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Buttholes & B-Sides


Studio: Jules Jordan Video » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 4/28/09



XCritic's Advice: Recommended



Buttholes & B-Sides: Special Edition

Jules Jordan Video/Erik Everhard Entertainment

Michaella Sabatini and Andy Brown with Steve

Genre: Gonzo

Director: Erik Everhard

Taryn Thomas!

Cast: Michaella Sabatini, Andy Brown, Robert Rosenberg, Steve Holmes, Erik Everhard, Taryn Thomas, Jana, Niki Dark, Michael Stefano, Candy, Lucy Love

Length: 199:22 minutes (94:02+105:20)

Jana

Date of Production: 3/27/2009 (box); 2/27/2009 (credits) 

Extras: The first disc had no extras to speak of, allowing for the bitrate to be slightly higher on the footage displayed. The second disc was where all the extras action was at, the best extra being the 28:58 minutes of Behind the Scenes footage as shot by Tim Von Swine, Mike John, and Erik "white boy" Everhard himself. There was mostly extra sex, a lot of extra nudity, and some interviews; with the women as well as with Jimmy and company all goofing off and fooling around added some value to the feature. There was also a photogallery, a cumshot recap, a cast list, and 6 trailers to shows like Art of the Cumfart #2, Innocent Until Proven Filthy 5, A Sperm Load A Day 2, Blonde Ambition, This Butt's For U #4, Breast Meat, Jailbait 5, Anal Prostitutes On Video 5, Anal Cavity Search 4, and Double Vision, on the double disc set.

Niki Dark

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Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Buttholes & B-Sides was presented in a retro-looking 1.33:1 ratio full frame as shot by director Erik Everhard for Jules Jordan Video in the standard definition MPEG-2 codec with 480i resolution. The lighting was largely even and plentiful so there was not a lot of grain or other visual issues to complain about. The camera angles always favored the women, making them look as good as possible, though usually at the expense of Erik. The camera was steady and the editing kept poor footage at a minimum, but I could see why it was labeled "B-Sides" in terms of performers and technical issues. Jimmy Scaffnetti was the guy at the helm of the camera here, though Mike John and Tim Von Swine were around for part of the production too, all of them seemed to handle the camera angles in a fluid manner. I could fuss about minor matters but the 6.3 Mbps bitrate never appeared to be an issue but in general; it was still a mostly solid looking show. The audio was presented in 2.0 LPCM enhanced English at 1536 Kbps with a 48 kHz sampling rate, with minimal separation between the channels but all the vocals meant to be heard were clearly discernable. There was a lot of thumping music as others use and the sounds of the sexual activity were usually picked up by the built in microphone on the camera. I'm not sure why the switch in audio presentation from earlier releases but other than being louder, it was not clearer or otherwise enhanced on my home theater system. In short, the technical matters were fairly solid all around, maybe not quite as good as any of Erik's other gonzo titles of late but still not as weak as many of his peers.

Candy

Body of Review: Erik Everhard is the kind of performer that most women love to work with, his pounding thrusts and decadent willingness to do anything they want to get them off enhancing his stature wherever he goes. As a director, he is known for some of the best gonzo porn available on the market but what about the more marginal efforts he places in his vault when things don't quite go as planned? That is the premise of Buttholes & B-Sides: Special Edition, the double disc set of older scenes showing the cast having a great time, even if the methods used to capture the action did not always work as well as his more polished efforts. In this case, there was a mix of domestically shot scenes, foreign based works, and even a POV scene with his then-girlfriend that led to an internal creampie he felt obligated to explain before it started. The women were not top tier by any means, though Taryn Thomas was looking quite fetching compared to most of her other works of the time. I would have loved to have had a production date for the separate scenes to help "place them" in the timeline of Everhard mythology but as expected, there was a lot of fuck for the buck regardless of the specifics. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Lucy Love

Scene One: Michaella Sabatini and Andy Brown, the two skinny Euro-whores spotted on the middle of the right side of the cover, were up first as they took charge of "doggy" Steve Holmes, the man handed over by his pal, Robert Rosenberg. Steve worshipped them as they paddled him with riding crops, his oral attributes warming them up until Robert and Erik Everhard joined in to enjoy the benefits of Steve's sacrifice. There was some POV blowjob work and the gals, while mechanically energetic, seemed to be the kind men "love then leave" given their admittedly whorish looks. The guys then started plowing them vaginally and anally, the women doing double penetrations, a wealth of ATM action and gaping following in due course. The rough edges of the scene were plentiful but there was enough raw energy that I couldn't be dismissive of the marginal looking gals, even when they took the genetic juice in the form of anal creampies (and a straight facial) that were shat to the other gal's mouth. Yikes!

