Extras: The only extras were five photogalleries, a cumshot recap, a cast list, some limited filmographies, and three trailers to some of Manuel's previous flicks.
Audio/Video Quality: Raw 2 was presented in a nice 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen color as shot by director Manuel Ferrara for Evil Angel using the MPEG-2 codec for the standard definition release with 480p resolution. The colors were accurate in most cases but the footage was shot by Manuel himself (sometimes in POV while other times by setting the camera on a table), giving it a home movie look at times but serving to elevate the chemistry between the couples on display, no one else getting in the way to weaken the bonds. So while there was grain, weird camera work and angles at times, and perhaps lots of opportunities to polish up the raw footage, the title speaks volumes as to what was supposed to happen here and I have to respect the dynamic as advertised. The video bitrate hovered on the low end, often in the 2.8 Mbps area or so, the show pretty solid considering the circumstance. The audio was presented in the usual 2.0 Dolby Digital English using the 192 Kbps and 48 kHz sampling rate; sounding average compared to the video as all the gals could be heard (though the lack of separation and limited dynamic range could also be worked on).
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Body of Review: Manuel Ferrara is perhaps the most charismatic man in porn today, his charms working on such a wide variety of women because he really does adore them so much. Over the last several years, his movies distributed by Evil Angel have won awards and the usual acclaim but what really speaks volumes to me as a critic is the comments I hear from his partners in the scenes with him, a great many of them practically swooning as they recollected their accounts to me. His latest fuck flick coming my way is the double disc Raw 2, the sequel to Raw 1 I reviewed awhile back. While there were only five scenes here and limited extras, the movie lasted almost a full five and a half hours, substantial amounts of raw footage with tease and repeated sexual encounters truly showing how much the director shines in the eyes of his female performers. The company website described the double disc set like this: "The lusty Frenchman returns with another collection of his intimate, off-the-cuff erotic adventures with Manual Ferrara's Raw 2, a six-scene demonstration of how the porno girls really just can't get enough of that accent, not to mention that huge, uncut cock. Witness frequent Ferrara co-stars Chayse Evans and Kristina Rose at their most down and dirty, teasing, joking and spreading all the way open for the style of pounding that makes them keep coming back for more. Also featured are European girls Eloa Lombard and Asian Shan! From cam-shows to adult-bookstore assignations, Manual comes down from the mansion and takes it street-level!" Here's a very brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Chayse Evans, a lean brunette really coming into her own of late, was up first, the gal conversing with Manuel Ferrara via his website in a live chat. She masturbated in a very raw looking, low resolution presentation, the couple mutually masturbating but soon joining him in a bedroom where she stripped naked very quickly to start all over again. Her shaven snatch looked inviting and he set the camera down for a static shot, going down on her before she gave him a POV blowjob. That led to a powerful vaginal pounding with some rough stuff like choking, the camera repositioned a few times as he ate her ass and otherwise satisfied her needs (and vice versa of course). Chayse then masturbated anally to stretch herself out and prepare for his pecker to penetrate her perfect pucker, the large cock pushing her limits but the gal clearly enjoying every stroke as she pushed back to meet his thrusts. She was even better on top of him, her ass cheeks rippling as they bumped uglies so passionately. The scene ended after about an hour, Chayse sucking his cock until he unleashed his seed all over her torso, milking the genetic juice with ease and delight.
Scene Two: Eloa Lombard, a European gal with a fleshy ass, was up next in a hotel, her loose shorts falling down to reveal her curves as she walked down the hallway with frisky Manuel Ferrara. They got to their room and he swatted her, Eloa posing for him in bed before slobbing his knob with care. She got in some vaginal penetration too but went back to blowing him, the static camera trick allowing him the freedom to enjoy her just as much as she enjoyed him. They appeared to be a real life couple in bed too, little caresses punctuating their more obvious porn moments, Eloa actively riding him in various positions at different times of the day from what it appeared. They did some anal too but took it extremely slowly, his cock too large for her to accommodate easily so they took a break to walk around in public. The sightseeing was cut short for her to blow and titty fuck him though, some salad tossing leading to more penetrative acts including vaginal and faster anal but she took his mouth pop all the same in POV fashion, the population pudding swallowed with ease.
