Cast: Alexis Texas, Annabelle Lee, Holly Morgan, John Strong, Marco Banderas, Mick Blue, Courtney Cummz, Bobbi Starr, Puma Swede, Sascha, Jenner, Justin Long, Jon Jon, Ace, Eva Angelina, Nautica Thorn, Ann Marie Rios, James Deen
Length: 135:33 minutes
Date of Production: 4/24/2008
Extras: The best extra by far was the 12:55 minute long Behind the Scenes feature where the cast goofed around. My favorite line from this feature was Alexis Texas comparing her lengthy scene with her being like a 7-11 store, being open all night, but Mike was as jovial as ever and the rest of the cast seemed to be having fun too. There was also a photogallery, a pop shot loop, some trailers, and a slipcover on the double sided DVD case but there was no "strip tease" section as advertised on the cover.
Audio/Video Quality: Courtney's Chain Gang (Blu-ray) was presented in a visually appealing widescreen color using an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 as shot by director Mike Quasar for Zero Tolerance using the VC-1 codec employed by many high definition releases; the upgrade including a 1080i resolution picture. The lighting was strong, eliminating the shadows and grain like most of Mike's works in the past, with enough variation to add some texture in a few of the eight scenes. The grain was minimal as was the video noise and I got the impression that Mike spent plenty of time to use the camera angles to enhance the looks of the nicely made up ladies. It was far from perfect but this did enhance the replay value for me as it showed more care than usual. The bitrate tended to hover around the mid 17.5 Mbps area most of the time I paid any attention to it (but the numbers alone do not tell the whole story in this regard, this being a common fallacy my tech head buddies don't always understand). The composition of the scenes enhanced the look of the ladies, each of them used to softer lighting in recent scenes but not needing it for the purposes of this release. The sole audio track was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital English with a 192 Kbps audio bitrate using a 48 kHz sampling rate most titles are mastered with, the aural experience fairly limited due to the nature of the gonzo shoot (there was no secondary track in Spanish this time thankfully enough). There was no separation between the channels and the dynamic range was as truncated as ever, standard gonzo audio being okay for most consumers. In terms of the total upgrade, this Blu-ray version was a nice piece of work overall, with added clarity in the picture being the main selling point.
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Body of Review: Mike Quasar has been around porn longer than most people reading this review if you hear him talk about it. The award winning director has been something of a fixture in the industry and is currently the leading director/lighting expert/editing guru/cameraman at Zero Tolerance, usually working on all of the productions there to help make them better than they would otherwise be. Well, someone at the company must have gotten wind that Xcritic was really pushing Blu-ray titles and as big fans of Mike's for years, I always like seeing the kind of smut he is up to, so they sent an older title our way called Courtney's Chain Gang (Blu-ray). The gimmick of this gonzo was that there were three lengthy scenes lasting about 40 minutes each, allowing a single showcase lady to share the limelight with a herd of other cast members, the leads being Alexis Texas, Courtney Cummz, and Eva Angelina. They masturbate, do some lesbian work, and then proceed to do men in various positions before they finish up their exhausting antics. The back cover said it like this: "While there may not be any orange jumpsuits in this chain gang, the anal authorities and pussy probing police should be alerted about felonious fucking and parole-violating pussy-eating found in Chain Gang. This "no holds barred" group sex-travaganza features non-stop cock-throbbing action. Girls doing girls, girls doing guys, guys doing 1 girl - there's more combinations here than can be found at your local Chinese restaurant. What are you waiting for - get off your ass and get back on the Chain Gang!" Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Alexis Texas, the blond cutie seen on the upper right hand corner of the front cover, was up first as she teased with her sweet ass while wearing only a thong and bra in the living room. She jumped up on the couch to masturbate with a neon green toy, her carpet not matching the drapes as she moaned out loud. There was taste testing and she was doing well but then came two female helpers in the form of Annabelle Lee and Holly Morgan, the ladies licking her and using some new toys to satiate her needs. I like gay for pay lesbo work and that was what this was as far as I could tell, the ladies enjoying the moment and all three of them some penetration, Annabelle even taking a toy in her ass. The rimming was common and while it was a performance more than a heated tryst between a trio of lovers, there was a lot of replay value on hand (pun intended) to appreciate. That was when the ladies left and studly John Strong came into the picture, his erection sticking out to the point where Alexis couldn't help but suck him off, the guy pounding her pussy soon afterward. There was taste testing and she rubbed her clitoris as he drilled her, the active vaginal ride leading to a mouthful of genetic juice for her to swallow. I thought that would be it but then Marco Banderas and Mick Blue took John's place, Alexis alternating orally between them with the caveat that she wanted more of the thrusting action between her legs. The screwing again showed her in one of her best scenes to date, the lady ending it with a double load of population pudding to her face before the camera faded away. Whew!
