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Jack's Big Ass Show 1 HD (HD DVD)

Studio: Digital Playground » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 12/30/07

XCritic's Advice: Highly Recommended

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Note: The following is a review for the HD DVD version of Big Ass Show 1 (Jana Cova), a flagship spin off title for Digital Playground that was released in standard definition DVD over a year ago to heaps of praise, garnering various award nominations and showing the world that the company listened to the consumers wanting more fleshy backsides at play. The content of the movie was the same and the extras barely modified to include HD DVD trailers that show off the higher resolution of the titles that are either out or about to come out in the popular new format. The quick version of the review is that the show looks better but it always looked pretty good so it's value as a double dip will depend on your wallet.  I suggest you check out this Trailer for Big Ass Show 1 (Jana Cova) to get a better idea of what it looks like in this new form.  Enjoy!

Big Ass Show HD


Digital Playground


Genre: Gonzo


Director: Robby D.


Cast: Lacie Heart, Scott Nails, Flower Tucci, Karlie Montana, Monique Madison, Jerry, Jana Cova, Delilah Strong


Length: 119 minutes


Date of Production: 9/8/2005


Extra's: Seeing as how the movie lasted nearly the full two hours most of us like to see, the extras weren't as crucial as they are during one of the shorter volumes in the series so the inclusion of a photogallery, a slide show, and trailers to shows like Pirates II, Island Fever 4 HD, Deeper 1 HD, Babysitters HD, Pirates HD, Jack’s Playground 27 HD, Contract Star HD, Jesse Jane: Sexual Freak HD, Jack's Teen America 3 HD, Island Fever 3 HD, Hush HD, Jack's POV HD, and Cockasian HD.


Condoms: None


Audio/Video Quality: Big Ass Show 1 HD was presented in the usual 1.78:1 ratio widescreen color it was shot in by director Robby D. for Digital Playground using a full 1080p resolution and the AVC/MPEG-4 codec to provide a substantially improved picture from the SD version that came out long ago. Digital had the foresight to shoot using the latest technology and their back catalog is only now being released in HD-DVD (Blu-Ray starting next year) so expect a lot of improvements as the company becomes more handy with the new formats. This is one of those times when the HD treatment enhanced the picture enough to merit a double dip by true fans of the ladies though it was far from “6 times the quality” the format offers according to advertising promoted by the format developers. Still, the slightly rough look of the project added some charm to the feature and while Robby has certainly become more competent in shooting HD flavored porn, the composition of the shots always favored the ladies. The grain of the original and compression artifacts were minimized and the resolution was great enough that what once looked like solid colored walls could now be seen to have some texture to them (and holes). The BTS looked poor by comparison but in the feature, the fleshtones were accurate and the blacks almost as solid as some of Robby’s latest works. The audio was presented with the upgraded 5.1 Dolby Digital + and the improvements were slighter here with little separation between the speakers in most cases, but some added clarity of the vocals all the same. As time marches on, porn audio tracks have not marched along as much as their mainstream counterparts, an area that I note with increasing frequency, but some of the hiss I got when I turned up the SD version to high levels was not as obvious so the dynamic range was enhanced as well as the thump of the bass; most of which I believe were added in post production.


Body of Review: Robby D. is one of those curious guys that makes you wonder at times. His ability to shoot guerrilla styled porn better than most of his peers under a variety of circumstances that would cause mainstream directors and independents alike to run away yet he stays in the field rather than makes the jump to mainstream (even his largest budgeted porn would pale in comparison to a low budget mainstream flick). This tells me that he likes what he's doing as opposed to the many that get into the field because they couldn't even hack it in government work (often referred to as the last bastion of the barely employable by those of us in the private sector). Today's review is of his latest adventure in the Jack's Playground series called The Big Ass Show HD, where the focus was definitely on showcasing some of the finest asses in porn. Set between Jack's Playground: 28 and the upcoming volume 29, the show lacked the comedic value in most cases of the regular series but made up for it in providing a lot more fuck for the buck than the series tends to do these days. If you like seeing booties shaking, gyrating, and otherwise getting into the mix, you're going to like this one as much as I did so here's a quick look at the scenes from the show by cast and action, noting that most of the gals did not do anal as I had originally guessed (it wasn't advertised as providing that so I give it a walk in this regard):


Scene One: Lacie Heart, a cute little bleach blonde with a very pleasing ass, was up first in a scene with Scott Nails, in one of the standard locations for the spin off series Teen America: 11. While there wasn't much tease footage of her by herself this time, her ass was tight and Robby's camera work seemed to enhance it more than a little bit and I was ready to see her to her act in no time. I haven't seen nearly enough of this gal to make a definitive judgment about her long term appeal but this scene was a nice showcase for her and should be used by her agent as a virtual resume given how well she did in it. The couple initially skipped the oral in favor of him poking her pussy as she gyrated on top of him and rode him with lots of passion. She then sucked it clean with some PTM (pussy to mouth), eyeing the camera as though to dare Robby to join in with them. They then boned a lot more and she cleaned him off before taking the facial. I was kind of unhappy that she didn't do anal but her ass was well worth showing off here and her other talents made up for it.


