Note: The following is a review for the HD DVD version of Deeper 2, a spin off series 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 Deeper 2 HD to get a better idea of what it looks like in this new form. Enjoy!
Audio/Video Quality: Deeper 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 HD 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 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 visual elements of the movie were consciously designed to look as they did with a slightly rough look yet a lot of variation in terms of lighting, special effects, and other gimmicks. I tend to frown upon this type of thing though combined with upgraded music tracks; it worked more often than not strictly on visual elements alone. If you don't like the artistic type of porn scene, you'll find this wanting but taken in small doses, I'd be misleading you if I said I didn't like it as a change of pace. The fleshtones ranged from being too harshly lit to over saturated to all kinds of "looks" but they caught the eye and held my attention each time I watched it (and I watched it several times). The editing brought on board Kurt Tortcher to assist the talented Joey Pulgadas, both deftly handling the greater demands of the stylish requirements seen here (each working on the cool music too). The DVD mastering allowed for no compression artifacts to be observed and no video noise popped up, completing a very nice visual presentation that worked all around. 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. Absent was the fancy, and typically lame, porn music many of Robby's peers rely on to mask various audio flaws; replaced with a combination of jazz-flavored pieces that focused the attention on the cast as they did their deeds. The balance was music heavy and did little with the vocals (one of the few things I may never get used to or appreciate) though so even the superior music didn't work as well for me as the limited vocals present.
Body of Review: Robby D. is the most prolific director for the vaunted Digital Playground these days; serving in some capacity on all their shoots thanks to his keen eye, steady hand, and technical skill. I know most companies these days appear to be running through directors like newborns go through diapers but this is one company that has the right idea; treat the help like partners and allow them creative control so that they will show you loyalty in return. Robby has been experimenting a lot of late as he seeks out new ways of conveying sexual tension and heat in a very crowded market; succeeding most times in addressing a particular market niche (he does it all, does it well, and doesn't rely on the same tricks all the time to keep it interesting). Today's review is of Deeper 2 HD, the thematic sequel to Deeper 1 HD, where the cast of ladies all seem to want the men to hammer them increasingly deeper as they provide a cross between the erotic Celeste style and the more gonzo Robby style that the director shoots. Of note to some of you is the company's willingness to continue marketing HD titles even with the format now having lost the "war", such titles being released as long as they sell well enough to justify their existence per Joone and Samantha; the two bigwigs at the company. Let's face it, there are still over a million players out there and the opportunity to serve that market after others have abandoned it is a pretty big feather in their cap; though I doubt sales will be big enough to continue indefinitely. The entire female cast were "A List" talent and the primary selling point was clearly the beautiful contract star Teagan Presley; a gal on her own as of this writing, looking leaner than ever. The emphasis was on artistic sex with hot ladies, and here's a breakdown of the scenes by cast and action, noting that a couple of condoms were used in the scenes with Teagan:
Scene One: Teagan Presley, the well known Houstonian hotty featured on the front DVD cover, was up first in some fetching red lingerie as she teased the camera on a couch in slow motion to a piano-heavy score that invoked a minimalist jazz feel. As soon as the credits finished up, the music went to a faster tempo and she was playfully working with pretty boy Jean Val Jean as she answered the phone. The vocals were not present (though a vocal loop of sorts was incorporated into the music) and he started working her over with fingers and tongue. She blew him for a very short time before he started nailing her pussy with a condom-clad cock in doggy style. There was some choking and eventually the screams of her passion were allowed into the audio track (sounding hollow but stylishly appropriate) and she actively rode his cock as he spanked her (looking best in reverse cowgirl). It ended when he popped a nut on her face and she sucked him clean with PTM. The first time I watched it, the "Celesteque" look of the photography bugged me but I like Teagan enough that I watched it a few times over the weekend and it grew on me quickly.