Scene Two: Courtney Cummz, the hotty seen on the lower right corner of the front cover (and popular company contract gal), was up next as she followed the general formula on the couch with some masturbation. The large glass toy stretched her open for fun and she used dirty talk to make the scene even better, leading her to the lesbian portion of the scene where Bobbi Starr and Puma Swede joined her. Puma isn't my type but Bobbi is a major hotty so the additional hands and tongues working Courtney over added immeasurably to the replay value and strokability of the scene. Still, the lipstick lesbian portion of this scene was weaker than the last one, Courtney lighting up when she saw the erection of hairy Sascha beckoning for her to wrap her lips around. Courtney went to town on the cock and aggressively inhaled it as she bobbed up and down on the pecker, licking the tip and demanding he fuck her face until she climbed on board to actively ride him vaginally. Puma popped back in the scene too and assisted, the messy hummer they gave him satisfying as well. Both gals got the cock and Courtney milked him dry orally, the ladies cumswapping until John Strong and Jenner, replaced Courtney's other friends. She went right to blowing them with just as much enthusiasm, the turgid members jammed into her mouth at the same time before some deep throating and the inevitable screwing in multiple positions. Courtney took them inside her at the same time, from blowing one while the other boned her biscuit to a double penetration (DP), the gal yelling out as if on fire during her performance. Courtney swallowed their seed and then found just enough energy to do some interracial with Justin Long, Jon Jon, and Ace; maintaining the same oral stance she had with their smaller peers previously. This was more of a blowbang but she liked their version of facial cream and the scene ended with her looking at the camera during the final portion, almost daring Mike to bring her more men.
Scene Three: Eva Angelina, a sexy brunette on break to have a kid (it should be due any day at this writing on 12/6/2008), was up last as she entered the living room wearing her black & blue. She teased and grabbed a huge neck massager (at least that is what the box they come in calls it) to masturbate. You could hear how powerful it was and Eva was visibly shaking as she held it firm against her clitoris, her precious pussy dripping with natural juices as she groaned in self satisfaction. At that point, both Nautica Thorn and Ann Marie Rios came in to assist her, licking and plunging toys deep inside of their female friend, Eva enjoying their attempts to get her off. Eva was served here and not giving them any of her oral skills, the pampering working to elevate her status until she was joined by a procession of men that included John Strong, Mick Blue, and James Deen; John going first as he stuck his pecker inside her wet and willing mouth (after a seriously heated bout of vaginal boning). Both of them tore into each other in hardcore fashion, John rubbing out his nut to her mouth for swallowing as her last two guys walked in. Eva slobbed their knobs aggressively too, the men drilling her mouth, pussy, and even ass before the DP took place. Her limits were being stretched and she yelled out as they hammered her holes, the taste testing and additional anal penetration leading to a variety of screwing styles. It ended when they bust their wads of spew on her face, her only comment being "yummy!"
Summary: Courtney's Chain Gang (Blu-ray) by director Mike Quasar for Zero Tolerance was a decent looking high definition title that served as a fair visual upgrade from the original version more of you might have encountered earlier this year so I rated it as Recommended. I came close to rating it even higher but the modest extras and upgrade came at such a high price that even a fan of the three leads here such as myself couldn't do it in good faith in these hard economic times but all three ladies were smoking hot to say the least. In short, Courtney's Chain Gang (Blu-ray) was a high definition title you might truly enjoy if you like seeing women doing all sorts of action, especially women like Alexis Texas, Eva Angelina, and Courtney Cummz.
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