Extras: There were no extras included in order to save the space for the various clips used for the main event.
Audio/Video Quality: Virtual Sex With Sophia Santi was presented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen color as shot by director Joone for Digital Playground. The lighting was somewhat muted this time in an apparent effort to enhance Sophia's look that the harsh lights of most virtual sex releases would not handle as well. Personally, I prefer the harsher lights since they allow for the viewer to see every nook and cranny of the gal with crystal clarity but that's a notion that not everyone agrees with (I think Sophia's hot enough to pull it off under both circumstances too). As a result, the picture wasn't as sharp as some of the competing volumes in this line but the black backdrop of the sex portions and firewall background of the "stories" portion looked decent enough to convey the sense of heat that Sophia is capable of offering. There were no compression artifacts and the clips were advertised as being shot on HD (high definition) so perhaps future releases will enhance the visual portions of the movie. The audio was presented in the usual 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround stereo in English. I could hear everything she said and the music in the background of a few sections (tease and stories) was generic enough. There were a couple of spots when selecting a different type of action of the naughty versus nice feature caused the volume to drop off considerably but the general impression I got here was favorable. For the record though, there was little separation between the channels and limited dynamic range but since the vocals all came from a single source (Sophia), there probably wasn't a lot that could've changed that fact.
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Body of Review: One of the most popular sub-genre's in porn these days is the point of view (POV) offering where the illusion of the gal in the sex scene having sex with the home viewer is elevated through the use of the camera work (providing the mind's eye of the action). Most companies have been offering at least a few such titles, even Digital Playground with the recent release of Jack's POV, where director Robby D. shows the world how it's done right. In a variation of the theme, there are two companies that rose to the top of the market in the related virtual sex genre; Digital Playground and Digital Sin (with some others trying to jump in such as Anarchy Films). Each offered up a different way of looking at the subject with the same basic format taking hold and lasting even today, years later, of having a single gal do a variety of acts on camera. This was likened to the popular videogame experience where you were allowed to follow an adventure with some limited choices of action (often called a "rail" game since you were confined to what amounted to a set of tracks with various forks in the road). Today's review is on the latest effort by director Joone (he wasn't credited but it looked like his established works in the field), with the release of Virtual Sex With Sophia Santi.
If you've watched these type of DVDs in the past, you'll know that they have ranged from the technically awesome My Plaything Jenna Jameson 2 to the career making Virtual Playground Jesse Jane. I haven't seen all of the titles from the companies but these two serve as excellent examples of the genre and fans of the ladies will appreciate them both. The last volume of Digital Playground's series I checked out was Virtual Sex with Teagan Presley, showcasing that young hotty like never before. For her part, the exotic Sophia reminded me of a younger, hotter version of a former contract star for the company, and fans of her lesbian antics onscreen will likely appreciate her entry into the genre. That said, here's what the back DVD cover said of this volume in the series:
"Virtual Sex With Sophia Santi is part of Digital Playground's best selling, interactive DVD series. With virtual sex you can control this amazing Penthouse Pet, Sophia Santi, in one of her hardest and most revealing productions to date. Experience first hand, all the lust and desire of having sex with one of the most beautiful women in the world.
Interact with Sophia using your DVD Remote! You choose her sexual positions, fuck her doggy style or missionary. Have her ride you in regular or reverse cowgirl. You can even have her suck your cock. You choose pussy or titty sex. You choose the camera angles too. You can make Sophia sweet and innocent or kinky and nasty. You can rub her perfect titties, massage her ass, finger fuck her, use a vibrator or eat her delicious pussy. You can even make her cum at the push of a button and decide where you want your own load to land. She'll take it anywhere you want it. You are the master. Ask her to tell you her wildest sex stories. Enter Sophia's world where FantaVR allows you to control this gorgeous sexual animal and enjoy her countless times. Virtual Sex With Sophia Santi is one of the most advanced cyber sex simulators to date!"
Here's a brief look at the types of action offered up, noting that the loops for each option could've been longer (always the case for me):
1) Strip: Sophia does a limited hip grinding dance to generic music as she talks dirty and plays with herself in a skimpy outfit consisting of red & black bra and panties.
2) Stories: Sophia shakes her curvy body to a more upbeat tempo while a voice over talks about some of her fantasies.
3) Foreplay: Sophia offers up her body for four major types of action:
c) Titty Massage
d) Ass Massage
This was accompanied by Sophia having a spot where she gets oral or has an orgasm. The main weakness of this section is that the attempt to keep the identity of the lady partner a secret led to no actual oral taking place on Sophia's lovely pussy. As with other volumes in the series, you could change the dynamic of the action by selecting the "naughty" button, causing Sophia to talk dirtier if you like. There were also the two camera angles that were shot at the same time in order to offer true multi-angle visuals. In all, a nice selection of loops to select from for fans of the gal.
4) Sex: Sophia gets the hammered from the anonymous female with a strap on dildo. I know some of you are going to complain that you don't want a vegetarian scene but considering that's the only type of sex she has at the moment (on camera at least), this should really come across as no surprise. Okay, the main acts here were:
d) Reverse Cowgirl
e) Titty Fucking
There was the general option of naughty or nice again and a pop shot button so you could shoot the gal's load at your command. I know that the fake pop shots are the biggest point of contention in the genre. Considering how the sex in this volume takes place with a dildo, a "real" pop shot seems kind of wrong but I have to admit that the pop shot was okay this time since it used something to simulate real semen over the lame CGI pop shots used in the past. In all, this was a nice selection of choices and as much as I'd rather Sophia be with a man, perhaps even a real life partner whose identity was not disclosed, I'm enough of a fan of lesbian action to get into this one too.
Summary: Virtual Sex With Sophia Santi was a title that you'll either love or hate with little middle ground to speak of. Fans of the virtual sex genre and of the lovely Sophia Santi will probably think a rating of Recommended as being too low just detractors of the genre will think I'm being too generous. The bottom line for me is that if you like the star in question, you'll like seeing her in action this way and controlling her image to the point where you can more readily fantasize about her having sex with you. At some point in time, I'd love to see Jesse Jane make a follow up volume as Jenna did, complete with a bonus DVD of extras and maybe even some new options, but this'll hold me over until that time comes around quite well. In all then, a quick look at the picture on the front DVD cover will tell you whether or not you'd be interested in playing the virtual sex game with this young gal, though the lighting makes her look a bit too much like Tera Patrick for my tastes. Sophia's performances to date have shown tremendous potential for fans of lesbian and solo action, and this should serve as the icing on the cake for those as infatuated with her as a couple of my pals.
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