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    The Sound And The Fury - Belami Revisited



    Not only for fans of William Faulkner a controversial discussion:


    Livesound without synchronisation and only decent music ?

    I say yes! Recently I watched some early belami/falconinter-
    national work from George Duroy after more than ten years
    again:

    Accidental Lovers, Wide Open, Cherries & Summer Camp.


    They are still good, with pretty actors and of a high technical
    standard: lightning, camera work... almost flawless.

    But having been influenced over the last years with some really
    nasty and dirty live talking in some films, I must confess: those
    sounds of the nineties didn't catch me anymore.

    The soundtrack of Summer Camp for example with its
    intense countrymusic and banjo tootling in every scene (oh,
    actually I love Johnny Cash and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - but
    I prefer listening to them for breakfast) spoils the party for me.

    And once you have seen the intense facial expressions and
    silent moaners of Ivo Svoboda and Tomas Belko (while beeing
    hard drilled by Kristian Jensen and Alexander Strauss) in Wide
    Open
    - maybe then you'll agree with me that this is one
    really missed opportunity in porn history.


    So if there is ever the chance that the producers will tidy up
    the studio attic some day and get their hands on the original
    tapes - please give us back those stolen screams, Mr. Duroy!

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    "I'm gonna, I'm gonna, Oh Jesus --- Yoknapatawpha !!!"

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    Despite the missing live sound:

    I can understand that the BelAmi-Boss is still proud of his
    early work for Falconinternational.

    After all Mr. Duroy gained a master's degree in film at UCLA
    in the early nineties.
    A top class photographer with a certain feeling for style
    and atmosphere - nearly as gifted as Jean Daniel Cadinot
    from France.


    One example: the scene in 'Accidental Lovers' with
    Tomas Meyer and Marek Smolik.

    Meyer's blowjob outdoors, filmed with very distinctive lighting,
    reminds me almost of some classic expressionistic work from
    Murnau or Dreyer.

    And the final after some decent fucking - Meyer's devoted
    cumshot in the hair of smolik, rubbing in the sperm tenderly
    with his hands - is a rare moment of outstanding individuality
    in porn history.

    Compared with this many other cumshots from different
    actors of all decades could rightfully marked as rather
    formulaic or stereotypical...

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    Correction:

    In the mentioned scene from 'Accidental Lovers' it's Smolik's
    cumshot into Meyer's hair. And the fucking starts afterwards.




    Talking about Tomas Meyer and Marek Smolik:

    Two other remarkable Duroy-Actors from eastern europe with
    only a very short porn career. Similar to the likewise outstanding
    Simon Jacobi, Emil Kys & Mario Popovic...

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    Re: The Sound And The Fury - Belami Revisited

    Love the boys and action from BelAmi.

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    Re: The Sound And The Fury - Belami Revisited

    I like his new stuff better. He's finally learned to ditch the white socks and boots.

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    Spoiled Atmosphere


    I just watched two newer films of the studio, from 2009:

    - Kris & Dolph
    - Step by Step - Kris Evans



    The same old Belam-story:


    Pretty boys, good camerawork - but: spoiled by cheap, one-dimensional, stereotypical
    sound & synchro. Miles away from flaming live talk or decent and fitting synchronisation.

    Too much, too bad. Often less is more: Mr. Duroy and his Bratislava crew should check out
    for example some samples from director Brady Mayo (High Drive) or Keith Miller (Helix).

    Most often breathing alone, in combination with sporadically and subtle groaning evokes
    a much stronger erotic atmosphere.


    Surely - this is no exclusive Belam-problem: the reprovals goes also for many American
    productions of the past & present. And at least for 90 % of all Eastern Europe Gayporn
    studios & directors like Vlado Iresch, Rolf Hammerschmidt, Pat Stone...


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    Re: The Sound And The Fury - Belami Revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by moniker View Post
    I like his new stuff better. He's finally learned to ditch the white socks and boots.
    I wonder why the early Sauna Paradiso was never released on CD. It was the first appearance of Johan P.

