Extras: The extras included four photogalleries, trailers, a helpful cast list, some filmographies, and a popshot recap.
Jessie Volt with Manuel
Audio/Video Quality: Raw 8 was presented in a nice 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen color as shot by director Manuel Ferrara for Evil Angelusing the MPEG-2 codec for the standard definition release with 480p resolution. The colors were accurate in most cases but the footage was shot by Manuel himself (sometimes in POV while other times by setting the camera on a table), giving it a home movie look at times but serving to elevate the chemistry between the couples on display, no one else getting in the way to weaken the bonds. So while there was grain, weird camera work and angles at times, and perhaps lots of opportunities to polish up the raw footage, the title speaks volumes as to what was supposed to happen here and I have to respect the dynamic as advertised. It should be noted that much of the footage here was a major upgrade to earlier volumes in the series, the night vision portion not so much but the rest of the show was often very crisp. The video bitrate was higher than usual, often in the 4.1 Mbps area or so, helping the show look okay. The audio was presented in the usual 2.0 Dolby Digital English using the 192 Kbps and 48 kHz sampling rate; sounding average at best compared to the video as all the gals could be heard (though the lack of separation and limited dynamic range could also be worked on) but it certainly could have been louder.
Body of Review: Manuel Ferrara is one of the few male performers able to truly enhance a scene, his work at Evil Angel showcasing how he adores ladies in all kinds of ways. Say what you will about lack of quality extras or modest technical values, the man delivers in spades the kind of heated fuck flick most of his peers can only dream about offering, the sheer quantity of his works also helping to push them over the proverbial edge. With that, I approached reviewing the double disc Raw 8with the concern that it couldn’t possibly be as good as some of his previous titles, Manuel opening up his private vaults to showcase some of his most precious memories with attractive ladies of all sorts, ladies that were dripping wet to hook up with the guy. With attractive ladies such as Jessie Volt, Katsuni, Franceska Jaimes, and ever lovely London Keyes, I figured this was going to be an extremely strokable double disc offering with all the replay value such chemistry filled couplings could muster.
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The company website described the flick like this: “In his Raw series, director Manuel Ferrara makes it personal. The big-dicked ladies' man documents his intimate, private encounters with the smut industry's most beautiful and lustful women, exposing their sex lives minus all the show-biz trappings of mainstream porn. The two-disc Raw 8 showcases four gorgeous, horny performers in real, unscripted action with POV footage and one-on-one conversation to put Manuel's ferocious, hard-core sexuality in context. His camera follows shapely Latina sex bomb Franceska Jaimes from a short hand job in his car to a make-out session in the elevator to a fierce hotel room deep-throat dicking and anal pounding that leaves the South American beauty's ass agape and her lovely face splattered with sperm. All-natural blonde Jessie Volt poses for photos, exciting herself and the director. She rims his asshole and takes his huge cock in every hole until she brings herself to an exhausting climax. Busty Asian superslut London Keyes enjoys multiple sessions of intimate fucking with the French stud. London begs for Manuel to dominate her and he takes the job seriously, shoving her face in the toilet as he sodomizes her. After a long, private afternoon, the pretty girl staggers away looking spent and happy. Finally, French/Vietnamese legend - and Manuel's longtime onscreen muse - Katsuni joins him for an epic rendezvous that spans the course of a romantic beach date, a nasty night vision-style scene, a titty fuck and some sensuous morning anal reaming, en Francais. Manuel's girls like their action as they like their meat: Raw!” Here’s a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Franceska Jaimes, a popular Latina most commonly associated with Nacho Vidal’s wilder days, was up first as she hooked up with Manuel Ferrara. He picked her up, the gal in an attractive blue skirt and white top, her nice legs and perfect ass beckoning for a boning. The couple caught up on old times in the car and she jerked him off a bit just as she masturbated in her panties a little. That led to them getting a room and kissing at length, her fine hummer leading to them screwing actively on the bed. He choked her, bent her over the desk, and otherwise proved their extensive history was not a lie, all three of her holes used to give and receive pleasure as the couple combined heatedly. Her ass cheeks shook as they did anal in cowgirl, her salad tossing during more oral pleasing him, and the teasing manner in which they took their sweet time exploring all sexual options made this stand out as a winner too. It ended with a huge wad of spew all over her face, Franceska savoring his taste as she continued to give him some post coital head.
