As part of our ‘Pure’ series, Lady Victory enters the space to take on Alaric one on one. Both combatants have legendary strength but who is the mightier?
Things go well for Lady Victory in the beginning as she […]0
The Pure series has been a mixed bag for me. I loved the entries with Candy Race and Wonderstrike and really liked Erica’s clash with Alaric, but the Virtue/Dominator rematch was a bit of a letdown and the Deceptress/Dr Progress entry wasn’t my cup of tea either.
Looking at the promos for this one, though, I’m pretty excited. Alaric always puts on a good show, but these pictures and teaser are a welcome reminder of how fantastic Lady Victory is. First off, wow is she good looking. I mean, she’s spectacularly gorgeous. Second, she looks every bit the seasoned professional in combat and peril situations. Third, I’ve come to sympathize with her deeply during her woeful string of defeats in the Championship, and it sounds like Alaric is alluding to those losses in this video.
Finally, she’s a Fail-Safe Sister! The last one standing! The FSS series was absolutely the best, and any remainder from it is welcome to me. Lady V wasn’t even my favorite sister (Shadowstar! Dynamite Doll!), but the uniformly excellent cast was one of the best things about about them. I’m happy to have LV as keeper of the flame for the FSS!0
‘Phased Out’ sounds a lot more ruthless than it was. Moved away, started a family. Very common with women in the age group we use. I’m pleased we still have people you like though, and hope to bring in more.0
Years ago, I would be disappointed when a character/actress I particularly liked in the NGC roster would exit, whether her arc came to a definite end or she just stopped appearing. Over time, though, I’ve seen new performers appear constantly who are every bit as good as the ones I missed.
Oddly, the toughest ones to lose (for me) are the ones who didn’t make many appearances, like Steel Sister, Catherine Marks, and Infinity Girl. I feel like we didn’t get to see the full stories of those characters or what the actresses were truly capable of. I’d feel the same if Deja Vu or Candy Race never appeared again.
Great to see more of Wonderstrike and Red Glory again, too. They made an exceptional team, and we were lucky to get about half a dozen videos where they’re working together (as well as one phenomenal appearance in the Championship where we get to see these long-time friends/partners bash each other senseless.)0
I hear you Dr. Mabuse. Steel Sister was one of those actresses who showed so much potential and would have been one of the best NGC had to offer if she had a few more episodes. A shame it was only two in the end.
I had also feared that Lady Victory was going to be one of those actresses who would have been lost to us given that it was two years since her last outing prior to her 2018 stuff. Glad to see that she’s willing to shoot with NGC whenever she’s in town with them. Always puts on a good showing.0
Not really sure why but the promos don’t really excite me all that much. That said, this is Lady Victory we’re talking about and the pure series emphasis on combat is pretty much right up my alley. If this is half as good as Eric v Alaric or Iron Curtain then it’s bound to be wonderful.0
Happening right now at ActionCosplay.com – We are running a very brief flash sale of many of our videos. All of the Mia Melee saga, several Miracle Maiden videos with both actresses, and also some Shadow Fox. Make […]0
The Mia Melee series is completely brilliant. The Miracle Maiden videos featuring ‘Celestia’ are all kinds of great too; it’s takes a special kind of talent to wrestle a Gorilla and make it convincing.
(And I totally resisted the temptation to use the phrase ‘Monkey Business’!)0
I got a chance to pick up a couple of Kandy Crisis episodes I didn’t have, but I totally concur with the recommendations for Action Cosplay. The Mia Melee series is fantastic, and as much as I love the later Miracle Maiden videos with “Lady Victory” in the role, the originals with “Celestia” were spectacular. She was particularly good at portraying the morally upstanding, courageous heroine with more than a hint of vulnerability.1+
When weather reporter Carlita Janus has her broadcast interrupted by a weirdo in a babyface mask, she knows it can’t be a good thing. When taken to his lair she learns his plans for her and doesn’t like them one […]0
Sonica is looking so good in this one. I’m especially loving the fact that she’s starting out in civilian clothing, that there’s a fight in said clothing, that she takes quite a few hits while dressed like that and then transforms. And the actual fight as she’s dressed as Sonica looks like if it’s going to be great with some fantastic perilous moments for our heroine.
I really have high hopes for this release.0
Hmm… This looks yummy….0
I agree. That backhand slap is great and Sonica seemingly has a good reaction to it. Made even better with her on her knees. I always love it when the villains slaps the heroine a bit. Something about the whole action makes it feel not just insulting to the heroine but also expresses a degree of helplessness and domination. Like if she’s just being toyed with at the moment.0
This is part of the on going main story.0
This was an incredible fight with two great performances and an excellent production. I had high hopes for this and even though I have one major gripe, I can honestly say that this was immensely enjoyable and I have no regrets buying this.
My one major gripe is that there’s no set up at all and even though it’s a story release, there’s very little story in this. Personally I found this a bit jarring and I have MANY thoughts about that but……….in the face of an excellent fight—and an excellent fight it was—I’m not going to let the perfect be the enemy of the great.
Putting aside reservation about the story, as a fight film, there’s very little wrong on offering here. Sonica, star actress and heroine of this video, is a great heroine. For one, she fought exceedingly well. Deja, Candy and Starshot are the best fighters in the NGC roaster right now but Sonica’s performance today puts her squarely in the conversation. There’s more to being a heroine in a peril film than making the right noises and giving the right expressions so when an actress can fight and execute moves as fluidly and as skillfully as Sonica does here then you get to see something really awesome. And that sort of stuff I love watching.
As great as Sonica was fighting though, it really was when Sonica was actually in peril did she truly shine. She is becoming an awesome actress. And what outstanding vocal expressions she has when receiving hits. Her performance in last week’s championship was underwhelming (I found) which is part of the reason I didn’t comment on that video. But in this video she is so on point. Her vocals are expressive but not overtly so. Feminine but not too high pitched. Varied but befitting of the various blows she suffered. And they all combine to really REALLY sell the various peril she suffered. Honestly, I think right now, she has the best vocals in the genre. And maybe others might think they are a tad over the top but for me, in this video, they were perfect. Every. Single. Time. They were perfect.
