Cast: Debbie, Tony Meloni, Mela, Niki, Renato, Pam, Regina, Hanna
Length: 227:14 minutes
Date of Production: 3/14/2007
Extras: The best extra was easily the bonus scene described below starring Hanna in a solo scene lasting 32:12 minutes as she earned her reduction in rent the old fashioned way (by putting on a solo show). There were some trailers and a photogallery as well for those keeping track.
Audio/Video Quality: Mike's Apartment was presented in the common 1.33:1 ratio full frame offering by Reality Kings using a series of uncredited directors to shoot the scenes (though I'm sure that the one most of the scenes were shot by was Robert Rosenberg given his voice behind the camera) as released in the MPEG-2 codec of a standard definition release. The lighting was okay, the sets were basic, and the resulting visual aspects of the movie were generic but much better than what you'd find on most websites these days when surfing the internet. The composition of the shots was usually optimal to the ladies who were allowed ample opportunity to show off their impressive bodies, following a generic formula that had them slowly stripping naked and putting on a sex show with one of the men in most cases (except the bonus scene which was a solo act). The grain wasn't a huge factor, nor was the video noise though and the bitrate was typically in the mid 2.3 Mbps range and thankfully, I didn't see any compression artifacts. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English using the standard 192 Kbps bitrate and a 48 kHz sampling rate but there did not appear to be any separation between the channels. The music was not a factor once the credits finished up and the voices, while slightly on the low side and hollow, were not as bad as expected.
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Body of Review: Reality Kings used to be one of those companies that I did not pay much attention to until an industry insider by the name of Howard Levine kept hounding me about it. Having known the man for the better part of a decade, I know how to filter his press releases with the proverbial grain of salt yet he seemed so darned earnest about some of their works, resulting in my picking up a few titles he proposed were hotter than the covers or cast would indicate. So far, I have to admit that Howard wasn't just playing the high pressure sales shill but offering a true look at some smut I would have otherwise overlooked in my quest to find the best of the best, resulting in me selecting Mike's Apartment Volume 1 a few days ago. The concept of the series is to showcase European ladies that are in need of an apartment, usually for short term housing, yet lack the cash to pay for it. They end up taking off their clothing and having sex as a means of compensation, many of them never before seen in porn but looking downright hot! The general formula of the show doesn't involve circus act sex, rough sex acts, or anything markedly out of the norm yet I found myself needing to focus to keep my hands on the keyboard as I watched their exploits, the "fresh babe" angle surprising me as much as the running time of the movie and bonus scene that lasted over four hours. I have seen a lot of scenes shot for the internet that looked like crap and had the stroke value of old nuns bathing but this was a show that serious had me contemplating checking out the company website (where I found a whole lot more material to satisfy even my jaded eyes). The cover said it like this: "Mike places an ad in the newspaper offering a room for rent. Babes come in to apply and guess how they have to pay for it? The babe rings the bell, Mike shows her the apartment and asks for an outrageous price. The babe of course is broke and is convinced to have sex or masturbate in front of the camera. All of the material that you will find here is unique!" Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used, along with scene descriptions and individual scene trailers for each scene for those still interested:
Scene One: Debbie, a lean brunette with limited English speaking skills, was up first with Tony Meloni on a bed after she negotiated with him and Renato (who sounded suspiciously like Robert Rosenberg) over how she would pay for the apartment. The bed was comfortable and she arranged to have sex (oral and vaginal) to cover the bill by doing Tony. While not the cutest gal I've watched in porn, they had a lot of energy and some chemistry together, elevating the heat of the scene substantially, her oral tendencies resulting in her milking him dry of genetic juice as she jerked him off to her mouth at the end. The website described the lengthy scene like this: "Debbie came in looking for a place but as soon as she saw Tony she was interested in much more than just an apartment. She really felt comfortable with him and even negotiated her price while laying next to him on the bed. It didn't take much to convince her to go for the free deal..."
