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Tough Love 11 (Blu-Ray)

Studio: JM Productions » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 8/21/08

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Tough Love 11 (Blu-Ray)

JM Productions

Genre: Gonzo

Director: Jim Powers

Cast: Chelsie Rae, Alex Sanders, Heather Gables, Seth Dickens, Katja Kassin, Tony Eveready, Lisa Marie, Van Damage
Non-sex role: Claire Dames

Length: 121:33 minutes

Date of Production: 2/23/2007, 2/25/2007, 3/1/2007

Extras: The extras were on the light side with five trailers in high definition, a slide show, some spam, limited text biographies for the women, and a 3:34 minute long Behind the Scenes feature in standard definition. The BTS showed how the gals had fun but were pushed further than they cared to go. Whether this was simply more acting or real life was unclear but it will give viewers some food for thought either way.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Tough Love 11 (Blu-Ray) was presented in 1.78:1 ratio widescreen color as shot by director Jim Powers for JM Productions and released in high definition using the VC-1 codec in a crisp 1080i showing. I haven't seen a Blu-Ray JM Productions release yet so I was pleasantly surprised that this one had such solid lighting, leading to low grain, video noise, moiré, and other issues directly related to this aspect of production. The fleshtones were accurate and the ladies were shown very clearly, probably the reason why this back catalog title was selection for the high definition upgrade (though JM titles often have very solid technical elements, they usually strike me as being shot quickly and cheaply). The bitrate hovered around the mid 18 Mbps range when I spot checked it too, the resolution and detail of the visuals nicely complimenting the camerawork that did not spend too much time on extreme close up shots. While I haven't seen the original version that came out last year in standard definition, I could see the pores on the faces of the cast, the texture of the ceiling, make out individual titles on the walls of the office and a lot more proof that the resolution was significantly enhanced. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English using a 48 kHz sampling rate and the usual 192 Kbps audio bitrate. There wasn't any noticed separation but the vocals were clearly heard and on par with most other gonzo releases I've heard in the past year.

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Body of Review: Jim Powers is one of those directors in porn that caters to his own muse, his very best work being from JM Productions where he isn't micromanaged to death as he is when working elsewhere. If you look up hardcore porn in any reputable encyclopedia, expect to see Jim's picture there as he hovers over some poor lass that was just put through her paces. That makes it all the more fitting that my first high definition release from the company should be one of his titles, in the form of Tough Love 11 (Blu-Ray). Okay, if you know anything at all about Jim and JM, you'll know you can forget about artsy-fartsy special effects, "erotic posing", and all the malarkey jammed into titles elsewhere under the guise of couples porn since they make porn for men to jerk off. While sometimes considered misogynistic or anti-female, this is the raw kind of smut that a whole lot of guys love to watch in an unapologetic fashion so seeing them join the high definition wave should prove most interesting to say the least. Given the title and pictures on the back cover, I expected Jim to push the limits of the willing cast, showing gals that get off on abuse as much as their fans. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Scene One: Chelsie Rae, a very cute blond that signed for JM Productions earlier this year at the AEE (and had a lot of nice things to say about them), was up first as she argued with suitcase pimp Alex Sanders in the bedroom about doing a bukkake scene with 75 guys. They tossed in a dig towards Gold Star Modeling (in jest, I'm sure) and physically fought about it, Alex roughing her up as he laid down the law (choking her, tossing her to the bed, and slapping her a few times). She faked him out by crying and ended up getting his cock slammed into her mouth, the throatfucking as clear a bit as I've ever seen in a porno to date. When he was ready, he tore off her panties and started drilling her pussy hard too, pounding her extremely hard as she grunted in a mixture of pain and pleasure. This led to an anal pounding too, Chelsie crying as he worked her over, catching her breath as she came around to his way of thinking. She never rode him actively but given his manner of aggressive screwing, she didn't have to, some more choking and Chelsie ending up with a face full of genetic juice to swallow. Yikes!

