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Shane's World 42: Paradise Island

Studio: Shane's World » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 5/18/11

XCritic's Advice: Recommended


Shane’s World 42: Paradise Island

Shane’s World/Adam & Eve

Genre: Travel, Gonzo


Director: Uncredited

Cast: Vanessa Cage, Michael Vegas, Tori Black, Johnny Castle, Brooklyn Lee

Length: 117:04 minutes

Vanessa Cage with Michael Vegas

Date of Production: 11/16/2010

Extras: The extras were broken up into two sections, a 41:15 minute long feature called “Lost Footage” and 18:24 minutes of cast interviews. Contrary to the box cover, there was no photogallery or trailers, no big loss as far as I’m concerned but given the possibility that someone might be upset over it, I felt it was worth mentioning (after all, a few mopes obsessed over what they perceived as a “major” slight when another company did not provide a positions menu in the way they wanted it). That said, the BTS was a lot of fun and included additional sex, the interviews going back and forth between the cast of ladies included.

Condoms: None

Tori Black with Johnny Castle

Audio/Video Quality: Shane’s World 42 was presented in 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen as shot by the crew of Shane’s World, cameramen like Eddie Powell and Smokey on hand to insure the best possible visuals were recorded during the travel to the Bahamas. The DVD was presented in the familiar MPEG-2 codec, some of the issues with this type of unscripted gonzo offering such as grain in the night scenes (also lack of traditional lighting at times) balanced out with numerous moments offered up in broad daylight, the net effect making this something of an upgrade from the typical Shane’s World titles I have extolled the virtues about time and again over the years. The company is best known for projects like this in where they travel with a small group of performers, set out very vague guidelines, and then shoot a ton of footage, which includes both sexual encounters and the cast having a good time, to be ponderously edited back at home. The better efforts manage to balance the fun factor non-sex exploits with the chemistry filled sexual trysts, definitely offering an alternative to the kind of porn your parents probably enjoyed decades ago. The audio was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital English using a 48 kHz sampling rate and 192 Kbps bitrate, the vocals clearly understood except during certain outdoor scenes when the wind was howling. It was clear that attempts were made to capture the sonic experience as though the viewer were there rather than dub in vocals later too, the musical interludes few & far between though the theme song was credited to Paz.

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Brooklyn Lee with Johnny Castle

Body of Review: Shane’s World has long been a favored company of mine for the types of youth-oriented porn they offered the public, the college themed excursions and travelogue outings copied so many times by others that it is wise to remember how the company started up years ago. Over the years, the company has been distributed by others and paired off with others in a way that did not always make sense to me but now they have put a long time industry powerhouse in charge of the show, I expect things will get better. It has been the better part of two years since the last travelogue show by the company was released but Shane’s World 42: Paradise Island showed that getting the right technical crew in place can make a world of difference, the company sponsoring a trip to the Bahamas headed up by Tori Black this time. Of the ladies, she was the only one with true name recognition but Brooklyn Lee and Vanessa Cage were no slouches in the sex department, the men this time being seasoned veteran pretty boy Johnny Castle and his sidekick, Michael Vegas. I’ll admit that Tori has long been hit or miss for me so fans can automatically add a few points as they see fit, the general dynamic being for the cast to have a good time while the crew caught it all on video. The back cover described the movie like this: “That's right the party crew is back! This time we took everyone down to St. Martin for a dance party that never ended! Vanessa was ready for Michael before we even touched the sand. Tori and Johnny made use of the outdoor pool before Brooklyn ordered up some sex on the beach! Tori showed the locals a thing or two on a sex filled boat ride and Brooklyn and Michael got down at a beach bar. Jet skis, para-sailing and scuba diving couldn't stop this group from non-stop sex! Grab your flippers and join in the skinny dipping now!” Here’s a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Tori Black

Scene One: Vanessa Cage, a lean (all natural) blond with a frisky nature, was up first with Michael Vegas in a tryst that started in the pool at night. They celebrated her 19th birthday with a skinny dip, Michael going down on her on the edge of the pool before continuing inside on a bed. That led to an active round of vaginal penetration positions, her need for seed causing her to give him an active hummer without all the polished look of a more seasoned performer. The look on her face throughout the scene showed she was having fun even if he was a meat puppet, the guy beating off a wad of genetic juice to her face capping the event (sullied by him hitting her in the eye).

Brooklyn Lee

Scene Two: Tori Black, the brunette featured on the front cover, was up next with studly Johnny Castle in a pairing that started in the pool but ended up in a secluded bungalow. Some making out and drinking led to him massaging (and kissing) her shapely ass, a brief blowjob resulting in some moderately active vaginal positions. There were times when I thought she really dug the guy and other times when the scene came across as sex for pay but as she had an itch to scratch, it all worked out for the better given the ending nut of population pudding tossed off onto her crotch.

Scene Three: Brooklyn Lee, a curvy redhead with a nice ass, was up next with Johnny Castle on a beach, their playful boating antics amusing to say the least. It was windy and the chiseled stud wanted to give her what she wanted (she had never had “sex on a beach”), some preliminary oral leading to her bent over doggy style where her fine ass was high in the air for him to lick. She then slobbed his knob and they found out the difficulties of having sex there, the sand soon covering them all over as they hammered away in various vaginal positions. She was an active rider too, her facial expressions displaying a love of sex as much as they way she pushed back to meet his thrusting pecker, her ass delightfully rippling as her cheeks bounced to the timing of the thrusts. This ended too soon when he popped a load of spunk onto her ass cheek, Brooklyn licking her lips at the results she had before an abrupt edit moved to the next scene.

Scene Four: Tori Black, with minimal makeup on and sans her bikini, was up next on the small boat as she sucked off Michael Vegas, his own oral efforts not in vain given the response she had to him. The others watched them as they went at it too, Tori scratching a deep seated itch with his cock as both seemed more active than usual. The sunlight looked great even with the shadows present, the wind again making it seem more realistic but Tori upped her game to give her all here even when he choked her and pulled on her hair. They closed out on a facial finish, Tori readily accepting his splooge to her mouth before some more merriment ensued.

Scene Five: Brooklyn Lee, wearing a pink dress and skimpy matching thong, was up last as she took on Michael Vegas in an abandoned bar. They made out by a green metal pole, her stripper moves helping push out all the right places as he orally serviced her (and she reciprocated). They ended up on a shaky table where some more active vaginal riding took place, her titties swaying to the thrusts much like her ass had done earlier. There also appeared to be two cameras used to capture this scene, their settings slightly different, her orgasm the most realistic of the entire show when she whispered “fuck me” to him before the facial.

Summary: Shane’s World 42 by Shane’s World might not have been the best of the best from the company but there was more than a little bit of a connection between some of the performers and the situations they were in seemed more like they really had fun compared to most modern porn where the positions and acts are all outlined ahead of time. The spontaneous nature of the resulting trysts gave it some replay value above the individual attributes of the cast, the non-sexual good times leading into the sex in a much more sex positive manner for me than usual so I rated it as Recommended. I would have liked the show to be longer, it clocked in at under two hours after all, and offer a more complete set of extras as well as performers I care more about but this was a nice return to the better times for the company and those that appreciate something more than formulaic fucking in their porn. In short, Shane’s World 42: Paradise Island was a nice bit of work by Tori Black, Brooklyn Lee, and Vanessa Cage doing Johnny Castle and Michael Vegas under the Bahaman sun, the technical aspects elevated over previous expeditions in a manner that allowed the home viewer to appreciate the entire show better than ever.

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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