Cast: Aiden Starr, Manuel Ferrara, Cecilia Vega, Charlotte Vale, Lou Charmelle, Eva Karera
Length: 295:24 minutes
Date of Production: 12/22/2008
Extras: There was a 16:06 minute long Behind the Scenes feature that included Manuel and Aiden Starr having some fun times, no sex included this time but allowing the viewer to get to know the gal all the same. The only other extras were only a cumshot recap, a cast list, some limited filmographies, and nine trailers to some of Manuel's previous flicks.
Audio/Video Quality: RAW was presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen color as shot by director Manuel Ferrara for Evil Angel using the MPEG-2 codec for the standard definition release with 480i resolution. The colors were not as saturated and tinted this time, the lighting levels still suboptimal, and there was a fair amount of grain on the road trips but once again Manuel brings home the raw energy despite these technical issues. I know that he and some of his friends are working on making even better looking movies for the future and this was definitely a step in the right direction but I want even more from him as he evolves. The video bitrate hovered on the low end, often in the 2.8 Mbps area, and there was a little bit of aliasing going on but the composition of the camerawork was decent enough. In short, whatever technical limitations were present was not erection killing even if a guy like me wants significant improvement. The audio was presented in the usual 2.0 Dolby Digital English using the 192 Kbps and 48 kHz sampling rate; sounding almost average compared to the video as all the gals could be heard (though the lack of separation and limited dynamic range could also be worked on).
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Body of Review: Manuel Ferrara is one of the most popular leading men in porn, his accolades and awards as a performer too numerous to mention. In recent years, his work as a director have also yielded many awards, his best work displayed at Evil Angel since the company began distributing his double disc titles. His latest such title making it my way is RAW: Special 2 Disc Set where Manuel has lengthy scenes with five really slutty women that do just about anything he wants of them, some minimal outtakes included within the scenes this time. Given my criticism at some of the past technical matters of his work, I was told that this one would look much better, not rely on any arty farty effects, and go straight for the crotch in terms of the kind of nasty sex it offered up. Here's what the company website said about the show: "A deluxe two-disc set, Manuel Ferrara's Raw showcases a more intimate side of the French superman's approach to porn. In five basic, one-on-one scenarios, Manuel takes us into his private (and a few public) places, using only his roving camera, his hypersexual imagination and his massive schlong. Keeping the videography simple and direct enables the viewer to really focus on these sexy ladies and the incandescent erotic energy they bring. Mixing POV and voyeur-style shooting, Manuel strips away all the fancy video work and phony setups, leaving nothing but real, nasty, unspoiled fucking... pure and raw. Raw comes as a deluxe anamorphic-widescreen 2-disc package that includes a nearly 5-hour movie, behind-the-scenes footage and nine Manuel Ferrara trailers. Movie Length: 4 hours 55 minutes (2 discs)" Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Aiden Starr, a frisky little gal with large breasts and a kinky disposition that I hung out with in January, was up first as she stalked Manuel Ferrara who was taking a shower. She was particularly happy to see his cock, jerking him off in point of view (POV) fashion before handing him the camera so he could shoot her kneeling down to blow him at the Marriot hotel. Aiden loves cock in general but really got into his pecker, slobbing his knob and balls with a delightful zeal shared by far too few of her peers in the industry. He then set the camera on the dresser while he went down on her, regaining it to get more head from her and fuck the living daylights out of the happy little tart. She was an active rider in all positions and enjoyed the PTM a lot too, eventually jerking him off to her abdomen with the promise of more sex. Aiden cleaned up, had a bite to eat downstairs, and returned to blow him while pissing on the toilet too, repeating the procedure to end with a facial of genetic juice all over her head. Lasting the better part of an hour, this was like two lengthy scenes placed together with a lot of chemistry (and some added pissing in the shower at the end), the technical aspects dropping a bit at the very end. Yum!
