Nina Harley has been in the adult film industry a long time and her fan base hasn't really seemed to stop growing. She's still churning out releases even now, into her fifties, and has generally been pretty consistent in her output. Nina's looks aren't for everyone - her features are a bit harsh - but she's holding up really well for her age, remarkably well even, and her sexual spirit doesn't seem to have waned in the least. She's a creative and enthusiastic performer in front of the camera who has done more than probably anyone else to fight ageism in the adult film industry and proven that there's plenty of room for a more mature performer in amongst the countless (and frequently nameless) younger girls that the industry chews up and spits out on a daily basis. Say what you will about Nina, but she has accomplished as much as anyone who started around the same time she did (early eighties) and it's a testament to her talents and dedication that she's still going strong.
Adam & Eve has culled together almost two dozen scenes from titles that Ms. Hartley has worked on for them and presented them in this two disc set as follows:
Scene 1: Nina takes on Dale Dabone in this scene from Hard Bound. It starts off with a lot of kissing and fondling set to soft music but eventually Nina gets his dick in her mouth and gives him expert head until he blows his load into her mouth. This doesn't stop him from laying her down and eating her out, however. He laps at her beaver and finger fucks her until she comes.
Scene 2: Anastasia Pierce is on the receiving end of a Sapphic liaison in this clip from Nina Hartley's Anal Kinksters. Anastasia sits with her legs spread in a chair so that Nina can like her snatch before she puts a metal device into her mouth that forces it open. At this point, Nina crams her tongue down her throat, after which she works Anastasia over with a vibrator. From there it's Nina's turn to sit down and spread'em. Anastasia returns the oral favors before flipping onto her back with her ankles at her throat so that Nina can lube up a strap-on and fuck her up the ass with it.
Scene 3: Tony Tedeschi is Nina's playmate in a scene from Bad Penny. The usually blonde Nina looks a bit off with a black bob wig on, but Tony seems into it when she gets naked and hops into bed. They make out and he fucks her pussy missionary style. He pulls out and sticks it in her mouth and strokes off until he blows his load onto her tongue while she plays with her tits.
Scene 4: Allysin Chaynes and Chris Cannon take Nina on a one way ticket to threesomeville in this clip from Carnal Witness that finds the three of them playing in a hot tub. The girls are slobbering all over Chris' knob giving him a skillfully played double blowjob. From there they move into a daisy chain with Nina up front, Alyssin in the middle and Chris' mouth bringing up her rear. Nina gets fucked doggy style and then Alyssin gets it missionary style while Nina laps away, her tongue darting freakishly fast in and out of the action zone. Chris pulls out and strokes off onto the girls' faces and tits.
Scene 5: This clip from The Bridal Shower pairs Nina with Guy Di Silva in a scene that begins when she gives him a private striptease. Once he's primed and ready she spreads her legs and he eats her out. She sits on his face and he fucks her missionary style. She rides him cowgirl style and he comes inside of her.
Scene 6: Shyla Laveux is the recipient of some affections from Nina Hartley's Guide To Sensual Domination 2 in a scene that finds Nina taking control. She kisses her and then lays Shyla face down on the floor to play with her body. She stands her up and binds her hands and then turns her around and fingers her before gently paddling her impressive ass cheeks. Nina eats her out and then puts her over her knees and smacks her ass with her flat hand but not before really working Shyla's cheeks over quite nicely. After that, Shyla returns the oral favors with some fancy pussy licking before spreading to receive a big red strap on from Nina!
Scene 7: Mark Davis takes Nina to bed in One Size Fits All. Once they're naked, she gives him head and he fucks her missionary style. She rides him cowgirl style and then they scissor it for a bit. He mounts her one last time and blows his load inside of her.
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Scene 8: Mighty Evan Stone gives Ms. Hartley a run for her money in this scene from A Midsummer's Night Cream (The Bard would be proud) where he sits atop a stone alter of some sort and she rides him cowgirl style, both dressed in tacky period garb. She sits on his face and he wiggles his tongue a lot and they move into a mutually beneficial sixty-nine for a few. He gets her on all fours and fucks her from behind, note the condom for true Shakespearean detail, and after a bit of that he pulls out and strokes off onto her tits.
