The couple kissed a lot too, sharing something during their scene that set it apart from some of her previous work, making me wish the blu-ray version were already out to enjoy the enhanced visual elements. The vaginal ride ended when he rubbed out a load of population pudding to her mouth just as Memphis Monroe walked in, the secondary player walking out unnoticed as Jesse savored the tasty penis she adored so much. Nice!
Scene Two: Memphis Monroe, a beautiful blond that used to be a contract gal at Hustler, was up next as part of an internet scene with studly Erik Everhard and Mick Blue in a bed. The guys each took a boob in their mouth (naming the breasts as Robby did in the BTS) and sucked away, warming the hotty up for her to start suck starting their libidos with blowjobs. Memphis has never been one of my top performers since she relies on looks too much and her performances often seem held back but I was pleased that she did much better here. There was some titty fucking to go with her vaginal romp, her dirty talk minimal but enough to elevate the heat all the same. The trio switched around a number of times to let Memphis blow the men and move about for different vaginal positions, her performance not as active as Jesse's was but still a decent bout of boning all the same (the edited in clips of the trio in the small camcorder adding to the dynamic if detracting from the heat a little). The scene finished up when the guys jerked off to her face, Memphis closing her eyes at the toxic sludge but allowing them to rub it in with their cocks.
Scene Three: Adrianna Lynn, the new contract gal seen on the upper half of the cover to the immediate left of Jesse, was up next when freshman flunky Shawna Lenee came to the door with breakfast, Johnny Sins slumbering in bed. Shawna was a virgin and her shyness was played upon by Adrianna until they jumped Johnny to waken him in the best way possible. I think Robby really got a fine performance out of Shawna here as the gal appeared to be exactly what was called for, until she started sucking him off like a professional of course. The ladies double teamed his cock orally with Adrianna seeming like an old pro by comparison, obviously having had plenty of cock in her mouth over the years. The gals also managed to play with each other a little bit in between sitting on his face and screwing. Both ladies were active during the varied vaginal positions here and gave Johnny some post coital lip service, Adrianna eating his semen as it flowed down Shawna's sweet little ass.
Scene Four: Alexis Texas, Shay Jordan, and Camryn Kiss, then took on Tommy Gunn, James Deen, and Johnny Sins, in detention. Alexis was the bold leader of the gals, doing her best to gain teacher Tommy's attention using her tight yellow top and ample ass as she picked stuff off the floor. Shay was busy engaging in a game of chicken with James and Johnny in the second row; Camryn playing as the seductive type until James moved back to start macking with her. That was when Alexis made her own move, waking up sleepy Tommy (how anyone could have fallen asleep after the show she put on is beyond me though) by walking over and grabbing his dick; shushing him as she told him she wanted to suck him off. Alexis gave a mighty fine blowjob and the other two were pretty decent as well; leading to all three gals screwing after getting some head from the men. They stuck with their original partners initially, Tommy banging Alexis, James with Camryn, and Johnny with lovely Shay; but there were some minor lesbian touches before Alexis took the load on her great ass, Shay on her crotch, and Camryn on her face. Interestingly, Camryn was the only one to actively assist in milking her partner dry with a double handjob but all of them were at least minimally active during the boning portion of the scene. Yum!
Scene Five: Stoya, Brianna Love, and Manuel Ferrara, were up last as transfer student Stoya showed the wisdom of studying to airhead Brianna while read his book. Stoya was introduced to Manuel as the star quarterback (the title also conferred to Johnny in the first scene by the way) but she was too reserved to take advantage of his interest, their all important chemistry explosive to say the least (the pair adore each other, I saw it myself from two feet away in January, and it showed!) when the sex began. Each of the performers gave some head to their partners, none of them having the hang-ups their real life counterparts would likely display. It was interesting to see Brianna return the oral loving to Stoya from an earlier encounter of theirs I documented but even though that helped spice things up, the most heated action came from the way the ladies played with Manuel. The look on their faces (especially Stoya) and the enthusiasm shown throughout the scene increased the energy and passion to such a level that it was my favorite of the movie in many ways; both ladies doing anal where they slowed down a lot but showed the desire to keep doing it. The semen went to Stoya's ass and Brianna's face at the end, punctuating a great tryst that should be a must see for fans of theirs. Yowza!
Scene Six: Sophia Santi, Priya Rai, Lexxi Tyler, Stoya, Jesse Jane, Brianna Love, Shay Jordan, Adrianna Lynn, and Memphis Monroe, were up last in the locker room in a big lesbian orgy much like the kind Jim Holliday used to provide in his movies (when he sadly passed away so young, the entire cheerleader sub-genre seemed to die away with him, though in fairness to all involved, this was unlike Jim's mostly sedate cheerleader sequences). The free for all had numerous pairings and the ladies diddled, ate, and otherwise took full advantage of the opportunities presented here; the camera largely, but not exclusively, focusing on the contract performers somewhat more often. There had been some earlier preludes to this event, the ass licking contest, stabs at "truth or dare" lesbian antics, and the like but this was the full blown vegetarian orgy talked about online in recent months; the almost random nature of the edits and partnering up appearing to make more sense on subsequent viewings. Jesse was probably the most active but Stoya and the other ladies also showed they were having fun, the scene proving Stoya's lesbian credentials better than her tiny second scene in Jack's POV 9 with Brianna Love ever could. Unlike some people, I like lesbian sex (I'm a lesbian trapped in a man's body after all) and this was one of the best such scenes in recent memory, THE best if you aren't into circus act sex, so it was a great way to end the movie. Sweet!
Summary: Cheerleaders Blu-Ray by director Robby D. for release by Digital Playground next month is almost certain to become another award winning championship effort given the levels of heat displayed, the strokability, replay value, and overall fuck for the buck so I rated it as Highly Recommended. The contract performers were all nicely complimented by the rest of the cast and I envisioned the improved visual elements of the blu-ray version to add some value, my hunch proving correct here as this has become the current "must have" title for those of you into the purity of blu-ray resolution. There was truly something for everyone this time and I suspect that the third in the series will be something like Stewardess', Porn Stars, or Groupies but those of you looking for a pseudo-feature will appreciate this one a whole lot. In short, Cheerleaders Blu-Ray raised the bar once again as other companies continued to cut back on their own productions, the movie serving as an early front runner for all the same award shows Babysitters took by storm. At this writing, the movie in Blu-Ray release is my favorite from the company even though individual performances by some of the cast might have been slightly better elsewhere on occasion, I only wish additional extras had been included to help offset the price.
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