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Barely Legal #88 (Blu-Ray)


Studio: Hustler Video » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 11/17/08


XCritic's Advice: Watch On Demand

Barely Legal 87

Hustler Video

Genre: Vignette, Youthful Ladies

Director: Erica McLean

Cast: Dahlia Denyle, Jack Logan, Victoria Shay, Jay Crew, Riley Ray, Chris Johnson, London Keys, Cheyne Collins, Allyssa Hall, Sergio

Length: 90:28 minutes

Date of Production: 7/22/2008 

Extras: The only extra I cared for was the 11:10 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by "Al Dorado" 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 but there was an effort here to get lesser known newcomers (and I appreciated it too!). There were also trailers for Hustler 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 88 (Blu-ray) was presented in a fetching 1.78:1 widescreen color by director Erica McLean for Hustler Video using the AVC codec; a standard on Blu-Ray discs. My knowledge of the SD version of the title allows me to compare the two; it lacked the resolution and purity of fleshtones this version had, the bitrate often hovering in the mid 22.1 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 Dolby Digital 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). Still, the vocals were clear in their limited use, be it the narration of the scenes or during the vignettes.

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Body of Review: Erica McLean is best known to many people as a director for Hustler Video, having stepped into the mighty big shoes of her husband to helm the ever popular "Barely Legal" series after a myriad of others simply did not work out. Using the approach Clive applied to the show, she sticks to limited setups and youthful ladies, rarely deviating from the formula that worked so well in the past when she was his assistant. Her latest volume in the series is Barely Legal 88 (Blu-ray), the cast including more diversity than I have seen in awhile (primarily thanks to London Keys) but all of the young ladies looking...well, young and lean. One of the most consistent things about the series is that most of the ladies appearing in the vast library of volumes coming out over the years is that they are generally all natural (no implants), easily portray a youthful image (even the ones in their twenties), and see fairly inexperienced. 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: : Dahlia Denyle, the extremely cute redhead seen on the upper left side of the front cover, was up first as she seduced Jack Logan, the guy more interested in cleaning his motorcycle than taking her out. She started diddling herself while displaying her white panties in front of his face, dropping to her knees to blow him as a follow up. The music was a bit generic but Dahlia proved she was no stranger to wrapping her lips around a cock and sucking it off, some attention paid to his balls as well. Granted, Jack had a modest member that was not a challenge for her to take care of but she treated him well enough, the guy reciprocating orally before vaginally plowing her passive pussy on the hood of the car as she put forth a lot of dirty talk. She put more effort into the riding when she was on top but Dahlia served as the latest example of a lady with a great deal of untapped potential. The scene closed up when Jack rubbed out a load of genetic juice to her mouth and face, Dahlia staying away from it except to give a slight bit of post coital sucking.

Scene Two: : Victoria Shay, the brunette seen just underneath Dahlia on the left side of the cover (second one from the top), was up next as she tried to get advice from aging lothario Jay Crew on what college to attend. She claimed to be 18 years old so that made her about a third of his age, her white tank top and matching panties leaving little to the imagination as she spread her legs on an easy chair out by his trailer. Victoria was soon on his lap so that he could relieve some of the tension confronting her, her perky nipples beaming as he slowly massaged her clitoris through her undies. This led to them going at it where she followed the formula by dropping to her knees to slob his knob, showing more enthusiasm as she looked up to him to direct how she handled his family jewels. She jerked him off with a sense of glee too, Jay going down on her as she rolled her eyes into the back of her head. Victoria still had a few pounds of baby fat on her frame so the camera shooting her from underneath might have made her look better from another angle (her rolls of baby fat not helping her look much) but it moved about as need so the scene got better. Victoria did some PTM as she cleaned his cock out of her vagina, her sweetly curved ass looking best when she actively rode him from on top of his lap (cowgirl variations are almost always the easiest for a gal). A few positions of screwing resulted in her draining his pants python of population pudding, the large load landing on her lower abdomen.

Scene Three: : Riley Ray, the featured blond on the center of the cover, took a fancy to a bartender named Chris Johnson at a neighborhood bar so she applied for a job opening. Given her nipples poking through her shirt, she showed him that she'd be open for another job, a blowjob, as she rubbed her naked top on his frame (he suggested she might be a good candidate if the bar needed a dancer). He sat on a bar stool as she worked his pipe into her mouth, Riley showing no problems working his modest member with mouth and hand. The scene then deviated from the usual formula in that he did not go down on her to warm her up, skipping right to a fairly active vaginal ride. It wasn't the most polished ride I've seen from the company's scenes but it did show her trying her best to elevate the dynamic in favor of a higher score, a multitude of positions leading to him jerking off on her face though the pop shot was cut short for some reason.

Scene Four: : London Keys, the exotic gal on the lower left hand corner with the large breasts, was up next as an art lover having Cheyne Collins help her hang some crappy art in the bedroom. She convinced him to strip naked and joined him momentarily, the couple kissing before he went down on her curvy physique. She seemed a bit loud and fake in her porn performance but I could not deny the appeal of her body to my libido. After Cheyne warmed her up, she reversed roles with him and blew him on the bed, her knob slobbing skills evident but somewhat rusty so she concentrated on the head of his cock while she held the base. She looked up at the camera several times too, giving the impression that she was being ordered what to do at each step (distracting her and the viewer-me-from what was going on. The lack of chemistry in most of the scenes hurt the show but none more than here, the mechanical energy nice but not as solid as it should have been, the action then including a largely passive vaginal ride by the gal. I liked watching her titties bounce around and her ass cheeks rippled delightfully, but It was definitely a scene where more experience by London would have greatly helped, the end coming when he jerked off to her mouth.

Scene Five: : Allyssa Hall, the sexy little cutie seen on the lower right hand corner of the cover, was up last as a giddy 18 year old girl staying with her grandmother for the summer, showing her first interest in boys with Sergio. They were on the couch and he made his move, rubbing her panties and licking her neck as she encouraged him to continue down to her breasts. She had a nice tan line and he removed his short as he continued providing her with some pleasure, sucking her nipples as he moved his way down to her crotch. He initially ate her with her panties on but removed them for greater access, her perfect pussy looking exceptionally cute as she grit her teeth during the action. Allyssa then returned the oral favor by going down on him, holding his shaft while working the tip with her mouth, the gal wise enough to know to maintain eye contact with him as she did so. That led to some cowgirl variations showing her bouncing on cock, elevating the value of the scene for me as she impaled herself on his cock with a wanton lust. The ending pop shot of semen landed in her eyes so she jerked back as if attacked but she still gave some post coital head and the credits rolled too soon in another case where the editor jumped the gun.

Summary: Barely Legal 88 Blu-ray by director Erica McLean for Hustler Video started off fairly well but weakened as things proceeded, the standard definition version of the movie meriting a rating of Rent It from me while I gave a similar nod to the better looking high definition Blu-ray as it made the ladies look substantially better but not enough to rescue the average replay value. In any case, as I am not the biggest fan of newcomers to begin with, your mileage may vary substantially so check it out if you have enjoyed the series to date. In short, Barely Legal 88 was populated with a bunch of old men banging young gals with limited onscreen experience so if that works for you a whole lot, consider picking up a copy for your own hand to gland pleasure.


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