Scene Three: Avy Scott, a sexy blond back in porn, was up next as a running partner for Manuel Ferrara, the lady wearing fitness garb and limited makeup before their jaunt. The public introduction was fun but she was ready to rumble afterwards, lying naked in bed as the couple pawed each other. She jerked him off, kissed him, and tossed his salad, Manuel reciprocating at length before some foot fetish material and a titty fuck. The vaginal penetration and oral lasted forever but the amount of chemistry and passion they had for one another was very telling, the lady enjoying the numerous times he choked her hard. The scene eventually ended when she blew him to completion, jerking him off to her own face and ending the first disc.
Scene Four: Asian Shan, a smiling Asian gal in a French sex shop, was up next as the first scene of the second disc. She was wearing a short leather looking corset of sorts, the gal slowly gyrating around a small stripper pole to entice Manuel Ferrara. The deliberate pacing of this tease was excruciating at times, her subtle body inviting him to come hither as she explained she was from Laos. Her clothing finally removed and her masturbation act over, Michael Cherilto joined her, the couple satisfying each other orally as Manuel was recording the act for posterity. The sex between them was okay but limited, the oral and vaginal sex getting the director more interested in showing her how to do it right. Michael left her with a facial of sperm to contend with and the edit then went to Manuel taking her sightseeing, the gal acting as a guide. The tour eventually ended and the couple found themselves in his hotel room, the gal unfastening his pants to blow him far more enthusiastically than she had done Michael as part of the show. They then actively screwed, again better than the earlier bout of boning, the chemistry shared enough to push her into going well above and beyond her workplace level of screwing. The positions were numerous and the intermittent oral by both of them enhancing the scene, the anal pushing her limits a lot as she screamed out when he plundered her pucker. They continued swapping holes and going at it until she found his wad of spew way more plentiful than she was expecting, the scene lasting almost 90 minutes!
Scene Five: Kristina Rose, a sexy little Latina sleeping in bed, was awaken to the camera of Manuel Ferrara, the gal freshly showered and ready to do everything she could to please him. The lack of makeup actually worked for better than she admits in public, her solo action revealing a little pubic bush before she interviewed herself on camera (now all made up). This was a cute touch and Kristina admitted what I have long said (and others disagreed with) that he had ruined her for other men, their scenes together rarely short of spectacular thanks to the way they fit so perfectly. There was a lot of travelogue footage here of Kristina going about her day, the gal praising their scene from Evil Anal 8, providing a story about why she had not seen it before this moment (her camera shy bladder making it tough to piss on the toilet). Kristina waited impatiently for him to arrive so she watched the scene, getting herself off on the fond memories on the couch, pissing much easier the second time she tried. She masturbated with the Hitachi and Manuel arrived, some interview footage securing his ego until the end of time. Sexually, the couch and bed provided the main settings for their tryst, the oral and vaginal activities as complete as any of the previous scene and providing just as much chemistry. Kristina was an active partner here too, doing anal as easily as some gals do vaginal boning, some cuddle time showing their personal connection all the more. The touching moments aside, she ended it for him by jerking him off with one hand while rubbing his balls with the other, her abdomen displaying how loing it had been since he unleashed his seed.
Summary: Raw 2 by director Manuel Ferrara for Evil Angel had few extras worth mentioning and the technical values were all over the place considering most of the footage was shot in home movie fashion but I could not deny the strength of the connection he shared with every woman on the double disc flick. That made the replay value far better than most gonzo outings and the chemistry shared enhanced the strokability significantly, the quantity of fuck for the buck matched by the quality of the sex in all its forms so I rated this as an Xcritic Pick. If you've ever watched Manuel seduce a lady or noticed how much they perk up when doing a scene with him, Raw 2, even more than Raw 1 before it, should serve as the perfect example of why ladies really do provide better performances with top notch guys like him over the disposable mopes that should go back to selling shoes for a living. The footage was kept raw in most cases but it worked so well that it serves as a testament to his staying power in an industry as fickle as they come.
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