Scene Two: Katsumi, the Asian hotty on the lower right hand corner of the front cover, was up next in bed with Scott Nails and Jerry. The music here was slow and erotic with the visuals of a grid superimposed on the trio as they went to work. I have no idea what the fancy and artistic effects were trying to achieve as they showed her a series of polaroids; to be up front, I looked past the effects pretty quickly into the scene as they teased and played with her, though I'd rather the effects be left in the mind of Robby this time. The gal I watched this with the first time had a bunch of positive comments to make about them but I tend to go for the "meat & potatoes" look so you'll have to see it to know what I mean. Regardless, she blew them with a sense of abandon and short clips of her vocals were allowed in over a period of time, with Jerry going down on her and getting a foot job as she sucked off Scott. Jerry then started slowly drilling her pussy with Scott getting a lot more action in it afterwards. She was moderately aggressive with the cock and soon did anal for a bit, with the men rubbing out loads onto the pictures for her to lick clean.
Scene Three: Sativa Rose, as sultry a Latina as you'll find in modern porn (shown on the upper left hand corner of the back cover), and the lovely Teagan Presley, were up next on a couch as they slept quietly to be awaken by Marco Duato/Banderas. The ladies were clad only in black high heels and matching fetish gloves (leather mitten type gloves), acting kittenish with the studly muscleman as they rubbed and kissed one another at his feet. It was among the most erotic moments of the movie yet they continued to escalate the action by sucking his nipples (as well as each other's) with him stroking them like favored pets. The gals ate each other out in between blowing him, Teagan getting first ride with a condom in a powerful reverse cowgirl. Sativa wasn't left out and bounced on his cock nicely too, each gal assisting the other as they rode in turns. Sativa's anal showed less enthusiasm but it elevated the heat index nonetheless before he jerked the load to their faces.
Scene Four: Gia Paloma, a hotty I don't see near enough of these days, was shown on the lower left hand corner of the front DVD cover and up next. The visuals looked like Sin City as she teased on her bright red tricycle in the black & white tease portion of the scene, moving to full color as Scott Nails joined her. He spanked her and gave her a huge lollipop but she preferred sucking on his cock instead, a gift she has had ever since I met her years ago. Scott gave her a special treat by placing the candy by his cock so she could have the best of both worlds during the light music enhanced scene. He then banged her in a standing doggy as she pumped back to meet his thrusts ever so slightly. After mixing it up in a few other positions, she impaled herself in reverse cowgirl while maintaining the girlish behavior the theme called for. They did more oral, vaginal, and went to anal where she rode harder than anyone else of the movie as the couple got all sweaty. He jerked out a facial and the scene ended.
Scene Five: Tory Lane, the sexy brunette seen on the upper left hand corner of the front DVD cover, was up last in a scene with Jerry. She wore a light green vinyl nurse's outfit and white fishnet body stocking as he lay in bed with various bandages covering much of his body. She was clearly the aggressor in the scene, caring for his needs in a manner that befit her role. Her use of a spur-like device on his body was a bit weird but the way she sucked his cock like there'd be no tomorrow was sweet. They got into a 69 and soon had her bouncing up and down on him rod hard (in regular cowgirl before reversing it). She wasn't as active in the anal but he seemed all better when it came time to jerk off the load to her titties; proving she should work as a home care nurse for worker's compensation cases.
Summary: Deeper 2 HD provided a nice showcase for hotty Teagan Presley who looked better every time I saw her (she was not anorexic looking back then) but the others were in fine form too. My personal taste in porn tends to lean away from the artistic stuff though I appreciate it most when taken in small doses (and only when done "right"; a value judgment some on the production side get really touchy about at weaker companies). Still, director Robby D. earned a rating of Recommended from me for Deeper 2 HD and fans of Teagan's that don't mind condoms should consider this a must have title. In summary, Deeper 2 was as much a showcase for the creative talents of director Robby D. as it was for the flawless beauty of Teagan Presley; transcending the throwaway porn all too common these days. It won't be for everyone but it will certainly serve its intended audience for a long, hard time to come.
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