Scene 9:Nina Hartley's Guide To Female Ejaculation pairs up the grand dame of smut with Anna Mills, who, when the scene starts, is playing bottom to Nina's top. They make out and Nina goes down on her voraciously. She slaps a suction tube on Anna's snatch and uses it on her to make her lips swell, and then she puts the suction tube on her clit while she fingers her. From there they use a curved glass dildo on Anna's pussy and then a ribbed dildo and she squirts all over the damn place. Next, Anna gets on all fours and takes a lubed, ribbed metal dildo up the ass before flipping over for more dilda/twat stimulation with some help from one of those huge old school vibrators until she squirts on more time.
Scene 10: Rich Handsome (and he really is, right ladies?) and Nina share the screen in this scene from Naked Hollywood 3 that places the two performers in an office when the mood hits them both. They make out and soon he's got his tongue between her legs. She responds in kind and blows him for a few minutes and then she rolls over onto her side and he fucks her pussy before bending her over and giving it to her from behind. He pulls out and jerks off all over her ass to end the scene.
Scene 11:Mail Order Bride pairs Nina with Steve Hatcher. They're in the bedroom talking but soon enough, the novelty wears off and he's fingering her beaver. He tongues her asshole and her pussy and then she gives him head. She hops on top and rides him cowgirl style, and then she gets on all fours in front of him for some doggy style action. He pulls out and strokes off onto the top of her ass, which seems to be a popular past time if this collection is any indication.
Scene 12: Sexy Mika tan is sucking Nina's affixed phallus in this scene from Nina Hartley's Guide To Strap On Sex. Once the oral is over with, Mika gets on her back and Nina slips it in. From there, Mika rides her cowgirl style and then reverse cowgirl style before flipping over and taking it up the ass. Nina keeps fucking Mika's ass while Mika uses a dildo on her pussy and then Nina gets her on all fours and fucks her ass harder, doggy style, until the scene (and the first disc) comes to an end.
Scene 13: Mickey G. is making out with Nina in this scene from Naked Hollywood 4 that soon finds them naked in bed together with his bearded face stuck to her bearded clam. She blows him and licks his balls and then he rubs her clit while he fucks her missionary style. From there, he pokes her puddy doggy style and then pulls out and, you guessed it, blows his load on the top of her ass - the weird thing is, he's got a condom on when he's fucking her and when he pulls out he doesn't - not uncommon in porn, but you can see the rubber hanging out of Nina's twat and it kind of ruins the moment. Oops!
Scene 14:Nina Hartlye's Guide To Couples Sexploration teams her up with a black dude with some dreadlocks named Running Horse. They kiss and make out against a backdrop of lacey curtain things, and he lays her back and sucks her tits. He does a pretty impressive job with the foreplay, rubbing her slowly and gently and obviously enjoying himself here. He plays with her pussy and bit and then they move into a sixty-nine before he goes back to rubbing her pussy again as she plays with his cock. Apparently she's pretty good at that, as before you know it, pow, he spurts on her.
Scene 15:Naked Hollywood 12 (did they really make that many? pairs Nina with Dino Bravo. After some kissing and light foreplay on the couch, he spreads her legs and eats her out. She blows him and then gets on all fours so he can fuck her from behind. They spoon fuck for a bit and then he blows his load across her stomach.
Scene 16: Girl on girl action is the order of the day in this scene with Nina and Aria from Anal Kinksters 2. Nina sucks Aria's tits in a lavish bedroom and then spreads her legs and eats her snatch and her ass. She fingers her and uses some toys on her pussy before flipping her over and lightly whipping her ass cheeks. Aria is pretty hot stuff, always has been. At any rate, not to be out done Aria eats Nina's snatch for a bit before Nina puts on a strap on, at which point Aria rides her cowgirl style. After this they use one of those crazy mechanical dildo machines on Aria, increasing the speed slowly and cramming the action end of it into her asshole while Nina works a suction tube on her clit.
