Cast: Alexis Texas, Jenna Haze, Stevie Hart, Mr. Pete, Erik Everhard, Chayse Evans, Prince Yahshua, Kristina Rose, Manuel Ferrara, Missy Stone, Mark Ashley
Length: 275:11 minutes (176:28+ 98:43 minutes)
Alexis Texas and Jenna Haze
Date of Production: 6/9/2009
Extras: The best extra for myself was a 16:40 minute long Bonus Scene of Jenna Haze masturbating on a couch. Let's face it, as the star of the entire show and the primary reason anyone would be buying the double disc set, seeing more of Jenna in action would be the best thing she could offer short of home delivery by herself. There was some anal with a toy and various fingering action, the lovely leading lady showing her experience while still looking far too young. I also enjoyed the 17:23 minute long Interview with Missy Stone, the gal smoking a cancer stick as she answered Jenna's questions. She left her clothing on (the fetish outfit seen on the cover and in her primary scene) but she added a new dimension to why she comes across so strong in her scenes. There was also a lengthy, 54:43 minute long Behind the Scenes feature shot by Van Styles, Jenna the centerpiece but others getting some attention on the low resolution extra. I was happy to see some more of my makeup pal Nicole DD hard at work too, enhancing the look of the ladies even if the BTS footage was on the sloppy side to show it. There was then a cumshot recap, a photogallery, a cast list, and some websites for those that care.
Audio/Video Quality: Anal Academics was presented in an anamorphic widescreen color with an approximate aspect ratio of 1.78:1 as shot by director Jenna Haze for Jules Jordan Video using the MPEG-2 encoding and 480 resolution you would expect of a standard definition title. In order to allow her to participate in most scenes, Jenna hired Van Styles to work the camera and handle the majority of technical matters, infusing her own ideas with his expertise for this sophomore effort that admittedly had some rough edges but was pleasing sexually; something akin to how Belladonna shots her works (just markedly better looking here). The lighting was flat and even most of the time (except some flare ups or stylish attempts at trying new things), still better than that which you'll find in most gonzo porn and topping a few of Van's recent efforts. There was little grain and the fleshtones were even better this time making me think that the HD picture might look even better on one of the newer high resolution formats, but only by a small margin given the look of the ladies thanks to his fine work shooting the scenes (Van Styles also on the editing board here) with the bitrate coming in under the 2.8 Mbps rate most of the time. The composition of the shots was such that the ladies were made to look as good but I really did not think the movie was as polished looking as his own works these days, invoking a different look most of the time despite his dominance on the technical aspects of the movie. The audio was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital English (192 Kbps bitrate with a 48 kHz sampling rate) but there was no separation between the channels and the vocals were on the low side in all but a few circumstances.
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Body of Review: Jenna Haze currently holds the enviable position of being the most widely employed performer in porn, one of the few that I describe as a "porn star", and the rare bird given how she needn't lower her rates like the majority of the industry seems forced to do these days. Given her success over the years, the beauty decided it was high time she start taking a more active role in shooting her scenes, the result being the gal making a distribution deal with Jules Jordan Video to become a director/owner like so many men have done. So far, the reports have been mixed in terms of her freshman release but I was given the opportunity to review her second title, Anal Academics: Special Edition, the double disc set providing a solid cast along with the director herself. I know there has been speculation that this is merely another marketing attempt with Jenna the latest credited "director" in the light of Celeste, Aurora Snow, and so many others that do almost nothing while reaping the accolades of the "real" directors out there but given the lengthy BTS feature showing her taking an active role in the production of the movie, something you just don't see when it comes to the fakers. This time, Jenna uses fetish attire, ladies like Alexis Texas, Missy Stone, Kristina Rose, and several others to rev up the engines, the results being better than I anticipated going into it. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: My Pet pt.1: Alexis Texas, the curvy blond babe featured on the lower half of the cover, was up first as she submitted to the will of equally dressed hotty Jenna Haze (wearing the same outfit as on the cover), some upbeat music deployed during the bump & grind tease Jenna offered to start things off. Alexis was wrapped up in neon pink tape and tied to the upstairs railing, struggling to free herself before Jenna arrived. Jenna taught Alexis the ways of the anal pleasuring here, the blond bombshell going down on the director before the reciprocation took place on the floor. There was fingering, rimming, and a lot of heated chemistry between them as Jenna used Alexis' ass with numerous toys, the results not as perfect as when Alexis works with her lover (Mr. Pete) but still a nice change of pace from some of her marginal lipstick lesbian scenes elsewhere. Jenna was not as active with receiving the pleasuring though and that was a weakness of the scene for me, Jenna finishing up without any genetic juice in sight, just an attempt to continue her domination by tying her pet back up to the railing.
Jenna Haze and Kristina Rose with Manuel Ferrara
Scene Two: The Beginner: Stevie Hart, the cute blond stripper looking gal on the upper center of the cover, was up next as she slowly teased along the railing of the house, her purple dress barely holding in her assets before Jenna warmed her up from beside the camera. There was a lot of anal play using toys to stretch her out and warm her up for the cock of Mr. Pete to penetrate, her perfect pucker yielding freely as he waited on the sidelines. Pete couldn't wait to sample Stevie's body, the pair kissing as he felt her pussy up. Pete aggressively fingered her pussy and ass too, drilling her from behind vaginally before moving to the anal that was discussed earlier. Stevie was a moderately active rider with no chemistry for the guy that I could see, her blowjob proving she was no stranger to sucking a rod or anal because once she started impaling herself, she really let loose with the juice. Jenna again lent a helping hand at times as well as provided some audio commentary, but even the choking seemed a bit held back here, Pete unleashing his load of population pudding on her ass cheeks for her to lick up.
