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Studio: Digital Playground » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 11/22/06

XCritic's Advice: Recommended


Digital Playground

Genre: Erotica

Director: Celeste

Cast: Sophia Santi, Kapri Styles, Faith, Scott Nails, Clara G., Jelena Jensen, Tory Lane, Neveah, Gia Paloma, Marco Banderas/Duato

Length: 108 minutes

Date of Production: 5/27/2006

Extra's: The best extra was the inclusion of an 11 minute long Behind the Scenes feature shot by Scott K. It had a lot of the humorous pop up video styled comments added in as well as Robby and the crew mugging for the camera but I wish there was more (my common refrain; "since it adds value"). It started off with a western theme that had me and a few friends busting out laughing. The anal tutorial was hilarious too but it was a nice addition to the DVD by any standard. The standardized extras were a photogallery, a biography for Sophia Santi, slide show and trailers to movies like Jack's Teen America 16, Jack's Big Ass Show 4, Jack's POV 4, Deeper 3, Cockasian, Jack's Big Tit Show 3, My First Porn 7, Island Fever 4, Peek: Diary of a Voyeur, Jack's Playground 31, Sexual Freak, My First Porn 6, Jack's Teen America 14, Hot Rod For Sinners, Control 3, Deeper 2, POV 3, POV 2, Hard Candy 2, Deeper, Jack's POV, Jack's Big Ass Show 3, My First Porn 4, Pirates, Island Fever, Jack's Big Tit Show 2, Porcelain, Teen America 13 and numerous trailers to their Virtual Sex line including Virtual Sex with Sophia Santi, Virtual Sex with Teagan Presley, Virtual Sex with Jesse Jane, and Virtual Sex with Nikki Tyler.

Condoms: None

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Audio/Video Quality: Tryst was presented in the same 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen color it was shot in by Director of Photography Robby D. for conceptual director Celeste to be released by Digital Playground. In terms of lighting and sheer quality of picture, the movie was looking about as solid as anything shot for the company in HD (at least in the "Celeste style") with the scenes all being distinctively captured in slightly different variations as Celeste likes to have Robby D. do for her. The lighting again varied too much to nail it down to a particular style but suffice it to say that the female eroticism Celeste sought to achieve was in full bloom in all the scenes (as always). There was no unintentional grain or video noise observed, I saw no compression artifacts, and the composition of the scenes was such that all the gals were made to look fantastic. There was a tendency to over light the scenes (to the point of some harshness) this time but each scene was different to some extent in terms of the technical aspects. Celeste's slow motion, heavily edited visuals (this time credited to Nick) and other special effects were also used a lot so make no mistake about it; this was another "love it or hate it" style of photography. It was a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround track and had some decent separation and dynamic range, with the various selections providing a nice aural setting for the visuals in the location it was shot in. The down side was, as always, the lack of a vocal track to enhance the scenes via aural communication. The music may have been excellent (this time left uncredited though at least a few of the tracks had Joey Pulgadas written all over them) but like the visuals, a bit of variety in the use of vocals might've been a nice change of pace too.

Body of Review: Sophia Santi is currently one of the hottest looking contract gals in the porn industry, having changed her name from Natalia Cruz to work for one of the flagship companies of the time, Digital Playground. Currently, she only does women in her scenes and her work at Penthouse aside, she is destined to draw huge crowds thanks to her growing body of work that emphasizes her looks and sensual appeal. Her next project to be released is an erotic journey by director Celeste called Tryst; a series of scenes that almost all star the lovely brunette as she tries out numerous personas. My early look at the title confirmed what I already suspected in terms of the technical matters (see above) but given the strengths Sophia possesses, she is one of the few ladies in porn that can almost pull off the stylish, perhaps romantic, angle that the director shoots for. This is not a backhanded compliment since fans either love or hate the manner in which said movies are shot but it's fair to note that Sophia is still cock shy, slowly evolving into the possibility by handling dildos and vibrators as though they were the real thing; giving us all hope. If you're still interested, and her fans should be, here's a quick look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used in the movie:

Scene One: Sophia Santi, the hotty on the left hand side of the front DVD cover, was up first in a weird little look using some color effects much like those used in mainstream flick Sin City with lean black gal Kapri Styles. Sophia was the dominant partner here, fingering, licking, and using a toy on Kapri's ass (funny bit in the BTS about that too). Watching Kapri's ass cheeks shake was cool except that it was in slow motion and done to some jazzy music that I'm not into. Kapri licked the toy clean and reversed the roles a little, using a clear dildo on Sophia's tasty little cookie as she ate it too. I'll admit it was erotic and Sophia can't look bad under any circumstances by my viewing of it with a female friend sitting on my lap (that really likes the Celeste style by the way) sure improved the quality of the action for me more then the scene itself would have alone.

