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P-P-P-Porn?!: The Eva-lution of Eva Angelina
by L. Pete Morton

Rarely does a porn babe spring fully-formed into our consciousness. For every woman who manages to get a nice contract from the outset of her career and begins her work in attention-catching, eye-opening, big-budget porn extravaganzas, there are dozens of girls who put in their time in the trenches, if you know what I mean. Most of these girls just do a few scenes and go back to waitressing or bikini modeling or whatever, but a few keep plugging away, if you know what I mean, and go from blue collar success story to a true porn star who pulled herself up by the bootstraps, if you know what I mean.

Perhaps emblematic of this latter type of girl is Eva Angelina, who I’ve covered before because of her starring role in one of 2007’s best and one of porn history’s most ambitious titles, Upload. Now gonzo studio Shane’s World brings us a collection of Eva scenes from the beginning of her career to the present, about five years total, in Evalution. Eva has not, to my knowledge, ever locked herself down in a contract with a single studio, yet she has consistently done work for Shane’s World. Eva is one of the hardest working women in adult, to be sure, and seeing her progression from enthusiastic amateur to polished performer is a lot of fun.

Now, normally I’m not a big fan of compilation discs, much as I’m not a fan of greatest hits collections from bands I like. If the music is worth having, you don’t want just a collection of hastily-packaged radio hits, right? But for the casual fan, comps cam be a great way to go, and in porn they can be a nice way to celebrate a performer and allow genuine reflection on how a career has progressed. Since Eva Angelina recently announced a sabbatical due to pregnancy, Evalution is a perfectly timed release by the studio.

The film itself is curiously put together, though chronological. The weird thing is the “bonus scenes” on the second disc. Bonus scenes are a fairly regular component on any porn disc, but I don’t understand why they weren’t just considered part of the film, anyway, as they are not of lesser quality than the scenes that are on the first disc and they all star Eva. All told, there’s a girl/girl scene (with Lisa Marie) and then plenty of hetero action. Some of these scenes were the very first scenes Eva ever performed, and one is her first scene post-boob job, so if nothing else the historical value is high.

A lot of your enthusiasm for this disc will depends on if you enjoy busty Latina brunettes who often wear glasses, but whether or not Eva is your type, she has truly worked, in a variety of positions, to be one of the most reliable and enjoyable actresses in porn today. Evalaution is a testament to that.

2008 has been a breakout year for this young woman, from her acting awards for Upload to being named 2008 “Empire Girl” for adult retailer Adult DVD Empire. Personally, I wish Eva a safe and healthy pregnancy, and if she chooses to return to adult entertainment, as she has said she will, hers will be a comeback worth noting and celebrating. If you know what I mean.


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