It’s not just the vocals she’s great it only. She’s got good facial reaction and good body reaction (so easily overlooked that last one). And her abilities as a heroine in peril came together quite nicely towards the end when the Masked Man rested his knee on the heroine’s throat. I loved watching her cringe in pain while struggling for air, gargling and coughing a bit. But what really made that move was the way her legs were kicking up on down while on the ground a little bit frantically. That was indeed wonderful to watch
And finally, as it relates to Sonica: The dress. Sonica in that white, semi translucent dress is honestly too hot for television. She received a lot of hits while dressed like that and did I ever love those moments. Particularly that backhand slap she received in the trailer. She’s also got some amazing legs and a gorgeous face and seeing her in civilian clothes like that makes me wish that a) she dressed like that more often, but also b) that her heroine costume was the leotard without a mask.
Now Sonica was great and that’s shouldn’t be taken for granted. But the fight was also great. It’s one of the best fights, if not THE best fight NGC has every choreographed. If for nothing else, I think everyone should watch this just to see the fight. It’s beautifully scripted and flows amazingly well despite being rather technical with hits, counter hits, combos and all types of holds. There’s just so much to this fight that I can’t fully explain why I think it was so wonderfully done. It’s just a really well executed, exceedingly smooth, good flowing fight that pauses at all the right moments to give us plenty of time to enjoy Sonica’s excellent reaction to the hits while picking up the pace from time to time to increase the intensity.
To indicate how good I think this fight is, none of my favorite moves make a showing at all. Bearhugs, backbreakers, dragging the heroine by her hair. All missing and yet because NGC has such outstanding camera work, absolutely perfect lighting (oh I can write an entire paragraph about how wonderful NGC is with their lighting of late), excellent video quality, and most importantly, because Sonica is a really great performer who sells peril so well, this fight was no less enjoyable in my mind. It truly was, at many instances, a spectacular fight to watch.
I like Sonica. She’s great. She’s amazing. She’s really talented. And if she continues to perform like this then there’s no doubt she’ll become one of the best NGC has on offer. Especially with fights like these. And you can’t beat the price. Thirteen dollars. Nearly ten minutes of a great fight. Quality heroine in peril sequences. There aren’t many deals better than that.0
Woah! That was my first reaction watching this.
NGC has some pretty brutal encounters in their history (think of ‘The Grudge’ or more recently ’Freedom Fights’), this one must rank as one of the most vicious.
It kicks off with Sonica in her ‘street’ guise; Carlita Janus presenting the weather.
We don’t get to see much of her weather-girling but it’s a lovely performance. Carlita is every inch the overly-sincere weather girl who, it seems, is treating her TV snippet as an audition.
You just know she’s hoping to get a picked as a panelist on a game show!
Anyway, before you can say “Carlita, what are the ski conditions?’ The Masked Man appears and transports her away.
She finds herself in what her captor calls (via his mini tape recorder) “a semi reality” of his own construction. The bottom line is; there’s no away out.
There’s a great little character moment where Carlita awkwardly removes her shoes and then hurls one of them at the Masked Man, ‘atta girl!
(Atta girl? Sure, we don’t want his Masked-ness having it too easy do we?)
What follows is a vicious beat down of Carlita, still in her weather girl dress. I’ve really enjoyed this actress’s performances in the NGC championship, here though she really shines. She looks in genuine fear for her life and there’s one especially great moment when she cringes from the Masked Man in obvious terror.
We need to talk about the Masked Man. He’s always been one of NGC’s most sinister creations, here he really has some pepper up his tail feathers because I’ve never seen him move so fast or be so brutal. At one point I seriously wondered if he was trying to cripple, or even kill, Sonica.
I’d never really noticed before but the mask is almost cherub like, with quite pronounced cheeks, one eye hole is cracked open which makes his visage even more disturbing.
The star of the show, though is Carlita/Sonica. I absolutely loved her performance here. As Carlita she fights superbly and she takes some serious punishment, the fun really begins when she changes into Sonica. She has some great combos of her own, I especially liked her double-fisted blows. She even puts the Masked Man on his knees for a second!
It’s her selling that really excels here though. Her sobs and cries of pain are superbly done and actually heart-rending. None more so than when the Masked Man punches her inner thigh and she collapses in a heap, sobbing in agony (and with an especially wince-worthy ‘snapping of bone’ sound effect!).
As a side note, I liked the way her mask became slightly dislodged and the ‘hyper-real’ sweat marks under her belt and boots (was this filmed during last year’s heat wave? Kudos to every one involved if it was, that must have been hard going!)
I have no hesitation in saying that this one of NGC’s very best releases in terms of action and performance. It’s also beautifully paced.
It’s true that the story isn’t progressed here; it seems to be more about getting another character into position.
What’s the out look Carlita?
Brutal, with more storms on the way.0
The Championship continues with our first ever Tag-Team battle. Miss Freedom and Sonica to take on the villain team of Malicia Divine and Sister Fate. Powers are available and there are no draconian stipulations […]1+
I’m confident of it.0
Ha! Maybe one for the future. They definitely fight each other in this video though.0
I’ve definitely enjoyed Malicia’s grudge against Starshot and hope it’s revisited at some point, but she also expressed an ambition to crush Miss Freedom, and that would be a terrific tangle. Malicia’s magical abilities would seem to match well against Miss F’s brawn, especially her mind control skills, since Miss F has fallen victim to that kind of thing several times in the past (to great delight.)0
I should add: this video looks fantastic. Always good to see Sister Fate’s ring skills, Sonica needs to be seen more (and yes, something outside the Championship would be great!) and it looks like Malicia and Miss Freedom waste no time diving into intense combat. Those two are arguably the strongest actors overall in the NGC cast, and I expect they’ll inspire each other to greater heights.0
This one is OUT NOW!! http://ngcchampionship.com0
Man, this is what the Championship is all about! The action is swift, ruthless, and decisive as one duo is utterly devastated at the hands and feet of the other. However, this isn’t merely a squash match in which one combatant (or team) thorougly dominates the other. Each side gets their moments in the driver’s seat and reversals (as well as a bit of underhandedness on the part of the sponsors) abound. I don’t want to spill too much, but I’ll relate some of the things that made this one a winner for me.
