Review: Naked Ambition DVD

Naked Ambition DVD boxSTUDIO: Phase 4 Films | DIRECTOR: Michael Grecco
RELEASE DATE: 4/20/2010 | PRICE: DVD $29.99
BONUSES: deleted scenes
SPECS: R | 81 min. | Documentary | 16:9 enhanced | 5.1 Dolby Digital audio

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall

Where does every pornstar in the world gather to compare technique, notes and receive accolades for their sexyness? And where can you find bondage racks, thousand-dollar real dolls and sex machines designed by actual rocket scientists?

Naked Ambition documentary sceneThe Adult Entertainment Expo and the AVN Awards in Las Vegas, baby! Once a year, Sin City hosts thousands of fans, stars and every other facet of the adult entertainment industry. It truly is a mecca for adult entertainment housed under one roof in the most appropriate of cities. In Naked Ambition, celebrity photographer Michael Grecco tries to encapsulate the culture of the adult entertainment industry and the AVN Awards through still photography and film.

For anyone who has yet to experience the Expo for themselves, this documentary offers a look at some of the products, people and stars that are present.

Most of the documentary, however, involves Grecco photographing various stars for his planned pornstar coffee table book, also called Naked Ambition.

The photography sessions are interesting, and Grecco does interview various stars about the industry, how they got into porn and what it’s like. But after many other docs that deal with the same subject matter, this film felt a bit also-ran.

The two stars that get the most attention are Sunny Lane and Joanna Angel, who were both up for Best New Starlet at the AVN Awards that year.

Both girls were candid about how they entered into the industry, what they think about working in porn and how it has affected their lives. Lane was a former ice skating hopeful who entered into porn after bunyon surgery ended her skating career.

Angel was a college student who decided to give porn a try by starting her own website.

The deleted scenes offer some interesting footage, such as insight from the male porn star viewpoint and what happens when there’s not much attraction between the actors on the set. In fact, this footage would have been great in the doc itself.

If you haven’t been exposed to other porn documantaries or watched any of HBO’s Porn 101 or Showtime’s Family Business, this doc will be an interesting look at the adult industry.

Although, if you’re interested in buying a film like this, you probably have, and there’s nothing new or unique here to see.


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