- STAGNETTI'S REVENGE
DVD region 0. Digital Playground.
you’re going to make a follow-up to what was proclaimed
to be the biggest adult movie production of all time, then you
really have to go one better. And so Digital Playground and director
Joone deserve praise for this sprawling epic that manages to outstrip
its predecessor on pretty much every level.
Picking up from the end of Pirates,
this sequel sees Pirate Hunters Edward Reynolds (Evan Stone) and
Jules (Jesse Jane) setting sail to track down another nefarious
pirate in exchange for a pardon being granted to ex-pirate Serena,
who has been arrested and is facing execution (a good way of writing
Janine, who was.. erm… ‘indisposed’… out
of the story). They are joined by Serena’s cousin Olivia
(Belladonna) and set out in search of the fiendish Xiefeng (Katsuni),
who we first see killing the Archbishop of Canterbury (!) with
a weirdly icky sea slug in order to retrieve a magical blue pearl
that she intends to use to resurrect the late Captain Stagnetti
(Tommy Gunn). Along the way, the pirate hunters are joined by
Maria (Sasha Grey) and her crew, as well as the returning Marco
(Steven St Croix, as they battle pirates, snake monsters, squid
creatures and a horde of living skeletons.
While Pirates was no slouch of a film, this sequel
improves on it in all the most important areas – the acting
weak links have generally been replaced, the action is more impressive,
the scale of the thing remarkable and the sex scenes are harder
and raunchier. The CGI has generally improved too – though
the scenes of a computer-generated Belladonna leaping into action
against the giant snake monster are cringingly awful. However,
the skeletons are well rendered – and, unlike in the first
film, get a decent amount of screen time in the climactic battle
– and the less obvious CG stuff – like all the backdrops
and sets – can’t be knocked. I’ve certainly
seen worse on SyFy.
new additions to the cast are welcome too. Shay Jordan is cute
and amusing as the romantic nymphomaniac Ai Chow, Sasha Grey impresses
in a role that is probably not all that necessary to the story
(but essential for the sex scenes), and both Belladonna, always
impressive on screen but here swashbuckling like she was born
to it, and Katsuni, the most impressive dragon queen I’ve
seen in many a year, deserve roles in mainstream action adventures
after this. And on a personal note, it was nice to see much-missed
old buddy David Aaron Clark hamming it up in a cameo as a particularly
grubby looking pirate.
As for the sex scenes – well, they come thick and fast,
and don’t compromise in any way. The scene between Belladonna,
Grey and Stone in particular is jaw-droppingly ferocious and raunchy
– as potent and hard as you’ll ever see.
Pirates – Stagnetti’s Revenge steps
up to the challenge laid down by the first film, and easily outstrips
it. And the improvements extend to the DVD package, which comes
on no less than four discs. Alongside the 138 minutes movie, there
are 162 minutes of extended sex scenes for those who find the
story a distraction, and extensive special features – a
90 minute behind-the-scenes documentary and around the same length
in specialised featurettes, plus cast interviews, outtakes and
deleted scenes and more… over 4 hours of supplementary content.
It’s hard to imagine what else, apart from the R-rated cut
and the soundtrack (oh, and a comic book… a comic book would
be cool) could’ve been added to this package.
If you’re looking for solid, story-led hardcore that can
sit alongside any low budget mainstream movie, this is the film
for you. If you prefer gonzo style tube clips, it probably isn’t
– but in that case, why the hell are you looking at this
review in the first place? Ambitious and mostly excellent, this
is a superior sequel. Let’s hope there’s a Pirates
3 ready to sail into view sometime..
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