In the ancient tradition of tag team ring action, the proceedings eventually devolve into a brutal and wild free-for-all, and the video soars on the skills that the performers bring to it. Miss Freedom arrives first, befitting her “Diva #1” attitude, and wow-oh-wow does she look spectacular. Sonica is next, but before she can square off against Miss F, the announcer introduces the evil duo of Sister Fate and Malicia, who saunter/strut to the ring as if their victory is assured. The rules (or lack thereof) are presented, and they’re off.
There’s no clever twist or gimmick, and the teams comprise two rematches of recent videos, but you’d be forgiven for not remembering either of those things. First of all, our heroines fare very well initially, throwing off expectations from the previous outings. In fact, one of my favorite aspects of the video is that any outcome seems possible, no matter what you might think is going to happen. It’s hard to pinpoint why, but this one seemed to hold a lot more suspense about who will win than usual. I felt like either combatant/team could lose at any time. It’s especially nice that Miss F puts down both villainesses at various points, because it gives her a reason to maintain her high self-regard in spite of how ignominious her career has been (which Malicia was happy to point out!)
I’m really looking forward to seeing Sonica outside of the ring, and especially in a solo mission of some kind, but I have to admit she seemed a bit out of her depth in this company. Maybe it’s her relative lack of experience or my lack of familiarity with the character, but Sonica seemed like an afterthought next to Malicia, Sister Fate, and Miss Freedom. Also, we once again observe what a bad tactician Sonica is. Her scream is a cool weapon, but the key to beating it, so it seems, is to endure it for a moment, then strike her while she’s still using it. She apparently can’t defend herself while screaming, but she keeps using it against opponents who are in a position to attack her (or can regain that position while she’s busy). Sonica really needs to stun her opponent first, or at least put them off balance so they can’t rush or reach her easily while she’s wearing them down with her sonic strike. Alternatively, she could use it to blunt an enemy’s attack and follow up with a physical attack.
Malicia is *always* a star to me, and Sister Fate performs ably, but I have to hand it to Miss Freedom. It’s utterly amazing that she’s still such a welcome presence after all this time and so many appearances in NGC videos.0
Now this release is a real bag of goodies.
Performances. That’s the word that came to mind watching this. The action is good, the concept is good but it’s the performances that lift this to ‘must watch again’ status.
Miss Freedom is beamed into the ring first, looking none the worse after her drubbing in ‘Freedom Fights’.
Well, I say -after- there’s no saying that this follows on from that encounter. In fact there’s some dialogue later suggests that ‘chronological order’ may not be quite what we think of within the 7th D.
Anyway, Miss F is looking great and she limbers up like a ballet dancer. After a bit of banter with the announcer (who’s becoming more and more an unlikely star of the championship) Sonica enters.
Sonica’s got a bit of a swagger as she gets into the ring and she squares up to Miss F immediately. However, the Announcer disabuses her and Miss F of the notion that they’re going to fight each other.
Enter Malicia and Sister Fate. Again, there’s some good ‘micro acting’ here. Sister F looks around and above her almost suspiciously (maybe she’s not keen on being teleported) while Malicia looks delighted to be there.
They both exchange a grin and walk into the ring. Sister Fate stomps her way to the ropes while Malicia sashays like she’s on a catwalk.
Yeah, I know I’m making a big deal of characters ‘walking’ but it’s there nuances that I appreciate almost as much as the action.
There’s the usual throwing of shade, and Malicia goes next level, pointing out that Miss F has spent most of career “in captivity” (oh, the burn!) and that defeating her will be “a piece of cake”.
Then Sonica pipes ups and warns Malicia that “you haven’t fought me yet”.
Ahem, may it please the court, Sonica and Malicia have fought, but it seems this is another example of the 7th D playing around with time.
As Eric Morecambe might have said-
“We’re seeing all the right fights, but not necessarily, in the right order!”
Come to think of it, I wonder now if Sister Fate actually does ‘predict’ the future or whether she remembers things that have already happened, but not yet.
Alright enough philosophy, action!
Miss F takes on Malicia first. Now it’s easy to overlook the fact that Miss F is actually pretty tasty when it comes to the rough stuff and she totally owns Malicia from the off. In fact it’s only a touch of naiveté and perhaps over confidence from Miss F that allows Malicia to get a strike in.
I really liked Malicia’s ‘cat claw’ move. Actually, I’m starting to love Malicia; she is such an ego-maniac. You could put a 40 foot HD screen of her on every street corner and she’d probably complain she wasn’t getting enough attention!
There’s a cool twist here (actually more of s false ending) and then Sister Fate is tagged. Miss F doesn’t fare so well against her.To be fair, it’s hard to beat an opponent who can predict your every move.
There’s a lovely moment of acting from Sonica here who is pretty much begging to be let loose.
Sonica is really coming into her own and her power is fascinating. I loved her “dodge this” line before she does her scream.
The Sonic Scream seems to be layers of natural and industrial sounds and it blasts everyone within ear shot (I liked seeing Malicia throw her hands over her ears in her corner).
Sister Fate gets the full blast and it seems to have a stupefying affect on her. It’s unusual to see Sister F being anything but domineering and she sold this really well.
Sonica, of course, is on the receiving end as well and she’s superb. She has a nice line in sobs and cries of shock when things go against her which fit in well with her being a young and (I’m guessing) relatively inexperienced heroine.
There’s a laugh out loud moment too when Malicia shows a very direct way of dealing with Sonica’s power (more than that your correspondent sayeth not!).
I don’t want to give anymore away (and there’s much more to enjoy than I have talked about) but I do want to praise everyone involved.
Everyone here is acting their socks off. That’s no surprise in a NGC release but I do wonder if having so many actresses together has brought out a slight completive edge amongst them or if it’s just good chemistry between them.
