Audio/Video Quality: Stoya Sexy Hot Blu-ray was presented in the usual 1.78:1 ratio widescreen color as envisioned by director Celeste for Digital Playground in the usual AVC codec reserved for standard definition releases (with a full 1080p resolution this time though). The high end equipment and skilled crew of regulars assisted director of photography Robby to make this release look really sharp; losing the artistic style that doesn't always work so well for me. In fact, the technical matters showed Robby's influence serving nicely to ground the scenes with less of the arty farty filters and effects that the director sometimes uses. The lighting was generally solid here, reducing the grain, video noise, and other defects that sometimes arise in making porn on a budget; favoring a clear focus in some cases that I was convinced worked very well. Sidney Michaels was the editor and together with some of the post production effects added in, added the kind of visual texture that made the release stand out from some of Celeste's other works (sometimes in a good way). The DVD mastering revealing no compression artifacts; with the bitrate for the visuals hovering around the mid 19.7 Mbps this time with few flaws but not as low in resolution as previous efforts in related showcase efforts from prior to last year. The audio was presented in a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround English using a 448 Kbps bitrate and 48 kHz sampling rate; over twice that of most porn made these days, with a minimalist leaning that seemed unique in most ways to productions outside of the Jack series, with the vocals always dominating the audio track as I like it. There wasn't much separation between the channels, if any outside of the intermittent music, but the ladies were always clearly heard here.
Dakoda Brookes and Johnny Sins
Body of Review: Stoya has been a force of nature in porn for about a year now, her early reviews here at Xcritic helping launch the beautiful young performer into the limelight so it makes sense that we would keep an eye out for any new projects of hers, such as her works with Celeste. Coming next month will be the next such project, a movie titled Stoya Sexy Hot Blu-ray where her fans will get the latest dose of their "fix" the cutie has become. In keeping with the series premise, the assorted erotic vignettes provided a variety of different styles, all shot by the usual suspects to the specifications of the visionary director. Stoya herself is something of an enigma, her blogs of the past suggesting she is still evolving into an even better performer, more in tune with her diverse sexuality, and someone fans simply want to learn more about. This time, Stoya provided three full scenes and a short solo tease, easily enough to satiate fans until her next title comes out early next year. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Stoya and Sasha Grey
Scene One: Stoya, the featured contract performer seen on the right hand side of the cover, was up first with muscular Ramon Nomar. The pair were texting each other and a randy Stoya was desperate to get the kind of plowing she needed to feel complete, calling herself a slut and wearing a holiday spirited outfit in red. Stoya masturbated with a red dildo to warm up, the visual effect reminding me of an old monitor overscanning the picture, at least until Ramon arrived to give her the Christmas present she needed deep inside her. He snacked on her juicy crack to her delight, Stoya reciprocating with a blowjob using her hand and mouth in unison; including some time in a 69. Stoya then actively rode his cock vaginally, the contrast between her milky white skin and his darker tan visually appealing. Stoya yelled out a lot more than I cared for but the freckle faced cutie seemed to be having a lot of fun so I don't think she was simply performing. She was always best in the cowgirl variations and took the wad of genetic juice to her face, her eye contact establishing a rapport with him adding replay value.
Scene Two: Lacey Love and Lyndsey Love, the twins known best for their work under contract at Vivid, were up next with Mick Blue. Before I get too far into my description, let it be known that I find their looks to be kind of creepy and their performance abilities never impressed me in the slightest, their boyish bodies unappealing to me in the slightest (certainly weakening the rating in everything they did). They began by masturbating and calling each other names, looking at the camera as they mechanically went through the motions. They jumped on Mick's bone when he situated himself on the bed, the gals at least showing they learned how to actively blow a guy since starting in the industry. Mick reciprocated and then began vaginally boning the passive pair, showing me little has changed in their respective performance skills since they appeared as a gimmick act for the competition. Several positions and a bit of taste testing later, the scene closed out with a facial the gals shared.
