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Barely Legal #89 (Blu-Ray)


Studio: Hustler Video » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 12/18/08


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Barely Legal 89 Blu-ray

Hustler Video

Genre: Vignette, Youthful Ladies

Director: Erica McLean

Cast: Priscilla Milan, Talon, Stephanie Sage, Tommy Gunn, Eden Adams, Eric Swiss, Virginia Want, Cheyne Collins, Daisy Strong, Mikey Butders

Length: 110:30 minutes

Date of Production: 8/27/2008 (credits)

Extras: The only extra I cared for was the 23:00 minute long Behind the Scenes feature that showed what was going on behind the scenes of making the movie (even Erica taking a more active role). 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 was also a 5 minute long look at how the series began in the first place, a short documentary seen previously in some volumes of the series, starring Clive McLean. 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

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Audio/Video Quality: Barely Legal 89 (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 around 20.1 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.

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 89 (Blu-ray), the cast including a range of youthful gals but all of the young ladies looking...well, young if not completely 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: : Priscilla Milan, the cutie featured on the front cover of the box (on the right side), was up first as she masturbated on a bed while being peeped on by Talon who was outside her window doing repair work. She sent him away but changed her mind, figuring that she could put the horny pervert to good use so in a choppy manner, she ended up blowing him as he pawed her youthful body. This led to him going down on her and plowing her with his finger, her precious pussy looking very appealing to me as she encouraged him to pound away with his pecker, several positions of her moaning loudly though showing a relatively passive screwing skills then ended up with her taking his rubbed out load of genetic juice to her mouth and face, some post coital sucking ending the deal.

Scene Two: : Stephanie Sage, the lean brunette seen on the left hand side of the cover (second from the bottom), was up next as she cleaned house while studly Tommy Gunn watched her. She finished up quickly and decidedly to "kick it" with a magazine on the couch, her unladylike pose showing her white panties flashed for his approval. He sat next to her and they ended up macking out, her lips moving south to wrap around his hard dick for some moderately experienced sucking. Stephanie was no stranger to blowing a guy from what I could see, the camera work not the best this time as it showed more of the top of her head than her mouth engaging in giving head. Tommy then fingered her pussy after caressing her ass, her panties tossed aside to show her climbing onto his cock for an active ride. Her all natural body looked pretty good to me as she panted like an amateur, Stephanie taking charge as she guided his manhood inside her when it looked like he was trying to open the backdoor (perhaps by accident). She slowed down in all the other positions though, her precious flower looking very nice even after the hammering action, the gal jerking him off to her lower abdomen (it was a large load too).

Scene Three: : Eden Adams, the perky blond seen on the top of the left hand side of the front cover, was up next as she frolicked in the swimming pool on a sunny day. She took it off to get a better tan, not introducing herself in a vignette fashion as is standard for the series until she was already masturbating. The rock enhanced pool looked awesome and her cried of pleasure brought moper Eric Swiss into the picture, the guy catching her in the act by acting creepy. She protested and they made up, her 18th birthday present ending up being his penis poking her mouth and pussy while they waited for her brother to arrive (he was the brother's friend, or maybe he liked other things left unstated). They kissed before he rubbed and ate her, his fingers soaked with juices as she aurally coaxed him onward. She gave a decent hummer and the two began banging vaginally, the sunlight looking great but her only active position being on top of him. He fed her his wad of population pudding and it coated her mouth, the lack of chemistry more pronounced than the other scenes though they all suffered from that problem as far as I was concerned.

Scene Four: : Virginia Want, the attractive brunette spotted on the bottom of the lower left hand corner of ladies, was up next as a student causing trouble for teacher Cheyne Collins in the classroom. Her girl next door looks were decent enough but the scenario was creepy to me since it was played straight (no humor) and as they kept "their little secret", the kissing began, Cheyne lowering his mouth to her breasts as she rubbed his pants, the short blowjob leading to his going down on her roast beef labia. Virginia had a small paunch of baby fat and looked older than usual but not too much so, his pounding vaginal thrusts soon hitting her spot. She appeared to have more of an active riding ability and I liked it, Cheyne getting her more excited by spanking her ass a bit as he drilled her. If she had taken control of milking his nut to her face, I'd have liked the scene better but it still wasn't a bad way to spend a few loads, albeit less so than some of the earlier efforts in the series.

Scene Five: : Daisy Strong, the brunette seen on the left hand side of the cover (second from the top), was stressed out by the need to study for a test, the Friday night cram session soon interrupted by horny Mikey Butders who walked up on her by the pool at night. She was wearing a black bikini with white dots on it, the guy massaging her thoroughly to remove some of her test anxiety by feeling her up and going down on her. She seemed at odds as to what to say, portraying an inexperienced college student fairly well. This led to a blowjob and the usual vaginal bout of boning, ending the volume of the show on a decent note though not high enough to make it stand out in my mind. Her fleshy ass had a lot of potential though and she proved she could be active when she wanted to be, his nut landing on her face as she licked the head.

Summary: Barely Legal 89 Blu-ray by director Erica McLean for Hustler Video was kind of mediocre compared to better volumes in the series, the standard definition version of the movie meriting a rating of Rent It from me just as the better looking high definition Blu-ray 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 89 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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