Vivid’s Throat: A Cautionary Tale (Blu-ray)
Sasha Grey’s latest high profile adult movie feature, Throat: A Cautionary Tale, almost delivers on all cylinders. The plot is as unique as they can get in the world of porn and it sure beats the rehashed story lines of infidelity or XXX homages to early sitcoms. The problem is that the story and plot affects how the viewer reacts about certain scenes like when Sasha’s onscreen boyfriend pimps her deepthroating skills out for money. Other scenes like Penny Flame’s second scene don’t give that same emotional baggage, which is a plus. Nevertheless, this Blu-ray is worth buying.
Running Length: ~2 hours and 4 minutes
Starring: Sasha Grey, Aliana Love, Emilianna, Kelly Wells, Penny Flame, Megan Monroe, Carmen McCarthy, Beverly Hills, Brynn Tyler, Allie Foster, and Ricki Raxxx
The video is presented in widescreen 1080 HD and is encoded in VC-1 with a bitrate of around 11 Mbps with a lower/upper limit of 8/17 while the audio is encoded in Dolby Digital 2.0 at 192 Kbps. Visually speaking, the lighting and composition is optimal for the most part except for the dark sex scenes like in Kelly’s orgy scene. As far as the audio quality is concerned, there are no distortions noted.
The extras include a HD photo gallery using the Ken Burns effect, 4 HD trailers, a ~21 minute 1080 HD BTS, and two 1080 HD bonus scenes (Meggan Mallone with Derrick Pierce from 20 Questions (~8 min.) and Nicki Jayne with Mick Blue and Ben English from The Nikki Jayne Experiment (~10 min.) The BTS isn’t interesting, which is a shame since this is one of Vivid’s more important releases for 2009. But, things are looking up with the two bonus scenes and they both are definitely have replay value, especially Nikki’s.
I’m not going to give the plot away, but needless to say it’s unique.
The first scene has Sasha discovering her sexuality at the local sex club. She puts on her makeup and a pink wig before her first show. Her audience is a bit sparse, but they are focused on her getting herself off with the monster dildo. Since it’s her first time, she’s unsure of herself. However, their attention turns toward Aliana Love who literally steals the show with her energetic solo performance.
Sasha is self-conscious about her performance and asks for help from Aliana. She learns the rope from Aliana when she gives her some trade secrets regarding how to deep throat on a monster dildo and the secret is HONEY! It doesn’t take long until her live deep throat act becomes popular among the live sex tease patrons.
She puts the theory into practice at home with her boyfriend. She puts on the necessary high heels and sexy wear to put him in the mood. Once she has her lips locked on his fuck stick, she never holds back in true Sasha Grey fashion until he cums!
The next scene is sans Sasha Grey, but it includes Aliana Love, Kelly Wells, and later Penny Flame. Deep in the recesses of seedy LA, the ladies get their juices flowing at the sex club. Kelly gets most of the attention, but Aliana gets fucked as well. Penny Flame, who plays a cop, who along with her partner have been surveying the place. Once her partner leaves, she secretly goes back in and downs a couple of pills and lo and behold her alter ego appears. Soon, Penny Flame joins the orgy and even gets fucked along the way. It doesn’t take too long until the cum starts to flow.
Meanwhile, her boyfriend is liking the new and improved Sasha. He is the lucky guinea pig of the newly sexually liberated Sasha. The sex is hot and sweaty including some great deep throat and heated anal. He shows his appreciation by showering her face with lots of love or should I say cum!
Her boyfriend realizes that Sasha can be more of a cash cow and without hesitation he pimps her deep throat services to the highest bidder. There’s nothing sexy about the assembly line blowjobs that end in facials, but it seems to be an important turning point between Sasha and her onscreen boyfriend.
Evan Stone stops the blowjob circus initiating Sasha’s complete break with her boyfriend. Soon, Evan has the feelings for Sasha and they consummate their love with hot and sweaty sex. First, she starts things off with a handjob that progresses to a blowjob complete with deep throat. This leads to the intercourse first in the pussy and then in her ass. She really is feeling it during the spoon anal. Evan decides to go kinky on her and gives her a monster pink dildo to suck on. In the end, he creams Sasha’s butt cheeks! Needless to say, there was good chemistry between the two.
The last full sex scene occurs after Penny’s partner confronts her about her vices. Apparently, they work out their differences with some good old hot and sweaty public sex. She drops down and gives her best cocksucking performance that I have seen. I don’t think I’ll be overlooking Penny Flame after this scene. After the excellent oral, he fucks her hard from behind doggie style and she appears to love every moment of it. In the end, he cums on her, which she is all too willing to clean up.
The last few scenes aren’t really full sex scenes, but I’ll give a brief synopsis. The Hassidic Jew who was one of the theater-goers from Sasha Grey’s first live sex performance is getting hot and horny after seeing a Carmen McCarthy and her man having sex. So, he wants to get his rocks off and propositions Sasha to deepthroat him first with a condom on and then without. This is another scene where the context of the sex literally destroys the mood, but this is consistent with the plot.
Finally, the last scene has Sasha Grey sucking on Lee Stone’s cock displaying her Grade A oral skill, but I’ll leave the ending for you to watch!
In summary, Paul Thomas’s Throat: A Cautionary Tale has a unique plot and it isn’t one of those severely rehashed plots of infidelity or an homage to a mainstream flick. This is where the movie excels, but it’s at a price of not enjoying some of the sex scenes due to its relevance to the plot. Despite that, there are plenty of good sex scenes to feel good about like Penny Flame and some of Sasha’s scenes. This Blu-ray barely reaches the level of HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
RATING: Highly recommended