Scene Two: Cecilia Vega, a brunette with intense eyes, was up next blowing Manuel Ferrara without any introduction or tease, just working away at his cock in her mouth as though it belonged there. The POV shooting continued and he was hammering away at her pussy in doggy while she fingered her own ass, some choking included as well as lots of oral by both of them. Manuel noticed she kept stuffing more fingers into her ass so he cured her need the old fashioned way, jamming his cock in their to her delight. Cecilia did ATM as easily as PTM and then provided a show to the public on the balcony after receiving his first wad of spew. They walked the town afterward and she masturbated in the back seat of the car as they drove through town (Paris looking good that time of the year). More public nudity by the Eiffel Tower and she was blowing him in the backseat of the car, the driver quite helpful as they drove the streets. They then made it back to the hotel room where she masturbated using a large glass or plastic toy in her ass, a technical DP followed by him pegging her ass and pussy all over the room. This was a sweaty mess of a fuck but it was indeed a "raw" scene that had tremendous energy even if she was not my type physically. His last large wad of population pudding was jerked out by the gal, her mouth cleaning him off as she looked up at him satisfied. Whew!
Scene Three: Charlotte Vale, a cute brunette wearing a purple dress, was up next as the first scene of the second disc, the gal finding a running videocamera on the dresser for her to tease with. The basic setup of a hotel room aside, she was funny as she teased the camera, her pierced nipples and attractive face beckoning Manuel Ferrara to come play. She masturbated until he arrived, the guy picking up the camera to capture her slobbing his knob heartily. He then spanked her precious ass in full view of the camera on the dresser, Charlotte loving his warming hand on her rump. There was some minimal choking and she went to town sucking him off, followed by a vaginal penetration that showed just how tight she was that day. It looked to me like she preferred him hammering away at her healthy ass too, her verbal comments coaxing him to drive deeper, harder, and faster before the ATM took place. She was also an active rider in her ass and that made the scene a winner as she impaled herself on his rod in her butt, the multitude of camera angles from him setting it down not bad at all. The scene then showed her sucking off his load to her face, their passion for each other closed out for the day. Yes!
Scene Four: Lou Charmelle, a cute and tiny gal that loves sex, was up next as Manuel Ferrara went to pick her up from the French train station. He held his camera to catch the crowd, an occasional blur used to prevent trademarks from showing up in the movie. Lou was cuter than Charlotte by a wide margin though not as appealing as many others he has worked with, their conversation in French a mystery to me. She smoked on the way to his place and then changed into a dumpy outfit for masturbation purposes, Manuel assisting her with his hand as he shot the footage. She blew him and he fucked her pussy, Lou acting like she had cobweb coochie it had been so long since she had a cock inside of her. There was some foot fetish material and he set the camera on the dresser to get use of his hands on her, the pair fucking like rabbits on the bed (with what I presumed was a creampie before they went out to eat, minimal choking added in for effect). After eating, she removed her outfit again so they could continue ravaging each other, some minimal head and lots of penetration serving to get her off repeatedly. She was best in the anal even if the lighting was flat, the gal bouncing on cock as it hit her rectum hard. Manuel then blasted her face with a huge pop shot and it was over. Nice!
Scene Five: Eva Karera, a busty brunette working for Mark Speigler's agency, rounded out the cast as Manuel Ferrara checked her out on the internet. He called Mark and he sent her over to the hotel, her pink tank top barely holding her breasts in as the messily dressed director zoomed in on them. She was from Belgium and they hit it off, the two soon going down on each other with a lot of energy. I typically believe that foreign gals show a cold approach to porn but this flick was certainly an exception to the rule of thumb, Manuel one of the few guys that can bring out better performances from them. There was more choking here and she seemed to like him but unlike the rest of the cast, she was not nearly as able to handle his large cock actively, allowing him to do most of the work. The anal proved to be a similar experience too but it was clear that she wanted more than anything else to please his needs. Most of the screwing was on the bed and it alternated between him holding the camera or placing it on the dressers, Eva swallowing the semen with ease after milking his nuts dry.
Summary: RAW by director Manuel Ferrara for Evil Angel was one of his best releases in recent times, the amount of fuck for the buck more dependent on the enthusiasm and energy of the ladies and their chemistry with the guy than anything else. The replayability and stroke value were exceptionally high and the movie clocked in at almost 5 hours long, earning a rating of Highly Recommended from me a lot easier than I thought it would (even with the background information I was given). In short, RAW: Special 2 Disc Set had the lusty hero turned director nailing all sorts of ladies in all of their holes, each of them showing a unique bond with the guy as he catered to their needs as much as they did likewise for his, making it a lot of fun to watch.
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