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    Well, to be fair, and because I'm just this minute pleasantly surprised:


    The scene with Roger Lambert & Alex Orioli in the brandnew BA release
    'Virgin No More 2' . is really felicitous:

    Natural acting, expressive faces, moody and intense camera work.
    And especially the sound & synchro: gentle, atmospheric, no annoying
    and exaggerated moaning & groaning; bottom Lambert breathes pro-
    perly and seems really into it, Orioli speaks here and there some tight
    words and delivers also a memorable performance. .


    Compare this scene with for example the synchro & acting in the over-
    affected pairing of Vadim Farrell and Sascha Chaykin in 'Skin on Skin 2',
    or with the threeway of Farrell, Evans & Rios in 'Step by Step: Education...
    Kris Evans'
    - and you'll most likely notice a serious difference in quality...

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    For those who don't know Roger Lambert yet: some pics and a little clip from smutjunkies...


    http://www.smutjunkies.com/profiles/...ger/index.html



    For me he's even hotter - and much more natural than his 'porn cousin': Dolph Lambert.

    Roger's pairing with Alex Orioli is indeed a highlight, not alone in this movie but in about
    18 years Bel.history at all.

    This scene makes up for many things, including some weaker parts in 'Virgin No More 2':
    as like for example Marco Bill fucking Phillipe Gaudin; this is indeed a backslide in irksome,
    stilted & monotonous acting and groaning.


    Anyway! - Orioli & Lambert wins the day.... 8)

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    .......WHOA that boy is pretty.......

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    A short* sample from this remarkable scene:

    http://www.rockettube.com . -> . search: Roger Lambert & Alex



    * And I mean short: the fucking lasts longer and is more intense
    than in general, not only in Belam.movies - everywhere...

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    I wonder why the early Sauna Paradiso was never released on CD.


    Meanwhile every early Duroy flick from Falcon Int. is available on DVD.
    'Sauna Paradiso', too.


    By the way: this is the one which brought up many discussions in the
    past: speculations if the bottoming acts of Pavol Zurek are faked or not.
    Some porn collectors and critics smell still a stunt ass....
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    Re: The Sound And The Fury - Belami Revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by Barolojoe View Post
    So if there is ever the chance that the producers will tidy up the studio attic some day and get their hands on the original tapes - please give us back those stolen screams, Mr. Duroy!
    I like this idea! The funny thing is, though, they went the other way, getting even further away from the original filmed clips' audio; when some of the older Bel Ami VHS releases debuted on DVD, they were branded as having "new audio" (or some similar terminology), which I and some people assumed meant "remastered" - but it was more like "re-created".

    The quality sounded great, yes, with nice stereo imaging and up to the technical specs of more modern Bel Ami films, but you could sort of tell (IMHO anyway) it was actors (was it even the same ones from the original films? others?) sitting in a room/studio doing obligatory moaning, plus a few sound effects/foley work for any furniture banging or doors closing or outdoor sounds needed. I have to admit it was kind of interesting from a technical standpoint to see them "re-create" the audio, and would be typical for a Hollywood film that might involve ADR/looping work, but I would have preferred the VHS audio, and seeing clips of the VHS audio where the new audio sounded nothing like them was distracting. I think they felt the VHS audio mixes/quality just wasn't up to par and a more modern audience would expect better.


    Quote Originally Posted by OPHELIA_HARDIN View Post
    "I'm gonna, I'm gonna, Oh Jesus --- Yoknapatawpha !!!"
    LOL!


    Quote Originally Posted by moniker View Post
    I like his new stuff better. He's finally learned to ditch the white socks and boots.
    Haha! Yeah, when you go back and look at the Bel Ami stuff I have wondered the exact same thing - "what's with all the boots all the time?". Maybe it's some sort of Eastern Bloc, communist-state reference thing seeping into his work - you have to be be there/live it to get it.

