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Fresh Picked

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 7/13/10

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

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Fresh Picked


Genre: All Sex

Director: B. Skow

Cast: Tanner Mayes, James Deen, Blue Angel, Billy Glide, Mallory Rae Murphy, Johnny Sins, Lexi Belle, Steve Holmes, Ally Kay, Bill Bailey, Ashlyn Rae, Mr. Pete

Length: 207:16 minutes

Tanner Mayes

Date of Production: 3/8/2010

Extras: There was a bonus scene from Lia's First Time (as described below) lasting 26:37 minutes, but it was unrelated to this production other than having Ashlyn Rae as a performer in both. The best related extra was the 27:03 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Mike Maravich, the cast and crew getting a few moments to discuss aspects of their lives. There was also a photogallery, some trailers, spam, and positions menu's stuffed inside the scene selection part of the disc.

Condoms: None

Blue Angel

Audio/Video Quality: Fresh Picked was presented in a 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 for this DVD. 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, T-Bird Meadows editing the production with some care. The fleshtones were accurate too and the DVD mastering was well done (the bitrate hovering around 4.2 Mbps), even if the lighting was off at times (the company watermark will be bothersome to some out there but only some given its location). At times there appeared to be multiple cameras used on some scenes, the equipment not matched up so the edits were more readily apparent, a soft haze included at times that I could not quite explain. 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 in most cases and mixed in with the ambient noises as well as music but some scenes were not as well handled in this regard as others for those paying attention.

Mallory Rae Murphy

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Body of Review: B. Skow is known as the head director for Vivid at this writing, his best work generally accepted to be his showcase efforts with contract performers and his attempts to provide lengthy looks at brand new girls in the industry. While I have not heard much from him in recent months, I have noted that his work seems to be branching out into new areas now that he is the only regular director for the company outside of pet projects. The latest release under his direction is called Fresh Picked, a collection of six scenes starring a number of gals that have been in porn for awhile but seem to share a certain youthful quality. For me, the leading hotty was Lexi Belle, her work heating up the small screen a number of times for me, though Ashlyn Rae and others certainly fell well within the expected degree of age (late teens to early twenties); Tanner Mayes a surprise considering her numerous issues at other companies. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Lexi Belle

Scene One: Tanner Mayes, a 20 year old brunette with a cute face, skinny body, and decidedly mixed ability to perform, was up first in a living room as she masturbated and gave a vocal description of who she was. The solo aspects of the scene were shot slowly and with minimal lighting, the shadows making it appear more natural than usual as she fingered herself and tasted her juices. That she decided to wear cowboy boots and nothing else was not a surprise, James Deen joining her on a love seat with an abrupt edit to show her shirt back on. She squirmed in his lap and he removed the shirt, his own clothing following suit as the couple pawed one another and kissed. He went down on her and she reciprocated, her oral skills always the best part of her act in my experience. This led to a series of usually active vaginal rides, Tanner allowing James to do most of the work in certain positions before he unleashed a vaginal creampie where his genetic juice was supposedly tasted but not seen until an angle change and some fingering (making it look faked).

Ally Kay

Scene Two: Blue Angel, a 21 year old Hungarian gal with pretty eyes and a lean figure, was up next on a bed as she provided a vocal overview of herself during a tease montage. While coming across as having a tremendous amount of potential, she did not seem to be much of a newcomer given the shape of her pussy, the flexible lass showing some bruises and razor burn during the solo portion of the scene. Billy Glide was the lucky man this time, jumping in to cherish her pussy and ass orally to warm her up further. I liked how actively she rode him vaginally in doggy style, pushing back to meet his thrusts as her ass cheeks rippled delightfully well. There was some nice taste testing here too, the other positions a bit less enthusiastic but still worthy of your seed, his cock larger than what she appeared to be used to. In the end, he jerked off to her pussy and lower abdomen, the population pudding pleasing her even though this was a performance more than her getting off.

