Kristen & Ray Volume 1 was the first truly amateur porn dvd I have ever seen. I recall how about 15 years ago, amateur porn was the biggest rage and this trend continued for quite awhile until some of the pro-am/gonzo companies attempted to fulfill the market niche with what people obviously wanted. These days, it seems like amateur porn means having professionals screw with poor technical qualities like lighting, focus, and other "extra's" rather than showing new, fresh faces who like to have sex with someone they care about. Luckily, Shot At Home is offering some quality porn that uses real life couples on dvd.
To be honest, I was skeptical that the dvd was going to be any good. It looked to be on one of those new DVD-R discs that never likes playing on my old Toshiba dvd player. The only extra was about a half hour of trailers and the movie itself had a single chapter on the dvd menu. The movie didn't even come in a regular dvd case with a dvd cover I use to get some of the technical information for my reviews. Sounds like a lost cause, right?
So I sat down in my comfortable reviewing chair and put the dvd into my player. I hit the remote and yup, it didn't play. Feeling stiffed at the prospect of having 5 dvd porno's that won't play on my primary machine, I figured I'd try a beat up no name brand player that cost under $60 last year. Guess what? That's right, it played just fine. I further investigated with several friend's machines and computer players and my old Toshiba was the only one that had trouble. Figures!
Well, I was ready to trash the movie in my review when I started noticing the watermark on the screen. I know Evil Angel puts out some dvd's with one as do a handful of other companies but even though it's small, it bothered me. I started to watch the movie when something else caught my eye. The blonde performer, Kristen, shows up on the screen. In a heartbeat, I forgot all about the watermark. I did notice that the production values were actually pretty good although the picture was better than the audio.
The first scene had Kristen and her significant other, Ken, on a chair in the corner of a room. No fancy props or setting, just a chair not unlike the one I was sitting in. Her curvy body looked great and the two of them proceed to have some oral sex, a titty fuck, and vaginal sex. The thing that really stood out for me was that the sex was far less mechanical than most porn I had watched. It was also much more playful with a lot of foreplay which seems off limits in "professional" porn. No condoms were used and the scene lasted about 30 minutes.
Okay, as much as I wanted to hate this dvd, it was a lot of fun to watch the first scene. I figured it was just a fluke and that scene number two would suck in a bad way. Well, it didn't. Most of this scene was Kristen playfully dancing around the guy until she gave him a BJ. Again, the better part of 30 minutes without the corny, staged sex I was used to. By the end of the show, I was wishing that I could've had a table dance from her. I wondered about a technical glitch that had the screen blanking out for a bit at the end but otherwise, it was great.
Okay, wanting to give you a head's up here, I checked out the compatibility issue further. The company will make good on problems so that's not a big deal. Yeah, they could improve the extra's and the dvd mastering a bit but the picture was better than many porno's I had seen over the last several years. The audio was about average but that's still more than I thought I could expect given the whole amateur concept.
One of my friend's pointed out that she felt a lot more at ease with these movies based on the sex itself-she likes lots of foreplay- and the fact that the couple looked more "real" than the glammed up "hookers (her words) that my porno's usually focus on. A stinging criticism of porn in general by her but she had a point. The sex was fun, the technical values good enough, and the entire project was a refreshing change of pace for me. As such, I gave it a "4" but a lot of people will like it more than a jaded old porn hound like me.
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DVD Features Include: previews
Running Time: 58 minutes | Production Date: 12-31-2001
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DATE POSTED: 02-09-2003