Top Twenty Adult DVDs of 2005
The trends in porn for 2005 closely followed those for 2004 as gonzo continued to become the dominating force in the industry. This didn't stop most of the larger companies from trying their hand at big budget features, some of which impressed even the naysayers for the depth and complexity of the movies, but by and large the biggest sellers tended to be the more extreme sex as an increasingly jaded audience sought out more kink, more hardcore, and more of the circus act sex that industry pundits warn will cause a backlash with the current governmental climate poised to intervene.
The AIDS scare of 2004 was largely forgotten as though it didn't exist, the feds increasingly prosecuted those who provided some of the more misogynistic material, and even some of the bigger couples companies withdrew their mandatory condom policies to give the market what it wanted.
As in all years, some performers left the business, others surprised us by expanding their sexual repertoire and the contract wars between some companies set off bidding wars at a time when doing more with less became a calling cry for those hoping to squeeze more profit out of the multi-billion dollar industry. In an effort to coax your hard earned money out of your wallet, producers offered more and more for less and less, continuing the trend noticed in the 2003 Top Porn List and 2004 Top Porn List.
DVD Talk grew to the point where our reviewers contributed over 5500 reviews, many of them porn, to assist you in your purchasing decisions and you won't find a more comprehensive website covering all the forms of entertainment online or off. Accepting that any top porn list will be a compromise between those who contribute to the making of the list, here's
the Top Twenty Adult DVDs of 2005:
1. Pirates: Collector's Edition:
In a year when a multitude of porn companies tried their best to outdo one another with big budget features, there could be only one true pinnacle of porn; Pirates: Collector's Edition. Shot in HD, this feature was so much larger than life that it took two companies to fully realize the expansive tale of a group of pirate hunters are they scoured the seven seas in search of booty. Both Digital Playground as well as Adam & Eve combined resources, and contract performers, to show that a cooperative effort could score big as the three disc set outsold anything on the market this year.
The list of stars the movie had included such notables as Jesse Jane, Carmen Luvana, Devon, Teagan Presley, and Janine in roles befitting their status as high end contract ladies. The special effects, story, and inclusion of a 720p version as a bonus all enhanced the value but ultimately the sex was full of replay value. If you buy just one title this year, you'll want to include this one on your short list for all it had to offer! (Full
Review by Don Houston and Ian Jane)
2. Camp Cuddly Pines Powertool Massacre:
While Pirates may have edged out the top spot for feature porn, a competitor easily stole the honors of best package of extras; Camp Cuddly Pines Powertool Massacre by Wicked Pictures' director Jonathan Morgan.
The story was a send up of just about every horror movie made in the last thirty years handled in the hilarious style that only Jonathan could provide. With ladies like Stormy Daniels, Jessica Drake, Katja Kassin, and Rita Faltoyano, there weren't a lot of filler scenes on hand to flesh out the three disc set. Unlike other three disc packages released this year, the second and third disc this time were crammed full of the kind of awesome extras that would be the envy of most mainstream movies; including extended versions of the sex scenes, hordes of Easter eggs, and more value adding content than you could shake your dick at. (Full Reviews by Don Houston and Disco Dirge)
2005 say a lot of 'big budget' and 'high profile' titles from a lot of different studios but the one to really stand out from the pack came from Michael Ninn and his Ninn Worx imprint distributed by Pure Play. Starring the inimitable Audrey Hollander, Ninn managed to put a very unconventional looking starlet in an equally unconventional setting and create one of the most mind bending and surrealist fuck films ever made. It might not be accessible enough for everyone, but the sex is hot thanks to Hollander's enthusiasm for her work, and the art direction is second to none. Smut fans with a taste for something different might just want to give Catherine a look. (Full Review by Ian
4. Dark Angels 2: Bloodline:
While adventure and humor titles were all the rage this year, a legacy sequel also reined highly in the mind of our review staff; Dark Angels 2:
