Note: The following is a review for the HD DVD version of Jack’s POV 2, 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 somewhat better than the original but it always looked pretty good so it's value as a double dip will depend on how big your wallet is and how much disposable cash you have. I suggest you check out this Trailer for Jack’s POV 2 HD to get a better idea of what it looks like in this new form. Enjoy!
Audio/Video Quality: Jack's POV 2 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 (more of them in Blu-Ray starting next month) so expect a lot of improvements as the company becomes more handy with the new formats. 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 fleshtones were accurate and the blacks almost as solid as some of Robby’s latest works; the early point of view (POV) release showing a lot of care going into it compared to most of the titles the popular genre sees by debutantes dabbling in it. 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., contract director extraordinaire for Digital Playground, has won all sorts of awards in recent years and even found himself featured as the spotlight director in the 2005 Top Porn List here at DVD Talk. That said, his career has been keeping him busy and his attempts to show more of the point of view action he's been experimenting with are the focus of today's review of Jack's POV 2 HD, the sequel to the really well received Jack's POV 1. The point of view craze is perhaps best explained as an attempt to allow the home viewer to project themselves into the action of the moment, with minimal interruption. This helps with the fantasy and serves as an updated version of the successful Virtual Sex Series for them, providing more replay value as a result in most cases. The selection of ladies this time provided plenty of diversity as well without the need to rely on contract stars (though I always like seeing them too) to propel the scenes. That said, here's a quick look at the scenes from the show, noting that no condoms were used by the men and the POV camerawork was handled very nicely:
Scene One: Daisy, a skinny little Latina with an all natural body and penchant for speaking Spanish, was up first as she teased in her little maroon lingerie before taking care of studly Marco Duato/Banderas in the barren room. They spoke softly to one another and she removed her top before coming over to orally work his flesh pipe. She might not be the best cocksucker in the business but the POV angle sure seemed to enhance her methodology with her playfulness working to her advantage (as she licked, jerked, and sucked the tip and shaft enthusiastically). She even rubbed her titties on his cock but there wasn't much to rub (her titties; not his cock) so she started in with the vaginal ride. She had a few visual flaws but the two of them continued to show the world how Latin lovers manage to even sound hotter than usual, speaking their native tongue as they boned like crazy. Her use of the cool vibrator and the occasional PTM only enhanced the moment though the position they favored didn't allow her much room to actively ride his shaft as much as I prefer to see. The doggy was another decent yet limiting position with the cowgirl the best for showcasing her skills as she rode him with much more energy and tease (since she was in control). The hip gyrations alone were worth some replay and it was like she had a samba playing in her head right up until the mouth pop that fell on her titties. In all, it was a good way to start the show, dispensing with the Jack illusion as though he were doing her.
Scene Two: Jada Fire, a busty black gal with some hot curves, tried to turn the tables on Jack by getting to test him out rather than the reverse as he felt her up in the house. His unannounced stand in for the scene was lucky Marco Duato/Banderas; lucky because of the kind of DSLs she had wrapped around his dick and the sloppy oral she gave him. As a plus, she was far more capable of giving him a splendid titty fuck but the kicker was how well she continued to suck him off as she did so. This continued for awhile and then she stripped off her shorts to reveal a very hot ass and one of the pinkest pussies I've seen in porn in years. He did her doggy style and she pumped back on his rod as though getting into the action. The oral was great and the vaginal ride was pretty solid too though she must've been really tight because Marco popped pretty soon into the missionary, spreading his seed on her snatch (as Jack put it: vanilla icing on the chocolate cupcake).
