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Pretty Tied Up

Studio: Adam & Eve » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 11/8/11

XCritic's Advice: Highly Recommended

Pretty Tied Up

Adam & Eve

Genre: BDSM

Director: Derrick Pierce

Cast: Skylar Price, Sascha, Bridgette B., Kortney Kane, Isis Love, Christian, Trina Michaels, Derrick Pierce, Lily LaBeau, Mr. Pete, James Deen

Length: 146:47 minutes

Skylar Price

Dates of Production: 3/24/2011, 3/25/2011

Extras: The first extra was a 20:42 minute long bonus scene between Scarlett Faye and Seth Gamble from “Fit To Be Tied: Alexis Ford” that came out last year. While not a new scene, it was at least thematically related, though perhaps a bit too stylish for my personal tastes. This was followed by a 22:55 minute long Behind the Scenes feature, the camerawork handled by Jax and editing by BK Sound. There was a photogallery, some trailers, and 7:12 minutes worth of interviews, the usual spam and FSC anti-piracy commercial included as well.

Condoms: None

Kortney Kane and Bridgette B.

Audio/Video Quality: Pretty Tied Up was presented in the usual 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen by director Derrick Pierce for Adam & Eve. This being his first credited movie as director (at least for the entire movie), he knew enough to assemble a group of talented individuals using 1080/24p for an enhanced technical experience. The cameras were by producer David Lord, Barrett Blade, and Francois Clousot with the camera tech being Ren Savant & the crew chief was Eric Masterson; each of them a director for a wide variety of projects over the years. The smooth editing by John Waverly also helped make this look like a polished effort, the bottom line being that Derrick certainly hit the ground running here. The flesh tones were accurate, the visual flaws minimal, and this was visually a major improvement over the BDSM provided by both specialty companies and some of the major players remaining in porn, a healthy selection of camera angles and points of view enhancing the final product. The 2.0 Dolby Digital audio was presented using a 192 Kbps bitrate and the expected 48 kHz sampling rate, the music and audio editing by BK Sound a step in the right direction most of the time in terms of aural quality.

Isis Love with Christian

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Body of Review: Adam & Eve has long been known as a sex toy company (a really good one at that) but it has been a major player in terms of porn too. In recent years, it has moved from a fluffy couples producer to diversify into excellent parodies and features, even dabbling in BDSM from time to time, thanks to efforts by directors such as Derrick Pierce. This being his first credited movie (outside of a scene or two), he wanted to do something different and more personal, the result of which was Pretty Tied Up. The focus of the five scenes was to provide some quality BDSM, the emphasis on rope bondage a given considering the title. Unlike the hundreds or thousands of poorly shot fetish flicks by specialty niche companies (the kind where you wonder if a monkey was manning the camera and only candlelight was used for illumination), Derrick brought together an impressive lineup of talent to handle the technical affairs, the cast picked based on their personal appreciation for the genre. The resulting chemistry enhanced the final scenes, Trina Michaels, Lily LaBeau, Kortney Kane, Bridgette B., Isis Love, and Skylar Price, all enjoying themselves a whole lot.

Trina Michaels

The initial press release for the movie stated: “Adult Superstar Derrick Pierce to Direct First Film for Adam & Eve Pictures! Adam & Eve and Adam & Eve Pictures are pleased to announce that award-winning adult star Derrick Pierce has been tapped to direct his first movie for Adam & Eve this week. Titled “Pretty Tied Up,” Pierce’s directorial debut features five explicit scenes of BDSM starring a handpicked cast of subs and doms to bring his fantasies to life. “I’m really looking forward to shooting ‘Pretty Tied Up’ for Adam & Eve,” says Pierce. “To take things from my twisted mind and make it a reality… this is the most fun I could ever have!” A 5-year veteran in the adult entertainment industry, Pierce is well known for his work in both high-end adult erotica and the BDSM field. “We are very excited about Derrick’s involvement with the project,” says Executive Producer for Adam & Eve Pictures Meredith Christopher. “His knowledge of the BDSM world makes him the perfect director for Adam & Eve’s first authentic BDSM movie.” “Pretty Tied Up” is scheduled to shoot March 24 and 25, and features Lily LaBeau, Trina Michaels, Bridgette B., Kortney Kane, Isis Love, Skylar Price, James Deen, Mr. Pete, Christian, Sasha and Pierce.” Here’s a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Lily LaBeau with Pete and James

Scene One: Skylar Price, a fetching blond with sparkling eyes and a warm smile, was up first to described her bondage fantasies before engaging in one with Sascha. Once the scene itself began, he ordered her about in a makeshift dungeon, her curvy body his for the taking. Having established control, he had her strip and tied her up, Skylar giving him a blowjob before he began tapping her juicy snatch. There were a few configurations of rope bondage here, the vaginal fucking quite active when she was allowed to be. It ended with her thanking him for the wad of spunk rubbed out into her mouth and onto her face, the lady giving all impressions that she got off. The company website described the scene like this: “After ordering Skylar Price to call him “sir,” Sascha ties her up from head to toe using Japanese shibari techniques before sticking his cock in her warm mouth while slapping her tits! Then, he shifts her on top of his cock for a cowgirl ride with her hands tied behind her back as he gropes her big tits!”

