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Hand Solo

Studio: Platinum X Pictures » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 10/3/04

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Hand Solo

Platinum X Pictures/Sean Michaels Productions Int'l

Genre: Masturbation

Director: Sean Michaels

Cast: Jayna Oso, Vanessa Blue, Summer Lynn, Lucy Lee, Lani Lei, Cole Connors, Ice La Fox, Alex Divine, Chanel Chavez, Teagan Presley

Length: 139.5 minutes

Date of Production: 5/4/2004

Extra's: My favorite extra on the DVD was a Behind the Scenes feature that lasted over 36 minutes. It spent some time introducing most of the cast in an interview format that allowed them to talk about themselves a bit. I like hearing something different during the interviews as it makes the production seem more tailored to the audience. The other extras included some trailers and a photogallery but I'm not really impressed with such things since they almost always seem thrown on at the last minute and add little value for me.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: The picture was presented in the usual 1.33:1 ratio full frame color, as all of PXP's movies have been. The lighting was not the best here and that introduced some shadows as well as grain but my overall impression is that the show was about what I expected on a technical level. The audio was presented in the usual stereo English with minimal separation and dynamic range but good enough that you could hear some background noises and the commentary by Sean and/or his cameraman was distracting to me. For me, I enjoy seeing the gals get off with minimal interference so future outings had better be focused more on the gals and less on the ego (keeping in mind that I like Sean but at times he loses focus).

Body of Review: Sean Michaels is an African-American success story. As a black man in a business known for closing doors, he has overcome a number of difficulties in his quest to find the kind of satisfaction his talent will allow. Essential, rather than remain a meat puppet to be exploited by "The Man", he has continually revised his game plan to offer a new type of porn, one that all men can enjoy, but stay true to his self. Having left his own company not long ago, Sean hooked up with the folks at Platinum X Pictures to further his goal of porn domination. While he hasn't been quite as consistent at displaying his talent behind the camera as I'd like, one example being Butt Lick In Sweethearts, he has turned in some decent movies and also seemed to learn from his mistakes. His latest release is a play on words that takes advantage of the recent Star Wars DVD release, Hand Solo. The movie provides ten women of varying types that all use their fingers and toys to get off in masturbation scenes without any of the parolee males we're used to seeing in porn. This is something of a bold move by Platinum X Pictures since the market seems more interested in chasing extreme sex (as in Riot Sluts) but I think it's a good idea to offer a diverse set of choices given the number of fans out there. If you want to see some of the cutest gals in porn jerk themselves silly, check out the following breakdown of the scenes:

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Scene One: Jayna, the hot looking brunette on the front DVD cover with the sweet looking ass, started out the show as she teased the camera in her skimpy blue outfit. Her heat level was nearly off the scale as she used some of the largest toys of the show in her tight pussy and ass. I would've liked to see more of her in the BTS feature but she's been all over the place over the last year so I can forgive the slight if she can. Like some of the other scenes, I'd have enjoyed it even more if the cameraman had shut up and let her go at it without his commentary but maybe future volumes will see him gagged (perhaps from one of the larger toys of the show).

Scene Two: Vanessa, a curvy Black gal that took a bit of time off from making porn, had that fishnet thing going for her that I like so much. Like the other gals, she seemed fairly well at ease with pleasuring herself for the camera and this always adds points from my point of view. While not as hot as Jayna, fans of curvy African-American pussy will probably appreciate her playful demeanor as she seemed to get into the action several times during her scene. In her interview, she claimed to be ready to do more on camera so I look forward to seeing what she has to offer if she keeps the warmth up as in this scene.

Scene Three: Summer, a curvy blonde with large, natural breasts had one of the shortest scenes of the show but her way of talking to the camera as she pinched her nipples and otherwise masturbated did enough that I took a couple of looks at this under-rated gal. I liked her more here than in Busty Beauties 10 as she showed her ability to look excited when doing herself by a vibrator yet the scene was so short that I wanted more from it too. She did moan a lot as she talked herself through the action so fans of verbal gals will want to give this one a special look.

