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Expert Guide to Oral Sex: Cunnilingus


Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 7/24/07



XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Oral Sex: Cunnilingus

Vivid/Smart Ass Productions

Genre: Instructional

Director: Tristan Taormino

Cast: Justine Joli, Ariel X, Kelly Kline, Richard Kline, Cindy Crawford, Jack Lawrence
Non-sex roles by: Tristan Taormino, others not directly credited

Length: 77:21 minutes

Date of Production: 10/18/2006

Extra's: The best extra was the 19:16 minute bonus scene between Justine Joli and Ariel X as the pair made out on a couch, slowly stripping before showing the world just how much expertise they have in the field. Justine went down on her friend first, savoring the giving of pleasure as much as Ariel was into receiving it. I would have enjoyed more foreplay but to many out there, cunnilingus is foreplay so your mileage may vary. They employed tongues and toys get off with, each gal displaying their own style as it were with some manual manipulation to finish up with. There was also a 6:15 minute feature called Playing with Toys that starred Kelly and Richard as he porked her pussy with a large glass dildo that she appeared to really appreciate. They moved on to a neck massager and some kissing but it was too short by my reckoning except to warm someone up a bit for the main event. There was a 2:28 minute long discussion of safe sex techniques using dental dams by Jack and Cindy, some spam for Vivid, trailers to shows like Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide To Anal Sex and Chemistry as well as a true double sided DVD cover. The credits listed a Behind the Scenes feature by Ten C but I did not find any such feature and won't fuss about it since it was not listed on the package.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Oral Sex: Cunnilingus was presented in a crisp anamorphically enhanced widescreen color with an aspect ratio of 1.77:1 as shot by director Tristan Taormino for Vivid under her Smart Ass Productions. The lighting was flat and not too harsh with Tristan essentially lecturing a group of everyday looking types in a large living room. The sex scenes were covered from a few angles, capturing the women looking their best as the lighting maintained the slightly saturated but pleasant look. There was some minor grain but nothing much and the framing of both sections of the show were better than expected. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English using the standard 192 Kbps format as expected. The two sections of the show had clear vocals and some light, generic guitar based music though little separation and the dynamic range was not very varied.

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Body of Review: Tristan Taormino is one of the most well rounded ladies involved in making adult entertainment these days. Aside from her varied academic accomplishments and awards for her numerous writings, she has also made a handful of movies for some of the biggest companies in porn, now working for Vivid under her Smart Ass Productions label. Earlier this year, she impressed me with her talk about her educational series that started with Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide To Anal Sex while we were at the 2007 AEE Show and my first impression was that she was just kidding me and offering me some convention fun for a soirée up in her hotel room. Sadly, this was not the case and fetching Tristan did not party with me or even send over some of the contract gals like Lanny Barby to make my stay better but the good news was that Vivid was seriously entering the educational market with something more interesting than the dry, clinical tapes most sex counselors offer. The latest project by the lady is also similar to the Nina Hartley Guide Series with Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Oral Sex: Cunnilingus; the second volume of the series where people can learn about getting a lady off orally. Tristan takes the project slowly, lecturing a small group of adults in a workshop format in a living room, providing a safe and clean environment to discuss the favorite sexual practice of almost every woman I've gone out with, giving a gal oral pleasure on her coochy.

The back cover of the DVD case said it like this: "Justine Joli leads a group of couples in a hands-on workshop on cunnilingus, where she teaches about female sexual anatomy and offers explicit, personal advice on a topic she knows inside and out. Using her mouth, tongue, fingers, and toys, Justine demonstrates different positions and stimulation techniques with her co-host Ariel as the crowd watches and asks questions. After the workshop, we meet Kelly and Richard Kline, a couple who've been together for more than a decade. They discuss their thoughts about oral sex and share their favorite positions, tips, and tricks for maximum pleasure. Richard takes his time, relishing a long, sensual oral session and giving Kelly multiple orgasms. Next, we meet Cindy Crawford and Jack Lawrence, a hot couple with a vast range of know how and expertise. Jack reveals his passion for giving oral sex, and explains what he thinks are the most important ingredients for a satisfying experience. Beginning with a sexy shaving scene, Jack explores every inch of Cindy's body as he shows off his amazing oral talents. All in all, it's an educational introduction into one of the most intimate erotic activities one that can be a surefire road to orgasm for many women. Delve into the world of cunnilingus, demonstrated with knowledge and skill by enthusiastic couples and narrated by sex expert Tristan Taormino. Learn, experience, and enjoy oral pleasure, by experts."

My personal experience as a cunning linguist has been that a bit of skillful manipulation of a woman's pussy with my tongue and hand allow me to get away with a lot of male oriented behaviors with my girlfriend. Much like a girlfriend with awesome blowjob skills can look hideous or smell bad; a guy who is ready, willing, and able to go down on a lady to get her off in a competent manner is safe from just about anything short of sleeping with her sister (or mom but that's another story) and even then you have a fair chance of getting away with it. So the value of learning this skill will make you a better lover and more confident at a whole range of things in life; making a well done educational DVD priceless if it is handled correctly. In this case, Tristan (a known anal expert) employed the talents of a world renowned lesbian in the form of Justine Joli and her friend Ariel X. After all, who knows more about what women like in terms of oral sex than someone who practices it all the time at home and work?

The show started off with a short lecture using a large drawing of a pussy, explaining the details for those of you that haven't seen a live one since birth. The body parts explained, Justine went into some hands on training by giving some head to her buddy Ariel X. The importance of comfort and experimentation was stressed with a variety of techniques exploring the pussy in a close up shot that totaled for about the length of a usual scene in a Vivid flick of about 20 minutes.

Kelly Kline and her husband Richard were up next, explaining how the pervert hooked up with her when she was 16. The show edits a back and forth discussion by the two where they go into how their ten years of pleasuring one another; stressing communication above all else. This leads to them doing the deed on the couch, with Tristan providing a vocal dub at appropriate times and using pop up videos to hit key points. It carried on for about 25 minutes with some 69 action and face sitting that worked for me more than a little even though this was not supposed to be a stroke flick.

The last section starred Cindy Crawford (the porn performer, not the super model) and Jack Lawrence. This section lasted the longest of all three and repeated the dynamic from the last bit but with some more advanced methods of getting the gal off. Cindy sure seemed to approve of what was taking place and while the basics were once again discussed, the majority of the action was more of the same (fun to watch but even more fun to practice for both parties). As with the previous outing in the series, the ability to watch the sex without any instructional vocals was easy enough, the DVD even have a direct access feature on the main menu for it.

Summary: Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Oral Sex: Cunnilingus by director Tristan Taormino for Vivid was another effort worth a rating of Recommended for what it was trying to provide and how well it did just that. I would have liked a longer series of scenes where more performers practiced what was taught and the extras definitely needed more substance to them (why not add in some previous scenes where the cunnilingus learned was practiced?) but the show looked nice and offered up some invaluable advice that could conceivably assist you in becoming a better partner in bed. If that isn't worth a lot more than the cost of a DVD, nothing is since few skills will get you further with ladies that don't involve cash or illegal substances no matter what you may have read in Cosmo. In short then, Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Oral Sex: Cunnilingus, like Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Anal Sex before it, was a nice addition to the growing library of quality of Vivid Ed products so check it out and see what the buzz is all about.

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