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Without You

Studio: Wicked Pictures » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 1/21/04

XCritic's Advice: Highly Recommended

Without You

Wicked Pictures

Genre: Feature

Director: Brad Armstrong

Cast: Dolorian, Eric Masterson, Stormy (AKA: Storminator) Daniels, Cheyne Collins, Jessica Drake, Monique Alexander, Evan Stone, Aria, Nicole Sheridan, Voodoo
Non-sex roles by a whole bunch of uncredited people, including Mark Stone, Jeff and others

Length: 105.5 minutes

Date of Production: 4/20/2003

Extra's: The best extra for me was the audio commentary with Stormy and Brad Armstrong. I always like to hear what was going on since it usually helps explain a lot of things although there was a whole lot of tension during this one (the two were lovers, broke up hard, and it was evident that there are still some harsh feelings towards him). The extras also included a twenty-six minute long All Access: Behind the Scenes feature by Mark Stone, 4.5 minute long interview with Dolorian, 2.5 minute interview with Nicole Sheridan and Voodoo, 2.5 minutes of bloopers, a bunch of photogalleries, Star Stats, promotional reels, Free Speech Coalition commercial, DVD-ROM extras (company profile, casino game, award winners, desktop backgrounds and weblinks), trailers to movies such as Hercules, XXX Training and Falling From Grace, and a double sided DVD cover.

Condoms: Yes

Audio/Video Quality: The picture was presented in the industry standard 1.33:1 ratio full frame color, pretty much what I expected. It appeared to be shot on video with special effects used to make it look like film (not a good idea). That meant it looked grainy much of the time and there was also a problem with it looking washed out. On top of that, many of the scenes were made to look like they were at night, to instill a romantic feeling I believe, and that impacted what you could see. The good news was that for all the problems, there were no compression artifacts. The audio, on the other hand, was presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital surround English and sounded very clear most of the time. Yes, there were a few moments where the vocals were hollow but overall, they were good and the music appropriate to the settings.

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Body of Review: There are those who tell me that Wicked Pictures contract director Brad Armstrong sticks with themes he knows best, primarily those revolving around infidelity. To them I say, he seems to know what he's doing so I'm not going to fuss about it. In a movie he made that starred his former girlfriend and current Wicked Pictures contract star, Stormy (Daniels), titled Without You, he shows the story of a young executive, Eric Masterson, who attempts to figure out whether he wants his fiancée or his maid (played by Stormy herself). Interestingly enough, she wrote the screenplay and seemed to feel deeply about the subject matter (listen to the audio commentary). Here's what the box cover said about the movie: "In love with her high-powered boss, the housekeeper manages to hide her true feelings. But when his fiancée bails on him, he invites the maid to a swanky function as her replacement. Soon she replaces the fiancée in the bedroom as well. When the fiancée returns, the housekeeper takes a hike. But how far must she go to win him back?" If this sounds like something you might enjoy, here's a breakdown of the scenes by cast and action, noting that condoms were used:

Scene One: Dolorian, a hot looking blonde, and Eric, had a scene in bed. She did a swell job blowing him, seemingly savoring every inch, before they moved further and boned. Both were energetic, appearing to have a good time, and her over the top enjoyment contributed to the heat. It was oral and straight with a facial ending as expected.

Scene Two: Stormy, the hot blonde lead of the movie who can be seen on the front DVD cover, had a scene in bed with Cheyne. For the record, she doesn't sound stupid when having sex, as she seemed to think during the commentary track, and her breasts aren't too large (and no, Cheyne isn't all that hot looking). In any case, they did the oral and straight sex you would expect of them with her getting quite vocal during the sex (a turn on for a lot of people). They swapped out positions a few times

Scene Three: Stormy, Jessica, and Monique, all looking ready and raring to go, had a lesbian scene on a bed together. The licking took precedence, followed by the fingering, and then even a bit of vibrator use before the strap on dildo came out. I think they had a lot of fun and remained playful throughout the scene, with at least two of them orgasming more than once. Yum!

Scene Four: Dolorian, still looking like a million bucks, blew the mighty Evan with gusto, using a plethora of cocksucking vigor (Brad and Stormy's accurate description). She really did seem to get lost in her art, using her tongue, hands and eyes to coax out an extra large load from the guy into her waiting mouth. It was oral only but this was one time when I didn't mind.

Scene Five: Stormy, making me happy that she was in so many scenes (that happens when you're the writer, you can write yourself into a bunch of scenes), had a scene with Eric on a bed and a fun time was had by all. Her blowjob was also very skilled but at a much more erotic pace than the Dolorian's. His oral to her was also at a slower pace and worth checking out, as was the intercourse. They boned in several positions and she appeared to orgasm at least once (per Stormy on the commentary track). While I would've preferred there to be more light, I understand how this worked with the story.

Scene Six: Nicole and Aria, two of the best performers in porn today, took care of Voodoo (Nicole's hubby) in front of a fireplace. The two double-teamed him orally (it was great) before they took turns getting screwed. They all got really into it, the gals were extremely vocal during the scene, and each gal also took anal like a champion. I could detail the scene in a blow-by-blow fashion but suffice it to say, it was smoking hot. Whew!

Summary: The women were all great looking and great at performing sexually, the story was decent (just enough to interest you but not so much to bore you) and the settings appropriate to the action. There was oral, straight and anal sex so it's not like the movie was specifically targeted at the lightweight market either. I liked the extras and the only reservations I had about the movie were with the picture quality. I'm going to be slightly generous and rate this one as Highly Recommended based on all the aspects I liked although I'd have preferred a better picture too. Had the sex not been as hot as it was in the scenes, I'd easily have trashed it but this one has a lot of replay value for that alone. Those who think commentaries need to have people that like one another should check this one out too since they were constantly snipping (although trying to keep it tame). I look forward to seeing movies made by both of them, just next time, they might want a referee in the commentary booth (maybe Pat Myne?).

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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