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Review Date: 6/23/09
The dancing cast & crew!
Undress Me (SD and Blu-ray)
Director: B. Skow
Cast: Sunny Leone, Ariel King, Faye Regan, Dane Cross, Ryder Skye, Jada Fire, Voodoo, Sochee Mala
Length: 169:49 minutes
Date of Production: 7/25/2008
Extras: My favorite related extra was the 23:26 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Graham Crack Herr. The footage started by showing half the cast and crew (even Shylar and Lee) dancing around the living room but soon showcased the gals in interviews and sex clips fans will appreciate. There was then a sort of highlight reel from five scenes on the SD version of the release, lasting 24:04 minutes and showing some of the best parts of the action (scene clips from Touch Me, Catch Me, Please Me, and Tease Me). The Blu-ray version tried something different by offering somewhat longer clips from Catch Me and Please Me, each clocking in around 10 minutes long but far from their original splendor for those keeping track, so you get about the same amount of footage on each version of the movie, the Blu-ray version in high definition. There was then a biography for Sunny Leone, some trailers, spam, and a photogallery (the Blu-ray dropping the minimalist stuff though).
Audio/Video Quality: Undress Me was presented in the same 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color it was shot in by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment using the standard definition MPEG-2 codec in 480p resolution for the SD version and the 1080i/VC-1 codec for the superior looking Blu-ray version. For those unfamiliar with his background, suffice it to say that his experience outside of porn is superior to many inside the industry and it shows up in his movies, including this one as it was shot in 1080i high definition (using those Canon's Skow favors), making the Blu-ray version of it look much better. The editing was not as polished this time, "Jack Freedom" credited with those duties, and post production was again handled by Kyle Caruso, again not exactly the "A-team" I was hoping for. The composition of the camera angles was often optimal to capture the raw energy of the scenes but frequently required shooting into the light causing color saturation issues, giving it a different look than many of Skow's previous works. The fleshtones were fairly accurate (some tint issues did exist) though but the DVD mastering was well done (if only in a bitrate hovering around 3.6 Mbps in SD and 12.2 Mbps in the high definition Blu-ray), making it a mixed bag in terms of visual quality; leaning towards slightly above average (if on the low side for Skow himself). There was a company watermark that I wasn't too keen on but most of the camera work seemed to keep this in mind, keeping the majority of action far away from the lower right hand corner. I really preferred the high definition version this time, the problems with the technical aspects mitigated somewhat but I will go on record as preferring the director's more polished efforts over the various experiments he tried here. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English (in 192 Kbps with a 48 kHz sampling rate) offering with the vocals sounding flat and the music pretty decent. For some reason, the levels were about the same as usual but aside from the added background noise, the dynamic range was average and the separation of the vocal track nonexistent. For an all sex vignette though, it was a sufficient soundtrack with minimalist leanings most of you will appreciate over loud generic music found elsewhere.
Ryder Skye and Sunny Leone
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Body of Review: I make no pretense about my support of director B. Skow at Vivid Entertainment, the man earning my accolades over the years by bringing a superior way of offering newcomers in his BNF series as well as providing far better showcase efforts for the contract gals employed by the company. His latest such effort is called Undress Me (SD and Blu-ray) and once again, Skow offers up a heaping helping of hotty Sunny Leone, thankfully doing a vastly superior job to the titles released by her fledgling production company. This time, Sunny was advertised as doing men again, this time her new beau Ariel King taking the place of Matt Erickson, the results of which I'll describe below. I know Sunny is better known for her lipstick lesbian antics but anyone suggesting she is not one of the most beautiful ladies in all of porn probably needs his eyes examined so any release where she is doing what fans, fanboys, and especially slavering fanboys have begged for should be at the top of anyone's list. In terms of the high definition Blu-ray version of the title, I would go so far to say that even before watching it, I'm sure it will do her justice like only Skow has done to date. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Sunny Leone, the curvy cutie featured on the front cover, was up first as she gave a modest length strip tease in a dining room, her black bootie shorts creeping up her ass and her purple top cast aside before all was said and done. While I have admittedly seen house strippers at third tier clubs dance better, none of those gals looked half as exciting as Sunny did here, her playful nature brought out by the director even after she was paired up with tattooed Ariel King in the second part of the scene. She was on the bed and the vocals were restored, Sunny's legs spread wide as he savored her juices. His fingers went inside her pussy and ass too, Sunny pulling him over to try her oral skills on his modest cock. They moved into a 69 position and then she started actively riding his rod, yelling out as if performing rather than simply having a chemistry filled time with a lover. Despite this weakness, Sunny did some PTM and added dirty talk, their relative lack of rhythm together offset by her dirty talk. There was a vaginal creampie displayed after this but given the choppy editing, I would be remiss if I stated it looked genuine, Sunny going back down on him for another hand assisted hummer. That led to more vaginal plowing and a crotch pop that looked far more real to me, Ariel rubbing his genetic juice into her crotch before she sucked him off again.