Scene Two: Taryn Thomas, the lead hotty as seen in flimsy blue lingerie on the lower right hand corner of the cover, was up next and she was definitely the best known lady of the production. Her tease was very heated and that sweet ass of hers beckoned to be boned, her blue panties riding deeply into her ass crack before Erik Everhard started working her orally. His skilled tongue led to her slobbing his knob aggressively, Taryn looking at the camera a bit too much but otherwise one of the most skilled ladies of the production too. When they began the vaginal screwing, she begged him to fuck her harder, diddling herself as she enjoyed his rod poking her. He slapped her ass as she requested and the various positions showed she was always an active rider of cock. The scene ended when he rubbed out a wad of population pudding to her mouth, Taryn swallowing it down with ease.

Scene Three: Jana, the plain looking blond seen on the middle of the cover, was up next in what was billed in some text information as a home movie with Erik Everhard; the gal his girlfriend when the scene was shot. It ended in a creampie rather than an observable pop shot and for my tastes, she had a degree of freshness rarely seen in porn, the chemistry between them much higher than usual and of the personal kind as opposed to the professional kind I usually comment about. She was wearing a pink outfit that hugged her curvy figure nicely, her teasing attitude the kind few women can get away with in an Everhard scene, her skills far more developed than expected seeing the way she inhaled his cock orally. The scene was a modified POV scene too, Erik putting down the camera so he could eat her and pound away at her pussy when the time came to get busy. It was vaginal only but the pair had fun, the kind of fun that is unusual in a porn release, the gal's active ride and way she looked into his eyes a real treat, even if the ending was a bit truncated (the camera was set down and the menu page appeared moments after. Still, in some ways, it was the highlight of the show for me.

Scene Four: Niki Dark, the skinny brunette seen on the top left to middle (a series of three pictures) of the cover, was up next as the first scene of the second disc. Steve Holmes, Michael Stefano, Erik Everhard, and Jimmy Scaffnetti were traveling the Eastern Europe countryside looking for hookers when she appeared alongside the roadway. Steve did the talking and that led to her joining them for far too much money, her shaven snatch the cleanest looking part of the rough looking female. She began blowing Steve as they drove along the road, waiting until they got back to the cottage to start fucking. She climbed onto the bed to suck off Michael while Steve drilled her pussy, eventually doing anal and DP's after Erik joined the action to make her airtight. At that point, Jimmy was manning the camera while the others were manning Niki, the mechanical nature of the scene actually okay despite a lack of chemistry between them. Before the scene finished up, Niki taste tested all the guys from each hole, their seed launched into her mouth as she seemed to want from them (swallowing it all down with ease).

Scene Five: Candy, an all natural blond in sexy blue lingerie as seen on the upper right hand corner of the cover, was up next as pimp daddy Jimmy handed her over to Erik Everhard. He had tied her up with duct tape, the gal smiling as she was given some oral pleasure by Erik on the red couch. Erik unwrapped his present and ate her out some more, her blowjob lacking in finesse but showing a decent amount of energy before the couple started vaginally screwing in various positions. Candy was not the most active performer of the movie but she looked good, her roast beef pussy doing its job just fine according to the way Erik's cock responded to it. Candy was in way over her head this time but she took the facial like a seasoned professional, her sweet curves not reaching her true potential (despite a heart shaped ass).

Scene Six: Lucy Love, the cute gal seen on the lower left corner on the cover, was up last as she walked the streets of her foreign shopping district, Michael Stefano, Robert Rosenberg, and Erik Everhard prepared to give her quite a workout. Erik arranged for her to be a present for sleeping Michael, but she wanted some loving from each of them, her pretty pussy looking most attractive on the stairs. Lucy's oral aptitude was clear from the moment she sucked off a black dildo but Mike wanted to taste her asshole and use some beads to prepare her for what became a mainstay of the action here, her ass showing all the men a good time. All three of her holes were ravaged this time, the ass fucking and ATM probably the most plentiful action of the scene, some DP footage (various positions/partners) rounding out the offering before she took their facials in stride. She seemed to be perfectly suited to what they needed of her, whorish enough to do anything they wanted but attractive enough to keep fans watching.

Summary: Buttholes & B-Sides by director Erik Everhard for Jules Jordan Video might not have had the usual anamorphic widescreen (as advertised on the company website at this writing), a bunch of hot looking ladies considered to be top tier talent (though Taryn was a major hotty here), or the technical values one associates with an Everhard production, but it did manage to provide enough fuck for the buck strokability and replay value to merit a rating of Recommended. In short, I have seen a lot of Erik's movies in the last ten years and admit that I prefer his more polished efforts but Buttholes & B-Sides: Special Edition did manage to show me even the vaulted scenes that "didn't quite cut it" for previous release were better than some of Erik's peers (at other companies), making my appreciation for his better works all the more likely when I see them in the near future.


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