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Nina Hartley's Guide to Masturbation

Studio: Adam & Eve » Review by Chris Knight » Review Date: 10/19/04

XCritic's Advice: Watch On Demand

Ernest Greene
CAST: Nina Hartley, Layla Jade, Lezley Zen, Mario Rossi

The Main Event
Nina Hartley may be very respected and very experienced, but she's also reached that creepy point that an older woman reaches if she stays in porn. With her sagging breasts and aged face, Hartley's far from sexy, but she has plenty of good information. Unfortunately, she also has a heavy lisp which distracts from what she's saying.

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The disc kicks off with a rather straight-laced discussion of masturbation between Hartley and Layla Jade. The main concepts and ideas are covered, while plenty of personal insight is shared by the two women. Anyone new to the series might be shocked by the academic feel of the disc, but it's actually quite interesting.
[Nina Hartley, Layla Jade | N/A | N/A | Condoms: N/A | ]

With the talking done, the two ladies strip down, and demonstrate several concepts in masturbation. Layla does most of the showing, with some help from Nina, as they play with her pussy to illustrate the ideas. The director uses plenty of close-ups to make sure nothing is missed. Manual stimulation, sex toys, clit pumping and a motorized ramming device all come into play during their explorations. Though more clinical than you may expect, there's still some fun being had.
[Nina Hartley, Layla Jade | Masturbation, Toyplay | N/A | Condoms: N/A | ]

Masturbation is the theme of the traditional porn scene included in this feature, as Lezley and Mario try to get each other off without intercourse. Toys, fingers and feet all become very important, in order to get this duo off. The "sex" is very hot, as they battle their own personal obstacles in order to become sexually fulfulled. As it should be, both participants looks very happy with the results.
[Lezley Zen, Mario Rossi | Oral (F/M), Toyplay, Footplay, Facial | 69 | Condoms: No | ]


Nothing wrong here that a little focusing wouldn't fix. The feature looks soft at times, but recovers well in the third segent, which looks the best. The sound is OK, but doesn't test receivers in any way, with some light music beds.


A very "serious" interview with Hartley about masturbation is the biggest bonus here, clocking in at just under 16 minutes. Conducted by an off-screen interviewer, the interview covers plenty of areas in regard to manual pleasure. This one's for those seriously interested in the subject. There is also a 10-minute bonus scene featuring Kylie Ireland and Joel Lawrence in a kitchen. It's a decent clinch, and a nice addition to the disc. Perhaps a masturbation scene would have made more sense though, right? A gallery, web info and trailers fill out the DVD.

Concluding Words

If you can get past Hartley's physical age, the DVD is an interestingly informative disc, one that could easily help a few sufferers out there. It could also serve as a couples disc for when you want to get a fire started. Give it a rent before you buy though, as the audience wanting to know how to masturbate may not enjoy the entire disc.

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