Scene Four: Lucy, a very lean Asian gal, was another gal with a short scene. She is another fan favorite and has a Korean heritage to be proud of. I'm not her biggest fan since I don't like gals that look so young and lean but I know many of you appreciate that look and she delivered some solid warmth as she masturbated. Like most of the gals, she licked the toy clean after coming all over it but I didn't think she was given enough time to work her magic here so you'll have to make up your own mind as to how good the scene was (admittedly, she was among the loudest women of the show so add points if you enjoy that type of thing).

Scene Five: Lani, a cute gal with ample breasts, claimed to be from Hawaii. She didn't look Hawaiian but her make up was applied so heavily that you wouldn't be able to tell either way. A surfer, she has learned the fine art of muscular control and tends to put it to good use in her scenes (she also loves interracial). She had more time than most of the others here and I liked how Sean gave her more room to enjoy herself with extra tease footage to compliment the toy action. I hope to see more of her elsewhere in the future although she hasn't been at her best in other movies I've watched (she often gets stuck in niche movies due to her mixed racial heritage).

Scene Six: Cole, a lean little brunette with a nice smile and a stripper mentality, was up next. She claimed to be in porn for two months and I believed her since I hadn't seen much of her before this release. Her scene focused mostly on the youth look than anything else which makes sense since so many fans love that type of thing. She gave the appearance of squirting during her multiple toy scene but most of us realize that this is a code word for urinating (that markets much better) so depending on how much you enjoy the fantasy of the squirt, you'll like her.

Scene Seven: Ice, a lean Latina with straight black hair, braces, and a body made for speed and not for comfort, was up next. I haven't seen a lot of this young gal all that much so she brought something refreshing to the mix. Sean apparently tried to get several types of gals (be it racially different or body type) in the movie in order to broaden it's appeal and Ice was a great choice since she had all the talent of a good solo artist with a fresh look too. After watching her scene, I truly believed that she was into the action and had a lot of experience masturbating (both on and off camera).

Scene Eight: Alex, a cute blonde gal that has been in porn for around a year, seemed to be a bit ill at ease during her scene. Most of the problem derived from the way she was being talked to (following orders isn't a bad thing but it lowers the heat a bit even in the best case scenario) but I didn't think she was hard on the eyes (so to speak). At one point in the scene, she broke free of the constraints by appearing somewhat flushed, as though she was really getting off, which kept her dildo plunging mechanics from boring me. I think she has a lot of potential due to her resemblance to mainstream starlet Reese Witherspoon (any companies wanting to make a porn version of the Legally Blonde series would rake in some dough on this gal) but she needed to act more relaxed during the action here.

Scene Nine: Chanel, another cute Latina with a lean body (too lean on her backside though), provided a lengthy scene of hand solo action. She tends to be more energetic in her porn than she was here but I never got the impression that she was just going through the moves. While slightly uninspired, she was better than several of the other gals in how she built up to the climax rather than blazed right to the orgasm so I figure I can give her a pass this time but overall she left me wanting a lot more than I saw here.

Scene Ten: Teagan, the blazingly hot blonde from Houston, TX, was the last gal on the DVD. Why she wasn't featured on the front DVD is a mystery to me since she was easily the hot name of the movie (admittedly, Jayna was great too though) but saving the best for last has its merits in porn productions. Her all natural breasts and lean body have been driving men wild since the beginning of the year so her inclusion in the movie automatically made it worth checking out. That she has few limits (loving interracial, rough sex, and anal) gives her lots of potential, even as a contract star for another company. She also seemed to get off here and that made it a top notch scene for me as she used various toys on herself. Yum!

Summary: I'm going to rate this one as Recommended due to the way it provided exactly what was advertised and with a host of cuties for all tastes. The Behind the Scenes feature was solid and except for missing the "bonus scene", I think Sean gave the world something worth watching more than once. Jayna and Teagan led the pack here in terms of heat and desirability but most of the others gave some hot moments to enjoy too, making this a good choice for guys wanting to see the gals do themselves.

Note: You can see recent candid shots of several of these performers by visiting: My Photo's and read about their antics at 2004 AEE Show.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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