Audio/Video Quality: Control 9 Blu-Ray was presented in 1.78:1 widescreen color as shot by director Robby D. for release by Handheld Pictures (under Digital Playground's label) using the AVC codec for the high deifnition picture and a 1080 resolution. The lighting was reasonably 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. While I generally prefer flood lighting in my gonzo porn, Robby has a way of showing it all with less light, the tint of the colors only slightly off as a result. The way the scenes were shot and edited was markedly similar in the scenes, though the composition of the angles was changed up a bit depending on the scene in question; providing a variety of styles to enjoy. The composition of the shots and the editing enhanced the look of the ladies more than a little bit too, proving what this critic has to say about the production team led by Robby (who did all the camerawork to allow Sidney Michaels a shot at the big leagues on editing) with the DVD mastering no obvious compression artifacts (the bitrate varying but often staying near the mid 17 Mbps range this time). Robby told me to my face that he was loosening up on using his best production crew more aggressively in the Handheld titles; maintaining control but realizing that he could trust them to do more than he had been letting them in the past. The upgrade added some value here, making the ladies look more lifelike ad adding depth to the picture unlike any standard definition release could do. The audio was presented in a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround English (using 448 Kbps as an audio bitrate with the expected 48 kHz sampling rate intact) 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. While there wasn't much separation between the channels, if any, the ladies were almost always clearly heard and their moans added to the enjoyment of the show.
Body of Review: Handheld Pictures is the brainchild production company of successful director Robby D. and while belated, a number of top notch critics have finally started awarding him his do for the types of cutting edge movies produced under the label. It's no surprise that Robby took so long to win them over though since he was so far ahead of his peers in many respects; not just technically but thematically as well. His latest movie to make it my way is the upcoming Control 9 Blu-Ray, the sequel to Control 8 that has the special distinction of being the debut vehicle for hotty contract gal Gabriella Fox; a delicious looking beauty showing the full backing of the company on her road to stardom. The series itself is a bit of a quirky mystery too, established using the full array of cunning stunts Robby is able to muster and placing them in settings where they truly shine. 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, one of the most popular ladies in porn of late, was up first as she teased the camera with some large toys, her neon pink shorts flying off quickly to gain access to her pussy as her sweet ass was exposed in a nearly taunting manner. Eva kept the action up with a passionate solo act too, slamming the toys inside of herself before they were replaced with studly Tommy Gunn. Fingering her perfect pucker, Eva made it clear that she'd be available for anal action here, her recent "Eva-lution" into anal proving to excite a number of new fans just before she took time off to have her first kid (MILF movies here she comes!). She sucked Tommy off in the living room in a heated manner but it was her aggressive vaginal riding that really hit the spot, Eva taking charge of getting off with the meat puppet, frantically rubbing herself as she impaled her pussy on his cock. This led to some taste testing and then anal, Eva slowing down at first but bouncing on his cock in her backside before long. Eva kept her glasses on and Tommy rubbed out a wad of population pudding to her face, the chemistry between them evident the entire time. Whew!
Scene Two: Lacey Maguire, a sexy blond with a deeply tanned body and nice set of curves, was up next as she teased by the staircase to show her figure off with a large purple vibrator in hand. The camera was close enough to show her small hairs and I suspect this one in Blu-Ray will look incredible, Lacey's charisma very appealing too. She began to masturbate while standing up when she was joined by an orally fixated Mick Blue; the stud shoving his face into her ass as the lady showed her delight at his technique. Mick then flavored her ass with some Reddi-Whip and licked her clean, the food fetish angle handled well even if things got messy as a result. She sucked him off with a teasing manner (her ass all slicked up was sweet!) and then the two bumped uglies together as if getting off repeatedly; the mixture of excitement and chemistry almost as much as in Eva's scene. The scene ended with Mick jerking off to her face, Lacey treating his semen as though it were more of the whipped topping to be consumed heartily. Yum!