Bloodline. It was five years ago that Dark Angels 1 nearly swept the AVN Awards show for a tale about vampires on the prowl but with enhanced special effects, a few returning characters, and a whole lot of passionate pairings, Dark Angels 2 showed that director Nic Andrews had kept up with modern times as he revisited the title that propelled him into the spotlight so long ago. Shot in HD format to improve the picture quality from the original, the movie showed Dillion Day back in his role as Jack Cross as he tried to protect a cute young gal played by Sunny Lane from a group of vampires intent on making her their sacrificial lamb. The story was a cross between Blade, Vampires, and From Dusk Til Dawn but with better sex than all of those put together. (Full Review by Don Houston)
5. Red Light District/Platinum X Pictures:
With more gonzo porn sold every year, the popular genre has become the defacto standard for fans looking to get off without the weak plots, lame acting, or frills that some companies cater to. There is such a short list of gonzo companies that provide high quality fuck for the buck that most of us narrow it down to a mere handful of the market when we're looking to get off to hardcore sex. If price is factored into the equation though, the list drops down to the Red Light District/Platinum X Pictures conglomerate where fans can routinely find double disc sets for under $20 yet still have the kind of flat lighting that allows them to see all the action rather than be forced to settle for grain, video noise and all the other problems the "other guys" allow in their productions. In 2005, the RLD/PXP consolidation took place and while a few directors have left for greener pastures, many of their peers have remained to continue providing titles like Cum Stained Casting Couch 3, Cum in my Ass Not in my Mouth 4: Collector's Edition, Sport Fucking 4:
Collector's Edition, Darkside, No Cum Dodging Allowed
4: Director's Cut, Whore Next Door, Big Tit Anal Whores, and Baker's Dozen 6 for your viewing pleasure. (Full Reviews by staff writers)
6. Jules Jordan:
There were a number of deserving directors this year who made grand efforts to provide quality adult entertainment but it's difficult to argue that Jules Jordan, for all his critics, was not the top pick for the kind of hardcore stroke material that men like to watch. With titles such as Flesh Hunter 8:
Collector's Edition, Once You Go Black 4, Feeding Frenzy 7:
Director's Cut, Slut Puppies: Director's Cut, Ass Worship
8: Maximass, Take
No Prisoners, Aurora Snow Vs.
Gauge, and Feeding Frenzy 6:
Revenge of the Sperm Donors, under his belt, Jules was one of the most consistently talented directors in the industry once again. There may well be a handful of dissenters on this choice but given the amount of fuck for the buck this guy provided in his movies (averaging well over three hours per movie); he once again set the bar for gonzo producers everywhere to play catch up. (Full
Reviews by staff writers)
7. Teen America (series):
Director Robby D. has been known for a perverted sense of humor for quite some time now but his recent work at Digital Playground has ranged from dramatic to comedy to erotic depending on what the movie called for. As his Jack's Playground series continues to break new ground in the field of comedy porn, the spin off series, Teen America, has set the standard for light hearted gonzo porn. Centering on a mythical beauty pageant, Robby plays a disinherited rich kid who makes ends meet by taping women who want to win the contest. The end result of most scenes is that his sound engineers always get laid while he's left holding the camera, providing so much heated material that the series has been referred to as "Jack's Playground on steroids". In 2005, our reviewers thought highly of volumes Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, Volume 5, Volume 6, Volume 7, Volume 8, and Volume 9. (Review by staff writers)
8. Boob Bangers:
>From a measure of sheer smut quantity alone, Boob Bangers is a
classic, a totally entrancing, completely arousing work of stifling sexual heat. With each scene ranging in time from the 25 to 30 minute mark, and the massive amount of hardcore dynamics involved, you definitely get a lot of bang for the buck. Add to this the chest-friendly format that spends a lot of time on the torso, the expert direction of Evil Angel legend Jonni Darkko and a collection of near perfect pornographic performers and you've got a fantastic, fiery flesh feast. Expertly shot and professionally presented, this is as unabashedly erotic as adult content gets. (Full Review by Disco
9. Reign of Tera:
There are few performers in the world of porn that are so sought after that simply lending their name to a title guarantees it becoming a hit but like Jenna Jameson, Tera Patrick commands an audience wherever she goes. Her big hit of the year was Reign of Tera where she ran a bordello full of the most skilled Asian talent found in porn. Her own scenes were more than we expected in terms of heat and energy but her costars were all as talented as could be too. Combining that with a second disc full of more sex than the average movie offers up by itself, the DVD set managed to stoke the fires of our libidos over and over again; proving Tera Patrick's place in the porno Pantheon is secure for yet another year. (Full Review by Don Houston)