Scene Three: Naomi, the gal on the front DVD cover with the hugely popular bubble butt and bushy eyebrows, was up next to provide a hot little tease show featuring some booty drop action. The camera loved her from the neck down and while she appeared a bit sleepy, her DSLs were also primed for action as she tore off the pants of Tommy Gunn and began aggressively sucking him off as she continued to maintain eye contact. Jack made it seem like he was participating in this scene too. She ravaged his cock while making moaning noises, almost daring him to bust an early nut in her mouth (I would have), showing more skill at giving a blowjob than I recall her doing anywhere else to date. The ball sucking bonus was cute too but she knew she was in complete control to do as she wanted, working up that angle without saying a word. The vaginal sex began when she stood in front of him, ass to his face, and teased him a lot more before dropping down from time to time. The ass wiggling was enough to get me leaking precum and the vaginal gave way to the anal when she asked him to stick it in her asshole. When they moved to doggy, she could've been more active but she did pump back a little when he wasn't rubbing the shaft against her ass crack. The strongest act of her scene outside of the tease and oral though was the vaginal and they went back to it for a very passionate ride, ending with a nut pop on her lower back. Whew!
Scene Four: Brianna Beach, a beautiful gal with light hair, an all natural body, and a seductive attitude, wanted to get in on a music video really badly so she showed off her skills to Jack as though it were one of his Jack's Playground titles. She was very convincing as she showed her nipples and "itty bitty titties" but you'd have to see the act to understand how powerful it was for me. Even her shapely ass was in synch with the theme and the glimmer in those pretty eyes spoke volumes when she said she'd do "anything it takes" to be in the video. Jack's stand in this time was James Deen though he kept up the act like he was on the receiving end himself. She lacked the pure energy of Naomi in the oral but incorporated the playfulness of Daisy and Jada as she sucked and jerked him off; controlling him ever so well. Her smile enhanced the scene more than a little too as she made his cock a sloppy mess, toying with him as she sucked his nuts and acted the part of the slut. From the way James was starting to move, I was under the impression he was about to blow his load so the change of the position came as a slight surprise, over the right hand shoulder looking down at her instead of the laid back primary position so relied on to this point. Her Meg Ryan orgasm act wasn't convincing but even the initial warm up ride was pleasing to the eye, with the later reverse cowgirl ride much more active and replayable. The booty grind added some value too and her jerking him off to the pop shot facial was great (too bad he took over at the last minute). Heck, I'm ready to commission a music video for her to star in, never mind dance in the background, after watching this one.
Scene Five: Michelle Maylene, an all natural exotic looking gal that has been a spotlight performer in DVD Talk's Blue Room Column, was another candidate for the music video business as she negotiated for a role in the nonexistent part. She ended up naked and still trying to convince him, eventually settling on sex as the means to trade for the role. Studly Tommy Gunn was the fill in sexually, and Michelle's limited experience with a meat pipe might prove to excite some of you seeking the freshness factor over the polished skills the others tended to display here. She focused her primary efforts on the tip but to get the lead role, she worked him as deeply as she could before actively riding him in cowgirl (using her pussy to get the part). She was the least active gal when it came to the penetration aspect of the show but her youthful body made it look like she'd be your passive dolly to bone so I guess it could work if that's what you want. She did get better and it was not a bad scene by any means; just not as heated and full of chemistry as the other four scenes of the show. She has a lot of potential yet to explore, and the pop shot to her lower back was larger than Tommy tends to drop (because he's so busy of course), marking it as worth watching.
Summary: Jack's POV 2 HD seemed a step up from Jack's POV 1 in terms of technical values and the ladies were all doing a bang up job in the show. A few weren't quite ready for the level of performance needed but four out of five of the scenes had significant replay value for me and a level of fuck for the buck that most POV releases simply don't offer. As such, I rated this one as Recommended, and think many of you that are fans of the ladies in the cast will likely think it worth even more (it came seriously close to the next level for me and I only truly slaver over one of the gals here). In short, Jack's POV 2 HD was the kind of POV porn that most fans wish all the companies made for the level of technical expertise and sexual skill shown throughout the scenes. Jack keeps getting better all the time and the fans seem to appreciate the kind of care he uses in making titles such as this one. Look for it next month as you'll be getting a lot of replay from some of the scenes.
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