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Spartacus MMXII: The Beginning

Studio: Wicked Pictures » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 10/18/12

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Spartacus MMXII: The Beginning

Wicked Pictures/London Gunn Films/Miko Lee Productions

Genre: Feature, Parody

Director/Writer/Editor: Marcus London

Assistant Director: Devon Lee

Assistant Director: Tommy Gunn

Cast: Devon “Lucretia” Lee, Tommy “Crixus” Gunn, India Summer, Tony De Sergio, Devon Lee, Nikki Daniels, Tanya Tate, Marcus “Spartacus” London, Gracie Glam, Nacho Vidal, Melanie Rios, Karina O’Reilley (as Carina Roman), Charley Chase, Nicole Aniston, and Prinzzess “Felicity Jade”, Miko Lee, Andy San Dimas, TJ Cummings, Jenna Presley
Non-sex roles: Lucas Stone, Vic D., Ben English, Brad Armstrong, Kyle Stone, Jack Lawrence, Marco Rivera, Jack Vegas, Shane, Xavia, Eric Masterson, Corley Matthews, Robin, Reno, Moose the horse, Coco the camel

Length: 127:16 minutes

Date of Production: 2011

Extras: The first disc had a 9:46 minute Blooper Reel as an extra but most of the extras were included on the second disc. Rick Garcia was credited with the shooting of the five part Behind the Scenes feature, the volumes lasting 60:34 minutes in total, Tommy showing a lot of carpentry skill and a number of brief interviews included just as a multitude of clips of the movie being made. There were then twelve interviews which totaled 52:24 minutes, a 6:12 minute long color test (where some processing altered the look of the footage), a 3:21 Fight Scene comparison reel, and a 2:04 minute second fight concept clip. There were then seven trailers and teaser trailers for the movie as well as a photogallery; the double disc set contained in a slip cover with an opening flap.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Spartacus MMXII: The Beginning was presented in 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen as shot by director Marcus London for Wicked Pictures. The camerawork was primarily handled by Francois Clousot, the editing by Marcus London and London Gunn Productions, and most of the cast seemed to participate in various aspects of the production (to get the most bang for the buck as it were). Unlike so many parodies that look like they were shot on video (a rather cheap look most of the time), this one went to great lengths to offer a film look, some of the special effects covered in the extras located on the second disc. The lighting included some very shadowy sex scenes, some interesting special effects (not all of which were in the fight scenes by the way, though this did appear to be the area where the special effects were covered most notably), and a number of nods to the mainstream series on the premium cable Starz channel. The attention to detail helped make this a visual feast of eye candy, not just for the sexy babes either. As I said, and was apparently quoted on the front cover, this was one of the “most highly anticipated movies this year”. The aural components were also handled with a lot of care, the music by Nonstop Music, APM Music, and Arc-X Entertainment, combining with the easily heard vocals, and some ambient sounds to make this sound as mainstream as I think it could for the kind of budget it was whispered to have. This was another area that I have come to expect very little but the team surprised me by crafting a solid little audio experience, perhaps a sequel will refine it even more.

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Body of Review: Marcus London has been performing in porn for years now, the muscular stud more recently expanding into production work and directing. His latest and greatest movie in this regard is being distributed by Wicked Pictures, a blockbuster called Spartacus MMXII: The Beginning. Based heavily on the Starz cable series, the show details the origin of the lead character (well played by Marcus London), his enslavement and rivalry with Crixus (Tommy Gunn), and basically draws on many elements while adding sex as a key feature. Few will suggest the cable show lacked in sexuality but it was definitely more overt here, the casting of ladies including Devon Lee, the return of Miko Lee, Gracie Glam, and Jenna Presley as well as Tanya Tate and others in smaller roles. There was a lot to appreciate this time though both during the sex and on the sands of the training grounds, definitely making it one of the most anticipated big blockbusters of the 2012 season. The back cover described the movie like this: “Spartacus (Marcus London) is captured and forced to fight to the death in the arena. After surviving the onslaught, he is sold to the Ludis of Batiatus (Tony de Sergio) where he is thrust into a world of sex and violence. He finds an unlikely ally in fellow slave Crixus (Tommy Gunn), as they are both expected to please Lucretia (Devon Lee). In addition to performing in depraved orgies, they must train to fight against the unbeaten giant Androcoles. Will they fall victim to the gladiator or will they prove victorious and earn their freedom? A sexual epic for the ages!” Here’s a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Scene One: Devon “Lucretia” Lee, the busty babe featured on the center of the front cover (redheaded with big boobs), was up first as she personally rewarded Tommy “Crixus” Gunn for a fine display in the arena. She spread her robe and then her legs to grant him access to gobble her gash, his tongue sliding around her slit as she displayed a lot of chemistry for his work. He fingered her and she soon savored him by slobbing his knob, the enchanting music playing in the background helping provide the mainstream boost it needed to work so well. She sucked him off while applying some hand to gland combat, pumping him into her mouth before a couple of vaginal penetration positions launched his genetic juice from deep inside his balls.