10. Invasion 2!
Last year director/performer Jules Jordan came out with an Asian-centric gonzo release called Invasian!.
Invasian! turned out to be a solid title and offered porn enthusiasts a chance to see some very exciting sex with several attractive Asian babes.
In Invasian 2!, Jordan returns with more girls to continue to the excitement. 8 beautiful girls spread across 7 scenes for a total of 3.5 hours of action. The scenes include the gorgeous Nautica Thorn thumping around with Mandingo, Brooke Milano in a seductive little school girl outfit, Sabrine Maui and Luci Thai double teaming Jules Jordan and more. If you're looking for one of the hottest Asian-centric pornos to hit DVD for 2005, look no further, this is it. (Full Review by Rob
11. Mind Fuck
Red Light District has long been known as a company intent on providing value but also some of the best fuck for your buck sex in the entire gonzo market. In Mind Fuck, director Manuel Ferrara went out of his way to offer up a number of high energy scenes that compared favorably with anything their more expensive competition put out in 2005. Starring Rita Faltoyano, Kylie Ireland, Sandra Romain and a number of others, this two disc set provided over 6 hours of hardcore gonzo sex to enjoy with some of the finest technical values you'll find in the gonzo world, bar none. There was simply no way to encapsulate the wealth of material contained on the two disc set so check out the review or do yourself a favor and grab your own copy of this awesome DVD set. (Full Review by Don Houston)
12. Ass Worship 7: Assphyxiation:
While director Jules Jordan may have won the best director award of the year, some of his individual titles shouldn't be overlooked too. Aside from the latest in the Invasian series, he was also responsible for the incredible Ass Worship 7: Assphyxiation, a title with such stars as Flower Tucci, Katsumi, Lauren Phoenix, Vanessa Lane and others, all providing some of their very best work in this two disc, 244+ minute long bonanza of booty. Typically, when you think of DVD sets offering that much stroke material, you think of low grade compilations that toss random scenes into the mix with the hope that the quantity will hedge all bets but this one had plenty of quality too with some of the finest performances of the year wrapped up into a single package for your viewing pleasure. (Full Review by Don Houston)
13. Contract Girl
While many directors attempted to lay claim to providing the edgiest and hippest porn of the year, only one offered something that was different yet still strokable and he came from VCA Pictures. No, it wasn't Eon McKay's Kill Girl Kill but Contract Girl from Joe Gallant. The movie pushed the envelop of good taste more than a few times but it was difficult to deny that Olivia Saint as a hired assassin who would just as soon fuck a guy as kill him (or was that the other way around?) was the kind of porn your father would have watched in days of old. If you want something offbeat but meat beatable, try this one out as one of the year winners. (Full Review by Don Houston)
14. Robinson Crusoe on Sin Island
Private has been a world renown leader in adult entertainment for years.
Private's competitive advantage has always been their big budget releases.
This influx of cash flow from Private brings in the top directors, production quality, and most importantly female talent on the plant. 2005 was an incredible year for the big budget releases from Private, but Robinson Crusoe on Sin Island stood head and shoulders above the rest of the field. Shot in various locations, including St. Maarten, Brazil and Hungry, director Alessandro Del Mar rewove the famous tale from Daniel DeFoe with some of the best production standards in the adult DVD industry. To top it all off, Private contracted some of the hottest ladies in the business including the illustrious Silvia Saint, Lucy Love, Angel Dark and Nikki Rider to perform some of the hardcore sexual acts captured on film in 2005. The movie was so important that we even had two reviews for it, including the Robinson Crusoe on Sin Island: Collector's Edition review to provide you with more options.