Scene Two: Flower Tucci, one of the best anal queens in porn these days, is nothing short of fantastic when doing anal and fans of junk in her trunk that look beyond her admittedly noticeable stretch marks ("Montel's" comments about a bear clawing his way up her to get to the ass did not go unnoticed but he had a point) will always be treated to a fine display of skill by this hotty. Her lucky partner was Scott Nails who helped her wiggle & bounce in her neon yellow bikini and green mesh top. It was a sight to behold and the "mirth-quake" she provided was hot enough to challenge any man to keep his pants zipped as she teased the camera enough to cause me to walk funny for a few hours. She did some early ATM with her glass anal plug but it was the way she rode him in her ass that impressed me the most. Some might like her gape time more than others while a few of you might wonder where the vaginal and oral went but she was easily the anal queen of the show for how well she did the anal deed. It ended when he rubbed out a load onto her face into her mouth that she seemed to swallow down but while it wasn't her best scene ever, it was sure fun to watch a few times for me (so far at that).


Scene Three: Karlie Montana, a reddish brunette with a fantastic booty that she could control like a seasoned veteran of porn, was up next in a solo masturbation scene that started with some tease footage of her in a fishnet two piece outfit. If you like gals who are somewhat tighter in terms of muscle tone than gals like Flower, she'll drive you crazy with her skill. Otherwise, her all natural body was great to look at and her playing around with the glass dildo was interesting to watch. It was kind of fun to see Robby get a little action on camera (she gave him a lap dance and he spanked her from time to time only though) and I thought I'd drop a couple of bucks to have her rubbing on me that way too. Maybe we'll get to see more of her in the regular series some day…


Scene Four: Monique Madison, the brunette seen on the left hand side of the front DVD cover, was up next by the outdoor pool used frequently in the My First Porn series, with Jerry. The natural sunlight worked very nicely for her as did the scenery with the guys ogling her like most of us would have (if given the chance of course) before some oil was applied to her curvy derriere. I can't tell you how much this kind of lighting appeals to me when handled correctly and Robby's skill with lighting puts him in the rare category of making the most of it so the visual appeal of her ass was off the scale here. Jerry spent a long time worshiping her ass (rightfully so I might add) before she sucked him off a bit and he started tapping that fine pussy of hers. Her face might not be on my top ten list but her body was a fine tuned machine worth every penny spent on the scene. He moved to anal sex on her ass soon enough, raising goosebumps on her cheeks that indicated her approval of the action. The scene tried several positions with her and ended with the usual pop shot to her ass, marking a nice scene, if not my most anticipated of the show.


Scene Five: Jana Cova, one of my favorite former contract performers and the featured blond hotty on the front DVD cover, was up next in a lengthy solo masturbation scene on the rug. She wore a black PVC top and skimpy black panties as Robby smacked her with a riding crop, making her crawl with her beautiful ass in the air that enhanced it a lot. Jana's ass was a lot tighter looking than the other gals but this was largely due to the fact that it really isn't all that large unless she bends, or at least leans, over and I noticed that Robby's camera work was designed to enhance it even further. She masturbated with a glass dildo and tasted it, something I'd love to have done from her last month, though her precious pucker went unscathed. In all though, I'm glad Robby used her for the scene since she had a timeless appeal worth exploring in a specialty release such as this. Yum!


Scene Six: Delilah Strong, the cutie on the right hand side of the front DVD cover, was up last in a scene with Scott Nails that included some nice tease footage up front. I think I preferred the tease of her in the initial montage where she wore a blue stain set of shorts over the formless white stretch pants but even wearing a burlap sack, she'd be a sight to behold in this sense. Scott orally worked her crack over before she reciprocated with a nice blowjob that displayed her true sense of passion (sultry tease gyrations aside, she can do it all from what I've seen). This led to a heated chair fuck that both enhanced her curvy ass and provided him with full access to her pussy before she did some PTM on his shaft. The only limitation of such a position is that the gal is limited in how much active action she'll get to show so the switch up to anal was kind of cool too. She wasn't all that active in the anal either but she gasped and groaned like it was an early anal for her and I know many of you enjoy that kind of thing. It ended when he jerked off to her asshole, leaving a puddle of semen behind to plunge inside when he pushed his cock back in (which caused her to fart some of it back out).


Summary: Big Ass Show HD or Jack's Playground Big Ass Show 1 HD (depending on who you believe), was one of those rare times when I'm glad the show coursed away from the usual formula of a series in order to provide some serious fuck for the buck stroking material. Most of the volumes in the series provide closer to 90 minutes of footage and even that is split up by the addition of the comedy bits. That makes the nearly two hours of straight up fucking, teasing, and other sexual elements a huge bargain since so many of the scenes were solid in terms of replay value. It sure didn't hurt that the lovely Jana Cova represented the contract team or that anal queens like Flower Tucci were on hand to offer up some great sex either but even the technical values seemed better than average this time. For all that it had to offer, I rate it as Highly Recommended, though better extras might've made the decision easier on me. In general though, I liked this almost as much as some of Robby's experiments in his My First Porn series or his first volume of Control (albeit as a limited version of either) so if you've enjoyed any of the Jack series, I think you'll find this one worthy of you time and money too. Good job guys!

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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