Cast: Rachel Starr, Madison Ivy, Erik Everhard, Michael Stefano, Kimberly Kane, Celeste Star, Asa Akira, Mick Blue
Length: 188:58 minutes
Rachel Starr and Madison Ivy
Date of Production: 8/21/2010
Extras: There was a 9:02 minute long Behind the Scenes feature that included some deleted footage and actress comments, a pop shot recap, a photogallery, spam, and some website information.
Audio/Video Quality: Rachel Starr Is Bad Ass was presented in a decent 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color as released by director Mason for Elegant Angel using the standard definition MPEG-2 codec with 480 resolution. The camera work was again solid with plentiful lighting to eliminate grain, video noise and shadows so the picture appeared to be in line with her other work to date. Mason has made or assisted on a number of titles over the years, the technical matters taking back seat (pun intended) to the raw energy of the sex, but her skill levels have definitely been improving with the camera too, showing she pays attention for those that care (in fact, most of her current works look almost identical to those of Nutsack). I saw no compression artifacts though there was about 4.6 Mbps video bitrate but the composition of the camera angles strongly favored the ladies and their well lit bodies. The compositions of the shots helped maximize the potential of the ladies too, rarely relying on extreme close ups all the time as some seem destined to do and the editing by Bossman Hall allowing her vision to remain as complete as possible. The 2.0 Dolby Digital English track was pretty basic with little separation or dynamic range yet I could hear the cast well enough in most cases. For those keeping track, the audio was offered in a 256 Kbps offering with a 48 kHz sampling rate, the grunts and groans heard well enough but the music by Mybeatshop elevating the proceedings nicely.
Celeste Star, Rachel Starr, and Kimberly Kane
-- sponsored by --
Body of Review: Mason is one of the few remaining female directors able to "get it right" these days when it comes to making strokable, hardcore porn, her many titles at Elegant Angel serving as notice to the wannabe types that direct in name only. Her latest title is a showcase effort called Rachel Starr Is Bad Ass, a 3+ hour set of five lengthy scenes where Rachel Starr finally gets the kind of spotlight she has earned with her many heated performances to date. One look at the curvy brunette on the front cover will tell you if you're interested, the young lady finally doing anal but also offering up a variety of action and tease that fits the company mold so very well. The company website described the movie like this: "Hard bodied goddess, Rachel Starr, finally appears in her very 1st anal scene in her own movie, Rachel Starr Is Bad Ass, directed by the award winning Mason. The sexy and curvy stunner appears with Michael Stefano in her anal scene, and brings her passionate sexual energy and incomparable beauty. Also featuring, Madison Ivy, Asa Akira, Celeste Starr, and Kimberly Kane. Do not miss the event you've been waiting for! Rachel Starr's first anal scene!!!" Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Rachel Starr, the lean babe with the smoking hot ass seen on the front cover, was up first (and in all the scenes actually), wearing a skimpy bikini out by the pool as she shook her body to the music. She was joined by sexy blond Madison Ivy, the gal wearing an even smaller suit that hugged her lithe young frame, the two edited into a tease montage as strokable as I have seen of late. They kissed, rubbed against one another, and were oiled up, soon found on the ottoman going down on each other before studly Erik Everhard, jumped in, the ladies showing chemistry for each other and the hard pounding puppet as they shared some knob slobbing action. He ate them as well and they all began alternating between oral and various vaginal positions, the enthusiasm and energy driving the sexual escapades quite well. I liked the eye contact between them and the way they served each other repeatedly, never allowing any of the trio to wait for inclusion in a portion of the heated scene. There was a lot of rimming and anal fingering, Mason capturing just how active their riding could be with a variety of taste testing and wild positioning on the couch. It ended when Erik unleashed his load of genetic juice into the mouth of Madison, the ladies cumswapping as he gave Rachel one last set of licks to her swollen pussy.
