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Barely Legal #83 (Blu-Ray)


Studio: Hustler Video » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 6/18/08


XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Barely Legal #83 (Blu-Ray)

Hustler Video

Genre: Vignette, Youthful Ladies

Director: Erica McLean

Cast: Jaelyn Fox, Rocco Reed, Teagan Hart, Cheyne Collins, Karlie Montana, Sochee Mala, Nika Noir, Chris Cannon, Megan Murray, Charles Dera

Length: 93:56 minutes

Date of Production: 2/26/2008

Extras: The only extra I cared for was the 5:27 minute long Behind the Scenes feature that showed very little going on behind the scenes of making the movie. It jumped around a bit and it was clear that being brand new to porn was not a requirement (not to mention that Erica feeds the talent better than most companies). There were also trailers for Hustler and VCA Picture titles, a slide show, and some spam with the cover sporting a second side that displayed related titles in the series.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Barely Legal #80 (Blu-Ray) was presented in 1.78:1 widescreen color as shot by director Erica McLean for Hustler Video using the AVC codec; a standard on Blu-Ray discs. My limited knowledge of the SD version of the title (that looked good in anamorphic widescreen from what I'm told) is that it lacked the resolution and purity of fleshtones this version had, the bitrate often hovering in the mid 29 Mbps area compared to less than a third that in the SD version. The use of video bothers some folks but it suited the nature of the show far more than film would have and the contrasts were all enhanced by the high definition approach. There were no obvious compression artifacts, no grain to speak of, and even in the final scene at night, I saw no macro-blocking or other issues that pop up; thanks in no small part to the proper lighting applied here. The summation of the visuals is that they made the show look better than ever, my sole complaint being that the composition of the camera angles and editing, while good, did not seem to be the best way to enhance the looks of some of the ladies. The gals were all generically lean and youthful as the series promotes but minor flaws and blemishes did not seem to be handled as well as some of the older volumes in the series, relatively minor quibbles considering how much more resolution the new format offered up for my inspection. The audio was presented in a 2.0 DTS stereo English using a 224 Kbps bitrate at 48 kHz. The vocals on the scenes were flat and even in most cases, the voice-overs sounding somewhat warmer in tone, and the minimal music seemed to come from the stock library used for years by the series. In terms of upgrades then, the visuals got the largest boost by a wide margin with the aural capabilities once again cleaned up but only slightly (and in the BTS, I could barely hear the gals speak on occasion).

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Body of Review: Erica McLean currently works for Hustler Video as a director, having taken over for her deceased husband that shuffled off this mortal coil all too early not long ago. Since some of my friends pretty much adore her work with youthful newcomers, I don't get to see a whole lot of her works these days, the last one in standard definition being Barely Legal 75th Anniversary Edition and then the more recent Barely Legal #80 (Blu-Ray) to see how Erica and Hustler were handling the new high definition format. Now, Hustler is showing their commitment to the newer format with Barely Legal 83, providing the latest crop of youthful hotties for fans to appreciate. The series itself has been around seemingly forever though, both in print and tape before DVD came onto the scene; the emphasis of each scene on the disc being a youthful lady having sex with a man in the form of a vignette as though she had written in to describe a sexual encounter. The appeal of such a formula is that it showcases gals that many viewers have not seen and elegance through simplicity has merit. While there were only five scenes in the movie, all of them had some appeal too so if you like newcomer women, you will almost certainly enjoy this one. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Scene One: Jaelyn Fox, the all natural cutie seen on the upper left hand corner of the front DVD case cover, was up first as she expounded about her crush on a guy her father hired; masturbating to gain his attention. His name was Rocco Reed and he was immediately drawn to her hand in her panties, kneeling down before the bench to help her out with some oral skill that made her even wetter. Her panties didn't last long as he removed them for better access, savoring her perfectly pink biscuit before she reciprocated with a slightly rough but warm hummer. Jaelyn was no stranger to a cock in her mouth and that led to Rocco pounding away at her pussy pretty hard, the gal remaining somewhat passive during the penetrative portion of the scene but looking just as tight all the same. I would have liked her to be more active at riding his rod but she did grunt realistically, at least in terms of performing. If you like lean gals getting boned, you'll enjoy her act as well, the gal admittedly getting better as she stretched to accommodate him; the scene closing out when he rubbed out a load of population pudding to her face.

