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Pinup Perversions with Lela Star HD (HD DVD)
Pinup Perversions with Lela Star HD (HD DVD)
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Studio: Club Jenna » Review by
Don Houston »
Review Date: 1/2/08
Note: The following review is for the upgraded HD version of the movie that was left unedited, with no substantial change in extras or content from the SD Version
that has been garnering praise in the few days it has been out on the market. Unlike a number of releases with minimal audio/video upgrades, the HD treatment really brought out a lot of extra detail and enhanced the experience for me; proving that I couldn't go back after seeing it this way. The care that went into the stylish vignettes was far more pronounced and while this version will cost you more, you'll really see the difference on a decent home set up using a large 1080p television properly calibrated and set up.
The title page! (all screen captures from SD version)
Pinup Perversions with Lela Star HD
Lela Star looked great in fancy lingerie even in the bonus section.
Director: Laurent Sky
Mariah Milano looked good in her bonus solo scene too.
Cast: Lela Star, Charles Dera, Adrianna Nicole, Tommy Gunn, Mariah Milano, Riley Evans, Jerry, Marco Banderas
Length: 85:29 minutes
Riley Evans was the third gal to get a bonus solo scene.
Date of Production: 8/18/2007
Lela Star in scene one, posing for the camera.
Extra's: The extras were essentially the same on both versions of the movie, this HD version showing them at the lower resolution of 480p in the MPEG-2 format, not the VC-1 codec advertised on the back cover. By comparison to the movie itself, the lack of deatil and clarity was a rude awakening so stick with the movie itself if you buy this version. There really weren’t many extras here but I liked the series of “Masturbations” that had three of the gals featured in short clips teasing the camera (more than actually masturbating). Lela Star went first for 6:57 minutes in a sexy black & pink outfit done to big band music using an upbeat tempo. The vocals kicked in midway through and while they were over the top, at least they suited her general demeanor. Up next was Mariah Milano for 7:40 minutes in her black outfit in the casino setting; similar audio but taking her cues from off-camera. Then there was Riley Evans in her lighter outfit in the naval office for 7:40 minutes. A great looking gal, she lacked any dancing ability but masturbated nicely. There was then a 16:11 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Rigo Corleone in letterboxed widescreen that combined photoshoots, interviews, and various clips of sexual misconduct from the movie fairly well. There was a photogallery and a couple of trailers.
Adrianna Nicole was a perfect compliment to Tommy Gunn in the second scene.
Mariah Milano's ass was great in scene three.
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Audio/Video Quality: Pinup Perversions HD was presented in a crisp widescreen color with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 as shot by director Laurent Sky for Club Jenna in the MPEG-4/VC-1 codec using a full 1080p resolution for the best possible picture. The SD version paled by comparison and this was a serious upgrade from it as well as past works by the company too, well worth checking out and dropping extra cash on. The colors looked very accurate, the lighting was a mixture of various techniques that sometimes worked better than others, the level of grain typically minimal (nonexistent), and the composition of the shots pretty decent in terms of making the performers look better than usual most of the time. There were no compression artifacts, no video noise, and I liked the more straightforward approach to the scenes that the director went with here; proving that the company and/or director are listening to the constructive criticism many have provided over the years. The video bitrate hovered in the upper teens and lower twenties a lot and there were some artistic effects used (like the lighting flares, the shutter effect in some scenes, and other nods to make the movie’s scenes look “older”) but they were used sparingly to enhance the appeal of the movie, not overwhelm the viewer as with the director's past works. The only choice for audio was the basic 2.0 Dolby Digital+ English audio track, this time using vocals mixed in with the loud music to enhance the heat and energy for me. The music was all related to the themes at hand, giving the nod to Americana band tunes that were fairly well done in many ways; no backhanded compliment intended. This was so preferable to the thumping beats so often used by the company that I found my toe tapping when it should be rather than searching for the remote control to turn it down. There wasn't a lot of separation between the channels and the dynamic range lacked a bit on the vocals but the music helped to elevate the quality of the production a bit and the gals could be easily heard once the sex began in earnest.
Foot fetish fans will love hotty Riley Evans in scene four.
Body of Review: Laurent Sky has been directing for Club Jenna awhile now, his stylish approach unmistakable with loud techno music and visual effects that leave some of us cold and others marveling at how talented he is. I’ve long wondered how he would fare if he tried something a bit more modest, no less stylish but something a bit more down to earth for the rest of us to enjoy. Well, my requests have been answered with Pinup Perversions with Lela Star HD, a send up to the cheesecake gals of yesteryear using popular gonzo princess Lela Star in a role markedly different than what she has tried before. The back cover said it like this: “At the fringe of your imagination lurks a sex kitten who'll leave you smitten. Club Jenna's first foray into pinup couture features pixie-petite Lela Star, whose bombshell style smacks of dirty martinis sipped in the jazz clubs of Old Hollywood. Explore the seedier edge of glamour - a hunger rooted more deeply than ordinary seduction. Let Lela draw you into her web, and you'll discover the agonizing bliss of being sucked dry by Club Jenna's newest femme fatale.” If this appeals to you as much as it did to me, you will want to pick up a copy and see just what kind of intriguing movie Laurent came up with when trying something new. Here’s a quick look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used and much of the sex was markedly more hardcore than the company tends to offer:
Lela Star closed out the movie with scene five as a gun moll.