Scene Two: Sophia Santi, lying in a plain bed, had a dreamy sequence with a dildo in her skimpy outfit next. The dildo was attached to a torso styled framework, teasing the camera as she slowly sucked and licked it as though she had changed her dynamic to include men. This actually worked better for me since the combination of tease, camera work, and hint of things to come (a variation of tease admittedly) was what I think "Celeste" was going for. When Sophia rode the dildo actively; watching her ass cheeks ripple was a sight for sore eyes and I reiterate that she can stay at my place any time she's in town. Yum!

Scene Three: Faith, a very appealing brunette with some beautiful eyes and affine figure, was up next with Sophia Santi, and Scott Nails. While I wanted him to have Sophia almost as much as he did, Faith handled all of his needs as one would expect. Sophia was more than just eye candy though; her outfit barely clung to her perfect body and as much as she tried to act disinterested, she couldn't look away for long as her breathing rate increased and her nipples stood erect as a result of the pair going at it beside her on the couch. Faith gave a fine hummer and rode his cock okay, causing Sophia to leave (probably to masturbate in the next room) before the facial was launched on Faith. The effect used on her face was not something I'd like to see a lot of but it did make the scene come across as almost surreal, an erotic trick Robby has used a few times in the past.

Scene Four: Clara G., a light haired lass with a nice body, was up next as the submissive plaything of a masked dominatrix we know as Sophia Santi. Clara's large. All natural breasts were fetching and Sophia went down on the lady in such a way that I got the impression both ladies were happy. They switched roles to have Clara wearing a strap on dildo to pleasure Sophia with next; a lot of work for a gal that doesn't do men on camera. In any case, it proved that Sophia has a command of the basic skills needed to succeed in mainstream porn as she sucked it gingerly before the active ride. Sadly, the scene ended far too soon to see how it could have turned out.

Scene Five: Jelena Jensen, the gorgeous brunette on the right hand side of the front DVD cover, was up next as she tried to turn on a disinterested Sophia Santi in a chair with her fine breasts. If those wouldn't wake the dead, nothing would but it added yet another variation on the artistic play of the themes employed here. I'd like to see a whole lot more of Jelena (and not just in my bed either) and think she's far too under utilized but the slow arousal of Sophia in character here was something my fellow viewers seemed to want expanded upon in future outings by Robby, I mean Celeste. There was a bit of a jarring change in the scene when out of nowhere Sophia started riding a dildo strapped to Jelena's thigh (more of a transition might have worked better for me) but I could watch her ass slowly pump at ANY speed on a cock (real or fake) and be mesmerized. The tough touching that closed out the show was pretty decent too although the soft kissing worked even better.

Scene Six: Tory Lane, one of the hottest extreme queens in porn these days, was up next with Scott Nails as he tried to dominate her in her outfit that restricted her movements. Tory impaled her throat on the cock and the lengthy scene had a cheerful little ditty playing in the background as she got more and more into the action. She aggressively worked the cock orally, vaginally, and then anally like few in the movie could dare to dream of, bouncing on him in such a way that even the slow motion couldn't weaken the action. I'm not sure if the stairs were the best place to record the scene, especially with the washed out walls, but there was no denying her passion in the scene. It ended when Scott busted a nut in her mouth and I wish there was a full speed version available on the extras section to really shine.

Scene Seven: Neveah, a light haired lass sporting a gold vibrator and brunette Sophia Santi, sporting a silver one, were up next as they seemed to compete with one another in a masturbation contest; taunting one another as though vying for bragging rights for an award. They moved toward each other after that, using oral and breast play along with the toys to sample a new way of doing things where both could win by doing each other. It was a simple scene overall and I think it worked for my partner more than it did for me but that's not a bad thing (if she's happy, I'm happy).

Scene Eight: Gia Paloma, playing a scared gal in great need of seed, was up last as Marco Banderas/Duato came to her at the foot of the staircase in the house. The visual freeze frame effect that gave the appearance of several of him (shades of Multiplicity!?!) might have been expanded upon but he was more ripped then I think I've ever seen him and she was digging it...a lot! As her clothing came off, he went down on her, sucked her feet, and pounded her pussy. She tried to get in some blowjob action as a result but he would only let her do so intermittently, licking his body as a substitute between positions. The hummer that eventually took place was well done, her licking his nuts, shaft, and deepthroating him with ease to make it a great oral ride. They boned some more and he filled her ass with cock as she rubbed herself, taking the mouth pop with ease to close out the action. She sure has come a long way from selling coffee at Starbucks...Whew!

Summary: Tryst by director Celeste to be released by Digital Playground next month, was handled as uniformly well on the technical values as provided by cameraman Robby D, editor Nick P., and all the others that took an active role in the production as the performances by the ladies (and men) in their scenes. While I have my issues with the style employed here, I can't deny that I saw first hand the effects several of the scenes had on a friend of mine that was purring in no time, making comments that she enjoyed it a lot better than the usual dreck I let her sit in on (she really hated Tailgunners and Safado). In that sense, your mileage may vary but I'll split the difference and rate Tryst as Recommended; knowing such titles tend to polarize the porn watching audience (in a Mars vs. Venus sort of way).

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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