(Full Review by
15. Double D. POV
Double D. POV is an exciting gonzo release with six gorgeous big breasted gals getting into action with performer/director Vince Vouyer in point of view (POV). This release has been herald for its greatness by reviewer Rob Randell and as such was given DVD Talk's highest rating as a member of the Collector's Series. It was also recently featured in an edition of The
Blue Room. Now, it is being presented on DVD Talk's favorite adult DVDs from 2005. Why? Well, it's just that hot. Double D. POV has some very sexy girls like Shy Love, Trina Michaels and Tory Lane. What these girls offer is non-stop excitement, whether they are teasing you with their busty racks, showing off their oral skills or just being nasty in the bedroom. It is easily one of our favorites of the year. (Full Review by Rob
16. Teenage Spermaholics #4
When it comes to the teen genre, Red Light District and director Mike John, continue to be among the industries best. Building off the success of Teenage Spermaholics #3, they put together another DVD that belongs in pretty much any collection. Using such superstars as Jamie Elle, Karina Kay, and Claire Robbins (Who all actually look like teenagers), you get some of the most intense/playful action you will see anywhere. Another area that this DVD earns its stripes in the amount of content you get. With a total running time of over three hours there is guaranteed to be something for everyone (although it might be a bit too intense for some couples). If you only check out one teen title this year, definitely give this DVD consideration. (Full Review by
17. Superwhores: Collector's Edition
There are few interracial fans that aren't aware of the legendary Lexington Steele and his Mercenary Pictures production company. In Superwhores:
Collector's Edition, Lex went back to the drawing board to remake his classic by adding so much footage that the titles rounded out to over three hours long. Stars like Avy Scott, Vicky Vette, Cashmere, and a bunch of others found out that the Dark Prince of porn doesn't play around when it comes to customer satisfaction; demanding they do anything needed to help the fans bust a nut (or twelve) in some of his best work to date. (Full Review by Don Houston)
18. Double Decker Sandwich 6
Screw Viagra, Zero Tolerance's Double Decker Sandwich 6 will have you rock hard in no time. Tapping into every warm-blooded, heterosexual male's fantasy, Mike has directed one hell of a flick. From the first scene with the plump, sexy Brandy, to the tanned, curvy Lanny and Austin, this is probably one of the hottest non-Latina discs I've ever reviewed (though Jenaveve is reppin' Latinas in scene five). While the disc briefly stumbles during the third scene, I've figured out that Mike probably structured it this way to give us time to reload and/or grab some more tissues. Here at DVD Talk, we usually end our reviews by summing up our thoughts and feelings on the disc and, in four words or less, giving the reader advice. The phrase buy this fucking DVD comes to mind in this sense, for all it had to offer as fuel for your stroking fantasies. (Full Review by Michael Vega)
19. Swallow My Squirt 2:
I'm not a doctor, so I can't comment on the biological properties behind female squirting. I'm also not a well-informed fan of the whole squirt-genre, so I won't be able to differentiate between onscreen pussy spray and your plain old golden piss. But I do know of Elegant Angel, and I'm always excited to see the newest film by director extraordinaire William H. Nutsack, such as Swallow My Squirt 2. With that said, I think--despite the never ending squirtilogical debate--that the two are bound to offer some of the best footage one can find for this fetish. I'm not a huge squirt buff; what I like most is to see the actor's reactions and to see the girl's bodies glistening and wet--whatever the fluid is. And there is plenty here. Even though there is a lagging moment or two and some gals don't really deliver, the squirts are too numerous to count. And, if airborne vaginal fluids are not your cup of tea, the straight-on fucking is intense, heated and difficult to resist. Fans of squirting will also be appreciative that Flower Tucci, Eva Angelina, and Tiana Lynn headline this one, each well known for their super soaking capabilities.