Scene Three: The Gaper: Jenna Haze, wearing a truly hot looking outfit consisting of purple lingerie, was up next, the sheer fabric giving me wood even during the stylish looking tease by the fountain/lap pool outside of the house. Once she was inside and the lighting returned to normal, her outfit was bright blue, her sweet figure getting some caresses before she invoked the might of studly Erik Everhard to service her properly. There are few men in porn able to dish out enough to satisfy the top talent like Erik can, the guy eating her front and back before she slobbed his knob so aggressively. Jenna used a lot of dirty talk here too, the lady actively riding his pecker orally and then in her pussy and ass like no one else in the movie could. There did appear to be some lighting issues due to the huge picture window behind them and the light coloring of the setting surrounding them but the scene was easily the hottest of the flick bar none. They did taste testing and other antics but the most satisfying aspects were always the penetration, Jenna truly providing an experience to replay time and again. The scene finished up when he rubbed out a wad of genetic juice to her face, Jenna savoring the seed more enthusiastically than any of her peers. Yum!
Jenna Haze in the bonus scene
Scene Four: The Girlfriend: Chayse Evans, the sexy babe seen on the far right side of the front cover, was up last on the first disc, the gal sunbathing by the pool with some baby oil giving her that shiny look I adore so much. For some reason, she was only wearing her shoes, her physical appeal working very nicely until the scene cut away to show Prince Yahshua jerking off to a portable DVD player displaying Jenna in action. This side step weakened the initial heat built up but Chayse tried to restore it when she walked in on him, vowing to try and take care of him so he wouldn't need to watch other ladies. Chayse started by dropping to her knees to slob his knob, the messy hummer and handjob reminding me more than a little bit of Jenna herself, his own oral attempts truncated by her need for seed. The vaginal pounding showed her to be largely passive though so despite her talkative mouth, she stopped far short of providing a full "Jenna Haze" experience here. The anal action was even slower, the large black cock too much for her to readily handle, some choking helping to control her though she remained loud and proud with her aural abilities. The scene ended when he busted a nut all over her chest, the gal finally quite as she rubbed the lotion all around her titties.
Scene Five: The Lesson: Kristina Rose and Jenna Haze, dressed like private school girls as seen on the upper left hand part of the front cover, were up next in one of the most popular porn homes used these days. They were planning on going to France and needed some tutoring so they naturally went to the most popular native of that country around, studly Manuel Ferrara, for lessons. The language lessons were soon over when he collected their notebooks, the ladies wanting to learn more practical lessons from the guy; Jenna soon sucking face with him after flashing her panties. Kristina got in on the action too as she made out with him, the gals sharing but showing a competitive streak too, carrying over to the way they slobbed his knob and jumped his bones. Jenna kept wearing her glasses for the fetish crowd out there and Kristina was one of the few ladies in the movie able to give her a run for her money in terms of actively riding the cock in pussy or ass, the intermittent oral and assistance provided by both ladies as they sought to own the bone for their own making it a solid opening scene for the second disc. The chemistry was obvious and the playful energy off the charts, this being the type of scene I expected from the majority of footage in the movie though that hope lay largely unfulfilled. Manuel gave some oral from time to time too but once again, Jenna ruled the scene from start to finish. The action eventually ended when he rubbed out the wad of spew to their faces, the ladies cumswapping the remains and licking it off one another. Whew!
Scene Six: My Pet pt. 2: Missy Stone, a current darling of the sitcum craze for her sexual and acting abilities, was up last in a fetish corset and blue fishnet attire, the picture on the distant upper right corner of the cover not doing her justice. She teased with her sexy figure on a large indoor platform, her boots and corset crackling as she moved about and masturbated. To prepare for the action with well hung meat puppet Mark Ashley, she used a series of anal toys courtesy of helpful Jenna Haze, Jenna staying largely on the sidelines as the gal went at it. There was ATM and Missy went down on Jenna, the BDSM aspects lightly played but prevalent nonetheless. Mark was brought in to push the limits of Missy, going down on her and stuffing his cock in her mouth as he saw fit. The vaginal and anal penetration portions of the scene showed her to be passive at first and slowly warming up, his girth more than she could easily handle until completely warmed up. Missy did a technical DP too but it was the ending stream of semen that flowed so freely from his balls to coat her ass crack and snatch that proved just how good she was to the guy.
Summary: Anal Academics by director Jenna Haze for Jules Jordan Video proved that whatever limitations the director currently has, she was smart enough to surround herself with talented cast and crew to enhance the final product. The rough edges in the technical arena should be easy to fix and the selection of cast that works best together is a skill that comes with time and observation, the replay value and strokability making this one Recommended or better, depending on how much Jenna Haze you want to see. In that sense, Jenna fans should consider this a "must have" to see her at her best, evolving to accommodate her ideas behind the camera as well as provide her usual strong performances that left most of her peers in the dust. In short, Anal Academics: Special Edition was a double disc well worth checking out and picking up for your collections, Jenna only just beginning to display a knack for how things work best in a production, boosting her above some longstanding female directors that have always rested on their laurels.
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