Sunny Leone and Sochee Mala
Scene Two: Faye Regan, a lean little redhead with more freckles than just about anyone I've ever met in porn, was up next as she followed the established formula. Her blue jean shorts and bullet print short lasted too long but she was another gal that might benefit from some stripping lessons as the 70's funk style music played on to her disrobing act. Faye benefited from looking very young here though, lightly massaging her tits and masturbating before she did some POV work with Dane Cross. He spanked her and she looked at the camera coyly, the camera angle changing as she slobbed his knob aggressively like an experienced professional (I'd be willing to bet that she had more experience with a man than anyone else in the flick except for Jada and it showed). She jerked him off and otherwise catered to him quietly, Dane reciprocating before they banged vaginally. The couple was enthusiastic but also showed chemistry together, trying all sorts of positions before she blew him to completion, his population pudding landing on his crotch for her to lick up. Nice!
Scene Three: Ryder Skye, another cute gal (as seen on the upper right hand corner in black lingerie), was up next as she stripped with a knowing sense of self that told me she had been doing this longer than most. The plain living room had a leather ottoman as her platform but it was the practiced ease of her moves that I enjoyed watching, the gyrations combined with her stripping off that cumbersome clothing to make it special. When the strip portion was over, she approached Sunny Leone on the couch, the ladies making out tenderly before Ryder went down on her. That led to Ariel King jumping in for Sunny to clumsily suck off, and then moving to bone her pussy as Ryder sat on Sunny's face. Sunny was much more into going down on her new friend than servicing the cock on the cramped couch despite her aural comments to the contrary but what I found off putting was how Ryder never got to play with the cock (orally or during any penetration). Sunny got to work with both but wouldn't share, something I've never really liked in porn on the rare occasions it happened in the past. Still, Sunny was great eye candy and took the wad of spew from Ariel to her face, ending the third scene.
Scene Four: Jada Fire, a curvy black gal that has often proved to be one of the best black ladies in the jizz biz, was up next given a rather heated little strip tease (to the best music of them all too). Jada made it work and work well, her body parts shaking as though she was made for the task, soon moving into lap dance mode with Voodoo before she landed on the bed sucking his cock. Jada worked it hard and passionately, giving him some valued eye contact as she masturbated (and the planes flew by). There was some minor attempts at POV here but Jada wanted to fuck and Voodoo complied very nicely here, pounding her as hard as he could while she made a variety of noises. Her sweet ass bounced around during the penetration portion of the scene and she eventually jerked him off to a facial, the heat undeniable as she ended things. Yum!
Scene Five: Sochee Mala and Sunny Leone, were up last, eschewing the strip tease portion of the formula to give each other some lesbian loving in the house. The platform bed served as their spot to frolic and Sunny made sure there was sufficient tease before Ariel King joined them from the fringes of the camera's viewpoint. The lesbian portion of the scene was actually Sunny's best action of the entire movie, the toys used to enhance the moment before she cast Sochee aside (both having licked, sucked, caressed, and otherwise played each other out) to blow Ariel. Unlike some of the earlier oral work she did on him, this wasn't half bad at all, the POV nature enhancing the short oral considerably before she milked him dry. I suspect the eye contact she gave the camera as though it was him helped make it better overall but it was an entirely strokable scene.
Bonus Scene: Touch Me: Alexis Texas, the curvy blond hotty that has been featured in scores of titles due to her large but sweet ass, was up next as she provided a lengthy bout of tease in her black & white striped bikini undies. Her makeup looked a lot better than average and her sex kitten routine was anything but a routine, her sensual side coming out as the cameras caught her warming up very nicely indeed. Her facial freckles, her patch of pubic hair, and her round ass enhanced by high definition all served to make her look better than ever, the solo work leading to Voodoo coming up behind her to feel her up. He savored the experience of going down on her ass and cookie too, getting her moist as needed to take his pecker deep inside her pussy. For all her positive traits, Alexis is not known for her advanced oral skills but she gave a decent hummer to the guy as well, focusing her efforts on the top few inches with her mouth as her hand gave the shaft some additional friction before they fucked vaginally (her first anal scene is about to come out on another title from what I hear). Alexis was most active during the cowgirl variations but managed to push back to meet the thrusts during the doggy too, leaving the spooning and missionary positions to be the passive fuck doll some fans prefer. Watching her ass cheeks ripple as she rode was a very inspirational moment for me and the length of time spent on this portion of the scene (in each scene in fact) gave the title some serious legs as far as I was concerned when evaluating replay value for future use. While Alexis will probably never be as good a performer as Briana, this scene was another example of how Skow brings out the best in his people, her ass taking the stream of population pudding before she kissed the air to signify she was done. Yum!
