Vivid's Rites series gets better and better, and the fourth entry is top-notch throughout. As usual, the camerawork and production values are excellent, and this time around the cast is definitely above par. Two of the industry's sexiest actors, Doug Niles and Brad Phillips, are balanced by two consistently reliable pros, Tony Davis and David Ashfield, and seasoned with the spicy performances of three newcomers, Bill Crane, Robin Sinner, and Jimmy Lee. Two of the sexual episodes – Niles and Ashfield, Phillips and Crane – are among the hottest footage on tape, and the rest of the scenes are indeed memorable.
Erotic suspense is the keynote to the production's overall success, as each scene is set up in advance so that the viewer has something to look forward to – and he is never disappointed. The most successful use of this technique is the opening scene, when Crane gives Phillips lessons in how to hold a bat (the symbolism is delightfully humorous) and then makes a date for later in the gym. By the time the gym scene rolls around, expectation is a fever pitch, and Phillips gives his most sexually abandoned performance yet. Great production, consistent cast, hot action – what else could you ask for? One thing – a less abrupt ending. But I don't want to split hairs; this is an exceptional video with nice packaging, sure to be popular among viewers, and successful in stores which carry gay video.