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Barely Legal #97


Studio: Hustler Video » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 8/23/09



XCritic's Advice: Recommended




Barely Legal #97 (SD & Blu-ray)

Hustler Video

Genre: Vignette, Young Women


Director: Matti Klatt

Cast: Ashlyn Rae, Cheyne Collins, Lindy Lane, Billy Glide, Jennifer White, Eric Swiss, Nicole Ray, Talon, Crissy Moon, Chris Johnson
Non-sex role: Matti Klatt

Length: 111:58 minutes


Date of Production: 2009

Extras: There were few extras worth mentioning this time, the BTS by Faria Radji missing. There was a 5 minute long look at how the series began in the first place, a short documentary seen previously in some volumes of the series, starring Clive McLean. There were also trailers for Hustler titles, a slide show, and some spam with the cover sporting a second side that displayed related titles in the series.

Condoms: None

Ashlyn Rae with Cheyne Collins

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Audio/Video Quality: Barely Legal #97 (SD & Blu-ray) was presented in a fetching 1.78:1 widescreen color by director Matti Klatt for Hustler Video using the AVC codec; a standard on Blu-Ray discs; the standard definition version in MPEG-2 with the usual 480 resolution compared to the 1080i resolution of the high definition version, partially made up for by the SD's anamorphic nature). My knowledge of the SD version of the title allows me to compare the two; it lacked the better resolution and purity of fleshtones this version had, the bitrate often hovering around 18.7 Mbps area compared to less than a third that in the SD version which seemed to hover around the 5.6 Mbps mark. The use of video bothers some folks but it suited the nature of the show far more than film would have and the contrasts were all enhanced by the high definition approach. There were no obvious compression artifacts, no grain to speak of, and I saw no macro-blocking or other issues that pop up; thanks in no small part to the proper lighting applied here. The summation of the visuals is that they made the show look somewhat different than the series has under Erica McLean, the camera work by Matt and Todd Valcount, editing once again by "Nextdoor Jimmy" and direction by Matti proving to be somewhat of a nice new beginning for the otherwise generic production. The gals were all generically lean and youthful as the series promotes but minor flaws and blemishes did not seem to be handled as well as some of the older volumes in the series, relatively minor quibbles considering how much more resolution the new format offered up for my inspection. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital stereo English using a 224 Kbps bitrate at 48 kHz in the Blu-ray version but the bitrate was a mere 192 Kbps in the SD version (very little difference). The vocals on the scenes were flat and even in most cases, the voice-overs sounding somewhat warmer in tone and always easier to hear, and the minimal music seemed to come from the stock library used for years by the series/company. In terms of upgrades then, the visuals got the largest boost by a wide margin with the aural capabilities once again cleaned up but only slightly (and in the BTS, I could barely hear the gals speak on occasion).

Lindy Lane with Billy Glide

Body of Review: Matti Klatt has been a director/production assistant at Hustler Video for some time now even if no one seems to know much about him. Having seen enough of his work to consider him "porn friendly", I wondered what he would bring to the table when he took over the "Barely Legal" series from Erica McLean after Barely Legal #94. Well, I missed out on his debut effort but was surprised to find Barely Legal #96 as a change of pace, albeit with some rough edges, so I selected Barely Legal #97 in both the standard and high definition editions to see if maybe he had upgraded the series any since he took over. When I look back at the series as a whole, I've found that many volumes suffered from using ladies well past their teen and hardly qualifying as "barely legal" but the hope always remains that a performer will break free of the mold and show some extra enthusiasm or spark meriting additional attention. This time, the company seemed as though it was trying to upgrade the series before the 100th edition, Matti providing a pretty decent, if truncated set of scenes. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Jennifer White

Scene One: Ashlyn Rae, a red head in a colorful bikini , was up first as being shot by a perverted old guy (portrayed by the director himself). Along came Cheyne Collins as a nosy cop and off he went for Cheyne to enjoy her company back at the house. She slobbed his knob with a modicum of care, looking up at him with seductive eyes before he reciprocated nicely. Cheyne then went down on her and she seemed pleased, the pair engaged in vaginal intercourse. Ashlyn was a passive rider but at her age, a lot of viewers probably expect that of her, her shaven pubes enhancing the youth angle substantially. The end came when he rubbed out a healthy batch of genetic juice on her neck.