Scene Two: India Summer, a lean brunette with ample sexual skills all her own, was up next with Tony De Sergio, Devon Lee watching from a nearby chair as Nikki Daniels rubbed her pussy. India kissed Tony and was soon on her knees blowing the man, aggressively working his manhood into her mouth before he tore into her tight snatch. Devon was clearly enjoying Nikki’s touch too, Tony wanting more of a good thing so he dispensed with Nikki to give Devon plenty to appreciate as India kissed her. This continued until Tony beat out a round of population pudding into Devon’s mouth, the scene cutting away to the training grounds from there.

Scene Three: Tanya Tate, the popular blond MILF from England, was up next as she was allowed her pick of the gladiatorial litter, selecting Marcus “Spartacus” London as her personal diversion. She let him know who was boss but he was soon banging her in doggy like they were having a grudge fuck, her tits flailing about as she let forth an endless stream of dirty talk to coax him to pound her even harder and faster. The doggy led to missionary and she masturbated as he dove balls deep inside of her, his spunk tossed off onto her crotch as she reveled in her orgasm.

Scene Four: Gracie Glam, next up as a demure personal handmaiden to the female head of the household (Lucretia), was paired off with muscular Tommy Gunn, his body as chiseled as I have ever seen it. As the pair slowly kissed and caressed, leading to the natural fucking of course, Nacho Vidal did Melanie Rios and Karina O’Reilley (as Carina Roman) nearby. While the trio was not as featured as the primary spotlight duo, the ladies showed ample enthusiasm sucking off Nacho, trading places to jump his bones in decadent fashion as Tommy drilled Gracie quite deep vaginally. Gracie rode him actively when she was on top too, giving the lasting impression that she was into the tryst more than any of her peers could have been though Nacho was bringing out the best in his ladies too. Tommy unleashed his wad of splooge onto Gracie’s stomach, the secondary players not getting the benefit of displaying their ending this time.

Scene Five: Charley Chase, Nicole Aniston, and Prinzzess “Felicity Jade”, were up next as they washed Tommy Gunn in a public bath. While not a full scene, Nicole did wrap her sweet lips around his bone as he kissed Prinzzess and Charley assisted in cleaning him off a bit herself with that fine mouth of hers. Prinzzess was mostly eye candy here, no surprise considering her limited abilities displayed in her movies, but Charley and Nicole were better suited for the situation all the same, some minor lesbian action between Charley and Prinzzess taking place while Nicole finished him off (technically, the last moment edit showed Charley draining his balls of spew but Nicole did almost all of the work).

Scene Six: Miko Lee, the exotic (and busty) Asian hotty seen on the lower right hand corner of the front cover, was up next with Tony De Sergio, her demand to assist him requiring his own personal sacrifice. She rubbed his crotch to warm him up, his turgid member soon fully erect for her to drop down and seductively inhale like a champion. Miko kept excellent eye contact to sell their personal chemistry, her hand assisting her mouth at times but not always (many prefer a no-hands blowjob) with Miko using her tongue in a most talented manner. She inhaled him and he reciprocated on her shaven snatch, the gash gobbling leading to some power pounding vaginal where she pushed back to meet his thrusts and maintained the eye contact when not lost in her pleasure. The vaginal led to anal, his pecker porking her perfect pucker as deep as he could take it before he lost his wad of semen onto her crotch.

Scene Seven: Andy San Dimas, a fetching brunette wearing the toga of yesteryear as she joined TJ Cummings, his cage indeed gilded to be provided with such a tasty treat as her to work with. They kissed and he was all over her, his hands and mouth working her boobs before he went down on her slowly to build up some heat. Andy then gave him some head, squealing as he fingered her pussy but the two aggressively riding vaginally in no time. Andy’s ass pumped as she drove his cock ever deeper into her pussy, her grunts and groans signifying her approval of his abilities. It ended when he took her in doggy, the repeated plowing leading her to demand his seed which landed all over her heated ass cheeks.

Scene Eight: Jenna Presley, the busty brunette having no need of introduction, was up last with Marcus London, his reward amplified along with his freedom for a glorious day in the arena. They were already fucking balls deep as she climbed on top of him and rode him to the fullest, her rounded rump grinding as his cock sheathed itself in her dripping vaginal walls. The penetration was actually followed by him going down on her in the dark scene, the torchlight somehow suitable as he orally pleasured her in the gated sleeping area. She showed an affinity for giving head too, her mouth working him over while showing some fine eye contact, additional penetration positions resulting in his seed landing on her crotch before a surprise ending in cliffhanger form finished the show.

Summary: Spartacus MMXII: The Beginning by director Marcus London for distribution by Wicked Pictures was truly one of the best features and dramatic parodies in recent times, a sure bet garner lots of support for all the usual awards shows. The entertainment value of the feature elements showed tremendous amounts of care and it had the look of a mainstream production, the sexual aspects of the movie sure to fill the spank banks of many over the coming months. Unlike so many competitors, this one was driven in large part by the men due to the nature of the beast but it worked out quite well, setting up possible sequels should the masses agree with my assessment to find this one worthy of being an Xcritic Pick. The movie worked as a whole and the sex blended in better than it did in the mainstream cable series, this tribute to a popular series sure to evoke a lot of appreciation by fans of the cast. In short, Spartacus MMXII: The Beginning was a homerun by the production team led by Marcus London, Tommy Gunn, Devon Lee, and Miko Lee so give it a whirl and you may find that the buzz surrounding this one for so very long was not just hype, it was the culmination of lots of hard work proving fruitful. Good Job!

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