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Sunny Experiment HD, The (HD DVD)

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 1/1/08

XCritic's Advice: Highly Recommended

Note: The following review is for the HD version of a title released day and date with the standard definition version. The movie appeared to be unchanged with the extras slightly truncated, the re-mastered version looking and sounding superior in every way. This has not always been the case with older titles making the transition to the new high definition formats but the 1080p HD-DVD version in hand was not one of those times. The quick version is that this one is well worth the upgrade thanks in large part to the replay value and strokability of the original material so you really can't go wrong this time. Enjoy the rest of the review!

Sunny Leone is a major hotty! (click for trailer)
(note: pics from SD version of the movie)

The Sunny Experiment HD-DVD

Vivid Entertainment

Monique Alexander was beautiful too!

Genre: Vignette

Director: B. Skow

Cassidy Clay had great curves for Marco to play with.

Cast: Sunny Leone, Monique Alexander, Cassidy Clay, Marco Banderas, Brea Lynn, James Deen, Celeste Star, Nadia Styles, Jerry, Barry Scott

Length: 175:56 minutes

Brea Lynn and Sunny Leone shared a passionate kiss.

Date of Production: 2/12/2007

Extra's: I really liked the 7:55 minute long Behind the Scenes feature since it spent so much time capturing additional sex scene footage; Graham Crack Herr following her like a loyal puppy dog (good man!) and showing plenty of tease. It could have lasted hours longer as far as I was concerned but I enjoyed it all the same. There were some trailers (different from the SD version of the movie) and a photogallery but it lacked the spam and bonus scenes so your mileage may vary.

Sunny Leone awaited Celeste Star to really heat things up.

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Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: The Sunny ExperimentHD-DVD was presented in the same 1.78:1 ratio widescreen color it was shot in by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment using the VC-1 codec mainstream companies employ and a true 1080p resolution. The disc was mastered by Dimension DVD, a major player in the field and a company certainly on the rise in terms of porn titles coming out on the new format. For those unfamiliar with Skow's background, suffice it to say that his experience outside of porn is superior to many inside the industry and it shows up in his movies, including this one as shot in HD (in this version; my SD review was help up until this morning) as shot in HDV1080i to provide a lot of resolution supporting some of the effects (making it look more like a real movie than many similar efforts by Skow's peers at the company). The lighting was well handled and this added to the pleasure of watching the gals in play as the lengthy scenes gave them enough freedom to explore. The composition of the camera angles and lighting were almost always optimal this time, Skow seeing fit to try and enhance the look of the ladies at every turn as possible. The fleshtones were accurate this time and the DVD mastering was well done (the bitrate hovering around the upper teens to lower 20's Mbps area), making it a mixed bag in terms of visual quality; leaning towards above average. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital+ English offering with the vocals sounding flat and the music pretty decent. There was definitely some separation on the music tracks this time, a couple of blatant examples standing out as really adding some value to the production.

Nadia Styles loved this porn version of Jailhouse Rock.

Body of Review: B. Skow is the most technically adept director these days at Vivid Entertainment, shooting a variety of titles that score big with the fans. As his budgets grow, his ability to offer even more diverse sensual pleasures grows with them; the ending results almost always something the sales staff must be happy with. Well, I'm used to him showcasing contract gals far better than his peers do so I was anxious to see what he'd do when given the chance to work with lovely Sunny Leone in a movie called The Sunny Experiment HD-DVD. The idea was to provide Sunny a chance to discuss fantasies that made her hot, allowing her and others to live them out in a glamorized manner. These vignettes did not include her doing men (that title will be out soon enough) but all of them were really well done with plenty of imagination, heat, and wild scenarios that were just vivid enough to provide serious replay value and strokability. The back cover said it like this: "We reached into the dark recesses of Sunny's mind and found five scorching hot scenes she always imagined, and longed to re-create. So hot, she squirted! And so did Brea Lynn! See the anal everyone's talking about. See three of Vivid's hottest girls! See the kind of sex only B. Skow delivers, and every critic is saluting! See The Sunny Experiment!" The front cover paid notice to words of wisdom from both Xcritic.com and AVN for those who care, showing that people are listening and Vivid is smart enough to cater to those in the know. If this sounds interesting to you, here's a quick look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used:

Sunny Leone even gave a farewell treat for fans patient enough to wait.

Scene One: Naughty Student: Sunny Leone, the gorgeous brunette featured on the front cover, was up first as she masturbated some of her daily stress away at her desk. The movie started off by establishing that she would introduce each scene and add some playful tease to add value. The red leather chair she was in as her clothing disappeared looked perfect for her and her lean young body beckoned as she seductively teased ever so slowly. Just when I thought she was climaxing, she made a call to an escort service, hotty Monique Alexander coming into the scene dressed as a wayward schoolgirl. The pair showed the kind of chemistry few readily acknowledge takes place between modern contract performers, Sunny's stern mistress routine a total role reversal for her that I liked. Monique was no slacker either as she did a striptease worthy of her skills, my only complaint being I wished she was about twenty pounds heavier. In any case, the ladies ate each other out and took their time doing so, aggressively exploring each other to the hilt as they got off a few times. They did use some toys but this was the perfect example of Vivid's growth as a company in how the lengthy scene (it finished up around the 42 minute mark of the movie) allowed them to really take their time and do it all. Whew!