(Full Review by Saul Good)
20. Girls Who Like Girls
Normally you'd never, ever consider a compilation for "Best of the Year"
honors, as they're usually slapped together and rarely seem to represent the best of the best. But neither of those apply to Simon Wolf Productions'
Girls Who Like Girls. Nine scenes featuring 18 of porn's finest licking ladies (including Asia Carrera, Jenna Haze, Inari Vachs, Ava Vincent), Girls Who Like Girls showcases some intensely passionate girl/girl romps and well worth a look. (Full Review by Adam Wilson)
Goldenmuse's Ladies Choice List:
The Top Ten of 2005
OK Ladies, you know Goldenmuse has always got your back when it comes to top adult picks for women. And in many ways, the year 2005 was the Year of the
Woman in adult entertainment.
OK, I know that in many ways every year is the Year of the Woman in adult; referring to the porn star chickstas with overwhelmingly big breasts and cripplingly high heels that your boyfriend and/or hubby spends much of his paycheck on -- buying their DVDs en masse, then telling you he just doesn't have the dough for that quaint diamond bracelet that you just know would
look damned cute on you. We've all been there. . .
Yet in 2005, the female porn viewer actually was cut her own share of breaks. Playgirl TV hit the airwaves, through cable, satellite systems and on the Internet. We saw new releases from Playgirl, Femme and Inpulse Productions, and a slew of gorgeous men in a number of well-produced, romantically plotted releases.
A number of women assumed the reins of adult productions, as directors, producers and writers. And although I would still love to see more strong female characters in adult films, I must say that Devinn Lane completely blew me away with her performance in Lovers Lane, playing police officer Sarah Blake. And Savanna Samson not only co-hosted the 2005 AVN Awards; she was a judge at Playgirl's Las Vegas Strip Search male stripper competition.
As a female reviewer at DVD Talk and the 'posse-meister' of the Playgirl Posse, I'm trying to do my own small part on behalf of women's adult entertainment. With this in mind, I'm introducing The Pink Room; a variation on The Blue Room column that will showcase top picks in adult films and toys geared toward women, plus profiles and pictures (yep, Ladies,
PICTURES!!!) of top male stars. And for my first Pink Room, I've enlisted the help of my Posse gals to honor top achievers in femme porn (quite an achievement, that) with the first annual women's adult film awards -- or, as
I like to call them, the Goldies.
1. Best of Playgirl TV:
Have you ever taken advantage of one of those free DVD offers - and actually
received a quality product in return? What a concept!
People who write letters to their cable and satellite companies requesting PlaygirlTV are eligible to receive this disc, one of the most truly
beautiful adult productions I've seen.
Viewers saw the elegantly produced love scenes - featuring Jean Val Jean, porn's talented, gorgeous answer to the matinee idol, in a Victorian dream sequence and other rich fantasy scenarios - as well as two centerfold scenes - one of which featured Niko, a stunning Romanian model and exotic dancer who is now appearing as a male lead in PlaygirlTV and Wicked
This disc, shot entirely on film by leading female directors such as Kelly Holland (aka Toni English) and Skye Blue, is an industry groundbreaker that emphasizes the beauty of the male form and the artistry of lovemaking - the
ultimate adult chick flick. (Full Review by Goldenmuse)
2. Candida Royalle's Rites of Passage:
By presenting Rites of Passion, Candida Royalle achieves another
first: a "his-and-her porno." Sure, today's adult market boasts a plethora of couples movies (though your typical DVD store still will carry far more copies of "Teen-Age Teabagging Tarts" and "Kiki Does Kansas"). Yet Rites of Passion actually features two separate scenarios; one custom-made for females and the other seemingly geared toward males -- though in a way that still respects and empowers the female lead. However, a woman who had been sufficiently revved by "In Search of the Ultimate Sexual Experience" could get her mate in a similar state by showing him "Shady Madonna." And that's why I feel that, taken as a whole, Rites of Passion is the ultimate his-and-her adult film. (Full Review by Goldenmuse)
3. Lovers Lane:
Although not as dreamy and sweetly erotic as my first two choices, this Wicked film was a rare treasure; a landmark in adult filmmaking that featured strong dialogue and a compelling plot. Perhaps it's no surprise this film was written by a woman - none other than Stormy Daniels. And as police officer Sarah Blake, Devinn Lane delivers a strong, sensitive, truly unforgettable lead performance; one unparalleled in adult cinema. (Full Review by Goldenmuse)
4. VIP 54:
Right behind the dreamy and inspiring selections of 2005 comes one that's just plain fun - and for the female viewer, this Vivid release was a smorgasbord of attractive male talent at their gorgeous and sensual best.