Scene Two: Mela, a Romanian brunette, was up next as she hooked up with the guys in the town square, the men joking about the terrible cold as well as how she was going to wear a "fucking skirt". Mela had a cute face and a trampy looking body (I mean that in a good way of course), her mane of black hair looking good too. The price shocked her for her two or three day stay but she was ready to leave her current location, her English better than the men from what I could tell. Tony made his move and she was warm and willing, the pair kissing as they warmed each other up with soft caresses. Her flat stomach and all natural breasts appealed to him as much as myself, the tease footage extensive as he slowly removed her outfit. She was a great cocksucker and rode him vaginally with some passion, her willingness to push back on his pumps making it an even better scene. She took the facial easily at the end and this was the point where I was convinced that I had a winner on my hands. The website described the scene like this: "I think Mela was ready before we even showed her the apartment. As soon as she saw Tony Meloni Im sure she was hoping to share the place with him for a whole week. Tony almost fell in love with her long black her and killer picture perfect body. She rode him right away as soon as we offered her our special move in deal. That tight booty got worked over and Tony put her head to bed... :)"
Scene Three: Niki, another brunette in need of a place to stay, wanted the apartment for five days, initially negotiating a free day in exchange for five minutes of private dancing with director Renato. She changed into a great blue skirt and top that looked hot on her tender body, her pretty eyes poorly made up but stunning nonetheless. The tease lasted even longer but she was getting turned on too, resulting in the couple furthering to deal in trade for more time at the place as long as she would jump his bone in POV style. She slobbed his knob and took to the cock as if very experienced, milking him dry with less effort than the others had to put forth (even with her implants and nasty underneath the tit type of scars, she was a hotty), sucking him off while applying some hand to gland combat that launched his explosion of population pudding all over her upper torso and face. The website described the lengthy scene like this: "Niki showed up and wanted to rent out the apartment. I convinced her I would knock off some money from the price as long as she modeled a real hot outfit for me. She agreed and from there we just told her straight out she could stay for free as long as she fucked Renato. By the time we got to that part of the conversation she was horny as hell from just modeling and feeling irresistably sexy. I think I might try that move more often... I cant wait for the next victim! :p"
Scene Four: Pam, a blond next door type with a long mane of hair, was up next as she took on Renato (who sounded different in front of the camera while speaking to the German lass, a different cameraman/director this time, an American by the sounds of it). She was a bit afraid of the pair and spoke German, the men working out a deal sporadically to allow her to fuck for a place to stay. The translation process was a bit rough but the general idea made it through to the trio, her sexual skills involving oral, vaginal, and active riding skills making her a very heated lay. The semen flew toward her chest at the end (by her own hand) and while the picture was not quite as good this time, it was a decent scene of carnal activity. The website described the lengthy scene like this: "Renato put an ad in Germany for the apartment and I thought that was going to be a complete bust. Little did I know a beauty like Pam would show up and attempt to rent out the place. Renato told her the deal and shoved his cock down her throat. He munched on the girl from Munchen."
Scene Five: Regina, a sexy babe looking much like the lady featured on the front cover, was up next as she kidded with Tony (her scene partner) and Renato (the Robert Rosenberg version) in the public street, once arriving back at the apartment finding their rates to be too outrageous for the Romanian to handle. She projected a savvy gal willing to do it all for the right conditions, her comment about the place costing as much as a five star hotel hilarious but leading the 22 year old to make the deal anyway. She spoke decent English and had some fun, the idea behind making a "piggy movie" for five days of lodging ultimately working for her (though it sounded like she was amazed that she'd get a free fuck in the first place, not to mention the accommodations). This kind of attitude made it a better show to appreciate, with both partners giving extensive amounts of oral (including some rimming) in between the multitude of vaginal positions. The ending load went towards her head and showed her skill with a coordinated mouth/hand approach. The website described the lengthy scene like this: "Regina was a pretty frugal female. She seems like the type to always be striving to save a buck. As soon as we mentioned how much we were going to charge her for a weekend stay her eyes opened wide. She was completely shocked at the price and once we offered her the quote unquote PACKAGE deal she quickly accepted and stripped down to her skivvies. Tony took full advantage and got her to suck his cock...."
Bonus Scene: Hanna, a brown haired Marissa Tomei lookalike featured on the front cover, was given a lengthy scene to pleasure herself for the American director of the series, his accent substantially different from the majority of scenes listed above. There was some joking about her male friend in the scene (that the director wouldn't touch for "a million euros") but she put on a solid scene of solo work to pay the rent, the director alluding to her friend already having paid (per the website description, she came with a friend named Tyna that already had a scene). She used a long plastic dildo (reddish purple in color) and provided more tease than any of the other scenes, marking it as a winner for an extra. The website described the lengthy scene like this: "Hanna is Tynas friend. The deal was simple. If they wanted to stay they would both have to audition the finger puppets and let me film them doing it. Tyna fulfilled her part of the bargain quickly but Hanna was a bit more reluctant. That all changed when she heard her friend from the other room moaning and groaning in complete fucking ecstasy.... :O"
Summary: Mike's Apartment by the infamous Reality Kings was a surprise hit for me that came out of nowhere to earn every bit of a Highly Recommended thanks to the replay value, strokability, fresh nature of the ladies, and amount of fuck for the buck. I know that most of the scenes you will find on the internet are pretty lame (at least in my experience) but a quick look at the series website convinced me as much as any of the futurists that as much as a collector like me prefers the physical medium of DVD, there is something to be said about scenes as good as these available online. In short, Mike's Apartment was far better than imagined and if you like seeing gals that are not shot out in a very basic setting that still managed to provide better than usual technical values for the type of scene provided, you will like this one a whole lot.
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