Scene 17:Naked Hollywood 13 (really?) teams Nina with Eric Masterson who can't wait to eat her pussy. He sits back and she gives him head and then he fucks her doggy style. She lays back on the desk and crams a pair of digits into her pussy and then he pulls out and strokes off onto her stomach.
Scene 18:The Surrender Of O (which isn't a bad movie but which isn't nearly as good as The Story Of O) pairs Nina up with super hot Bree Olsen and Nicole Sheridan. Again sporting a black bob wig, Nina takes charge with Bree playing the slave and Nicole her assistant. Bree gets fondled and dominated and has to pleasure herself in front of the other two, and then Nina forces her upside down so that Nicole can grind her pussy into Bree's pretty face. Nicole and Nina lightly whip Bree's perfect tits while she rides a dildo, and then Bree is bound and subject to another one of those crazy mechanical dildo machines. Bree eats Nicole out and licks her asshole and then Nina fucks her doggy style with a strap on.
Scene 19:Naked Hollywood 15 (stop it!) finds John West helping Nina out at the gym. She shows him how much she appreciates his efforts by sucking his dick, and then he goes down on her. He fucks her missionary style and then doggy style and then blows his load on the top of her ass cheeks. Hooray!
Scene 20: Randy Spears and Mario Rossi help out in this scene from Nina Hartley's Guide To Double Penetration. The guys warm her up by sucking her tits and playing with her pussy and eating her out, and she responds in kind by blowing them each, one at a time. From there they take turns fucking her pussy and her mouth until it comes time for the old DP, which Nina handles with all the skill you'd expect a professional fuck machine of her caliber to use. It all finishes with jizz on her feet and on her face.
Scene 21:Naked Hollywood 18 (for real) lets Jake Jacobs unbutton Nina's shirt to get this scene moving. He plays with her tits and she sits on his face and she gives him head while he rubs her pussy and ass. They move into a sixty-nine and then he fucks her doggy style, after which he pulls out and shoots his goop all over... get ready for it... the top of her ass!
Scene 22: The last scene in this lengthy collection teams Nina up with the talented and beautiful 'Mistress' Claire Adams for a scene from Nina Hartley's Guide To Bondage Sex. Nina gets her hands tied behind her back and is told to eat Claire's pussy, which she willingly obliges. Claire ties Nina's hands and feet in place with her legs spread and then eats her out, and then later fucks her with a strap on and uses a vibrator on her clit at the same time. After that, Nina wears the strap on and Claire rides her until she climaxes. The scene finishes up with Claire putting on a different strap on and fucking Nina up the ass with it.
This compilation is taken from various shot on video and then later digital video productions but generally everything looks pretty clean presented here in a reasonably stable anamorphic 1.33.1 fullframe presentation. Some of the older scenes are softer than the newer ones but everything is watchable. Will it win any awards? Nope, but it looks just as good as the releases from which the various scenes were culled.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround track is quite sufficient. The dialogue comes through cleanly and clearly as do all of the moans and groans, though they aren't all that high in the mix - this is part of the aesthetic, as the music seems to be what Belladonna wanted up front. The levels are otherwise well balanced and there are no problems with background hiss or distortion.
Extras are slim on this disc, but there is a bonus scene from Play It Again, Samantha, an older shot on video movie with Nina and an unnamed silver haired male who certainly looks an awful lot like the great John Leslie. They make out in the bed and he sucks her tits while she fingers herself. He mounts her and fucks her missionary style before pulling out and gooping all over her snatch.
Aside from that, look for trailers for a few other Adam & Eve products, a still gallery, and some advertisements passed off as extra features that you probably don't care about. All of the extras are on disc two. Both discs feature menus and scene selection and each scene is broken down into a few different chapters.
The Best Of Nina Hartley is a pretty solid collection of her more recent work. If you're not an established fan, this isn't the best starting point, her finest work appeared in video stores over a decade ago, but she's still got her own thing going on and those who appreciated it then will likely appreciate it now. If you're not already a convert, I'd say rent this first, as the quality of the scenes varies a fair bit even if the good does out weight the bad. Fans can consider it recommended, the curious would be best served with a rental first.