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    Variation in Quality


    ...some samples from director Brady Mayo (High Drive) or Keith Miller (Helix) :

    Most often breathing alone, in combination with sporadically and subtle
    groaning evokes a much stronger erotic atmosphere.



    Just for the record, and because I brought in the two studios above
    as commendable exceptions:


    It seems that Helix boss Keith Miller is no more filming, editing and producing
    every new title personally. Some of the recent releases like 'Big Bro, Lil Bro'
    & 'Freshman Loads' are not very convincing:

    The sound & synchro is not as subtle and atmospheric as in the past, the
    acting less natural, the camera work and editing somewhat disappointing.

    One example: newbie Chris Riverz in his bottoming scenes: a fine performer
    - but the camera zooms far too much on his ass, capturing the penetration
    yet losing his face and thereby nearly all of his feelings and emotions.

    Compare these scenes with for example the well filmed episodes of Chad
    Stevens with Ross Michaels/Kayden Daniels in 'Cum on my Face 2'
    from January, 2008 - and you'll see a considerable difference in quality
    in the studio history...


    http://www.smutjunkies.com/profiles/...s/Stevens_Chad
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    Too Many Fumblers


    - Step by Step: Education of a Porn Star: Kris Evans



    A few more remarks about a particular scene: the second part of the threeway
    with Evans, Rios & Farrell from this movie:


    Monotonous, insensitive synchro; rather formulaic fucking; too much editing;
    the camera work someway jumpy; hardly no really long and expressive takes
    of Evans' face and his feelings while beeing penetrated. You also never see Kris'
    pecker - not in the doggy style position, drilled by Farrell; not humped missionary
    by Rios. One can only guess if Evans is soft, semi- or really hard during the act.


    Maybe this is the reason:


    Editors:

    Marty Stevens
    Lukas Ridgeston
    Ron Thomas
    Mel Roberts Jr.



    Individual scenes shot by:

    George Duroy
    Marty Stevens
    Lukas Ridgeston
    Elliot Klein
    Johan Paulik




    Too many cooks spoil the broth. The two professionals Duroy & Stevens
    should have done the job alone.

    No novices, no fumblers, no disappointments. . *grumble* .

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    Training in the Big House



    By the way and for those who remember Michal Tarkus from the earliest generation
    of Belam-models... . http://www.gayeroticvideoindex.com/S/4/16884.html



    Here some first hand information from the studio homepage, written a few years ago:


    Quote Originally Posted by BelAmOnline


    Michal is accomplished in the martial arts. He is bisexual... he didn't
    work for a while because he was accused of smuggling alcohol and
    spent some time in prison.

    After Michal was released from prison, George Duroy remarked that
    although he doesn't look as good as he used to, his sexual techniques
    improved considerably...
    .


    ....................................
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    Some shots of a brandnew BA online episode:

    Vadim Farrell humped bareback by Newcomer Gaelan Binoche:


    http://bareback-porn-blog.com/2011/0...vadim-farrell/


    The action is alright, camera work & editing, too. But once again an other-
    wise suitable scene is spoiled by overdone, unnatural moaning & groaning...


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    Yesterday I watched the final fourway from 'Sex Buddies 2' with Phillipe,
    Reeves, Orioli & Rios:


    The fucking is fair. Yet once more this is a well filmed scene dulled by
    poor synchro: stereotype, overdone, bugging moaners which have nothing
    to do with naturalness and atmosphere....

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    Re: The Sound And The Fury - Belami Revisited

    LOL, Barolojoe you have some funny ideas.. There is never a synchro issue, the sounds and video stay together throughout the editing process. Some of the guys do moan a lot, and loudly (Kris is a particular moaner) but that is just how they are.

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    There is never a synchro issue, the sounds and video stay together
    throughout the editing process.


