Extra's: The best extra by far was the 9 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Stevie. There was a lot of sex and a little bit of interview footage (a good mix by most standards). There was also a slide show and some trailers to go with the spam but they weren't really all that great in terms of adding value.
Audio/Video Quality: Masturbation Mania was presented in the usual 1.33:1 ratio full frame color that it was shot in by Clive McLean. Most of the minimalist scenes were clear and had little video noise or grain due to decent lighting. The set ups were simple and that made the scenes easy to handle without the usual problems associated with porn. The audio was presented in stereo English with minimal separation and dynamic range, all too often pushing the music mix too high over the vocal moaning.
Body of Review: In recent years, masturbation movies have become more commonly available, something that surprises me in this day and age of circus act sex. Shows like Hand Solo, proving the viability of the genre, it's no surprise that companies like Hustler would jump on the bandwagon and release Masturbation Mania in order to cash in on the craze. While it also had a lesbian scene to open the show and one other later on (neither was bad either); most of the action was solo oriented. If you want to see such stuff, you could do far worse than this one and here's a breakdown of those scenes by cast:
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Scene One: Cytherea, the well known "squirt" queen (on the lower left hand side of the front DVD cover) and Tiana, a lean, attractive brunette, shared the first scene. Already, the movie deviated from advertised premise by showing a lesbian scene. I like such scenes but I'd have rather seen them separately this time. In any case, they did all the usual licking and sticking (toy play) with Cytherea doing her urinating trick for the camera.
Scene Two: Randi, the curvy brunette on the upper left hand side of the front DVD cover, was up next as she laid back on her bed and went at it. I actually thought this scene was better as it started off slower and spent some time warming up. Like most of the scenes, it had PTM (pussy to mouth) and wasn't bad.
Scene Three: Tara, a gal with light brown hair and large implants, got off in a wicker chair using her hand. I would've liked it better if she had smiled once in a while but she was obviously familiar with frigging herself. She showed potential but the scene ended too soon for my tastes.
Scene Four: Erin, the lead gal on the front DVD cover (the one on the right side), began by rubbing her panties on a couch outside. To be straight forward, I didn't understand why she got the best spot on the front cover since she's arguably the plainest gal in the movie but I suppose the freshness factor might've won out over the talent I prefer to see. It seemed like the longest scene of the bunch and she did use a vibrator but it wasn't the best of the batch.
Scene Five: Kimberly, a blonde with an attractive smile that was seen on the front DVD cover on the second spot from the bottom on the left hand side. Her scene took place in a rustic cabin of sorts and was warm by virtue of her sultry attitude more than anything else. At times, she seemed to really get into it and make love to the camera; capturing the essence of what I wanted to see in the movie.
Scene Six: Kami, a curvy brunette with a slightly hardened face but great legs, was up next outside on a blanket. It was a short scene and her potential wasn't met so I didn't like the action.
Scene Seven: Nautica, the hotty on the front cover in the second spot from the top on the left hand side, has made a lot of fans over the last few years because of her great performances. This one was no exception as she used a glass dildo to get sweaty and I'd have licked it clean if given a chance. It's not usual to see a standing masturbation scene (although she moved to a couch afterwards) and hers rocked (hard!).
Scene Eight: Audrey, the kinky redhead that looked a lot like a character from the later seasons of Farscape, jerked herself off on a bed, initially with her clothes on but she stripped them off after warming up. She also used a glass dildo but it wasn't as well done as Nautica's action. Fans might like that she did a technical anal scene here with the toy but it wasn't all that if you catch my meaning.
Scene Nine: Jada, a chunky black gal with huge areolas, was up next in a bedroom scene. I've seen her do much better in other scenes but even then; I'm not attracted to her so I was glad the scene was short.
Scene Ten: Haley, a lean gal with a decent face and nice curves, was up next in a shower scene that allowed her to clean every nook and cranny while the water streamed down her body. She's done some good work of late and I liked her a lot here too. She was soon joined by Aspen and the two had a good scene. It looked like Aspen has been trying to shed some of her baby fat and looked good as a result.
Scene Eleven: Celeste, an interestingly attractive brunette, was up next on a bed. She looked really good as she warmed up and got off, making me want to see a lot more of her.
Scene Twelve: Cameron, a curvy blonde with a sweet ass, was up next as she stripped outside. I didn't like her implants and the action was kind of limited in terms of heat for me but I'm sure she'll make a killing as a featured dancer on the strip club circuit.
Scene Thirteen: Amber, another okay blonde, was up next as she laid a blanket down on the ground by some scenic mountains. She had some extra time in the BTS feature and I'm betting Hustler thinks she'll be the next big thing. Her scene here was slow and she seemed ill at ease but some people will enjoy it on that basis alone.
Summary: Masturbation Mania is worth a rating of Recommended if you're in the market for a masturbation movie with a lot of fuck for the buck (or maybe that's "bang" for the buck given that no one was fucking in the movie). Anyway, many of the gals were attractive or better and several turned in solid solo performances so if that's what you want to see, check it out. The technical values were solid and I can see where sales will determine if this will become Hustler's next series.
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.
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