Rachel Starr and Asa Akira
Scene Two: Rachel Starr, now dressed in a brightly patterned bikini in the living room, discussed with Mason how she was finally ready to do anal, some dialogue leading to another fabulous tease montage overlooking the valley on a sunny day. Rachel had on a tiny one piece bathing suit that rode up her pussy and ass, her frame oiled to give her that super slick look I adore so much. She warmed up with an anal plug and the edit sent her to the living room couch, Michael Stefano caressing her perfect pucker with his finger and mouth as the couple prepared for her first on camera anal. For her part, Rachel blew him with plenty of passion and skill, throating his modest member handily but I wished she had taken Erik in her ass since he always adds so much more than Michael. In any case, the oral led to some active vaginal positions, Rachel's ass cheeks again rippling so very well before she got off to taste test him some more. She sat on his face and he oiled up her asshole with his finger before slowly penetrating her back door, the couple increasing their rhythm as she got used to him stretching her ass out. The scene closed up when he beat off a wad of population pudding to her ass, Rachel smiling at the effect she had on draining his balls.
Scene Three: Rachel Starr, Kimberly Kane, and Celeste Star, were up next in a heated lesbian trysts in the house, all of them wearing fetish attire as they danced and got together on the couch. The focal point of the scene was always Rachel but the other ladies were given just as much licking as they provided her, a bunch of dirty talk and playful toy antics adding to the fun. It was essentially a back to basics type of lesbian scene but it struck me as clear that they got off on each other, rounding out the action of the movie very nicely indeed.
Scene Four: Rachel Starr, next up dancing outside the house in a bright pink dress (after some dialogue from 4/2009), shook her oiled up body again in a manner that accentuated why she was selected to spotlight here. She walked inside to the white couch and Erik Everhard went down on her, her juicy pussy glistening with juices as he pulled down his pants. She orally attacked his pecker and displayed as much oral skill as in the other scenes, the couple soon moving to some very active vaginal positions with taste testing. Their chemistry was again very appealing, his wad of spunk deposited into her mouth though she did not swallow it (allowing it to land on her chest instead).
Scene Five: Rachel Starr, Asa Akira, and Mick Blue, were up last as the preliminary interview showed the director laughing at the comments including how this was Rachel's first time with Mick. Asa looked as physically appealing as ever, her curves a fitting match for Rachel outside on the sunny day as they teased so well. I'm a huge fan of the tease montages provided like this, both Rachel and Asa earning accolades for their butt shaking stripper moves but also for how well they worked on Mick on the black couch in the living room. The gals kissed and blew him, paying some attention to one another along the way, Asa throating him while Rachel sat on his face. Rachel then fingered Asa's ass, some choking taken up as they orally served each other and started vaginally screwing. Again, there was superior eye contact and no mouth ever seemed to lack something to kiss or suck, Rachel and Mick truly enjoying each other as much as Asa here. They were very loud, too loud at times, but I always felt that even the overacted parts were not completely out of line, the amount of rimming and fingering as plentiful as the various heated vaginal trysts. The wonderfully heated tryst ended when Mick rubbed out a nut of spunk to their faces, the ladies sharing it before continuing to service each other orally until the credits rolled.
Summary: Rachel Starr Is Bad Ass by director Mason for Elegant Angel will be yet another "must have" title for fans of the leading performer but also as Highly Recommended for more general fans of gonzo action thanks to her enthusiasm, energy, and sheer chemistry with the majority of her peers in the flick. The replay value, strokability, and solid technical aspects of the gonzo release will elevate it a notch for many others too, Rachel wisely rising to the challenge much like my personal indicator did during the scenes. In short then, Rachel Starr Is Bad Ass proved that the company reliance on elegance through simplicity once again scored major points with me, Elegant Angel showing that their star maker machine knows just how to select the ripest of the babes working in the business at any given time. As one dedicated fan put it to me recently, "A porn chick isn't worth talking about until she's been in a couple of these spotlight titles by Elegant." Given their relative track record to date, I'm inclined to agree with him on general principles alone, not just the proven statistical likelihood observed over time so give it a look.
---- 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