Ashlyn Rae

Scene Three: Mallory Rae Murphy, an 18 year old blond that lost her virginity on camera last July, was up next in the house. She teased in the nude and did some solo work, her look reminding me of a younger Jessica Drake more than anyone else. The cute gal followed the formula and laughed while getting herself off, Johnny Sins joining her to continue fingering her snatch before going down on her. He looked like he was sweating profusely due to heat, his head turning red as he continued his oral assault on her pussy. He then began porking her passive pussy, the gal eventually sucking him off during the taste testing. Thankfully, she came around in terms of becoming more active, her level of eye contact minimal but her riding skills in better evidence as the show continued. While her potential was not completely reached here, the couple seemed to have some chemistry together, Johnny pulling out while ejaculating his semen all over her pussy and torso as she looked into his eyes.

Scene Four: Lexi Belle, a 22 year old cutie as seen featured on the front cover, was up next as she described herself to the camera while wearing a white tutu on a brown couch. Her act seemed more polished than the others due to her many performances to date, the degree of fun factor elevated thanks to her perky nature. She was also more at home masturbating for the camera, the scene changing abruptly when she was all of a sudden being vaginally boned by Steve Holmes, the color looking washed out by comparison. He then started eating her snatch out, Lexi flipping over to get him rimming her just as frantically a lot of fun. She then inhaled his pecker orally and they went back to screwing, Lexi actively bouncing on his rod as though scratching a deep seated itch inside of her pussy. It ended when he jerked off to her pussy, the scene fading out before anything was done with his wad.

Scene Five: Ally Kay, a 19 year old blond in a yellow shirt, was up next as she described her preferences while masturbating, soon moving to the bed to put on a show before Bill Bailey jumped in to help her. He massaged her ass and probed her labia, stuffing fingers inside of her as she encouraged him to continue. He then went down on her and she reciprocated aggressively, the gal losing her breath as she throated the guy with ample hand to gland combat. She was another passive rider in most cases, her pussy handling him but only barely, the taste testing between positions adding some heat. This scene also ended with a rubbed out nut of sperm to her crotch and lower abdomen but it was a decidedly large load as though she milked his balls dry.

Scene Six: Ashlyn Rae, a 19 year old redhead with an all natural body, was up last as she teased and masturbated on the bed while a dubbed voice of her described what she liked doing. She looked at the camera a lot during this initial material, changing her focus to Mr. Pete when he jumped in to join her. He paid additional attention to her ass when going down on her, her respiration rate elevated as he continued pleasing her with his mouth. She then used her hand and mouth in conjunction to go down on him, resulting in Pete pounding her pussy with the couple doing some taste testing in the form of a 69. Her moderately active riding was fun to watch and her pussy was juicy enough to hear sloshing noises from, his nuts unleashing their seed in her and on her crotch as he jerked off one last time. She then gave him some oral clean up, her eyes focusing on the camera until the credits rolled.

Bonus Scene: Lia's First Time: Ashlyn Rae and Tiffany Star, a couple of darker haired gal with lean figures and sexy lingerie on, were up next in bed as they savored the experience of playing together for the benefit of the camera. Their movements were slow and seductive; light caresses giving way to erotic kisses and various clitoral manipulations. The gals paid too much attention to the camera for large portions of the show but during the times when their concentration was diverted by particularly heated sex, the scene provided some solid stroke value, perhaps not on the level of Lia but certainly decent enough to keep handy for the occasional hand to gland needs men have.

Summary: Fresh Picked by director B. Skow for Vivid was not his best work and he did not showcase each lady as well as possible (some received the "Skow treatment" better than others) but there was more than enough fuck for the buck to give a healthy representation of all of them given the movie lasted over 200 minutes long. I rated the flick as Recommended due to the levels of replay value and strokability, but your mileage will vary considerably depending on what you expect out of the movie. In short, Fresh Picked did not rise to the level of Skow's BNF series in terms of getting all newcomers nor did it showcase each performer as solidly as his previous work has for contract gals at Vivid, but there was substantial material with each lady present so check it out all the same because maybe Skow is onto something here.

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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