Note: The following is a review for the HD DVD version of Cockasian, a flagship title for Digital Playground that was released in standard definition DVD years ago to heaps of praise, garnering various award nominations in numerous categories from industry juggernaut AVN. 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 and sounds somewhat 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 Cockasian to get a better idea of what it looks like in this new form. Enjoy!
Audio/Video Quality: Cockasian 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 strong enough to allow the detail of clothing, skin hair, and all sorts of enhancing features to pop out at you. 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 (I’m guessing by talented Nick P. during his infamous “audio scrub” procedure that he is allowed to do on Robby’s pet projects for Handheld).
Body of Review: Robby D. has recently been expanding outside of his work for Digital Playground by making porn under their exclusively distributed Hand Held Pictures line (owned by Robby if I recall correctly). As others have been initially slow to realize, this line of titles tends to be more hard core and less about the comedic aspects that are so important to the Jack Universe that I have come to appreciate over the years. There is also a distinctive kind of theme to most of these releases, the latest being Cockasian HD, a play on the term used for white people (Caucasian) that took scenes from a broad spectrum of time to offer up some of the best single disc value from the company in recent memory. If you like Asian gals, there were some from all sorts of backgrounds and body shapes, marking a change from the usually white bread world the director seems to spend the majority of his time with. I’ll be up front that my tastes regarding Asian ladies is not nearly as refined as many of you, my taste for curves and blond hair tending to override the otherwise exotic appeal such ladies offer up. Still, I liked this one a whole lot, to the point where even the director was surprised when we discussed it awhile back, so fans of the genre might find this an impossibly hard to resist treat. If you’re still interested, here’s a really brief look at the scenes, noting that the only condom was in the bonus scene:
Scene One: Tia Tanaka, one of the Asian darlings of the moment in porn, was up first as she talked with Robby outside of a house while she was dressed in her slutware outfit. The thong rode up her ass crack, her neon fishnets looked good, her ample breasts were barely held in check by her PVC coat & black and white bra. The 19 year old was brought inside the house to entertain Sascha and Chris Charming, neither of whom could keep their hands off of her body. They played with her breasts, felt up her pussy, and offered up their cocks for her to suck (with Sascha grabbing her throat near the beginning, a rarity in a Digital Playground release). I’ll admit that I’ve seen several boring scenes of hers in the recent past and I was not looking forward to this one but something must’ve encouraged her to amp up her performance as she gave some good, sloppy head to the men; far better than I’ve seen from her to date. They took turns screwing her pussy with one working her mouth at the same time. She still wasn’t the most active ride I’ve seen of late (generally letting them do most of the work) so even her wonderful oral couldn’t make this a good opening scene but at least it showed she was working on enhancing her performance. It ended when they doused her face with semen that she rubbed in like lotion.
Scene Two: Katsumi, one of the most established Asians in porn and a wonderfully skilled performer, was up next in a solo masturbation scene that began with her by the glass railing of the staircase dressed in a fishnet body stocking, striped leggings, and glasses as she rubbed and licked herself in a display of flexibility. Her pink collar was matched by her stripper shoes and make up; giving her a different look than usual with the poofy hair she wore. It wasn’t a long scene and it might work better for her fans but she appeared to get off as she fingered her ass and lost control of her breathing.
Scene Three: Evelyn Lin, a petite gal wearing a white shirt, plaid skirt, white fishnet stockings, and holding a paddle as she looked in the body length mirror, was up next as she acknowledged her appeal to cameraman Robby silently. She slowly stripped and felt herself up, ending up in the living room where Marco Banderas/Duato and Scott Nails took the paddle and control of her; giving her some oral loving before getting rough. She was no stranger to sucking cock and she went back and forth between the pair; concentrating her efforts on the top portion of their rods rather than deepthroat them as a better sword swallower would do. She took awhile to become an active rider of cock but Marco broke her in nicely and she even started talking as a result of his work. The men alternated between her mouth and cookie, using her like a fuck toy until they busted loads onto her face and into her mouth.
Scene Four: Miko Sinz, dressed up like a hooker with tight neon pink shorts clinging to her curvy ass and a white crop top with matching fishnets to give her that streetwalker look many of you will identify with. The tease was fun as Robby practically jumped her, feeling her up repeatedly before handing her off to Trent Soluri; a mope squad member if ever one existed. She then walked over to the bed where Trent was sitting, bending over to give him an eyeful of her tasty round ass that he couldn’t resist spanking before she slobbed his knob. While his cock was quite modest, she worked it over as though it were at least average (never complaining about it and making the generic ego boosting comments gals do when they’re feeling generous). That led to her bouncing on his cock, letting her ripe rump breath as he ripped into her pussy. She wasn’t all that believable in most of her comments and his ability to choke her was limited but he launched a modest load to her face to finish things up.
Scene Five: Nautica Thorn, another well established hotty in porn, was up next in another solo scenes where she played at acting like a teenager in her school uniform, silly hair, and goofy act. She had fun with it and Robby could barely hold off from laughing as she mugged for the camera, making all sorts of faces in between flashing her breasts. She played with a clear Lucite paddle, a huge flesh colored dildo, and generally looked hot as she primarily teased the camera until the scene was over.
Scene Six: Roxy Jezel, the English gal with a tight body, was up last as she knelt before Jerry, Scott Nails, and Chris Charming, with a blindfold on, wrist restraints and a small outfit that didn’t last long. The men took turns paddling her as her ass turned red, with Scott fingering her to get her all soaking wet. She cried out in a combination of pleasure and pain, eventually being guided to her knees again in order to suck the men off. She was a fantastic cocksucker and how they kept from blasting out loads was beyond me but they did hold out and then started hammering away at her pussy in all sorts of positions. She was the most active cock rider of the entire cast, coaxed on by the men with their slightly rough mannerisms, moving to the bed to drive their members ever deeper into her wet cookie. Her dirty talk and moaning was top notch and this was an excellent ending scene though I was surprised she didn’t revert to circus act sex like DP’s and being made airtight. She took their spew inside of her mouth and swallowed it down whole, marking the end of Robby’s best Asian themed flick for Digital Playground.
Bonus Scene: Charmane Star, a popular Asian performer for years now, was the lead of the 36 minute long bonus scene with Eric Masterson in a bed. The pair seemed strangely subdued as they sucked and fucked in the condom clad scene but it gave them an interesting dynamic over the usually frenetic style she usually employs. I thought they showed some chemistry and her tan line was pleasant, giving me a whole new way of looking at her. If you want to see a slower, more seductive scene with her in it (at least until he jerked out his load to her face, I think you’ll be hard up finding one better.
Summary: Cockasian HD by Robby D. and Digital Playground was full of fuck for the buck value as the movie and bonus scene totaled nearly three hours of all Asian fun as the ladies hooked up with the usual white guys Robby seems to rely on so heavily. Given my experience with some of the cast, I was pleasantly surprised at how decent a performance most of them gave, adding to the replay value and strokability that consumers so appreciate in their porn. In short, Cockasian was well worth a rating of Highly Recommended from me and real fans of Asian women will likely find this one impossible to resist given the focus on quality by Robby and Nick (his partner in poontang crime here).
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