    I doubt this. Not in general but in many cases. You find several Belam-scenes
    from the past with really funny noises: during sucking for example, when a cock
    plops out of the mouth. This sound is often in no way natural; it's obviously added
    later and not done truly professional. Sometimes things went really asynchronous:
    boys are moaning while their mouth is stuffed etc.




    Some of the guys do moan a lot, and loudly...

    I also doubt that those moaners in private - if they get intimate with other guys -
    act the same way. It's simply not natural....




    PS:

    By the way: is it Mr. Duroy personally speaking ?



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    Re: The Sound And The Fury - Belami Revisited

    there may be exceptions, as in when a director is giving instructions that are not meant to be there, but it really is the exception

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    Re: The Sound And The Fury - Belami Revisited

    Quote Originally Posted by Barolojoe View Post
    I doubt this. Not in general but in many cases. You find several Belam-scenes
    from the past with really funny noises: during sucking for example, when a cock
    plops out of the mouth. This sound is often in no way natural; it's obviously added
    later and not done truly professional. Sometimes things went really asynchronous:
    boys are moaning while their mouth is stuffed etc.


    I also doubt that those moaners in private - if they get intimate with other guys -
    act the same way. It's simply not natural....
    +1 I am no expert. As a casual observer, Bel Am seems to produce *some* vids w/ unnatural or asynchronous sound. The performers are so pretty that I look past it. Every production has its strengths & weaknesses I suppose.

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    I am no expert. As a casual observer, Bel Am seems to produce *some*
    vids with unnatural or asynchronous sound.



    I think the BelAm-films with nearly 100 % live sound are those from
    the personal trainer serial. You don't need to be a lipreader to make
    out that several other scenes from the past 16 years are obviously
    dubbed.

    Sometimes it's done quite satisfying & subtle - like for example Max
    Orloff humping Oleg Vronski in 'Cover Boys' (2001), Roger Lambert
    & Alex Orioli in 'Virgin No More 2' or most of the pairings in 'Too Big
    Too Fail'.

    Sometimes it's - in my eyes - really not natural & very well done;
    simply not on a level with the in general good camera work, acting
    & editing...


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    I've just watched parts of 'Virgin No More 3':


    The first available bottoming scene of Adam Archuleta - nailed by Luke Hamill:

    This is a pleasant surprise and one of a few Belam-scenes where the sound is very sensitive & natural: mostly only subtle breathing - even the plopping of a cock out of the mouth sounds real this time.


    Compared to that, the fourway with Hamill, Harrer, Warhol & Boleyn is not wholly satisfying: nice action, well filmed - but with some bugging, overdone, stereotype moaning & groaning again...

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Virgin No More III.jpg  

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    Compared to that, the fourway with Hamill, Harrer, Warhol & Boleyn is not wholly satisfying....


    To be fair & for the record - one little correction:


    Only in the final moments of this fourway, when Harrer & Warhol rides cowgirl reverse, the moaning sounds a teeny-weeny bit overstated; more than 85 % of the scene is well done.

    This goes also for the opening: the long & sensitive flip-flop of Andre Boleyn & Kevin Warhol.

    All in all it's one of the most satisfying and convincing Belam-movies in the studio history for me. Compared with for example the stereotype sound & synchro of 'Taboo 2' - it's clearly in another league.


    In addition to that: it's delightful that the camera of Duroy/Stevens captures in the moments when the bottoms climax nearly always their faces & feelings, too.

    The orgasm and the appertaining facial expressions & emotions in gayporn are often neglected by minor directors: bumblers like Hammerschmidt, Iresh, Paris, Bruckmann, Clark, Stone, Miller, Moussou, Woods, Lincoln, Caruso & Co. are focussing far too much on the shooting alone... .



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    Variations, Please



    The good thing about 'Virgin No More 3' is not only the natural, subtle sound & careful editing. But also the fact that it contains the first bottoming acts of Andre Boleyn & Adam Archuleta available on DVD. So this title is indeed a worthy contribution to every Belam-collection.