Either way, it would be great to see more like this.0
Virtue returns to the site of her humiliating defeat against the Dominator last year as she looks to atone for the embarrassment. For her part, the Dominator is happy to have one final battle with the purest her […]0
Looking at the 3rd and 6th pictures they’re both enjoying their work….although not at the same time, obviously 😉0
Trailer now up!0
My understanding is that the “Pure” series is non-canon, so it doesn’t have to fit into the ongoing plot. They’re just a collection of combat/action focused videos featuring interesting match-ups, either between opponents who haven’t met before (Iron Drone v Wonderstrike/Candy Race or Alaric v Erica) or re-matches (Erica/Dr Progress or this one). You could argue, though, that this one’s only part re-match, since the Dominator hasn’t faced Vice before!
I do expect that eventually Vice will be set loose on one (or more) of the heroines.0
Hi, as mentioned below this is non canon. Just a good fun altercation.0
Arrgh, some how when I pasted my write up it got duplicated! Sorry guys!0
I love the story telling, emotional power and the multifaceted characters that NGC have in their productions. But, there are times when all you want is some gratuitous violence and degradation.
(It’s been a helluva week!)
With all that in mind I was psyched for this release and it doesn’t disappoint.
Virtue is looking for a re-match against The Dominator (nerve, ladies and gentlemen, nerve) and of course she gets one.
Virtue enters first and it struck me how much more confident and poised she looked. Her hair is straighter here than in previous releases and she looks more ‘womanly’. “Ready for it” you might say, or is that Vice bubbling up under the surface?
Dominator enters next and if Virtue is ‘ready’ then Dominator was born ready! The Dominator carries herself in such a way that seems bigger than she really is. She’s an imposing figure and there’s a wonderful contrast between her and Virtue (more of that later).
The two throw a little shade at each other and we’re off to the races!
On paper this should be a total squash but the two women are more evenly matched than I thought. In fact a big element of this battle is how they ‘mirror’ the moves that they put on each other.
Dominator gets an early advantage, trapping Virtue in a scissor hold. Virtue is superb here; she squirms and twists and makes some pitiful cries as the Dominator crushes her. Dominator is great here too, at one put she lies down with her hands behind her back, as if to say ‘Oh this is too easy’.
She does a kind of evil ‘baby talk’ while Virtue struggles to get free. There’s a nice touch at the end of this section where the Dominator contemptuously pushes Virtue away from her with her foot.
The dynamic between Virtue and The Dominator is beautiful. Even with her straighter hair and more assertive manner Virtue is still baby faced and looks extremely youthful. There’s a real ‘older woman’/‘young girl’ vibe between The Dominator and Virtue that’s highlighted further by the contrast in their costumes.
It’s almost like the evil Queen facing off against Snow White!
(By the way, I’m not suggesting that The Dominator is ‘old’, in fact there’s probably not much difference between the two women’s ages.)
The Dominator doesn’t have it all her own way though. Virtue actually puts her face down, unconscious , on the floor by way of a power-house strangle hold.
Because nice girls don’t kick people when they’re down, Virtue stands by and watches The Dominator come around.
This mirrors an earlier scene where Virtue is out cold, on her back, whilst the Dominator looks on, casually waiting for Virtue to get back on her feet.
I love the music when Dominator is rousing; there’s an ominous synth bass riff that pulses while she’s slowly getting back to her feet like a Terminator powering up.
The best scene ( of the main part of the release anyway) comes towards the end when The Dominator gets Virtue in a figure of eight leg lock. Once again Virtue is perfect; she twists around, crying out in pain as the Dominator slowly, deliberately, goes to work on her thigh.
Seeing Virtue’s slender, shiny leg trapped between The Dominator’s black lace covered, thickly muscled thighs was like watching a butterfly trapped in a spider’s web.
Dominator again does her ‘baby talk’, this time with a faux-concerned expression on her face while she taunts Virtue about tapping out.
I won’t give away the ending but I wish, (oh how I wish) that we got some scenes from the ‘after party’!
Now, and again I’m not going to give away too much, the alternate ending is, I think, the part that most will be raving about. With good reason too; it’s much more more than an alternate ending. In fact it’s almost a release in it’s own right!
We get to see a little bit of the ‘relationship’ between Virtue and Vice (it’s not what I was expecting; in fact I think we’re going to see this ‘relationship, develop as time goes on) and, of course, we get to see Vice fully in action!
Now if Virtue is ‘pretty-pretty’, Vice is ‘pretty deadly’. In fact she’s beautifully, exotically deadly.
At first I thought that Vice was just as bad as The Dominator; they seem about equal in strength, but then Vice put a move on The Dominator that’s part Mike Tyson, part Dawn of the Dead and I had to admit; Vice is no where near as bad as The Dominator.
I won’t got into details about ‘the move’ but is has to be said that Vice’s facial expression is perfect (rewind and replay city, boys and girls!)
The Elite Force girls AND the 7th Dimension need to watch their backs, fronts and all the bits in-between when Vice comes out to play because his girl just doesn’t care, in fact I think the 7th D might have created better than even they know.
Big thumbs up for this release. Both actresses are obviously having fun; in fact you can clearly see ‘Virtue’ relishing her role as Vice. This has already become one of favourites of the year.0
There isn’t an over the shoulder carry on anyone in this.0
Wonderstrike has been missing for a handful of days when she makes contact with Candy about rescue. The Equalizer races to her aid, but the Wondrous one suggests she has really been a captive for the best part of […]0
I’ve taken one glance at the preview pictures…
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Alaric’s… alteration… of Wonderstrike’s costume is the single greatest development in NGC history. Perhaps even history as a whole.0
Picture 4 is just so perfect. Heroine completely restrained with a near perfect expression of helplessness and agony on the part of Candy. Doesn’t get any better than that.0
Yes indeed! That’s an extremely nice image.0
I wouldn’t go quite as far as AlyAdmirer, but I will say that Wonderstrike’s “costume adjustment” has done wonders (pun intended) for my opinion about her. I’ve also really liked the identity she’s developed (in my mind, at least) over time as a no-nonsense scrappy one-girl wrecking crew. Some of that is probably from her amazing Championship run, but it’s carried over. And the sleeveless costume feeds into that, IMO.
