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Studio: Anabolic » Review by
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Review Date: 4/22/08
Eva Angelina was the star of the BTS. (click for trailer)
Eva Angelina, Alexis Love, and Veronique Vega!
Director: Ivan & Ricky D.
Brooke Belle and Sindee Jennings
Cast: Eva Angelina, Veronique Vega, Sindee Jennings, Brooke Belle, Alexis Love, Penny Flame, Sativa Rose, Holly West, Gianna Lynn, Maria Bellucci, Aline, Jaclyn Case, Hannah West, Ashley Jensen, Cassidy Essence
Length: 125:16 minutes
Penny Flame, Sativa Rose, Holly West, Gianna Lynn, and Maria Bellucci
Date of Production: 8/24/2007
Extras: The main extra was the 26:06 minute long Behind the Scenes feature that started with Ivan on his cell phone discussing the issues he was having with the location with his brother. Not to complain, but I was happy to see him switch things around and start interviewing the ladies (all of whom were having a good time, be it on the couch, in the pool, or with each other). There was also a photogallery and the option to turn off the music but that was it as far as extras were concerned.
Aline, Jaclyn Case, Hannah West, Ashley Jensen, Cassidy Essence
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Audio/Video Quality: Girlgasmic was presented in an interestingly shot 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen color by directors Ivan & Ricky D. for Anabolic Digital. This version of the show was the SD (standard version) so it was not as clear or crisp (from what I'm told) as the Blu-Ray release but it wasn't bad looking for the most part. The lighting was such that a lot of the scenes looked washed out, the glare of the lighting bouncing off the ladies or the lack thereof causing the colors to look too saturated. Still, the composition of the camera angles showed an invasive interest in the ladies having fun, capturing the heat of the gals going at one another (most of whom did not look as if they were doing "gay for pay" scenes). The video bitrate on the MPEG-2 version was in the mid 5 Mbps most of the time I paid it any attention, some aliasing and grain observed (along with slight amounts of macro blocking) but still, it was better than I'd heard from reputable sources so I can only imagine that the high definition version looked even better (I believe this was the first movie the company released in Blu-Ray). Having seen some of Ivan's demo work (mainstream material too), I know that he will adjust to the rigors of high definition in due time, this merely a stepping stone in that sense that showcases his potential only fairly well. The audio was presented in the usual 2.0 Dolby Digital using the 192 Kbps bitrate (with optional music). The music was subdued and not intrusive at all so if your player supports the function, by all means leave it on even if it was generic in nature. The vocals were slightly hollow with no separation but I could hear the ladies at all times, the pairing off making it tougher but not too bad either.
Body of Review: Ivan & Ricky D. are directors in the porn industry that I have found to care about the work they do. Unlike some of their peers that do it just for a paycheck, they are always looking for something to surprise fans with, Ivan now the lead director at Anabolic Digital. Each of the men has their own style but one of the similarities is they like to keep the camera moving, a dynamic approach that works better in some cases then others but fans of lesbian action might appreciate how this was used to capture the action in Girlgasmic; a lesbian lovefest consisting of three lengthy scenes of depraved fun. The idea was simple enough; take a bunch of hot women from various backgrounds and have them go at one another actively and aggressively with toys and tongues, leaving no hole completely untouched. The back cover said it like this: "Anabolic proudly presents our first installment of an all girl series that is pleasingly packed with a plethora of pleasure producing pussy. 15 hot, horny, healthy, hooch hungry whores grace the screen in this pounding fuck fest. Erotic tease, hardcore sex, entertaining and enlightening behind the scenes. This movie has it all. Anabolic fans have come to expect the best form us and we consistently deliver exactly that. Anabolic gives you more fuck for the buck. When your searching for porn perfection look for Anabolic." Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms or population pudding were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Eva Angelina, Veronique Vega, Sindee Jennings, Brooke Belle, and Alexis Love, were up first with the gals initially starting off in two groups that merged once suitable levels of foreplay and warming up tease footage were captured. Eva, Alexis, and Veronique were in one group as Brooke and Sindee did each other in the master bedroom. The slow exploration of the ladies by each other was pretty wood inducing, their lingerie coming off slowly enough to serve as tease while they licked, caressed, and sucked each other. By the time the quintet were all together, the strap on dildos were out in force, each lady ravaging the orifices of their friends with their tongues, fingers, and toys, some solo action included but not too much. The wealth of toys wasn't bad and Eva was clearly the favored hotty here (rightly so!) as she aggressively took charge in most instances when the camera was pointed her way. Fans of squirting will appreciate that there was some pissing taking place with the post coital play assuring me that most of the ladies had some fun here, even if the chemistry was not particularly consistent. The scene closed out at around the 51 minute mark too, so fans of this group of gals will have a lot to appreciate this time.
Scene Two: Penny Flame, Sativa Rose, Holly West, Gianna Lynn, and Maria Bellucci, were up next in a living room scene that took a different approach to the ladies warming up. This time, the action began with two of them showcased before they started going down on each other; the other ladies joining them one by one. After a short introductory tease by all five gals, Penny and Holly were leading each other to the couch, not as well lit as the pool in the back yard but still providing ample light to see every nook and cranny available. The playful titty play and rug munching were such that Penny was the early lead for best of the scene, Sativa coming up to almost match her enthusiasm in the scene that included face sitting and other action as listed in the last scene. There was strap on dildo play here too, including a DP with ATM and PTM, but unlike the last scene, the gals were more apt to stay in their separate groups once they separated. The sexual athleticism present here was stronger than the heat generated but it was another scene that I really liked due to the performers as much as anything else, the scene ending up at the 92 minute mark.
Scene Three: Aline, Jaclyn Case, Hannah West, Ashley Jensen, and Cassidy Essence, rounded out the final scene. They began as the others did with a brief montage introducing them to the world, the ladies wearing minimal underwear to enhance their shapely figures as they engaged one another in sexual depravity. This scene seemed shorter than the other two and the thought that came to mind when watching it was how several of the ladies gave moderately decent performances, but it was always clear that they were performing rather than getting off for real. The BTS footage gave some clues about who liked each other and who was there to do their job and go home with snail trails and a pocket full of money; this time showing more anal and DP footage with the toys than the other scenes. Aline was the star here for most intents and she earned every bit of her money but some of her coworkers were not at their best. The action did end with some kissing and rug munching, the scene itself coming across as less polished.
Summary: Girlgasmic by directors Ivan & Ricky D. for Anabolic Digital had a decent amount of gal pal action and I can see why some would be infatuated with the production based on the cast list alone, never mind the fun it looked like most everyone had during the production of the show but the technical values and rough edges lowered the rating to a low end Recommended. This was not a backhanded compliment, fans of cameras moving around a lot and flood lighting will find this movie among the best of the year, but a bit more variety in how each scene was shot might have assisted in elevating the rating too. In any case, Girlgasmic was an interesting show for those of you into lipstick lesbian porn where about half the cast really wanted to be there and the other half went along for the ride.
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