    On the contrary, some other DVDs from the studio of the past months: 'Kris Evans Up & Close', 'Jean Daniel & Dolph', parts of the 'Step by Step - Education of' & 'Skin on Skin' serials... contains not so much new material; many of the bottom boys therein were already drilled before repeatedly by different partners in different positions in different releases.


    A nice Xmas surprise pack would be a DVD with scenes wherein Jim Kerouac, Gaelan Binoche, Paul Mekas, Ryan Thulin & Marco Bill bottoms - all of them passive, humped by other actors. (Okay, a few enduring flip-flops were also not bad.)


    This would be a laudable variety in the studio chronology...


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    Another nice Xmas surprise would be a double DVD release containing older scenes with attractive models
    from the past which are so far only online available.

    Starring Paul Valery (drilled by Marc Vidal), Roman Prada, Chris Casablanca, Chris Cameron,
    Michel Millot, Ruslan Brodovich... - all bottoming! . .
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    http://www.justusboys.com/forum/showthread.php?t=302088


    Jeff Daniels alias Lukas Wink was perhaps in the possession
    of the best butt of all BA actors up to this day...




    .. In support of this thesis - two photos, shot eleven years ago:

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    Missed Opportunities




    ......................... From the Hot-Topic-Theme: . Why don't bottoms scream...?






    ...apart from whatever the studios, producers & retailers tell you - more than 80 percent of all the gayporn movies on the market contain not any or only very little real life sound; about 15 to 18 % may be a mix of decent live sound, music & dubbing. And only one or two percent of the flicks feature the real thing - providing indeed the original voices of the models, recorded in the very moment ot their penetration.

    Many productions feature the original voices of the actors - but in most cases these voices were recorded separately and added later to the film. Often this is done not very professionally: in many scenes - even from major companies like F A L C O N, BelAm, William Hig. & others - you find regularly unnatural, stilted moanings & groanings; sometimes gross asynchronous noises - in moments the lips of the actors are closed; or the strange, unnatural & exaggerated sound when a cock plops out of the mouth during the blowjob.



    Two popular examples from Belam/Falconinternational:


    Buy the movie 'Frisky Summer 1'. And watch the opening scene:


    Ion Davidov drills Daniel Valent merciless. And Valent was indeed - as stated in an interview by studio boss George Duroy some years ago - one of the loudest shouters in the business; according to Duroy: sometimes he screamed so shameless on the set that the crew feared for his health & life. Look at his face, his mouth, his lips in this particular scene.

    It's a real pity that nearly all of Valent's loud screams were banned from the final cut which was released later.



    And buy also 'Wide Open':


    Study the intense facial expressions and mouths wide open for screaming of Ivo Svoboda and Tomas Belko (while beeing heavily humped by Kristian Jensen / Alexander Strauss). Sadly their original screams didn't make it to the final tape; you don't find them in the Vid/DVD. They were overdubbed mostly by odd music.


    There are so many missed opportunities over the years in the gayporn biz... so many studios & incompetent producers with nearly no instinct for atmosphere & liveliness... it's really a holy shame... .



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    .. One rare example of well done dirty talking during the fucking in an Belam movie:


    .. Scene six from 'Teamplay' - Ion Davidov tops Justin Marino in the bathroom

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    Has anybody already seen the two new BA releases on DVD:

    'Skin on Skin 5' & ' Kinky Angels Part 2 - Andre Boleyn' . ?


    I'm especially interested in the scenes of Boleyn bottoming. Are these scenes recommendable ?
    Is the action, the camera work, the editing, and the sound satisfying ?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Skin on Skin  5.jpg   Kinky Angels - Andre Boleyn.jpg  

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    Re: The Sound And The Fury - Belami Revisited

    I find that porn doesn't do much for me if it doesn't show the top's butt. It is surprising how many films are made without it. Like the directors think the only thing important is the close up of the in and out. The other pet peeve are the directors who leave the actors clothes on. Apparently they think they are making movies.