Very interested to see her as helpless bait in an old-fashioned heroine trap. And extremely glad to see Candy Race back! She’s become one of my favorite performers in the NGC roster lately.0
Funny because I actually enjoy seeing these side angle shots a lot. I guess it’s all a matter of perceptive but my feeling is that why have a back breaker if you’re not treated to a lovely angle of the heroine’s pained expression as she suffers it.0
Man, I can’t believe 3 GREAT members gifts in 3 weeks and I cannot take advantage of any 🙁 🙁 but I hope everyone else has been enjoying them, and MAN there’s 1 preview from this weeks gift I just can’t get enough of. I really hope we will be seeing more of that one like in a photoset in the future.0
I’ve always downloaded the main video first and then the members gift a day or so later.
Yeaaaah…..I’ll be reversing that order this week.0
This was a good video overall that was exciting and fun to watch. Candy and Wonderstrike team up in this short story episode to bring a nice video that I enjoyed a lot, particularly when it came to Candy.
This one has a little bit of everything going for it. A little bit of story, some girl power, some quality heroine destruction and then a couple of KOs to top it all off. Mix in the stuff that NGC does well such as having a good fight, good lighting and near perfect camerawork and you’ve got yourself a good weekend purchase.
Action wise there’s a lot to digest for sure but it’s important not to overlook the technical aspects of this film which really come down to lighting and cinematography. And in both aspects NGC was perfect. No out of focus shot. No glare. Very little grain in the video (if any) and nearly every action moment had the right angle to it. This was just a really well produced video all around. Also want to point out that there was a cool cinematography moment right in the beginning of the fight when all four combatants exchanged the first set of blows and the camera is looking down from high above. That was really fun to watch.
One of the most impressive things in this episode though was Candy’s ass kicking abilities. The actress really knows how to throw a punch as all her strikes were clean and really convincing. Honestly, if this actress is going to fight like this in all her releases then the list of actresses who can sell a fight like her is incredible small. I haven’t come across an actress who fights with as much power, agility and intensity as Candy does and it is quite a site to watch. And then when you combine that with some stellar fight sequences where Candy was kicking ass two villains at a time, then you had yourself one incredible girl power moment. Now, I’m going to always be about peril and having as much of it in a film as reasonable possible. But girl power, especially well executed and well-choreographed girl power, can be just as fun and exciting as watching a heroine be defeated.
But let there be no question that there was peril to be enjoyed here. It’s interspersed in the first two-thirds of the film when it comes to Candy with the occasional punch and headbut against the heroine. And Wonderstrike herself took quite a pounding as she wasn’t up for much of the fight. But the real treat for me came in the last third of the film. After Candy has her moment in the sun, kicking ass and taking down both Sister Fate and Alaric, the two villains take control of the fight and set about destroying the two heroines with relative ease. They’re choked out at first (more on that later) before each suffers an individual backbreaker. Candy herself is slapped around a bit, picked up off the floor, dragged back down, tossed and turned and virtually woman handled. But what made Candy great during those moments I found was the way in which she sold all the moments between the blows. Just kind of the way that she naturally kept on expressing pain through her facial expression even though nothing more is happening to her than her being re-positioned by her enemies for the next painful move she’s about to suffer. That sort of thing kept everything feeling like one long perilous moment where Candy was at the mercy of her opponents and I loved it. That’s quality acting right there.
The one thing that maybe (and I cannot stress that word enough) Candy could have done better was be a little bit more expressive in her cry when she received that backbreaker. She had a great facial expression but I couldn’t help but think more could have been done verbally. But maybe that’s just me.
The best part though was all the choke holds Candy was subjected to it. Pretty sure I can watch Candy being choked out all day if I really wanted to. As I stated many times in the past, choking situations are something I’m extremely picky about but Candy is by far and away the best at it if she’s going to be giving performances like what she did here (and in The Iron Curtain). There were I believe three separate ones she suffered with the first one being more or less a formality. Not so much a perilous moment than Alaric being desperate to break Candy’s offensive streak so it doesn’t last long before Candy breaks free. The second one occurs during the beatdown portion of the film and….well it includes the whole “wrapping the legs thing” that I don’t really like so I have to really pretend I don’t see it. But aside from that Candy sold that really convincingly well with her struggle for breath and great facial expression.
But the best one is the last one where Sister Fate uses Candy’s own arms to choke the heroine out (see picture 4). First of all, it’s a great move by itself. Nothing shows how helpless a heroine is than having her own arms choke the life of her. Especially the way in which she was dragged down to the floor initially and how Candy couldn’t even move her arms at all to attempt to escape. And that by itself would have been enough to make that a great moment. But then Candy took that move and made it absolutely incredible with her amazing facial expression along with the slightly gasps for air, followed by the shallow breaths and then the whizzing coughing. That right there was worth the $13 alone.
(I feel the need to point out at this time that NGC has a tendency to make me out to be a liar. I make a statement about how “oh I don’t like choke holds or submission holds” and then a release a month or so down the line has me doing a 180 and praising the very thing I cursed. Smh)
My only real complaint is that the video felt too short. Just when we were getting to the good stuff towards the end the film, the credits roll. My next issue has to do with the story and the overall plot itself but I’m going to table that for either a later post or wait until next month’s story release and see how that goes.
Putting those things aside thought, this was a good and entertaining release that has quality fights in it that’s sure to tickle many people’s fancy as it did mine. So much so if you’re a fan of either actress. And with a sticker price as cheap as this, I’m not sure you can do better this week.0
Any of the lift/carry moves ff?0
I wanted to write something last night, but didn’t have time, and as it turns out Darkwrath says a lot of what I would’ve said anyway. So many things to like here, including the excellent filmmaking on display (starting with the beginning of the video, when the camera “leads” Candy through a tracking shot as she creeps toward the room where she’ll find Wonderstrike), Candy’s absolutely wonderful performance, and the amazing hold pictured above with Sister Fate choking out a totally immobilized Candy. Seriously, in her last few appearances Candy Race has catapulted to near the top of my favorites list.
I also was really impressed with the way this one was shot. Darkwrath notes the overhead shot that begins the battle in full, and that was just one of several shots that caught my attention.
I’ve had quibbles with Wonderstrike’s acting skills in the past and she’s not thoroughly convincing in this one either, but acquits herself well enough where it matters. I do like the character, which makes up for a lot. Given the plot, it makes sense for her to be a bit “off”, but before she squares off with Sister Fate, she takes a moment to kick a chair out of the way and you can see the swagger return to her step, as if the old WS is waking from a long sleep.