Nicole Ray and Talon

Scene Two: Lindy Lane, a fleshy brunette with a great smile, was up next with Billy Glide in his uncle's home. He impressed her with his knowledge of wine (and the hidden wine bottles), prying her open with some wine because it made her horny. The wine tasting party led to him rubbing her clitoris through her shorts, the wine having an immediate effect so she blew him, engulfing his pecker with her ready mouth. He was way too big for her but she tried to keep up with his growing erection, toying with him a bit before he went down on her. The screwing was again vaginal and she was passive until she was on top of him, Lindy bouncing on his cock like she was scratching a deep seated itch to say the least. A few positions later and she dropped to her knees, Billy rubbing out a wad of population pudding to her face and upper torso.

Crissy Moon and Chris Johnson

Scene Three: Jennifer White, a lean brunette with a nice ass, was up next as she bent over while tending the garden out back by the pool. Eric Swiss beckoned her to come over and hang out by the Jacuzzi, Jennifer sitting on his face as he munched away at her snatch. The faces she made might have been overdone a bit but amusing nonetheless, her blowjob way too short to fully appreciate. The vaginal screwing took on another bout of passive boning between them, at least her titties bouncing nicely as she took what he gave her. Eric even thumbed her ass as he planked her pussy, the load of semen landing on her asshole even though she fingered it herself and seemed ready to do anal.

Scene Four: Nicole Ray, the sexy young lady featured on the front cover, was up next with Talon, the pair exchanging presents on the bed by the fireplace before he brought her his last gift, his pecker in a box of lollipops. She loved licking things so she took to his pecker very aggressively, inhaling his cock with the seasoned oral skills of a lady that has probably slobbed the knobs of hundreds of men in her sorted past. He then ate her hairy pussy, drilling her vaginally in a handful of positions before the modestly active gal took his wad of semen in her mouth for swallowing. I noticed the movie became all pixilated during the screwing though and that weakened it for me.

Scene Five: Crissy Moon, another youthful brunette, was up last as she posed for the director out back by the porch, Chris Johnson dressed as a cop to run him off. The replay of the first scene struck me as kind of lame but it occurred to me that this scene might have been shot out of sequence with the others, perhaps made for one of the following volumes of the series. That said, she went inside the house with him and displayed her oral skills on his night stick, his "real" night stick impressing her even though it was modest in size. He laid back on the bed while she gave him head, actively working his pipe before he reciprocated (with some pixilation here too). She wanted more cock so she engulfed his pecker again, the pair soon moving into a penetrative set of positions afterwards. I was surprised that she did vaginal as well as anal here, the passive acts still pretty warm given the way she reacted to him. As expected though, she enjoyed receiving the mouth pop and gave him some post coital head to end the movie. Nice!

Summary: Barely Legal #97 by director Matti Klatt for Hustler Video was not the best work I've seen from the guy but it was a definite step up for the series as he tried to provide a more varied experience with the ladies, altering the usual formula a bit to leave off the spoken introductions that no one believes. The levels of heat, chemistry, strokability, and replay value were a notch higher than usual too, meriting a rating of barely Recommended for me to reward the efforts with. In short, Barely Legal #97 (SD & Blu-ray) was more fun for me to appreciate than Barely Legal #94 had been, the high definition Blu-ray version adding something to the mix that was hard to define but welcome all the same. I look forward to seeing if the director can keep his momentum going with additional volumes in the series or if some more changes are made to liven it up even more.


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