Scene Two: Teagan Hart, another all natural cutie as seen on the middle of the left hand side of the cover, was up next as a wild 18 year old that invited much older Cheyne Collins on a picnic. They were sitting on a table under the shade of a large tree when the food became the last thing on their mind, kissing each other as she removed her clothing for him to start eating her box out. She mechanically rubbed her titty as he went to work, Teagan lost in the moment of pleasure during the warm up stage of the scene. She then gave a surprisingly warm blowjob by using her hand to increase the friction, going deeper on the rod as she warmed up her mouth. She really liked giving him a handjob too but his passion was for the pink so he began hammering away at her pussy while she made a series of faces that looked more like disgust than anything else. The ending facial even showed her clamping down like she was desperate to avoid his spew, ending the scene on a low note.

Scene Three: Karlie Montana, the beauty featured on the center of the front cover, and sultry Sochee Mala (the gal on the lower right hand corner), were up next in a lesbian scene on a bed; Karlie having shown her acting chops in this rare occasion where she had a longer speaking role. I've been watching her for years now and her lesbian work at Digital Playground in the various "Jack's Playground" series has always left me wanting more, curvy Sochee another one that I like watching of late. They did some girlish giggling and caressing on the bed that led to full fledged titty and pussy play with some toys. The camera loved both of them and loved them a lot, panning over their perfect forms ever so slowly in what amounted to an extensive tease as they satisfied one another nicely. The music was more pronounced this time, the scene's only flaw as far as I was concerned, downplaying their vocals as a result. The ladies had fun and despite the lack of a male participant, it was a highlight of the show (especially after the lame scene). Yum!

Scene Four: Nika Noir, the skinny gal seen on the upper right hand corner of the cover, was up next where she seduced farmhand Chris Cannon as he finished up delivering a load of baled hay to her aunt's ranch. She flashed him innocently with her white panties, making it clear that she was 18 years old and quite legal for playing with; Nika reaching over to kiss him as the pair made out on the back of the pickup truck. The sex followed the usual rhythm of things, Chris spending ample time on her breasts as she showed her delight and rubbing her increasingly wet crotch. He then went down on it and her fresh flesh looked better than the beef curtains more experienced ladies in the industry seem to have. Her facial looks were the weak link for me (she looks better in person I'm told) but her frame and other natural body parts fit the series very nicely. She gave head as though she'd been practicing, greedily devouring his average sized cock with ease as the flies buzzed around. The two shared some chemistry with the light score punctuating just how in tune with each other they were. The vaginal screwing wasn't quite as polished but the same dynamic applied to it; they were having fun despite minor quirks and wanted it to last. She pushed back on him as they fucked and it wasn't long before he gave her the facial to finish things up. Nice!

Scene Five: Megan Murray, the brunette seen on the lower left hand corner of the cover, was up last with Charles Dera; the gal having shown a "crush on her brother's friend" that resulted in her making the first move in the bathroom. She was going to bath and he was just about done, his surprise at her forwardness replaced with a boner once she dropped to her knees to suck him off. She wouldn't take no for an answer and he wasn't about to object, the gal slurping away as she slobbed his knob using a degree of enthusiasm. She still has a way to go to get curvy as I like them but it was a cute scene even if he did barely go down on her. She showed him though by actively bouncing on his cock, the rapid tempo of the music finally matching her determination as the vaginal ride continued. The camera got a bit too aggressive with close ups but it was a warm little scene that ended as expected with a modest pop shot to the face. Cool!

Summary: Barely Legal #83 (Blu-Ray) by director Erica McLean for Hustler Video showed the benefits of retooling the series ever so slightly and enhancing it with some blu-ray love so I rated it as Recommended. The replay value was there, the strokability enough to justify checking the movie out, and the value if you find it on sale somewhere at a reasonable price was enough to merit your attention. I'd have liked better extras and more attention given to the aural portions of the presentation but as a trend for the series, it was a solid selection of newcomer cuties that fit the bill even if they did not all look 18 years old. In short, Barely Legal #83 (Blu-Ray) was the second release by Hustler on blu-ray that made me think they might be able to keep up with the industry leaders with only a touch more effort, despite naysayer's that have told me otherwise thanks to their initial efforts. At this writing, there are few companies poised to dominate the high definition field so Hustler can reclaim it's place as an industry leader if it likes, I just wish they'd offer better extras and more fuck for the buck like their magazine was known for doing back in the 70's and 80's.

 


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