Extras: The best extra was the 14:32 minute long Behind the Scenes feature shot by Lex himself, the director talking about the scenes and introducing his dog, Conan the nutless. There was also a photogallery and some trailers, a slipcase provided as well.
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Audio/Video Quality: Pole Position 9 was presented in an anamorphic widescreen at 1.78:1 as shot by director Lexington Steele for Mercenary Pictures in this MPEG-2 encoded, 480p resolution, effort. While I don't get to see many movies from the company these days (mainly ones I'm voting for or against in different award shows), it is good to see that the company finally made the transition to anamorphic widescreen and will be even better when the learning curve of such productions is beyond the beginning point. The company is not known for its technical expertise (except, perhaps, the Jimmy Scaffnetti titles), but there did appear to be an attempt to handle things properly here. The show appears to have been captured by a single fluidly moving camera (with all the tradeoffs associated with that choice), the camera itself appearing to have less resolution, especially under lower lighting circumstances, but easy enough to handle during the throes of passion. The video bitrate varied substantially but when I spot checked it, the results showed to be in the 4.8 Mbps area a lot (sometimes higher, sometimes lower). The audio was presented in the standard 2.0 Dolby Digital English with a 192 Kbps bitrate and 48 kHz sampling rate. The vocals were generally easily heard, the director appearing to use the microphone attached to the camera and sticking close to them, sacrificing the medium and long shots to do so but the aural qualities of the voices were okay. There was no separation between the channels and the dynamic range was minimal but my biggest complaint was the inclusion of an ongoing, generic music track in the background (it got better with time as I learned to tune it out).
Body of Review: Lexington Steele has long been one of the most award winning male performers in the porn industry, his attempts at directing also recognized by some of us critics that appreciate diversity. While not known for technical excellence, Lex's movies show him to be confident, laid back, and often in front of the camera as talent at Mercenary Pictures, this helping to insure his movies have enough raw energy to win out over the multitude of polished efforts populating the market. While I haven't seen many of his movies in recent years, a few came in the other day including Pole Position 9, a point of view title starring Lex himself with a plethora of curvy women many of us appreciate. With ladies like Flower Tucci, Sarah Vandella, and Rebeca Linares, the movie was also 80% interracial for those keeping track, the lure of a big black dick stuffed inside the holes of the women undeniably interesting. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Flower Tucci with Lexington Steele
Scene One: Sarah Vandella, the babe featured on the left side of the cover, was up first as she masturbated on the couch with some "easy access" crotchless panties. She was watching another movie by the company and having a good time, playfully showing off her juicy pussy, my attention turning to her face, tits, and ass at least as much before Lexington Steele replaced her vibrator with his cock in point of view fashion. Sarah aggressively worked his pecker in her mouth, pushing her limits as he gave her verbal cues showing his appreciation. The hummer led to some titty fucking and then vaginal work, Sarah proving she was a better lay than many the director has worked with in the past. Granted though, Sarah was not as some of the size queens out there but despite Lex trying to open her back door, she handled him fairly well even when she had some anal beads inside of her ass. The scene showed her doing taste testing and taking a facial too, the pouty look she displayed when looking up at him enough to elicit some additional genetic juice out of me too.
Scene Two: Janet Mason, a curvy MILF with long red hair and a great big smile, was up next as she hung out with Lexington Steele by the hot tub. Janet was wearing a flashy but small bikini, her thong riding deep inside of her ass as she readied the edge of the slate tub for her tease. Janet has been around a long time on the fringes of porn, claiming eleven years online before she sucked off Lex's big pipe. Her oral skills were solid but her vaginal riding was a lot less passionate, the titty fucking serving at least as well in terms of increasing the friction between the pair. Janet cleaned him off orally between positions and was more active when they went inside the house, Lex's population pudding gracing her face and throat well before a second bout of boning led to her milking another load that went to her ass cheeks. While they appeared to respect one another pretty well, their personal chemistry just didn't work well for me at all though so my reaction was mixed to say the least.
Scene Three: Cherokee D'Ass, a large black gal with an ample sample, was next in the parade of pussy, her fleshy ass cheeks well known these days and the phattest in terms of junk in the trunk this time. Her scene partner was Lexington Steele and he was so infatuated with capturing her moves that the camera work wasn't always as good this time, her neon green fishnet outfit unable to hold her wares in. The tease consisted mostly of booty tease but she also showed off her tits a lot, some minimal vaginal screwing leading to her oral skills being tested before more penetration was provided. Cherokee isn't my type of lady most of the time so I'll reserve judgment about her for the purpose of this review, the gal taking the facial well enough at the end of the action to merit a nod or two.
Scene Four: Rebeca Linares, the leanest gal of the movie by far, was up next in the game room as she showed her physique in a tiny red & black outfit that tightly clung to her body. She was playing coy with Lexington Steele and he longed to be inside of her, the guy reminiscing about their first time together as being special. Rebeca acquitted herself orally very nicely before she spiced things up with some foot fetish action, her tiny frame surprisingly accommodating to his huge cock as it tore inside of her. Rebeca was an active vaginal rider but she also seemed to like his girth, toying with him a little from time to time to establish her sense of self. Most of his spew went over her head and the pop shot was looped but she swallowed at least a little bit of his semen to make it strokable.
Scene Five: Flower Tucci, the popular blond featured on the right side of the front cover, was up last as she provided the perfect capper to a mostly generic set of scenes. She was dressed in black lingerie and this time, it was Flower that reminisced her first scene because it was with Lexington Steele, his memories seemingly fond of her too. Flower's new haircut made her look different but for me, she is a welcome addition to any scene in any movie, her performing skills among the best in the industry at this writing. She teased him and then blew him, the vaginal screwing leading to anal in short order, a bunch of taste testing happening after she pissed all over the place ("squirting"). Like the other women, she cleaned his nuts orally and serviced him as he saw fit, her anal escapades with him less active but as she put it "that's a lot of cock to handle". Flower tried her best to keep eye contact with him (as the camera), her performances a significantly stronger one than the rest of the crew in my estimation, the scene ending with some post coital sucking after he unleashed his seed all over her face and into her eye. Whew!
Summary: Pole Position 9 by director Lexington Steele for Mercenary Pictures benefitted greatly by the inclusion of Flower Tucci and Sarah Vandella but the other ladies were generally pretty decent performers too. The movie was truthfully advertised as all point of view and all Lexington Steele so the concern that he hired third tier mopers or others not up to his speed are unfounded. I rated the movie as a Rent It but fans of POV material with a lot of interracial might see fit to upgrade that a notch or two so keep an open mind (just not an empty head). In short, Pole Position 9 was truthfully advertised in most respects so it is clear that Lex is maintaining his usual level of quality at this writing.
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