Scene Two: Jessie Volt, the blond French newcomer featured on the lower half of the front cover, was up next as the last scene on the first disc with Manuel Ferrara. He was taking stills of her in bed and she slowly teased him by revealing more of herself, Manuel going down on her at length before allowing her to slob his knob. While not in the same oral league as the rest of the ladies in the cast, Jessie was no stranger to a big cock here, engulfing his pecker to the best of her ability while applying some hand to gland action. She nuzzled his nuts like an old seasoned professional and caressed him too, some choking leading them into bed where the penetrative portion of the scene began. He took it slow on her and she seemed to enjoy his touch, paying much more attention to him than the camera except when he had it in POV fashion. There was a lot of taste testing and she was even more active during the anal portion of the positions, the gal getting off at least twice but Manuel glazing her face nicely to close things up.
Scene Three: London Keyes, one of the most beautiful Asian performers in a series repeat performance (all new footage mind you), was up next as the first scene on the second disc with studly Manuel Ferrara. He picked her up, got some road head, and was soon on the hotel balcony with London inhaling his pecker orally on her knees. She sucked his balls, rod, and ass while maintaining superior eye contact, the couple fucking all over the room though mostly on the bed. The vaginal led to anal with all sorts of taste testing and the couple sweat up a storm but did not seem to care one bit, their personal chemistry and passion for one another again making this a fantastic scene. London was vocal about how much Manuel meant to her, the visuals definitely an upgrade from past volumes on the series in most aspects of the scene, some choking and rough stuff leading to their first wad of population pudding sucked out of his balls (London wanting more and crawling out of the bathroom to get some). She gave him some more head before dressing again, their verbal banter leading to more sex later on in the day. She tossed his salad during the blowjob and was active the entire time, the oral, vaginal, and anal sex again award winning quality as he launched another wad of spunk all over her face and the floor.
Scene Four: Katsuni, another popular Asian hotty that always shows great chemistry with Manuel Ferrara, was up last in a very lengthy scene (well over 2 hours long!). They drove around the city and spent some quality time on the seashore as well as at a carnival, little glimpses of sexual activity teasing the viewer as the couple built up some additional heat to copulate. There was a lot of French speaking taking place here, the rides and games of the park giving them a great deal of pleasure. That led to the first full sex scene between the two, a night vision (all in green) tryst where she gingerly caressed him before seductively going down on him with a full service oral (including his ass) and aggressively riding him until his hand-tossed load of splooge landed on her face. This was only the beginning though, the second half of the scene starting in the morning in the bed, the crystal clear visuals showing both of them recharged and ready to rumble once more, her delightful oral skills let loose and Manuel making the most of it. There was some more foot fetish action here and plenty of anal to please her fans, Katsuni deploying a large dildo to have a technical DP as they continued. They adored each other and it showed, the active riding and his gentle verbal encouragement adding something to the mix even as it ended with a titty fuck draining his balls dry of semen all over her upper torso and face (her whispers almost certainly displaying their emotional connection).
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Summary: Raw 8 by director Manuel Ferrara for Evil Angel had tremendous amounts of fuck for the buck thanks in large part to the chemistry between the performers, all of the four sexual trysts of the sort people seeing it will remember for a long, hard time. The raw energy and passion exhibited by all the players here gave it great replay value and strokability, the fun factor high enough to earn a rating of Highly Recommended. In short then, Raw 8, like all the volumes in the series before it, was a tribute to just how well some ladies respond to the strongest current male performer in the porn industry, the ladies singing his praises as they earned accolades themselves. This being the time of year when all the major award shows are preparing to congratulate the best of the best, Manuel scoring on multiple levels yet again thanks to the open ended scenes allowing him to do whatever the ladies wanted, and then to respond in kind, for almost six hours (yes, SIX HOURS!).
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