Scene Two: Call Girl: Cassidy Clay, a meaty little gal with the kind of curves real men adore, was up next in a motel room with Marco Banderas. She asked him what he wanted and he slowly directed her to reveal her body as the clothing was removed; her culos gigante driving him wild as she bent over the desk in the room (see my picture). They skipped right to the vaginal screwing as he pounded her pussy as deeply as he could go, Cassidey inhaling his juice soaked cock after they finished the first round. It was a passionate blowjob and she used her titties and hand to go at it on him, a split screen effect then used to show their mutual pleasure during their 69 act. They then went back to screwing on the bed, a modestly active ride that resulted in his wad of population pudding coating her tonsils before she swallowed it. Yum!

Scene Three: Threesome: Brea Lynn, a darling new contract gal at the company that strikes me as part of Vivid's "New Order" of things, was up next as she made out in the bedroom with Sunny Leone after the two introduced the scene in the red room. James Deen anxiously awaited his chance to play with them, perhaps thinking he might sample some Sunny too, left hanging in that regard but surely not too disappointed given how much Brea he shared with the lead of the movie. There was a lot of oral between the ladies and Brea spent considerable time with James once it all got underway in the bed; Sunny sitting on her face wile James drilled at her cookie very hard. There was some rough sex, dirty talk, and an elevated tempo as the trio showed they were skilled at what they did; my only concern being the music being so totally inappropriate during the initial stages of their play (it did not convey the same message the performers were sending). Still, this was a creative way to get around Sunny's limits of the time and use Brea to full effect as she drove the scene home. Brea has certainly turned into a wise investment given her active rides like this, joining some of the other new gals to prove Vivid is responding to years of criticism about lame and passive performers. Brea milked him dry using her hands and breasts, some post coital sucking as Sunny watched; almost convincing me she wanted some of the cock too; Brea's own juices quite noticeable too. Nice!

Scene Four: Masseuse: Celeste Star, one of the cutest gals in porn thanks to her beautiful eyes and overall appeal, was up next as she rubbed Sunny Leone the right way. The sensual massage itself was very nicely done and Sunny looked her very best (even saying this was her favorite scene) laying on the table while getting oiled up. In my opinion, you can never have too much oil in a porn scene and with as fit a body as Sunny's, you can never have enough tease, Celeste working her way slowly up from the feet and calves to the rest of that perfect body. My biggest criticism of Vivid's movies years ago was their almost complete lack of tease to establish the mood of a scene so my praise for Skow's attention to this detail cannot be made strongly enough here, the glistening body responding in kind until Celeste eventually joined in for some fun herself. The oral they did on each other was sublime and this was another sweet use of the split screen effect; not as a gimmick but to spotlight the action taking place from both angles in a way that did not weaken the moment. They did use some toys here and the almost surreal tint gave it a glow much like I felt emanated from Sunny in most of her scenes this time, but I was very happy with how it all played out. Whoa!

Scene Five: Men in Uniform: Nadia Styles, a seriously cute babe with roast beef labia, was up last as she played a prisoner in need of a cigarette from guards Jerry and Barry Scott. While Barry looked more like he'd be the one wearing the striped outfit thanks to his plethora of tattoos, the men manhandled her in a manner she found appealing, the juices running down her leg even before her panties were removed for her body cavity search they did with their tongues. The choppy editing was fitting here, showing more care to be appropriately done than usual in support of the theme; the men using her at will before she dropped down to reciprocate with some blowjob action. The energy was pretty solid most of the time here and she was a fairly active ride in both her pussy and ass as a result of her passionate love of cock. I'd have thought she'd be doing a DP if this were any other company but her lips wrapped around one cock while the other boned her like it owned her (pussy or ass) so I couldn't complain. It wasn't as seductive or chemistry filled as the previous scenes but it was still one of her best from 2007, ending in a couple loads of semen gracing her face and crotch before Sunny graciously gave a last little solo tease from the red room she narrated from.

Summary: The Sunny Experiment HD-DVD by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment proved his skill went beyond just bringing out the best in gals like Lanny Barby and Monique Alexander, working his magic on Sunny in similar fashion. The result was a superior effort on the part of all those involved with the movie, bringing Sunny Leone to new heights as she prepares to start doing men in the months to come. The technical matters were well done, the extras nicely fitting (using bonus scenes relating to the women of the cast, even if not shot specifically for this release is a compromise I can live with), and the strokability elevating the replay value and levels of fuck for the buck made this one I can give a rating of Highly Recommended to. In short, The Sunny Experiment HD was a success thanks to both Sunny and director B. Skow, making me hope he will be allowed to apply his approach to the rest of the contract stable sometime soon. Believe what you will but this was the perfect example of a Vivid team up that people love to see and I thought this was one of the best HD titles coming out in 2007, helping to set the standard for future titles. Great work!

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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