Jean Val Jean, Evan Stone, Julian, Voodoo and Nick Jacobs in all their glory, with a host of top female stars such as Mercedez, Nicole Sheridan, and Kelli Tyler all joining in as equals rather than subservient airheads.
(Full Review by
5. Candida Royalle's Caribbean Heat:
The year 2005 brought another release from Femme Productions, this one directed by newcomer Manuela Sabrosa under the tutelage of producer Candida Royalle. Aside from the lush scenery, the film offers five erotic sequences; each of which features romance, playful erotic situations and explicit sex (well, it is still a porno!). The men are handsome, the women are beautiful but realistic (not an ounce of plastic or silicone to be found!), and the fantasies are titillating. This was another good show from Candida and crew. (Full Review by Don Houston)
6. Internal Affairs:
Women have long appreciated a good comedy but in porn, the comedy always seems to be at the expense of the ladies so forgive us if we tend to pass when you bring a porno home that's been billed as comedic by some 400 pound male marketing guru at your favorite gonzo company. Internal Affairs is not about creampies though as director Jonathan Morgan shows the sequel to the well received Valley 911 spoof of the cable TV show Reno 911. Both movies were good for women since the guys were attractive and the women were all in positions of authority. Julia Ann was the lead along with Stormy Daniels with the IAD investigator played by Alana Evans as they made sure the ladies came first. (Full Review by Don Houston)
Celeste, the female contract director at Digital Playground, is best known for her days as a performer under a different name but a cursory look at her body of work shows that she enjoys making movies primarily for women, not for men. This doesn't mean that men have to hate her movies but she shows the female point of view with her slow motion, lighting effects, and use of men a lady would WANT to sleep with instead of anyone that walked past her door. As 2005 was her breakthrough year, we decided that it was high time a like-minded woman was presented as director of the year instead of a guy who focuses on circus act sex like you'll find on the main list. Some of her work includes Story
of J, Devon:
American Girl, Posh Kitten, Mrs. Behavin', and Intoxicated. (Full Reviews by staff writers)
8. The New Devil in Miss Jones:
The New Devil in Miss Jones was notable for the large budget, capable direction, and great extras but also for the way that Savanna Samson showed her ability to act like a real woman and not just a glamorous porn chick. If I've said it once, I've said it at least twice that if a company wants to produce a feature with plot and dialogue, they need to get people that can act to fill the roles, not just whoever they could hire that day. The New Devil in Miss Jones provided plenty to turn on the posse as the cast stopped acting like they were in a porno and started acting like they wanted to get off. (Full
Review by Don Houston)
9. The Villa:
Most male dominated porn is geared to showing young, disposable women barely of age thrown into scenes with perverted old letches that take advantage of them. That's why I liked watching The Villa, starring Evan Stone, Dale DaBone, and Julian as they were looking all ripped and fine in scenes featuring Janine. In each of her four acts, she was in charge and not about to let the men of the movie tell her how to live her life. The guys were nice eye candy too though so the Playgirl posse gave this one a thumbs up all the way around. (Full Review by Don
10. Secrets of the Velvet Ring:
Stormy Daniels was a role model once more as she led a group of friends through the process of making their fantasies come true in Brad Armstrong's Secrets of the Velvet Ring. This was another case where the women were in charge of the action and the men managed to service them in all sorts of ways in the nine included scenes. Stormy Daniels appeals to men and women so it's easy to see why Wicked Pictures markets to couples with hot action like this one. (Full Review by Don
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