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Jack's Playground 30

Studio: Digital Playground » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 4/11/06

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Jack's Playground 30

Digital Playground

Genre: Comedy, Gonzo

Director: Robby D.

Cast: Taryn Thomas, Marco Duato, Jelena Jensen, Rita Faltoyano, Scott Nails, Renee Richards, Chris Charming, Marlena, Jenaveve Jolie
Non-sex or cameo appearances only: Paola Rey, Mick Blue, Montel, Robby D.

Length: 100.5 minutes

Date of Production: 3/20/2005

Extras: The extras were the standard package including a photogallery, a slide show, and trailers to shows like Jesse Jane: All American Girl, My First Porn, Pirates, Way of the Dragon, Teen America: 13, Teen America: 12, Teen America: 11, Teen America: 5, Teen America: 4, Rush, Loaded, Jack's Playground: 29, Jack's Playground: 28, Jack's Playground: 10, Jack's Playground: 5, Story of J, Island Fever, Virtual Sex: Teagan Presley, Virtual Sex: Jesse Jane, Virtual Sex: Nikki Hunter, and the funny promotional commercial for the entire Jack's Playground series made awhile back was okay by me.

Condoms: None

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Audio/Video Quality: Jack's Playground 30 was presented in 1.85:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen as shot by Robby D. for release by Digital Playground. This was shot with at least as much care as most volumes of the series, using more light and reducing the grain considerably in many cases to some of the few weaker volumes in the series. This held true for the video noise and other visual matters although I know Robby tends to add those to instill a sense of gonzo and texture to the series. Without resorting to listing the hardly noticeable visual elements that didn't work 100%, suffice it to say that some scenes were incredibly well handled and the others were still above average (and that says a lot considering Robby's credentials in camera work). The fleshtones were accurate and I saw no compression artifacts so even the DVD mastering was on par with the usual Digital Playground treatment. The 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound was pretty good but it was also apparent that the vocals were recorded in monaural and the track processed later to provide the 5.1 so don't think you're going to showcase your home theatre set up with this one any more than you would with a typical gonzo production made elsewhere. The vocals were typically easy to hear (with a few exceptions) and the special effects were cut way back this time to allow the action to speak for itself.

Body of Review: Robby D. is one of those curious guys that makes you wonder about porn at times. His ability to shoot guerrilla styled porn better than most of his peers under a variety of circumstances is well known, as is the supporting production crew he relies on so much (Joey Pulgadas and Nick P.) Given Robby's busy schedule, it would've been easy for him to abandon his longest running series to date, Jack's Playground, that has spun off so many others in recent years but it still remains the mainstay of the batch. Today's review is of his latest adventure in the Jack's Playground series called Jack's Playground 30, where Robby once again offers up a fine selection of non-contract stars for your approval. If you've enjoyed the sex of the past volumes, you'll like this one too although the comedy was once again a bit lighter than average. Here's a quick breakdown of the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used:

Scene One: Taryn Thomas, one of the hottest looking brunettes in porn, was up first as she showed off her body to Marco Duato on the couch. This wasn't the standard Jack couch either but the new improved one in the house, putting her in the mood to suck his dick when he sang a few notes (an ongoing theme now). Taryn's one of the better new gals when it comes to cocksucking, so it came as no surprise that she worked him over with a level of vigor usually seen only but a handful of ladies (and perhaps guys) in porn. He gave her a couple licks and was soon boning her pussy from behind as she taunted him to hit her box harder. When she rode him in reverse cowgirl, she was active and focused on the task at hand, having forgotten about making the music video she initially whined about. After a few more positions, she coaxed a load out of his pipe, soon to be kicked out of the house.

Scene Two: Jelena Jensen, the hotty featured on the right hand side of the front DVD cover, was up next in one of the infamous solo scenes of the series. Dressed in the tight red panties and holding a multi-colored lollipop, she teased the camera without saying a word. Given the way she was grabbing herself and rubbing all over, I'm sure she knew what effect it had on males but it sparked some wood on me (even though she did eventually speak out slightly). The lollipop came in handy on her breasts too.

Scene Three: Rita Faltoyano, the famous starlet seen on the middle of the front DVD cover, was up next as she stripped out of her neon green top and blue jean shorts to go swimming. Scott Nails joined her at Jack's insistence, leading to the cold water injury known as "frozen ball-itis". She felt bad so she warmed him up by sucking on his cock, working his shaft over using her mouth and two hands, rubbing his shaft all over her body in the process. The manner in which she did it was such that it was almost as if she were praying, until she started playfully making noises with his meat pipe. They screwed vaginally in a few positions, but she was too much for him to last, so he popped off on her chest and she cleaned off in the pool. Rita is always welcome in a porn scene to me. Yum!

Scene Four: Renee Richards, a British gal playing the Baby Grand piano (well, sort of), was up next wearing a tube top, matching skirt, and stripper shoes with leopard print stockings in a scene with Chris Charming. After asking what he needed, the scene cut away to her blowing Chris' large member as if she were a virtuoso of the skin flute, sucking his balls and teasingly running her tongue up and down his shaft. She may not have been the prettiest gal of the show but she knew what she was doing orally, leading to him tapping into her pussy with the now-erect cock. She was another one who became increasingly active when she rode on top of his lap, making noises like he was the biggest thing since world war three (though the sound loop added in was hilarious when the couple stopped boning for a moment). The doggy position proved to be too much for him and he popped all over her face and chest, giving her the "glazed donut" look per Jack.

Scene Five: Marlena, another gal looking very enticing as she sat pantiless on top of a glass table top, was up in the second solo scene of the volume. The way she got goosebumps by playing with her breasts was hot just as the coochie-cam shots under the table made her look special. Her sucking on a straw was a nice metaphor for what every straight guy watching the scene will want and the milk on breast action, while weird, was definitely welcome.

Scene Six: Jenaveve Jolie, the gal on the left hand side of the front DVD cover, was up last and those who've watched the show in the past know how great she is in action. She joined Jack and Scott Nails as they watched a DVD on the TV (it was fear.com), which led to a couple of funny moments where Scott lied about how much he liked the movie to get into Jenaveve's good graces. As she watched the movie, Jack pulled her pants down, showing off her perfect ass (with the humor being how oblivious she was to his actions). It was a fun scene given the context of the situation (note to self: pick up a copy of fear.com) but ultimately, the sex was the important part and her oral skills were much appreciated after the build up given the action. Jenaveve's always a gal you can count on for a good scene (which is why she has been in so many movies) and Scott did a decent impersonation of having a mustache. As Jenaveve said, he had a "big fucking dick" and he was barely inside her at the time, working it in more and more as time progressed. The sex parts didn't last as long as the tease parts though he rubbed out a load onto her that old "sure shot" couldn't get all on her face. It wasn't her best scene but even her worst scene is better than average with this one offering up some extra good tease.

Summary: Jack's Playground 30 was a fairly good offering in the series, warranting a rating of Recommended but falling far short of the next level for a host of reasons. The technical matters were handled well enough and the ladies were generally decent selections but some of the scenes seemed too short and the running time paled compared to some of the latest offerings on the market. The special effects and comedy were also kind of light and that being the trademark of the series, it seemed less filling than usual. Still, it could be said that Jack's Playground 30 was a return to the roots of the series and the focus on the sex once more is encouraging to those of us who know just what Robby can offer. Give it a look and I think you'll know why I like the series, although with two solo scenes, the number of gals working the bone was on the light side once again.

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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