Also, as the promo materials show, we get a few moments of WS chained and even gagged (!), elements you don’t see everyday in a NGC video. If you’re at all a fan of WS, you should definitely get the photoset. There are a few pictures of Candy included, and she’s a beautiful woman so they’re well worth it, but Wonderstrike really shines in her pictures and she’s featured much more.
The price for all this can’t be beat.0
So I’m glad you brought up Wonderstrike’s performance DrMabuse and how you found it not so convincing. I watched it too and thought that Wonderstrike could do better and I had an entire paragraph stating as much. But then I thought maybe I’m just picking on Wonderstrike. That perhaps, much like Miss Freedom, I just don’t like the character. So I decided to re-watch Game of Two Halves. I skipped straight to the part where things went downhill for the heroine and sure enough, twenty seconds in I was loving Wonderstrike’s performance. I was basically shouting “That! She needs to do *that* more often”. Never mind I don’t know what ‘that’ is but the rest of Game of Two Halves showed me that not only am I capable of liking Wonderstrike as a heroine in peril but she has within her the ability to be a great performer. I just wish she did ‘that’ more often.0
In which Candy Racer levels up and things get darker…
I want to add my voice to the bravos for this release. Darkwrath has done an excellent write up already but I want to talk about some elements of this that, I think, take it to another level.
At the beginning (well, almost the beginning), there’s a lovely shot of Candy walking towards the camera down a corridor, she’s lit from behind with natural light from a window. As she closes slowly in on the camera the corridor gets progressively darker until Candy is a silhouette.
It’s a lovingly crafted shot and it foreshadows what’s to come perfectly. I’m glad NGC takes the time to do shots like this; it’s brilliant story telling.
I also want to big up the shots of the action from above. Again, taking the time to set these shots up pays off brilliantly (in fact I hope we’ll see more of them).
Right after this Candy walks into what I’ve come to think of as the ‘killing room’ and she staggers, very slightly.
At first I wondered if she was dazzled by the bright lighting (there’s a marked contrast between that dark corridor and the brightness of the room) but I wonder if this room is somehow linked to, or if it’s a part of, the 7th Dimension’s realm.
Let’s talk about Candy Race. I like her; I thought she was superb in ‘Iron Curtain’ and after that I got her other solo adventure ‘The Equaliser’ (highly recommended, by the way, it’s a got a superb gassing scene!).
In fact after seeing her in this release she’s joined my list of ‘beloved characters’ alongside Bluebird and Celestia. Praise indeed because those two women are, for me, the gold standard for characters.
In her cute little costume she could be a waitress in a drive-in burger joint but beneath the pink frosting there’s a very tough cookie indeed.
She also has incredible winter-sky grey blue eyes which give her a nice, serious edge that contrasts beautifully with her sweetie-pop image.
Anyway, she wades right in on Alaric from the off and she’s got some cool moves; I especially liked her ‘death from above’ flying punch.
Later on in the fight Alaric catches her with a huge back hand slap to the face which spins her around, he reaches back to deliver a punch but Candy takes him by surprise with a back kick to his abs that doubles him over. That was a cool moment which highlighted her fighting prowess.
I have to talk about the next move too; Candy grabs Alaric by the arm, spins him around and sends him careering into Sister Fate and they end up in a pile on a sofa. The look Sister Fate gives Alaric is priceless!
It’s a lovely ‘Batman’ or maybe even ‘Superman II’ type moment and it added a little touch of brevity to what is, one the whole, a pretty dark story.
Dark? Oh yes indeed. Alaric (who’s starting to remind me a little of Pinhead from Hellraiser) tells Candy that he’s had a long time to get ‘experimental’ with Wonderstrike.
When he delivered that line all I could think of was the ‘taming fluid’ from the last VTV release.
It’s no surprise that Wonderstrike is looking a little dishevelled.
Actually, it would be wrong not to mention Wonderstrike because she is a big part of this release.
At first it seems that she’s under the control of, if not Alaric perhaps the 7th D, but no; she acquits herself admirably in the fights, even if you get the feeling that she knows the out come is a fore gone conclusion. “I’ve seen them play this game before” she says.
Now there’s more more thing that I have to talk about (save the best ’til last!).
Sister Fate is on superb form here. With her dark skin, jet black hair and incurious eyes she reminds me of a big cat like a Jaguar; there’s no mercy in her at all, just a matter-of-fact style cruelty. I feel sorry for anyone who comes up against her.
She puts a superb move on Candy at the climax of this release. You can see part of it in the still picture of the trailer above but the picture doesn’t show how she takes Candy down.
She wraps the semi-conscious Candy’s arms around her neck and then, in one motion, pulls her down to the ground into her signature figure of eight leg lock and then proceeds to slowly choke poor Candy with her own arms!
There’s been some talk of how the transition into wrestling holds can break up the flow of the action. Not so here, the move is done so smoothly I can only describe it as beautiful. Add in Candy’s choking sounds and Sister Fate’s facial expression and you’ve got a serious “re-wind and replay” moment (be honest, you do that too!).
As you can tell, I’m thrilled with this latest part of the story. And now we’re left with the question; who is left to face the 7th D?
Spectrum, yes, Deja Vu and Sonica, possibly…Elite Force is running out of warm bodies and, possibly, time.0
‘Villain Network: Freedom Fighter’
Now in the clutches of the Crown Prince and imprisoned in the 7th Dimension, Miss Freedom has fallen to the position of mere ‘entertainment’ to the thousands of […]0
I’m starting to like this Crown Prince fellow.0
Fantastic to see 2 awesome members gifts in a row0
I sort of feel sorry for Miss Freedom. She was, captured, tortured and humiliated for a full year for all of Season 4. Then, some time passes (can’t be more than a year), she takes back control over Elite Force and then her first solo mission ends in her being demolished, public humiliated and….well being captured again. Now it looks like she’s about to be tortured all over again. She just cannot catch a break.0
I think you should get this one. KO’s are one of my favorites as well, and I counted four of them in this video for Miss Freedom (and she looks absolutely spectacular.) Moreover, one of the conceits of the episode is that her opponent is a “regular guy” who can’t match her strength or fighting ability, so she’s subjected to constant suppressants (delivered via darts) to keep her weak and vulnerable, and she spends most of the video in a state of drowsy depletion. Each time she’s darted, she spends a moment looking woozy and glassy-eyed, as if she’s about to pass out.