Scene Three: Memphis Monroe, a fetching gal with beautiful eyes and hot curves, started off the next scene by providing some dirty talk as she rubbed herself; the aural qualities of the opening portion enough to elevate the mood before she pulled up her skimpy black dress for a masturbating Tommy Gunn on the couch. She couldn't resist sucking him off, handling his package while keeping the dirty talk flowing to his appreciation and mine. Memphis has performed much more consistently out of her contract for another company, especially her scenes shot by Robby, the guy able to bring out the best in an already fantastic lady. They did some 69 and ended up fucking really actively, her use of breasts to smother the lucky guy describable as "udderly fabulous". I was not one of her fans originally but she's so nice in person and her recent work has changed all that, this being one of the best scenes of her career. They continued in several positions and she drained his balls orally; the post coital sucking nicely done. Just as I thought the scene was finished, she went to clean up (I love post fucking scenes by the way) in the expansive shower, she was hooked up with the mighty Evan Stone; ready to rumble yet again as he questioned her schedule of the day (as if he knew what she had been up to). He helped her clean up with the power head and noticed her swollen pussy, his frisky nature working the truth out of her before they went at it too. Memphis showed even more chemistry with Evan than Tommy, sucking him off at greater length and cleaning his balls with her tongue. Finishing him off with a blowjob only but making this the definitive scene of her career to date. Yowza!
Scene Four: Kelly Divine, a seductive young lady wearing a yellow and white striped matching outfit, was up next as she silently teased the camera without any help from the director or others; one of the dynamics that some people will appreciate about the scenes given the plethora of emails I get from the same old people that hate talking directors in their fuck flicks. Kelly had a lot of bounce per the ounce and was no stranger to coaxing men with her ample assets, her slutty looks working well here in the hallway. She even oiled herself up before crawling to the bedroom, finding a sleepy head Chris Charming wanting more rest instead of giving her a cock in her ass like she begged for. Had this been me, I'd have snapped awake like she was cleaning out my wallet to fuck her but he took his time as she slowly massaged his morning wood to a turgid state. Her need for seed unrelenting, Kelly started sucking him off, getting Chris in the mood to mingle with an abrupt edit showing him plowing her ass directly (too abrupt by the way). When she was on top of him, her ass cheeks shook like thunder too, impaling his large rod as she milked him dry, using some ATM to power suck him into dropping his load for her to taste. Nice!
Scene Five: Gabriella Fox, the attractive young lady featured on the front cover, was up last and as the latest contract gal in a debut scene at Digital Playground, my first reaction was that her implants were too big for her body. As the dressing up portion of her scene continued, serving as a tease, I noticed her face, flat stomach, and otherwise nicely proportioned body though. She went into the sitting room with Mick Blue and he couldn't keep his hands off of her; taking snapshots with his camera phone as he posed the lovely lady like many an amateur cameraman would love to do. She initially wanted to leave for some planned outing and didn't want to be late but horned up Mick couldn't stop, the novice performer even enjoying his foot fetish tricks. I'm not that keen on newcomers for the most part so I didn't expect a whole lot here but her perky ass infatuated Mick and they started kissing as if both parties were into it. He ate her out and she reciprocated with an enthusiastic hummer, the largely passive vaginal ride weak compared to the previous four scenes but still showing some potential by the gal. The scene ended with a foot job and hummer, Gabriella jerking him off to her face after one last missionary romp. Not bad for a first scene though I believe she has shot a few before this one that might help explain her evolution from brand new gal to contract hotty.
Summary: Control 9 Blu-Ray by director Robby D. for Handheld Pictures was a very solid effort full of fuck for the buck, strokability and replay value that will serve fans a very long time as inspirational material. The scene dynamics varied enough to cover a wide array of kinks without the need to employ circus act sex tricks, the natural charisma of the cast proving more than enough to merit a rating of Highly Recommended in my admittedly jaded eyes. This being Gabriella's first released scene, I could see why she was picked up for a contract, her sleek form and winning smile proving irresistible while showing all the potential of a newcomer yet to fully blossom. I look forward to seeing her perform again given the skill she showed during her oral antics; this might be the latest winner contracted by the company if they can bring her up to speed. In short, Control 9 Blu-Ray was even better than Control 8 and this high definition version was the showcase of straightforward scenes almost seamlessly providing the kind of heated pairings Robby is known for shooting without any of the artistic effects that a few fans dislike. Nice work!
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