Audio/Video Quality: Angelina Armani: The Big Hit was presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen color as shot by director Robby D. for Digital Playground using the MPEG-2 codec in the standard definition release with a 480i resolution. The lighting was decent here, about as good as expected given this was Robby's standard type of gonzo barely modified with feature elements, limiting the amounts of grain and video noise. While I generally prefer stronger lighting in my porn, Robby has a way of showing it all with less light, the tint of the colors off this time as though he were trying for style over substance. The way the scenes were shot and edited was similar in the scenes, more of the tint issues arising in particular scenes as evidenced by the screen captures I added into the review. The composition of the shots and the editing enhanced the look of the ladies more than a little bit too, proving what this critic has to say about the production team led by Robby (no specific editor credited though Nick P and Kurt Tortcher both given nods and Joey Pulgadas getting a lot of love in the credits as well). The DVD mastering showed no obvious compression artifacts (the bitrate varying but often staying around the 5.8 Mbps range when I paid attention) but this was not his clearest effort to date. The audio was presented in a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround English (using an audio bitrate of 384 Kbps and the usual 48 kHz sampling rate) with a minimalist leaning similar to the Jack series, with the vocals always dominating the audio track as I like it. While there wasn't much separation between the channels though the ladies were almost always clearly heard and their moans added to the enjoyment of the show for those keeping track.
Body of Review: Angelina Armani is one of those hotties that doesn't come around all that often in the porn industry, her lean figure, captivating face, and raw sense of sensuality sure to make waves as she provides director Robby D. at Digital Playground with some additional inspiration. Her first movie for the company is Angelina Armani: The Big Hit, a feature of sorts that shows the newcomer contract gal in her best light as more than just a beauty that looks like retired starlet Julie Meadows. The movie itself shows the gal trying to become a contract killer for the thrills and excitement of the profession when her boy toy Mick Blue leaves for work, the fusion of gun themes and heated sex much like the Naked Aces series that Robby seems so fond of these days. Does the cutie live up to the hype and is this the best use of her attributes the company could provide? Well, considering how much screen time she was given and her three full scenes with men, I think she is about to become exceptionally popular with fans just in time for the 2009 Adult Entertainment Exposition (though technically, this one comes out next year just after the show closes up). 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 bountiful beauty with the awesome booty, was up first as she sucked off Danny Mountain in bed. Angelina got a lick of his lollipop too but she left as part of the thematic elements and naked Alexis was shown slobbing his knob in earnest with her ass in the air. Danny is a third tier moper as far as I'm concerned (at least as of this writing) so it was no surprise that he did not reciprocate, letting Alexis pound her sweet pussy onto his rod in a few positions while she whispered sweet nothings, looking at the camera and providing a decent but mechanical ride this time. The lack of personal chemistry aside, it ended when he bust a nut of genetic juice on her abdomen, some post coital sucking closing the scene out.
Scene Two: Vanessa Leon, a lean brunette with about as much acting skill as Angelina, was up next with Ben English, the pair dismissing the wannabe killer in a cold looking house with most of the colors abbreviated. Vanessa was wearing black lingerie and Ben was insistent as he pawed and sucked her nipples, acting rough towards her as she masturbated during their lengthy kisses. Vanessa than lowered her mouth to wrap her lips around his turgid cock, her ass sticking out as she held the rod to keep most of it from being slammed down her throat. They fucked vaginally in numerous positions, the standing fuck looking like it might kill the guy, beads of sweat rolling down his body as he rested when she went back to sucking him off (using her hand to increase the friction). The facial wasn't bad either, the population pudding gracing her face and hair all over.
Scene Three: Angelina Armani, the hotty featured all over the front cover, was up next in her first actual scene, the gal taking on the mighty Evan Stone in bed as the two bantered words to result in the bedroom dare. Evan proved up to her challenge and they each had what the other wanted, he provided a gun while she provided the pussy. Evan went all silly (as usual) and Angelina had a tough time keeping a straight face, her clothing coming off as she rubbed herself at the thought of handling the handgun. She licked it and he licked her, neither getting much chance to satisfy the other orally before they vaginally screwed in a mechanical fashion. Evan did most of the work and banged her until he rubbed out a wad of spew to her face, the gal departing to begin her career as an assassin.
Scene Four: Emy Reyes, a gal with a frisky personality, was up next as she proved envious of Angelina's gun, the contract gal leaving her with Scott Nails so the two could have some fun. Emy sucked him off in such a way that it was clear she had plenty of experience, alternating between using her hands and skipping them, Scott stroking her back as she worked his pipe. He started screwing her passive pussy rather than go down on it, the gal getting into the rhythm of the motion before too long. This was another case of mechanically driven sex, her tan versus his pasty white skin looking kind of weird in the stark camera world set up for the show. He smacked her around and she provided some aural comments that struck me as generic, her all natural body not a bad one but barely above minimal effort until she fucked him to orgasm at the end of the scene; most of his initial load going to her ass and the rest to her face.
Scene Five: Angelina Armani, now on assignment and in a world where everything looked yellow tinted, came on to Jerry as if he were a movie star. He played along when it was apparent that not doing so would end the tryst, the lady blowing him and jerking him off before their 69 led to him drilling her pussy. She did PTM between positions and while she did not live up to her genetic potential, the overuse of extreme close up shots sure didn't help either. The ending nut juice landed on her face and she did not swallow any of it.
Scene Six: Angelina Armani, back in bed with studly Mick Blue just like the movie began, found the colors restored to normalcy and her lips wrapped around yet another cock, the short hummer leading to them screwing. Mick did most of the work and Angelina looked as cute as ever, her mane of hair bouncing around as much as her breasts when he banged her roast beef box. I prefer active riders in my scenes and while I think she will learn over time, her oral was clearly the best part of the scene by far (as with her other scenes to date). It ended when Mick jerked off to her face, the movie suggesting a sequel before the credits rolled.
Summary: Angelina Armani: The Big Hit by director Robby D. for Digital Playground featured contract newcomer Angelina Armani in her first role at the company, the attractive young lady destined to launch a million loads from fans and likely become a big name at the hands of the company PR team but the movie itself was much more of a Rent It to me for all the reasons mentioned above. The technical matters were such that whatever look was being sought fell short of the mark and the substance of the scenes relied too heavily on acting skills not yet in evidence, some of the playful hamming by Evan working while the deadpan acts by the rest of the cast left me as cold as the abundance of close ups. In short, Angelina Armani: The Big Hit will almost certainly help start the performer's career as a contract gal in earnest so if you keep an eye on the gal it is highly likely that she is on her way up, showing her humble roots in this feature-lite fuck flick.
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