Cast: Jackie Daniels, Nick Manning, Vanessa Leon, Tom Byron, Abby Lane, Jack Lawrence, Carmen McCarthy, Sadie West, Sean Michaels
Length: 131:47 minutes
Date of Production: 10/23/2009
Extras: The most interesting extra was the bonus scene from Firebush 2 described below from the old Jewel De'Nyle back catalog she sold awhile back (apparently to Tom). It lasted 25:03 minutes, was between Isabella Soprano and Kris Slater, and had Tom's company logo on both sides of the screen since it was a full frame outing (basically, it looked lame but the scene itself was fine). There was also a 29:51 minute long set of interviews and photoshoot footage, adding some value to the show. There was also a set of trailers, a photogallery, and some spam.
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Audio/Video Quality: Unseasoned Players 2 was presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen offering as shot by director Tom Byron for Tom Byron Pictures in the MPEG-2 codec (like most standard definition titles are, using a 480 resolution). The camera work mixed it up this time with a bit of tease footage taken inside the house, including some quality time of the ladies in skimpy outfits or naked, but much of it out by Tom's pool where the lighting was better too. The video maintained a bitrate of mid 5.7 Mbps most of the time, reducing the obvious compression artifacts to almost none and each scene provided solid flesh tones that appeared to be accurate as Ivan and Tom worked the cameras. The editing by Tom was generally decent, showing the same level of skill as the last time I checked out one of his movies for review, albeit I wished some additional tease footage was left in the scenes or provided in the extras section of the DVD. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English offering at 192 Kbps with a 48 kHz sampling rate. There was no noticeable separation between the tracks and the dynamic range was limited but I could hear the ladies and the music was not a factor so I would say it was aurally average in most respects.
Body of Review: Tom Byron and his company, Tom Byron Pictures, make hardcore gonzo porn well worth checking out these days, his devotion to the ladies working better than the type of porn he made under the Extreme label years back. While going mainstream, Tom made a point to offer up sex acts he thought were underrepresented in porn but has also tried to cater to the popular market niches with titles such as Unseasoned Players 2. The premise of the series is to showcase women with relatively few scenes under their belt, the end results somewhat mixed, largely shooting for the appeal newcomers have with many fans. In this second batch of babes, the hot ticket featured on the front cover was Sadie West though a few of the others upstaged her as far as I was concerned despite her beautiful eyes and smoking hot curvy body. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Jackie Daniels, a lean brunette with strong legs, was up first with Nick "dropping loads" Manning, the format previously established to have the interview with a short tease montage. The couple then retired to the living room where they slowly undressed as they kissed and caressed each other, Nick's demeanor staying civil initially. She dropped down to slob his knob, polishing his modest pecker orally before he reciprocated and then started vaginally boning her in several positions. She was a relatively passive performer except when she was on top of his lap, the gal showing some modicum of potential all the same as she took his load of genetic juice launched by his own hand to her face (though she didn't swallow).
Sadie West with Sean Michaels
Scene Two: Vanessa Leon, a curvy little brunette with a nice smile and some left over baby fat, was up next on the couch with Tom Byron, the tease footage showing her in a white room before the couple went into the bedroom to display their skills. He grabbed her ass while she grabbed his cock, both providing some playful oral on the other before the modestly active vaginal positions. She proved she had some solid hip action at times and kept her moans to almost believable proportions, the facial of population pudding stroked out by his own hand. There seemed to be added chemistry this time that helped give the scene some replay value but only a bit of it.
Scene Three: Abby Lane, a plain brunette in her third week of performing in movies, was up next with Jack Lawrence, her wealth of scenes discussed as they interviewed on the love seat all cramped up. Jack talked about his past as a police officer, Abby looking out of place in her white shorts and colorful top but more so in her tease bikini. The scene took place on a smaller bed, Jack peeling off her clothing as she accommodated his hands and tongue passively. Her blowjob proved she was no stranger to a pecker in her mouth, the gal savoring his medium sized rod at least as well as he appreciated eating her. The vaginal positions showed her to be another one with some potential that wasn't completely lived up to, Jack doing most of the work here, the lack of chemistry partially offset by the performance (at times). The ending wad of semen was jerked off to her mouth, the gal spending as much time looking up at the camera as Jack.
Scene Four: Carmen McCarthy, the gal with the most experience of the female cast, was up next with Tom Byron, their interview by the pool touching on their previous experience together (oral only) from before this "comeback". To me, she looked more like a seasoned stripper than a performer, her physical appeal sufficient to fuck though I don't see her becoming a big favorite anytime soon. They went to bed to do the sexual portion of the act, Tom going first as he ate her out front and back before she engaged his cock orally. The expressions she made helped give the scene a degree of appeal but her riding skills were modest and largely passive, Tom unable to hold his nut so he busted it on her face.
Scene Five: Sadie West, the attractive brunette featured on the front cover with beautiful eyes, was up last with studly Sean Michaels, her red bikini tease among the best thing going in the flick. They went to the black leather couch to go at it, Sean smacking her ass as she streamed a lot of dirty talk. He ate her front and back and she overacted so much that I wondered why, her oral decent enough but not up to the standards I prefer given how he was too large for her to take inside her mouth. While there was some foot fetish action at times, this was another straightforward vaginal penetration scene, her inability to aggressively handle his girth weakening the scene a whole lot. After several positions of that, he beat off into her mouth, no discernable chemistry displayed along the way.
Bonus Scene: Firebush 2: Isabella Soprano, a curvy gal with brown hair (and some minor red highlights), was up first as she teased by a couch while wearing a white top and plaid skirt. Her ass had a lot of junk in the trunk for fans of fleshy butts and the scene with Kris Slater was pretty solid. They did oral on one another, keeping the mood light and playful, and except for a perpetual grimace she had during the scene, I thought she got off at least once. It ended when he jerked off to her face and the chemistry was evident throughout the scene.
Summary: Unseasoned Players 2 by director Tom Byron for Tom Byron Pictures was another fuck flick so heavily dependent on the ladies that it just didn't do it for me consistently, their newness showing up in how they performed all to readily so I rated this as a Rent It best worthy of your consideration if you worship at the altar of newness rather than heated pairings with skilled partners. In short then, Unseasoned Players 2 was as good as most titles relating to newcomers other than most of the ladies were not exactly "new", but consider it as a mid-week rental more than anything else unless you've literally seen all of Tom's other works.
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