  34. #34
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    'Skin on Skin 5' & ' Kinky Angels Part 2 - Andre Boleyn'

    I'm especially interested in the quality (sound & editing) of the scenes with Boleyn bottoming...



    ...for Ariel Vanean, Alex Orioli, Todd Rossett & Adam Archuleta.


    Some shots from the set:


    http://www.waybig.com/blog/2012/02/2...t-alex-orioli/

    http://www.waybig.com/blog/2011/08/1...leyn-bareback/




  35. #35

    Stilted & Bugging



    Has anybody already seen the two new BA releases on DVD:

    'Skin on Skin 5' & ' Kinky Angels Part 2 - Andre Boleyn' . ?




    Referring to my own question above:


    I haven't seen Kinky Angels Part II yet. But yesterday I've watched 'Skin On Skin 5' for the first (and last) time:


    As already written at Atkols & elsewhere:

    An attractive line-up - but similar disappointing as the other four episodes from Belami's 'Skin on Skin' series, all directed & edited by Lukas Ridgeston.


    Mostly formulaic and stereotype acting, not really felicitous filmed and edited.

    Just take a look at the pairing of Andre Boleyn & Ariel Vanean, and especially at the opening scene with Kevin Warhol fucking Julien Hussey:

    A good example of how the fun could be spoiled by cheap & bugging, heavily overdone & stilted noises. The actors groan and moan monotonous and nearly permanently.

    A movie recorded with absolutely no instinct for naturalness, hotness & sensitivity.



    ... Quo Vadis, Belami ? .... .

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  36. #36

    Versatile Tops





    A nice surprise would be a DVD with scenes wherein Jim Kerouac, Gaelan Binoche, Paul Mekas, Ryan Thulin & Marco Bill are bottoming for the first time.

    This would be a laudable variety - after so many monotonous movies with an often predictable cast and similar action...



    Well, I think this is still a good idea and would make a promising release. At least, as long as Marty Stevens and studio boss Duroy will handle the camera, editing & sound personally (without the involvement of Lukas R. or any other insensitive & ungifted ex-model, please).


    From the five listed tops above, Binoche & Bill bottomed meanwhile on one occasition. The other three are still virgins.

    In the case of Marco Bill, the bottoming was a very poor job: he delivered his ass unter the alias Patrick Iceberg in a cheap bareback movie called 'Urban Buttholes' from BCB/Perverzzo studio. But his penetration was very timid, lasted only a few seconds, and is not worth to be mentioned.


    Unter the professional guidance of Marty Stevens & Mr. Duroy, Marco could surely take it much harder & longer...

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  37. #37

    Spoiled & Foozled



    Today I trawled through the archive and rewatched some older Belami movies featuring - as usual - many highly attractive models. Again, I was surprised how disappointing several scenes from Bratislava are nowadays for me.

    For example Marc Aubrey & Josh Elliot in 'Out in Africa 2': .. Out in Africa 2: Gay Erotic Video Index


    The overdone and obvious asynchronous voices & moaners, plus Elliot's stilted facial expressions are spoiling once more the party strongly...
    ..........................................
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  38. #38



    After watching the titles 'Virgin No More 2 & 3', I thought that the studio has solved its 'sound problem'. At least in those movies not directed by Lukas R. (who foozled many parts in the 'Skin on Skin' & 'Taboo' serials).


    Well, this is actually not the case. One unglorious example more:

    The new DVD 'Jack Harrer Is Bigger Than Big':


    ........ Bel Ami Online

    ........ http://www.buybelami.com/detail.asp?ProductID=673


    The action, camera work & editing turned out fine (directed, filmed & produced by George Duroy/Marty Stevens). No complaints.

    But, sadly, and once again: most of the scenes offer loud, stilted moaning & groaning. To such a bugging and exaggerated degree that the pairings of Jack Harrer & Marco Bill, Harrer & Jim Kerouac, Manuael Rios & Phillppe Gaudin, plus the threeway with Harrer, Paul Mekas & Roger Lambert are nearly unwatchable for me.