Scene Two: Bridgette B., the busty blond featured in a dominant role on the front cover, and subordinate Kortney Kane, the brunette kneeling on the cover, were up next in a lesbian bondage scene. Other than establish a few ground rules during the interview (Kortney made it clear she did not want anything put in her ass), the scene progressed like a standard vignette using Bridgette as a boss at work while mousy Kortney meekly made an attempt to court her. Bridgette wasted no time bringing out the toys (restraints and spreader bars), the naked Kortney trembling as she learned the ropes. They were very verbal and there was a lot of oral here, the desk transforming into a bondage platform where Bridgette sat on Kortney’s face, paddled her, and fingered her latest triumph. A wand vibrator came into play and additional variations of the rope restraints used, the ladies ending the tryst with a seductive kiss. The company website described the scene like this: “Bridgette puts a collar on Kortney Kane before tying her hands together and sitting on her face as Kortney puts her tongue to work! Then, Bridgette ties Kortney spread-eagle on her desk before teasing her pussy and clit with a vibrator!”

Scene Three: Isis Love, a curvy brunette with a fleshy ass to adore, was up next as she dominated geeky Christian, her desire to “play” at something different leading her to outline a scenario where he was to fuck her like a man. She was in a skimpy nighty and thong but it didn’t work, her frustration leading her to take control as a dominatrix, her foul language matched by her change of attire (a leather corset). She verbally abused him and slapped him a bit, tying him up with his legs in the air to the bedpost while she pinched his nipples and teased his pecker orally (and with her hand). They then moved to some vaginal penetration and she pulled out a wand vibrator to enhance her pleasure, jerking him off into her hand to smear on his face his own load of population pudding. The company website described the scene like this: “Isis Love teaches Christian how to screw her like a real man! After tying him to the bed, she sits on his face as he eats her out before dropping pussy first on his cock for a breast bouncing reverse cowgirl ride that leaves him popping in her hand!”

Scene Four: Trina Michaels, a curvy blond that dropped out of porn to pursue other projects, was back to work with Derrick Pierce, the director always one of her favorites over the years. Pain turns her on so it was a great matchup, the brick warehouse dungeon serving well as a backdrop for him to flog her shapely ass as she hung from the rafters. The playful domination was not a BDSM-lite display like you will generally find in a movie from a major company either, Trina hanging around to be spanked, fingered, and used as a cock socket orally. The amount of verbal abuse was similar to the amount of rope bondage, the oral and vaginal penetration being quite active as their connection continued to impress. Derrick finished up by fucking her as he placed a wand vibrator on her clitoris, leaving his nut of genetic juice on her lower abdomen and tweaking her nipple clamps before walking away. The company website described the scene like this: “Derrick Pierce gives a tied-up Trina Michaels a spanking she’ll never forget before finger banging her pussy and giving her a whipping! Then he bends her over for a round of intense doggy while putting clamps on her hard nipples!”

Scene Five: Lily LaBeau, a major blond hotty newcomer, was up last as she had some fun with Mr. Pete and James Deen. She admitted that doing stuff like this was scary but in a good and exciting way, her sex positive attitude shining through as she began the sex portion of the scene tied to a large black leather platform. Pete flogged her and she admitted to liking verbal abuse, her three holes open for business given the manner in which she was bound (in doggy style with her ass in the air). The guys gave her some modest physical abuse and fingering, leading to lots of oral and vaginal penetration. Lily was an active participant at each juncture, enjoying the way she was manhandled and fucked, cleaning her juices off their cocks orally (and taking a thumb up her ass) before the guys placed her in a kneeling position to take their facials of splooge and swallow some of their spew. The company website described the scene like this: “Lily LeBeau begs for a cock to suck…and Mr. Pete is glad to stuff his schlong down her throat as James Deen takes this submissive blonde babe from behind!”

Summary: Pretty Tied Up by director Derrick Pierce for Adam & Eve was not a fluffy little wannabe BDSM flick like I thought it would be, the rope bondage realistic enough and the enjoyment from the cast evident in each scene. The technical values were solid, the replay value high, and the strokability (even for a generalist like myself) was well above average so I rated it as Highly Recommended. I appreciated that a variety of approaches were taken in the scenes and the movie did not rely on a strict formula, the quality of the production as a whole even more surprising given the fact that it was a freshman effort. In short, Pretty Tied Up was a lot of fun and well worth adding to your collections if you have even a passing interest in the cast or fetish, I hope follow up efforts will be as good.

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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