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Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 7/6/10

XCritic's Advice: Watch On Demand

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Genre: All Sex

Director: B. Skow

Cast: AJ Bailey, Nick Manning, Tessa Taylor, Dane Cross, Kylee Reese, James Deen, Mallory Rae Murphy, Scott Nails, Jerry, Denis Marti

Length: 173:59 minutes

AJ Bailey

Date of Production: 2/9/2010

Extras: The best related extra was the 10:43 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Mike Maravich, the cast and crew getting a few moments to discuss aspects of their lives, AJ Bailey and others enjoying their work. There was also a photogallery, some trailers, spam, and positions menu's stuffed inside the scene selection part of the disc.

Condoms: None

Tessa Taylor

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Audio/Video Quality: Gritty was presented in the same 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color it was shot in by director B. Skow for Vivid using the standard definition MPEG-2 codec in 480 resolution. The flick was shot in 1080i/60 high definition awhile back, though presented in the SD format (for now), in what appeared to be a more intimate setting than some of Skow's works to date. The lighting was well handled and this added to the pleasure of watching the gals in play as the lengthy scenes gave them enough freedom to explore their sexuality. The composition of the camera angles was almost always optimal this time, Skow seeing fit to try and enhance the look of the ladies at every turn as possible, Jack Freedom editing the production with an eye toward an edgier product. The fleshtones were usually accurate too and the DVD mastering was well done (the bitrate hovering around 4.8 Mbps), even if the lighting was off at times (the company watermark will probably be bothersome to many out there as well). The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English (in 256 Kbps with a 48 kHz sampling rate) offering with the vocals sounding flat and the music pretty decent. The aural qualities of the movie appeared to offer some separation and increased dynamic range, the vocals easily heard and mixed in with the ambient noises as well as music

Kylee Reese

Body of Review: B. Skow has been keeping a low profile of late but his work at Vivid Entertainment continues to impress those willing to brave it and look for themselves. It always amuses me how a handful of company haters tear at it based on events from years ago, the manner in which they have improved in many ways of late proving such folks wrong. Skow's latest release for the company is a showcase effort called Gritty, the contract hotty known as AJ Bailey getting two full scenes with which to impress her legion of fans. The back cover described the movie like this: "AJ and her all natural, all blonde friends like to fuck in gritty, nasty locations. Alleys, a booth in an old bar, an old desk in an abandoned building, the more ghetto the better. So B. Skow took his camera all over downtown for some of the dirtiest warehouse sex you've ever seen....with four of the hottest girls in porn...and did they ever get down. Gritty...filthy in every sense of the word." Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Mallory Rae Murphy

Scene One: AJ Bailey, the attractive blond featured on the front cover, was up first as she got ready in front of a dark bathroom mirror, the confined space looking almost as if it belonged to a trendy club still under construction. She was wearing animal print bikini undies lined in fluffy red material, her baby blue eyes watching the camera cautiously. The initial tease of the scene lacked vocals in favor of some "alt-porn" styled music, the lighting also taking a cue from the now defunct genre so many critics loved to hate. AJ stripped, masturbated, used a dildo, and then ended up with Nick Manning, the couple pawing each other until he went down on her pussy. An abrupt edit later, she was slobbing his knob and he was just as vocal as she had been, her hand assisting her efforts as he played up his usual lame persona. AJ then rode in a usually active vaginal manner, some taste testing punctuating their tryst before she jerked out his genetic juice all over her crotch while Nick gave his usual "dropping loads" speech. AJ seemed very much into the moment here and the elevated heat was what I've come to expect of her even if their personal chemistry was shaky.

AJ Bailey

Scene Two: Tessa Taylor, a cute blond wearing black panties and a shirt, was up next in bed as she followed the formula, peeling off the clothing as the music droned onward. She masturbated a bit and was soon stuck working with moper Dane Cross, the guy kissing her as his hands ran across her pussy. He continued orally stimulating her tots and pussy until she reciprocated with a hardy hummer, the gal looking up at him from time to time as she inhaled his meat. They screwed vaginally in several positions and she tried her best to be active when she was on top, their lack of immediate chemistry weakening the scene for me somewhat. As expected, he unleashed his load of population pudding by his own hand, gracing her face with the modest nut that came out.

Scene Three: Kylee Reese, a lean cutie with lightened hair, was up next in what appeared to be another part of the business, her pierced nipples and focused gaze becoming playful long before she was joined by James Deen. I liked her ass in particular and she shook it a lot, her solo work leading to James bending her over for a spanking. He ate her out and fingered her before she blew him, her throating skills very well handled with the sweet blowjob including lots of tricks. The messy hummer included a lot of ball licking and led to an active set of vaginal riding positions, her moaning very repetitive but otherwise showing she liked the little guy a lot. Both of them engaged in some oral taste testing between scenes, James tossing out a sizable wad of semen all over her ass crack when he was finished with her.

Scene Four: Mallory Rae Murphy, another bleach blond with a nice ass and attractive face, was then up wearing only a black top, her pussy looking tidied up as she seductively teased the camera until being joined by Scott Nails. Like the other scenes here, she was shown off in a dirty manner, the background making the gal look somehow additionally compromised, her lips soon wrapping around his pecker for the aggressive blowjob. He held her hair and she jerked him off, Scott providing some oral until he banged her pussy silly. The all natural gal was active when on top of his bone and she loved doing a lot of oral between positions, her lipstick left on his shaft as she completed her attempts to get him off. He throated her hard and banged her several times, Scott jerking off to her pussy to end the action.

Scene Five: AJ Bailey, still looking hot but dirtied up for effect, was up last in a neon green and black camisole, slowing lowering it to tease which revealed some see through black panties though she took them off soon enough. AJ showed off her splendid ass by bending over, her labia teasing all the cocks in the audience by separating ever so gently to reveal her place of heaven. The shitty looking location aside, she climbed the stairs to hook up with Jerry and Denis Marti; the two men feeling her up and servicing her before she dropped to her knees to take turns blowing them. This led to Jerry eating her out while she slobbed Denis' knob, Jerry then getting first dibs on her pussy as he tapped her silly. AJ then took turns blowing and actively riding the men, pumping herself on them until they jerked off to give her face that glazed donut look as the sperm glistened on her mug.

Summary: Gritty by director B. Skow for Vivid showed the director trying something new with his showcase spotlight on AJ Bailey, her scenes the most consistently heated of all five, though I wish she had been given more to do. Her fans should consider this a title to readily pick up and repeatedly enjoy but the general audience will probably feel a rating of Rent It is more in order. In short then, Gritty had Skow walking away from his usual conventions of crisp lighting and clean audio to see what kind of effect he could have going "dirty", the show pleasing enough for a viewing or two but the longevity in doubt by this reviewer.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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