    It's truly a pity that a company with so many attractive models, often good camera work & editing, spoils the majority of its releases with such unnatural & annoying noises...

    .................................................. .................................. ..
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  39. #39

    Highs and Lows




    Checking out some of the studio's recent releases and newer online clips, there are some scenes in which the sound and subtle breathing is rather decent done and halfway realistic. Like for example the nice pairing of Roger Lambert & Luke Hamill...

    ................................... BelAmiOnline ..



    Other hot couples are well captured by the camera, too - but the action is once again spoiled by monotonous, stilted, overdone, and often asynchronous moaning...

    .................................................. ................. BelAmiOnline ..


    Last edited by Rick Ratzinger; July 1st, 2012 at 06:07 AM.

  40. #40

    Insensitive Producers




    ... A brandnew clip with the Peters Twins, Florian Nemec & Vadim Farrell:

    ............. http://www.belamiclips.com/gay-twins...im-and-florian

    ... Once again - strongly spoiled by a stilted, cheap, loud & bugging non-stop "live sound".


    It seems that the studio officials have meanwhile really lost all their touch for atmosphere & naturalness.
    Maybe Mr. Duroy & Mr. Stevens went indeed numb after more than ten years in the biz... .................................................. .................................................. ..................

    Last edited by Rick Ratzinger; July 10th, 2012 at 05:24 AM.

  41. #41




    A new group scene with Warhol, Archuleta & Boleyn: .. BelAmiOnline



    The bedroom noises are meanwhile somewhere between grotesque and
    surreal - with reminiscences of comic characters & comedians...
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    Last edited by quasar; July 19th, 2012 at 01:56 PM. Reason: edit per member request

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    Yesterday I've seen 'American Lovers Part 2': ... Bel Ami Online


    Well, the noises are not as annoying as in several other Belami releases (especially in the bareback titles) but still far away from sounding real and natural; once again often asynchronous, stilted & exaggerated.

    Unfortunately, the studio's camera work & editing is meanwhile only a shadow of its former glory: the fucking in nearly every scene is poorly captured - and spoiled by much too many hectically camera moves, cuts & close-ups.


    Some days before I've watched a William Higgins movie: 'The Other Side of Killer Socher' (2006) , with Tony Koch alias Martin Horak bottoming intensely & enduring in the opening.

    Comparing the camera work, sound & editing in this particular scene with the direction in 'American Lovers 2' I must say: the whole stuff in Bratislava: producer George Duroy, director Marty Stevens, the editor, and whoever is responsible for the final outcome - they all did a lousy job in contrast to the Higgins' crew....


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    Recently I've watched two more DVDs of the studio for the first (and last) time. One from 2010: 'Step by Step - Jean Daniel Chagall', and a brandnew one: 'Skin on Skin 6'.


    .............................. Education of a Porn Star Jean-Daniel Chagall Step By Step: Gay Erotic Video Index

    ...................................... Skin on Skin 6: Gay Erotic Video Index



    In 'Step by Step - JDC' I've found one scene wherein the sound is halfway usable done; not really professional, still stilted and a little exaggerated but acceptable: the pairing with Chagall and Alex Orioli. The rest is done in the usual studio tradition: heavy, overdone, insensitive & asynchronous moaning.

    Even worser and more annoying is the dubbing in 'Skin on Skin 6'. Like most of the other bareback work from Bratislava (the bugging predecessors 'Skin on Skin 1-5', plus parts of the 'Taboo' series), this release is another contender for the title of the most painful & agonizing noises in a gayporn movie.
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    Sadly, and as already mentioned some weeks ago, meanwhile also the camera work & editing of Marty Stevens, George Duroy, Lukas R. & Co. is somewhat disappointing - especially in comparison with well done older Belami productions like for example 'Too Many Boys 1' , 'Flings 1' , or 'The English Student'.

