Cast: Alexis Texas, Mick Blue, Jenna Haze, James Deen, Rebeca Linares, Marcos Banderas, Kristina Rose, Manuel Ferrara, Gianna, Steve Holmes, Sunny Lane, Sascha, Shyla Stylez, Bobbi Starr
Length: 284:38 minutes
Date of Production: 12/27/2008
Extras: The second disc had the wealth of extras included here (after the second half of the movie), beginning with a series of interviews (Kristina Rose=7:48 minutes, Alexis Texas=7:33 minutes, Rebeca Linares=8:38 minutes in Spanish with English subtitles, Sunny Lane=6:47 minutes in anamorphic widescreen, Shyla Stylez=7:32 minutes, also in anamorphic widescreen, and Gianna=10:51 minutes in widescreen but no Bobbi interview), a 37:23 minute long Behind the Scenes feature with Nutsack and the cast having a lot of fun (in high definition), a bonus scene from Massive Facials described below (lasting 33:22 minutes, in SD), a cumshot recap, a lengthy photogallery, trailers to Performers of the Year 2008, Alexis Texas is Buttwoman, Big Wet Asses 13, Big Wet Asses 14, Brianna Love is Buttwoman, and Kristina Rose Dirty Girl; and a double sided DVD cover.
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Audio/Video Quality: Performers of the Year 2009 Blu-ray was presented in an 1.78:1 widescreen color as shot by director William H. Nutsack for Elegant Angel using the high definition VC-1 codec with 1080p resolution. The camera work was solid with plentiful lighting to eliminate grain, video noise and shadows and the picture appeared to be crisp this time. There was an emphasis on close ups and some tint problems but the editing by Graham Travis, Bruce Carter, and Robert LaPlanc was a nice upgrade from some of the usual releases I've seen in the gonzo world, worth mentioning for award time later this year in fact.. Currently, Nutsack is the king of well lit gonzo, other directors opting for arty effects or texture instead of a crisp picture all too often though there were a couple of spots that he seemed to try slightly new things, most of them working nicely and the others still unable to diminish the heat of the respective scenes. I saw no compression artifacts (it was largely falling around the mid 17.4 Mbps video bitrate; on the low end for high definition but probably needed given the amount of material on the DVD) and the composition of the camera angles strongly favored the female performers as most of their work these days tends to do. The 2.0 Dolby Digital English track was pretty basic with little separation or dynamic range yet I could hear the cast well enough in most cases. For those keeping track, the audio was offered in a 192 Kbps offering with a 48 kHz sampling rate, plenty of room considering how little took place on it but leaving room for future efforts too. There were a few musical interludes this time you might enjoy, greater attention paid to this aspect of the movie as a result.
Body of Review: Elegant Angel is currently one of the most consistent porn production companies around, winning accolades far and wide last year including our own heralded Xcritic Studio of the Year 2008. A lot of the credit for this state of affairs is due to director William H. Nutsack for the manner in which he provides some of the hottest women in the hottest situations, using plenty of tease along the way. Frankly, his works are so well regarded by our body of writers that his rare mediocre efforts are met with questions for the reviewer more than the director himself. His latest title making it my way is Performers of the Year 2009: Special Collector's Edition (Blu-ray), the sequel to the resounding Performers of the Year 2008 that helped secure the award last year as an Xcritic Pick, a wonderful cast of ladies and top tier studs working them with all the tease footage one might expect from the company. The dual disc offering included a wealth of appreciated extras and more quality fuck for the buck sex than two regular releases in the genre. Going into this one, I had very high hopes it would live up to the potential of the cast & crew, little doubt in my mind that the bar was about to be raised yet again. 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 with the bodacious ass on the far right side of the cover, was up first in a scene with studly Mick Blue. Alexis began by dancing around to a thumping beat, teasing the camera as though it were some of her devoted fans, looking like she had lost a few pounds in all the right places (leaving her sweet ass alone). The booty dropping and shaking was particularly hot in the warehouse, her skimpy outfit amounting to a tiny bit of material destined to never cover half of what it should. Once the tease was over, Mick had his head crammed between her ass cheeks, going down on her as she shook her moneymaker. They kissed and he felt her up, the music having died off (thankfully!) and Alexis aggressively inhaling his meat pipe using her hand and mouth. Alexis has not typically been a sexual aggressor so this scene helped secure her role in upcoming contests, Mick getting some last minute tasting in before he started pounding her pussy. The vaginal riding and taste testing continued in numerous positions until Mick rubbed out a wad of genetic juice to her face, covering her lower mouth before the camera faded away. Whew!