Scene One: Lights! Camera! Action!: Lela Star, smoking a large stogie in her sexy lingerie, was up first as a silent movie star getting the royalty treatment from Charles Dera; the man coming off like a porn version of either a youthful Orson Wells or Howard Hughes (in their prime). He directed her through a series of cheesecake photos and she delighted in posing for him, eventually seducing him for the sheer pleasure of it. The clothing fell aside and the tease resulted in her dropping to her knees to blow him enthusiastically; her wanton nature shining forth as she worked the meat pipe. Unlike lazy contract gals that passively rely on their looks alone, Lela earns her pay with a kind of gonzo approach that fans admire and lust after, such being the case here even early on. She actively rode his cock in various positions and he gave her the slightest of licks but as over the top as she could get, their sweaty forms merged handily together and it was among the best scenes I’ve seen from Lela in awhile. The scene then switched to her doing anal where she was even louder and almost as physically aggressive before he rubbed out a wad of population pudding to her face. Nice!
Scene Two: Ice Cream Parlour: Adrianna Nicole, a curvy blond with a huge tattoo that otherwise looked especially perfect as a gal in an old time ice cream shop sprawled out eating confections before her tease ended and she jumped the bones of soda jerk Tommy Gunn. Ever the customer service type of guy, he gave her what she wanted which went from licking ice cream cones to his personal cone after she had him rub it in ice cream. Her knob slobbing action was playful and also active, the gal known for her own brand of energy as a gonzo performer of some merit. As expected, she was even more aggressive in riding the cock than Lela, taking his rod in her biscuit and ass with ease as she impaled herself soundly. The deep seated itch she was scratching showed her in her natural element, not content with watered down screwing as she enjoyed all that took place. The scene ended when he jerked off to an ice cream cone and she started eating it with some post coital sucking. Yum!
Scene Three: High Roller: Lela Star, this time dressed to the hilt as a big time gambler in a casino (using modern machines though), eyed the seductive cigarette girl played by Mariah Milano. Her oral fixation not limited to her cigarette, she selected a glass dildo and the ladies were all over the roulette table doing each other in fine form. The emphasis on tease was appreciated with Mariah’s sweet ass providing the perfect inspiration for Lela to play with (spanking in particular) and some vaginal pounding. Mariah gave as well as she received and while they again seemed over the top, I had fun with it just the same. Lela also received some solid head from her partner, though the scene could have been doubled in length and still not long enough for my tastes.
Scene Four: USA: Riley Evans, a very sexy blond with beautiful eyes, was up next as she teased with her lingerie clad body on the desk of a war department naval executive played by Jerry who appeared to be investigating her given the suitcase full of money she possessed. The music was decent but jumped around a bit more than it should have as he undressed (it didn’t sound like it was done on purpose), her mouth soon serving as a cock socket as she wrapped her lips around him in seductive fashion. As incredible as she looked, she was not as sexually aggressive as Lela or Adrianna; sounding like them but not nearly as active. Her all natural body was indeed stroke worthy though and those fishnet stockings of hers that Jerry liked licking (and getting a footjob from) certainly enhanced the appeal of her womanly curves. The blowjob led to them hammering away on the desk, the vaginal fuck getting better as she grew accustomed to his rhythm before she jerked him off to her face.
Scene Five: Naughty Dame: Lela Star, up last in what amounted to her best showcase title ever (she was in more scenes than any non-compilation offering to date), was more scantily clad as she played the bad girl gun moll of gangster Marco Banderas in their shady hideaway. There was less tease here and more of an urgency as she went down on him while he took off his clothes; Lela passionate for cock to say the least. The resulting vaginal ride was again quite active and led to him filling her martini glass with his seed; Lela sucking it down without hesitation.
Summary: Pinup Perversions with Lela StarHD by director Laurent Sky for Club Jenna was shorter than I like my porn to be but I could not argue with the quality of the action. Lela and her peers provided some exceptionally heated pairings with a lot of chemistry and energy backing them up, making the movie a lot better than expected. The three bonus solo scenes were better than a bunch of unrelated crud too; the cinematography a substantial leap forward in terms of erotic portrayals that should appeal to more than just couples so I rated it as Recommended. In short, Lela Star really shined in Pinup Perversions HD and if this is the kind of thing she’ll be doing with director Laurent Sky in the future, I intend to pay very close attention to what they’re going to offer. Good job!
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