Scene Three: Stoya, this time dressed in pink fetish attire and working with gonzo anal queen Dana DeArmond (who was dressed in a similar orange outfit), then showed she enjoyed lesbian sex as much as the rod of lean Johnny Sins. Initially, the gals ate each other out and paid homage to their asses, the droning music too aggressive for the slow paced nature of the sex taking place on screen. Stoya was enthusiastic and Dana was as decadent as ever, the dichotomy of age versus youth not a bad one to explore as the toys were inserted (Dana's ass is probably second only to a handful in the industry in terms of how much it can accommodate) and tasted. Both of the women paid as much attention to pussy as sucking cock here, the vaginal drilling he provided showing Stoya to be the more active of the gals but Dana's ass able to handle anything coming her way. Stoya choked Dana too, a rarity in a Digital Playground release, perhaps making up for it by sucking the matron of alt-porn's taint. Dana did more ATM than the star of the scene did, Johnny and Dana getting rough with nipple play and choking too. The resulting nut of population pudding went to Stoya's ass cheek for sharing with Dana (who licked it off before kissing it back to Stoya) and it was another fine scene.
Scene Four: Annette Schwarz, one of the leading anal queens in the industry (even more skilled than Dana), was up next as she masturbated in her colorfully striped stockings and weird hairstyle, Ramon Nomar joining her to suck her perfect pucker. The pair kissed and he orally serviced her more thoroughly, her aggressive hummer including a lot of ball play and licking of his ass. The tempo of the music was again a bit off this time but more in line with the action, the vocals clearly heard as they pushed each other's limits time and again. Annette was a total cock whore too (and I mean that as a compliment) and worshiped his pecker with some solid hand to gland combat combined with the blowjob, resulting in a messy cock readymade for fucking. She then rode his cock as though it were going out of style, her ass just as receptive as her pussy while they fucked in the easy chair. He spanked her and spit on her ass for lube, Annette purring with delight as he spread her asshole wide open to receive the cock ripping her a new one. Annette did ATM and actively milked him dry with a hummer, playing with her spew before the camera faded out (presumably swallowing it).
Scene Five: Stoya, wearing pink stockings and stripper shoes, was also wearing a removable bunny mask/helmet as she masturbated to some loud, obnoxious music. Her carrot dildo was also a flogger but the clip lasted barely a minute before it was over, serving as a tease more than anything else.
Scene Six: Dakoda Brookes, a very cute gal wearing a striped pink & white top, was up next in bed as she snuggled with sleeping Johnny Sins. Like a good partner, she woke him with a sweet blowjob, filling her mouth with cock as he arose from his slumber in more ways than one. Most of her blowjob was focused on her mouth instead of her hand too, Dakoda maintaining eye contact as though she adored Johnny. The seductive nature of the oral led to a 69 and face sitting session, the pair then vaginally screwing as she slowly rode his dick. While I don't think she was orgasming, she did seem to be having a great deal of fun here, the attentive Johnny plowing through her in several positions; the cowgirl showing her most active but the doggy showing her ass cheeks ripple really well. They kissed several times throughout the scene and it finished with a pop shot to the abdomen (some going all across her torso) as the all natural cutie drained Johnny dry.
Scene Seven: Stoya, this time in her cover outfit with Sasha Grey (on the left hand part of the duo there), ended the movie with some lesbian action and a tryst with studly Tommy Gunn. The ladies looked natural on the couch as they poked, prodded, kissed, rubbed, and diddled one another soundly; the erotic nature of the scene changing when he entered the picture. The neon pink fishnets and whispered comments, the pubes Sasha sported and the breathless pants were all charged as far as I was concerned. The use of toys even helped ready them for his cock, some choking with his belt and spanking elevating the dynamic a bit during the hummer. Then came the active vaginal screwing as he took turns with them, the taste testing and minor foot fetish action added to diversify the fun. The end came too soon though as he rubbed out a load of semen to their faces for sharing, the cumswapping a bit nasty but heated too.
Summary: Stoya Sexy Hot Blu-ray: by director Celeste for Digital Playground was certainly a lot more hardcore than most of her works to date, Stoya's kinky nature catered to really well as she provided more fuel to the fire for fans wanting to see her in all sorts of depraved situations. Stoya certainly made the movie as the "sex android force of nature from the future" served up a lot of strokable footage, the replay value making it easy to rate as Recommended. My initial impression that this was a Christmas present for Stoya's fans was largely proven by the end of the movie, giving me the impression that the little lady will become an even bigger name in 2009.Fans of Stoya will definitely want the upgraded high definition version of this one regardless of price, the crisp details enhancing her already appealing looks.
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