The guy even subjects her to shot of gas to the face at one point, just to slow her down, and it produces a similar effect. To be clear, all of the actual KO’s are physical (choked out once with cape, once by hand, blow to head, etc.) but in addition to the actual knock outs, Miss F is on the verge for much of the running time.
I found it thoroughly enjoyable.0
An extraordinary video in the heroine peril genre. Miss Freedom is great at selling the great deal of punishment she’s put through here. Ending was just perfect. I hesitate to spoil it here.0
Lots to enjoy here, especially some things that I found wonderfully ironic (we’ll get to that later)
We start off with Miss Freedom sprawled on the floor. She slowly awakens and the cultured tones of the VTV announcer tell her that one of their ‘benefactors’ wants to go Mano a Mano with her.
Miss F sneers in her typically arrogant tone that she doesn’t fear anyone who has to pay to go up against her.
She’s then hit by a dart in her thigh, and then several more. Now, I must admit I’ve got bit of thing for poison darts, it’s a bit of a hang over from the old Batman tv show (come on, you watched it too!) and this was really well done, Miss F did some great selling of the darts impacts and their effects.
I especially liked the way the camera canted one way and then another, accentuating the effects of the darts on her.
Then we cut to the VTV credits, complete with cheesy game show music.
Then we meet Miss F’s opponent; I liked his body armour and mesh face mask, it’s interesting to see a weakened heroine up against a non-powered enemy and the guy wastes no time in laying into Miss F. I thought Miss F’s vocal work her was great; it’s almost as though the pain and shock of the punches brings her out of her stupor just enough for her to cry out.
It’d be wrong not mention how great Miss Freedom looks in her costume and I was quite surprised to notice that Miss F is, actually, quite tiny! She’s always seemed quite imposing before but here it’s obvious that she’s very slender and not all that tall. Her opponent isn’t a particularly big fellow and this, strangely enough, makes Miss F seem quite fragile looking. This was especially true later on when she’s put into a bear hug from behind. I loved the way she was ineffectually batting at her opponents arms as he crushed her.
Another thing I enjoyed was the commercial break! We get to see Miss F throwing some shapes while the announcer encourages the viewer to ‘call now’ for a session with her. We get a brief bio too that tells us that Miss Freedom is owned by the Crown Prince and that two hours with her costs 5.5 million galactic credits. To quote Withnail and I; “Cheap to those who can afford it, expensive to those who can’t”!
After the break Miss F has recovered from the darts and starts laying into her enemy with gusto. If you like seeing a heroine giving as good as she gets (and I do!) his is a a nice sequence and we get to see some of Miss F’s signature high kicks which are as impressive as ever.
(I know this is probably impossible but I’d love to see a ‘kick off’ between Miss F and Kandy Crises’s Silver, they’d be like a bad-ass version of the Tiller Girls! But I digress…)
VTV aren’t going to let their benefactor get damaged so Miss F is hit by another dart and once again she’s on the receiving end of an extended beat down. Highlights here were a really good back-breaker (I loved the villain’s ‘should I?’ Expression just before her drops her over his knee) and a nice gassing to Miss F’s face.
There’s some great camera work here, in particular a wonderful shot from above as Miss F is being stamped into the ground and then choked.
Also, the music is perfect; it’s a collection of mournful wails and chimes that fits the atmosphere beautifully.
I think my favourite sequence is when the villain decides to finish Miss F off with some “taming fluid”. He slowly pours some green slime over Miss Freedom’s back (after removing her cape) and then over her chest.
Miss Freedom’s reaction to this is superbly done, she grits her teeth into a rictus grimace and then screams her throat out (accompanied by a sound effect of sizzling as the fluid burns into her). The villain then pours the rest of the fluid down Miss F’s throat. Miss F goes (beautifully!) Into a series of twitches and paroxysms before passing out.
I said I found some things here beautifully ironic. Miss F’s grimace and screams when she’s exposed to the fluid reminded me of Bluebird when Eliza put her to the whip in ‘The Grudge’ and the sequence when Miss F drinks the fluid reminded me of the gruesome alternative ending to that episode. Miss Freedom has finally suffered some of the torture that her in-action put poor Bluebird through and I must admit I took a sadistic pleasure in it.
Talking of alternative endings, the alternative ending of this has Miss Freedom raging at the camera ‘I’m Miss Freedom, I’m MISS FREEDOM!’
I wonder if she’s beginning to suffer the some of the post-traumatic psychosis that affected Bluebird? Now that really would be a delicious irony.
I’m very happy with this release, it doesn’t advance the story line really but I’m sure we’ll see more of that as the year goes on.0
I’m joining the chorus of people below in saying that this was good. Outside of the championship, I think this is my favorite Miss Freedom video to date. And it’s a good video mostly because Miss Freedom was just outstanding when she was on the receiving end of all the punishment.
Before I get into the fight itself I’m going to state that I really love the change in costume. I think it does a much better job of showing off Miss Freedom’s attractive figure than her normal skirt attire. And does she ever have some legs on her. A bit of selfish of me but *silently whispers* I hope this can be her main costume from now on. It fits her so well I find and probably partially why I liked this video so much.
When it comes to the peril, Miss Freedom was great. The actress really knows how to put on a show for all of us to enjoy. But not for nothing, this has always been the case. In nearly every release, she’s been putting on great performances and this is no exception. Her expressions are wonderful to watch in just about every situation Miss Freedom was subject to. Whether that’s being punched in the face, or being squeezed in crushing bearhugs, or being dragged off the floor by her hair or being choked or having radioactive liquid poured on her body, her expressions alone would probably be enough to sell the peril. But then she has awesome vocals to go with them too. Christ her vocals are great. Her cries of pain seem to match perfectly with whatever peril she’s in and she delivers them with such great variation. If you were to close your eyes, you would be able to hear the difference between her being punched in the face, kicked in the stomach, squeezed in a bearhug or just being burnt by radioactive slime.
