HM: Here’s a review of the new UltraHeroix video, Dark Embrace. Sidekick’s review is below, but I wanted to point out that the video contains ideas generated by YOU, the fans, here at Heroine Movies, so I think this video might be interesting to check it out to see how those ideas were implemented. (Plus, it looks like a fun video anyway.)
Sidekick: Lady Ultra flies to confront Dominitcia and we learn that the villainess is the leader of C.L.A.S.H, which stands for Criminal Legions Against Super Heroines. We also learn that Dominitcia is in charge of several villains that have appeared previously in the series. The first thing that caught my eye in this film was Lady Ultra. Boy, does she fill out her costume well. I imagine she always has, but I really took notice in this particular episode. She looks absolutely fantastic. Dominitcia looks terrific as well.
Lady Ultra searches for Dominitcia but gets hit out of nowhere by an energy blast. Lady Ultra is knocked unconscious, and the audience is treated to almost two full minutes of the camera scanning over her body. This two minutes includes several up-skirt shots. Lady Ultra eventually recovers, breaks free of her bonds, and is confronted face-to-face by Dominitcia.
It’s at this point where the producers at Ultraheroix went down a completely different path than anything they have shot previously. Almost all of their fights have been back and forth battles between heroine and villain. Not this time. Dominitcia completely dominates the action. She has a myriad of powers at her disposal and is superior to Lady Ultra in every way. When Lady Ultra does fight back, her attacks have almost no effect on her opponent.
Dominitcia knocks Lady Ultra out several times when she is interrupted by The Mauler, a henchman that appeared in a previous episode. Dominitcia orders her henchman to watch over Lady Ultra as she inspects the “equipment” that her minions have been working on. The Mauler must not be a very good listener because instead of watching over Lady Ultra, he picks her up in a bear hug, snaps her over his knee, and strangles her.
Dominitcia returns and is less than happy with her minion. She doesn’t want Lady Ultra dead, she wants her turned evil. Apparently the equipment that she was checking on is for that very purpose. Lady Ultra is able to escape in the confusion but is easily tracked down. Both Dominitcia and The Mauler beat on the heroine some more and tie her up. The “equipment” is a mask that brings out a persons dark side and places Lady Ultra firmly under Dominitcias control. At episodes end we get our first look at Dark Ultra. New name, new hairdo, and an entirely new direction for Ultraheroix as a company.
I thought this film was a quantum leap forward in storytelling for Ultraheroix. I enjoyed the company’s previous videos, but they lacked an overreaching plot. Now, they have introduced an incredibly powerful villain, revealed that an entire evil organization exists, and turned the world’s greatest heroine evil. Really intriguing stuff.
I thought the only drawback in this video was the less than stellar fight choreography, which surprised me. The choreography in the other videos they produced was generally fairly solid. In this film, however, there are several punches that obviously miss, and there really doesn’t seem to be much force behind the ones that actually look like they connect. This didn’t do anything to ruin my enjoyment of the film. I really liked it. I just think this is an area that they can improve upon.
One more thing, because I don’t want to forget the fetish crowd. In this video you get bearhugs, backbreakers, a throat lift, up-skirt shots, and plenty of strangulation scenes. One in particular that some of you may enjoy features the villain strangling the heroine with her own cape.