Bonus Scene: Catch Me: Nikki Jayne, up last in her black cover outfit, teased in the motorcycle shop as she coyly looked into the camera as if trying to elicit a boner in the director. Her perfectly formed hips and ass looked good bent over and she took her time teasing just the way I like it. She started masturbating with a black toy when mechanics (though their orange jumpsuits reminded me more of prison inmates) Barry Scott and Ben English began feeling her up and taking over the toy use. There was kissing with Ben and spitting with Barry, Nikki alternating between the men as she slobbed their knobs. This dynamic continued as she took them in her pussy for some hard pounding times, her juices freely flowing when the anal (in the form of a double penetration) began. The men then took turns with her three holes as they saw fit, penetrating her mouth, pussy, and ass until she milked them dry with a facial and ass cheek pop shot. Sweet!
Bonus Scene: Please Me: Brooke Belle, a lean gal with a nice ass, was up next in the kitchen as she pranced about in her black bikini undies in front of a cooling fan. The camera work during the tease was better than the music yet again, her figure built for speed over comfort from what I could determine. Making breakfast led to her masturbating on the counter, attracting Sascha to come to her for some loving. The scene showed them bumping uglies from the very beginning, passing up the extended oral the other scenes had offered up. Brooke was a decent ride too albeit in a mechanical fashion, the lack of chemistry between them noticeable but not unexpected. She did blow him by the end of the scene but there was again something else going on that I could not quite place, the couple returning to screw where he jerked off a small wad of spew to her crotch and lower abdomen.
Bonus Scene: Tease Me: Penny Flame, the silly 420 friendly gal with the appealing goofus act, and major cutie Stefani Morgan, were up next outside as they played with each other in lesbian style while pushing off Sascha. This was done as part of the central theme of teasing him, the gals slowly stripping their bikinis off but slapping his hand away as they explored each other in front of him. As far as lesbian action is concerned, I have long been a fan (even before Janine solidified my appreciation for such scenes) and these two came off like they were very receptive to each other, elevating the heat of the scene nicely as the droning music played in the background. I also liked how the ladies kept teasing him as they did each other, never forgetting their purpose before he was allowed to join in (thanks to their need for "dick"). They teasingly asked if they could suck his dick, taking turns as they blew him and gave him some titty fuck action (thanks to Penny). Stefani was the first to get some cock inside her cookie, Sascha required to wear a condom as he sweat up a storm on the location. Penny played assistant at first but soon was riding him too, the sun setting as the dirty talk freely flowed from Penny. That said, Penny finished him off with her tight pussy and Stefani took the facial to cumswap it with her partner in crime; the semen let loose on Penny's breast before the camera faded out. Yowza!
Bonus Scene: Touch Me: Briana Banks, now dressed in an innocent white mesh outfit, was up last and with a half hour to go, I knew my predictions about Vivid adapting had again proven themselves out. Briana looked right at the camera and it is difficult to describe how fetching her eyes were, the tease and masturbation not hurting any as they followed either. Some POV titty play as well as fingering (not to mention panty sniffing/tasting) led to the stud of the day, Erik Everhard, entering the living room setting. I'm not into guys but I see it with my own eyes and hear the talk by the ladies that he is the hardest driving guy in the industry that actually loves women so it reminded me of Briana's own comments in the BTS that this was going to be an epic bout of boning. First, he warmed her up orally, fingering the juicy lass as the two maintained eye contact to show how much they wanted each other. Briana then teased him through his pants as his growing erection threatened to tear out the seam, the gal smiling at the result of her handiwork before aggressively inhaling his cock. The playful oral she provided was definitely a step up from what was expected (and her oral skills have long been established as top notch) and the resulting vaginal plowing they engaged in was even better! Briana rode him as though scratching a deep seated itch inside of herself, her reddened ass (from being smacked) looked even better than before. She yelled out about coming and despite this being a porn standard comment, her respiration rate and physiological responses supported the event as if there was no doubt, Briana bouncing on his cock some more before jerking out a large load (I love it when the lady takes the load herself rather than the guy beating off). Whew!
Summary: Undress Me by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment was a nice little showcase for the rarely seen Sunny Leone so her fans should consider this a "must have" fuck flick even if she was not the sexual highlight of the movie. Her looks should keep the fans lined up until she decides to try her hand at another line of work and frankly, she could have worn a potato sack and walked around the house to satisfy some of her most devoted followers but the overall impression I got from the flick was that it merited a rating of Recommended thanks in large part to the supporting cast that gave so much and so freely to elevate the score. In short, Undress Me (SD and Blu-ray) had a variety of peaks and valleys to talk about but ultimately, Sunny and associates pulled it off despite the mediocre male cast they had to work with (at least Voodoo wasn't bad).
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