Best thing about the peril is how consistent she is. I would say for 95% of the time it was a wonderful sight seeing her being punished and generally humiliated. The only time when it wasn’t was when the villain places her in that cross face hold while the heroine was unconscious. Since Miss Freedom was knocked out she had no reactions to this. Neither facial nor vocal. Of course that’s the not the actresses’ fault but rather the fault of the fight.
Miss Freedom isn’t just punching bag in this video though. She has surprise burst of offense every now and then, skillfully kicking the benefactors ass with a nice variety of punches and kicks. That moment does a nice job of both mixing up the action while also showing that Miss Freedom is more than capable of handling herself. Unfortunately, before things get too out of hand, Miss Freedom is weakened and the demolition of the once mighty heroine continues.
The fight itself was good. It’s a slower paced, methodical destruction of the heroine with brief comebacks interspersed to keep things fresh and moving. There’s a lot of stuff that’s on offer here but as with so many NGC releases, the best thing about the fight is how it all connects together. How’s it’s all smooth and how the camera allows you to not only easily follow the fight but enjoy all the reactions to just about everything. And with the actress doing a great job of selling all the hits, chokes, stomps, backbreaker and more, there were many moments that I personally found enjoyable and will re-watch for a time. My only thing about the fight—and it’s a minor one—was that at least once, maybe twice, the pace of the punishment against Miss Freedom picked up a bit. A couple quick strikes in succession. Push the heroine around a little. Things of that nature. But that’s a wish list item. Not a knock against the fight itself which was good.
Now usually there’s a moveset or two that stands out but what I found to be the best thing was when the villain forced Miss Freedom to drink that radioactive liquid. I’m usually not into special peril stuff so for me to give this the top spot of best peril moment, despite there being bearhugs, stomps, backbreaker, hair pulling and much more, gives you an indication of how great Miss Freedom performed this. It was fantastic seeing Miss Freedom literally convulse while she was forced to the drink the substance, while choking a bit. And then for the convulsing to continue while she’s on the ground before passing out was fantastic. Also, that was a great shot we were treated to of Miss Freedom shaking while on her side. Those legs she has are a treat.
Now this video is good. Hell, maybe it’s even great but the main reason I can’t say it was great is a personal one. I just have so little affection for the character Miss Freedom. I joke all the time about hating the character but that not really true. I’m more ambivalent towards her at this point. For whatever reason I just don’t find the character all that personable. Too much negativity has been baked into the character’s personality for me to actually have the desire of seeing her defeated. And that is a crying shame because if I’m 100% honest, as far as it comes to selling peril, she’s a top tier performer. Top 5 in the NGC cast for sure and this video is a clear and present example of her talent. It’s just that more often than not her stuff misses for me because I don’t like the character.
But even with my negative bias at play, I can still confidently say that Miss Freedom gave a really enjoyable performance that’s going right into the favorite folder for repeat viewings. So with me liking this I’m sure there’s tons of others who would think this is great bordering on fantastic.0
Very interesting comments there Darkwrath. It’s fascinating to see how this stuff affects others.
I guess I’m sort of adjacent to your feelings about Miss Freedom; I really don’t like her at all but I do enjoy seeing her defeated and humiliated. I don’t think she’s come anywhere near close enough to atoning for the things she’s done. She left Bluebird to be tortured and abused by Eliza and the Dark-hearts and she’s ultimately responsible for that poor girl’s death. She should have been a mentor to Bluebird, possibly even a mother figure but instead she threw her to the wolves. My ‘wish’ for Miss Freedom is to hear her say that she’s sorry for what she allowed to happen to Bluebird (and others!) but I don’t believe that she ever will; with her hubris she probably feels justified in her actions.
Rob Hinx, news at 10 😉0
Well first of all I don’t think Bluebird is dead. I think if you piece together what Sister Fate has said in story 6 and story 14, it’s clear (at least to me) that she’s talking about Bluebird.
Secondly, I guess I’m different. If I don’t like a character or care about them it’s hard for me to enjoy seeing them defeat. Kinda strange I know but then so is this genre.0
Yes you’re right, although I think the ‘Bluebird’ that Sister Fate is referring to is the one from the 2020/Broken Wings continuity although are still some unanswered questions regarding that.
We all come at this genre from different angles, that’s one of the things that makes talking about it so interesting.0
Next Global Crisis used to reveal the names of their performers, but after some of the actresses reportedly received a bit of unwanted attention, they stopped doing so. Since then, long time fans have (in my experience) refrained from referring to them by name in forums like this.
According to accounts, at least one actress stopped working with NGC as a result of such attention, so we’re just acting in our own interest. If we want a better chance that our favorites will keep making these videos, we’re better off not putting their names out there.0
To be clear, when I say actresses received “a bit” of unwanted attention, I don’t mean to diminish that. The acceptable amount of unwanted attention actresses should receive from fans like us is “zero.” I just meant to say that, based on what I heard, it wasn’t a lot of fans misbehaving, just a few. “A few” is too many, but I also didn’t want to imply that this community is overwhelmed with people who lack propriety.0
Thanks very much. Glad that you enjoyed it. The talk of ‘re-match’ was meant to come with question marks because as you suggest, it isn’t really.0
Glad you were pleasantly surprised. I really enjoy making these kinds of things, we are re-ordering what we offer a fair bit this year with some significant changes and I hope you will be on board with what we have planned. The neither fish nor fowl comment resonates particularly.0
Thanks for the fair review. I don’t think you are a contrarian, please keep in mind that the 3-5 people who comment, occasionally in multiple cases, aren’t always representative of all buyers. Many of whom don’t visit this site at all. I’m pleased you broadly enjoyed it.
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OUT NOW! Celestia and The Dominator go at it in the ring and you chose the winner! http://ngcchampionship.com0
That’s up to you. If you are passing because you feel we weren’t being safe then I can promise that was not the case. The truth is Celestia is the 5th pregnancy we’ve had in almost 10 years, it is simply that the others weren’t noticeable.
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Somebody didn’t get ‘Bid for Capture’.0
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