    Last edited by Rick Ratzinger; September 9th, 2012 at 03:04 AM.

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    Re: The Sound And The Fury - Belami Revisited

    Simple solution. Mute and just watch. Maybe you'll enjoy these gems as much as the rest of us do.

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    Like the rest of us ? .. So you are speaking for a vast majority ?


    Maybe you do. Since there are obviously still enough satisfied customers around.

    But it's not only the missing natural sound. Also the camera work and editing in Bratislava is getting worse every week. One of the great tragedies in gayporn history, hombres.... *sob*

    ......................................... http://www.internetmonk.com/wp-conte...-of-grief1.jpg ....
    Last edited by Rick Ratzinger; September 9th, 2012 at 08:21 AM.

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    Since the DVD releases of 'Virgin No More Part 2 & 3' were not so bad and contain at least two or three scenes wherein the noises are halfway professional, decent & realistic - I tried recently also part one of the series:

    .................................. http://gayeroticvideoindex.com/V/4/37404.html


    Unfortunately, this one is fully in the unholy studio tradition: pretty boys, nice action - but once again poisened by gross, unnatural, stilted, monotonous & asynchronous moaning.


    Just one short sample: the pairing of Gaelan Binoche & Jean-Daniel Chagall

    .................................. http://www.rockettube.com/Hunks/Bela...n-Binoche.html ..

    Last edited by Rick Ratzinger; October 14th, 2012 at 03:46 AM.

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    Gaelan Binoche bottoms one more time - in a new threeway.


    No need to say that the action is once again spoiled by insensitive, cheap & bugging noises...


    .................................................. .... http://tour.belamionline.com/hdtour....e=360&Sufix=EU ...

    Last edited by Rick Ratzinger; November 9th, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

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    Just watched a new clip with Adam Archuleta fucking Tom Pollock bareback:


    http://www.belamigalleries.com/bareb...s-tom-pollock/



    Well, Belami is still the company with the poorest, most unnatural, stilted & monotonous noises worldwide.

    Every low budget producer anywhere does a better dubbing than the sound department in Bratislava.

    Unfortunately, also the camera work & editing is not so convincing anymore - compared with the better movies of studio boss George Duroy in the nineties....


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    Last edited by Rick Ratzinger; January 24th, 2013 at 10:34 AM.

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    Re: The Sound And The Fury - Belami Revisited

    Given the popularity of Bel ami, it appears that many do not share your focus on the sound. We all have preferences and I sometimes wonder if the producers have ever atttempted to find what their customers want. Americsn producers seem to have concluded that guys want older, beefy guys with body hair, conceding young and smooth to Europe. I never buy new American porn any more. I prefer young and smooth, preferably shaved and usually turn off the sound.

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    I never buy new American porn any more. I prefer young and smooth....


    Well, most of my favorite twink flicks of the past eight years featuring young & smooth models are from American companies:

    From Cobra, PZP, Helix & High Drive.


    Unfortunately, of those four studios only Helix is still in regular production. Due to different directors & editors and a vast output, the quality varies. But in general, I prefer Helix- over Belami movies. It's not only the subtle and much more natural sound, also the anal action is often longer, more intense and better captured: with not so many camera moves, cuts & close-ups.



    Talking about European twink producers who have really improved in the past three years: I recommend a few titles of the Berlin/Prague based studio Tino Video. If you are into slim & smooth boys below 22 - check out the recommendable movies Bareback Sexplosion Vol. 5, 6 & 7:


    http://gayeroticvideoindex.com/V/1/40561.html
    http://gayeroticvideoindex.com/V/2/43812.html ....




    Compared with these, the recent Belami releases 'Do You Take It?', 'Kinky Angels 3', 'Bigger Than Big 2' & 'Deep Inside' are somehow disappointing, monotonous & formulaic for me....

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    Last edited by Rick Ratzinger; April 2nd, 2013 at 06:00 AM.

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