Scene Two: Jenna Haze, one of the most popular ladies in porn at this writing, was up next and while she was not on the cover, she was never far from my mind as she stuck to the formula set forth by her peers. She wore colorful undies and did a light tease, not truly dancing but shaking nicely to show off her lovely form. That continued until the tease ended and she was hooked up with young James Deen, the guy lightening up on his rough act in order to appeal to a wider audience. She had changed into a red dress for the scene itself, the pair kissing before he fingered her and she actively blew him, the pair seeming to have some chemistry together akin to the last couple. This performance might not have won her any awards (or a spot on the front cover) but it wasn't bad at all, James hammering his pecker into Jenna vaginally until it was time to upgrade to anal where she seemed to come alive. Jenna was vocal about what worked with him and he responded to her cries of pleasure, the ATM employing her hand in spiral motion to increase the friction nicely. His load of population pudding was minimal but she took it to the face, securing the expected result for her fans.
Scene Three: Rebeca Linares, the Latina cutie best known as an anal princess these days, was up next with Marcos Banderas, her lingerie form fitting but not as revealing as usual. That was fine since half the tease in tease scenes relates to the clothing being stripped off or the mystery of the moment. Rebeca had all of that in spades, crawling on the bed with a teddy bear nearby, seductively eyeing the camera that continually shot booty shots of her. This continued until the sex portion of the scene began, Marco servicing her orally as well as she did him. The two pawed each other as they kissed and it struck me as almost a contest in terms of how well she inhaled his meatpipe; trying to get him off early by passionately elevating her game a bit during the aggressive hummer. Rebeca was an active rider regardless of whether she did him with her pussy or ass, slowing down during the anal considerably as she cried out in a pleasure/pain mix. Rebeca did ATM without hesitation too, the anal princess tiny compared to the studly muscleman. There were a few times when she looked directly at the camera and almost challenged it too but whatever was said in Spanish between them, their personal bond was undeniable. The scene ended with a facial, Rebeca giving some post coital head before it faded out. Sweet!
Scene Four: Kristina Rose, the ultra+ babe seen on the bottom of the pack on the front cover, was up next as she tease in a smoky warehouse, dancing by shaking her body in all sorts of ways. Seeing as she and I have a running joke about her dancing abilities, I state again that she did just fine dancing despite her claims to not know how to dance, her ass looking especially nice (as did her little titties). Kristina had fun during this portion of the scene though, making me long for more of her antics even though her chemistry with Manuel Ferrara was magic. He stuck his hand in her panties and caressed her entire body, warming her up with his touch before going down on her in a passionate way. They fucked vaginally showing just as much enthusiasm, Kristina cleaning his cock of her juices by giving him a blowjob after they exchanged glances revealing a connection between the two. Manuel was rough with her, slapping her a few times but that only drove her closer to him, the vaginal planking becoming anal action in short order. He took his time considering how tiny she was but her asshole stretched to accommodate his rod. Soon after that, he rubbed out a wad of spew to her ass cheeks, filling her gape as the remains ran down her legs and crotch. Yow!
Scene Five: Gianna, the taller ad bustier brunette in the background on the cover (that won the Xcritic Top Performer of 2008, was up next as the last scene of the first disc. She teased in her black lingerie, her huge breasts slipping out to play with even though her solo action was superior. I know from firsthand revelations by the gal that she loves rough sex so as good as the tease sequence was, her seductive nature was never fully revealed until her scene partner, Steve Holmes, got physical with her. They were in bed and she helped undress him, Steve gripping her titties very hard as she purred in appreciation. She reciprocated by grabbing his package and sucking him off, both of them dedicating themselves to getting the other off repeatedly. Fans of choking will appreciate that the pair engaged in the act and Steve came a few times, the final round after a vaginal fuck that left him nearly dried out, Gianna's aggressive style of screwing pushing him beyond his own limits. The final round of spew hitting her on the ass cheek, the passion displayed throughout the scene elevating the dynamic as far as I was concerned. Yes!