Scene Two: Heather Gables, wearing a slutty green skirt and tank top, was up next as the "slutty whore" girlfriend of Claire Dames (who played a dyke here). Claire found a used condom in the couch and got upset that Heather was cheating on her, resulting in Claire picking up Seth Dickens to tear into her (Heather) at a bar. Seth played into the role of a marine upset that Heather would cheat on "such a fine bull dyke" as Claire, both of them screaming at Heather as the gal was made to power suck his rod. Claire did not participate sexually but spanked the girl and yelled out obscenities, Seth not slacking off on treating her roughly either. The blowjob led to her reddened ass getting fucked, some more choking and vaginal sex suiting the role playing scenario but always showing Seth going back to fucking her asshole. Heather was held down and those not knowing better will probably get upset that it was so graphic but Heather did start riding his dick in her ass rapidly before he busted a wad of population pudding into her mouth for swallowing.

Scene Three: Katja Kassin, a redhead in a corset and skirt, was up next as another porn performer upset that she missed a job due to the lateness of black Tony Eveready. He treated her like shit verbally and stuffed his cock in her mouth, telling her that her only concern was to make him happy or he would not help her get her green card. Katja slobbed his knob fairly well once left to her own devices, his rod one of the smaller black cocks in the industry (hint: he's no Lexington Steele or Shorty Mac). In any case, her no hands head led to deep throating him to serve as the lubrication for her vaginal ride. Katja pumped her hips on his dick too, her fleshy ass cheeks rippling as he slapped her ass, with some PTM as she cleaned him off orally. When he tired of fucking her pussy, he switched to boning her ass, Katja making little groans about how it felt as he unleashed his beast inside of her backside. She became an active anal rider too and did ATM, ultimately receiving his jizz on her face (though it was a small load).

Scene Four: Lisa Marie, the cute little gal on the front cover, was up next as the secretary of moper Van Damage in what looked like the office of JM Productions. She was behind in paying him back some money he owed her and he offered to work out a deal with her but she gawked at the thought of fucking such a piece of shit. He threatened her with usury interest rates to push her into it but she walked away, returning after a good cry to submit to him. Her sexy pink lingerie looked hot on her and as she cried about his diseased dick about to be inside of her, she bent over in the office to give him full access. He spanked her and made her slob his nasty knob, moving behind her to bone her like he owned her as she continued crying. Her ass cheeks were red as he continued, the lengthy vaginal fucking leading to PTM and her fingering her own ass as demanded. This meant, of course, that he took her ass too, choking her out as he ripped her asshole hard. He then demanded she call herself a "fucking whore" and she finally gave in, the tears still free flowing after the lengthy bout of boning (and in the BTS, she said she just wanted to go home and grab a bite to eat rather than finish the day up with a scene for Gag Factor; her story changing at times but making it clear she felt "unclean" over what had happened). The facial hit her in the eye and while it was minimal, Van rubbed out as much ball batter as he could, spanking her as things closed out.

Summary: Tough Love 11 (Blu-Ray) by director Jim Powers for JM Productions lacked finesse and was about as subtle as a truck smashing into a wall but I couldn't deny the heat of the situations, especially knowing that the ladies were pushed up to their limits willingly, not past them. The dynamic of the day was abuse porn and the ladies were all paid extra to play their roles, the energy surpassing the enthusiasm in a way that those of you into this kind of thing will be busting off your own loads for a long time to come (given the crystal clarity of the picture, it was all the more lifelike) so I rated it as Recommended. Granted, I'm not generally predisposed to liking this type of release but Jim Powers has a way of getting the best out of his cast for those that like hardcore smut, making this one of the few raw, edgy, and realistic offerings in Blu-Ray at this time. In short, Tough Love 11 (Blu-Ray) will not be for everyone but it will satisfy those of you wanting something extra decadent while you wait for more niches to be filled with high definition releases.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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