Scene Six: Sunny Lane, the delightful young lady sported on the far left side of the group on the cover, was up next as the first scene of the second disc. She wore a garter and shoes as she danced in front of a large group of windows, her healthy body ending up by the piano where she enticed as much on attitude as on her looks. Sunny proved to be a highlight of the 2009 AEE too so her inclusion in the movie made great sense to me, her status never more favorable thanks to so many wonderful performances of late. The tease nearly caused me to lose it but hotty Sunny had more in store for fans, lucky Sascha caught stuffing his face between her ass cheeks to orally lubricate her inside the house. Sunny responded well and it was clear she liked the guy, their subsequent kissing leading to her showcasing her recent improvements in blowjob skills. She then went from an aggressive hummer to an active vaginal ride, pushing back to meet his thrusts in several positions, some taste testing and additional caressing leading to him rubbing out his semen to her crotch. Yeah!
Scene Seven: Shyla Stylez, the busty blond seen on the front cover between Gianna and Alexis Texas, was up next as she teased in bed while wearing a tiny bit of lingerie. Shyla has been stripping and teasing for years and her polished act showed, her panting shining through as her body glistened with a sheen of sweat. By the time she was finished, her naked form was in full view, some lotion poured out on her frame to be rubbed in seductively. Short of a BWA kind of oil sequence, this was the best of the batch, the candlelit bathroom of the latter portion working on a different level for me. The action truly began when Marco Banderas joined her in the well lit room, the two acting like teenagers on prom night in how they couldn't keep their hands off one another, kissing and teasing along the way. Shyla slobbed his knob with practiced ease and they fucked long and hard in numerous positions, Shyla stretching out her perfect pucker to ready herself for his cock moving from pussy to ass. Shyla liked the anal a lot and sucked his cock clean immediately out of her ass, more screwing leading to a mouth pop that caused her to smile deeply with a look of contentment. Cool!
Scene Eight: Bobbi Starr, an anal princess not seen on the front cover, was up last as she walked through a house in her fetish attire, the camisole and boots giving her a rougher look than she normally had. Bobbi was made up to look her very best here, gyrating and masturbating but not really "dancing" as most of the others had tried. It worked for her edgier appeal, the strong winds in the background setting the tone of the moody setting. Once the tease was over, she was working with Manuel Ferrara, the man a personal favorite of hers if I recall correctly. Bobbi is another gal that likes rough sex and doesn't care who knows it, coming out of a wooden crate to work Manuel's dick as he requested. The chemistry between them was obvious and she went right to sucking him off, Manuel reciprocating and choking her before plunging deep inside her pussy when she bent over. He pulled her hair and smacked her ass too, hammering away at her biscuit until he went down on her at length. They soon moved from vaginal to anal sex too, the couple driving it deep inside of her ass with some taste testing by Bobbi to clean him off. Eventually, they finished up getting each other off and he bust a nut to her face, Bobbi climbing back into the crate to be sealed up once more. MMMMM!
Bonus Scene: Massive Facials: Jenna Haze, the hot little strumpet featured on the front cover of the DVD case, was up first and given her sorted past with man goo, she seemed to be a perfect opener for what was to come. Teasing the camera in her fishnet stockings and black lingerie, Jenna transformed the living room to be crowned as a facial queen thanks to the various mopes let loose on her that day. The tease footage was okay but lacked the inspiration I was hoping for, some solo action readying her for the blowjobs she was to give. I was surprised that she was given some head and also managed to use her feet to jerk one of them off, the loads of creamy spew coating her face by the end of the scene.
Summary: Performers of the Year 2009 Blu-ray by director William H. Nutsack for Elegant Angel was another major winner! The amounts of fuck for the buck, strokability, replay value, and especially casting left no other choice in my mind that it merited a full Xcritic Pick. There were minor issues of one sort or another but in overall terms, this was the kind of dual disc movie that you rarely find at the competition these days, most either going for the short sell or trying to overwhelm with quantity but not the quality truly observant people expect. At least part of that was due to the solid editing but there was a whole lot to appreciate from Performers of the Year 2009: Special Collector's Edition, just as there was from last year's Performers of the Year 2008. The high definition upgrade was really nice in terms of the visual elements too, enhancing the experience for me by making the ladies look all the more lifelike.
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