Note: This review is for the upgraded version of the movie Jack's Playground 13 that I reviewed last month in the standard definition format. Like most such revisits, the movie itself is pretty much the same outside of the technical matters so I did not reinvent the wheel by starting the review from scratch (it makes no sense to do so). The quick version of the review is that the visual aspects were looking better than everand the minimal extras were included, lovely Stoya looking better than ever!
Audio/Video Quality: Jack's POV 13 Blu-ray was presented in the usual 1.78:1 ratio widescreen color as shot by director Robby D. for Digital Playground using the AVC codec with the bitrate hovering in the upper 17.3 Mbps when I paid any attention to the 1080i resolution offering there had been some controversy in the past about resolution and the way the company codes their discs with a higher frame rate but I'm just calling it like my equipment displays). The lighting was decent in most scenes as expected, Stoya glowing in her scene as one might expect of Xcritic's New Starlet of the Year. Robby's point of view shooting has always been pretty good but without the best editing, the scenes suffered at times, making me thankful that Nick P. was in charge of editing duties this time. The fleshtones were accurate, the amount of distracting video noise or other elements appeared to be negligible, and the POV (point of view) camera angle was employed in every scene to allow the viewer the opportunity to fantasize about themselves in the place of the male performers. The audio was presented in the usual 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround (in 448 Kbps with a 48 kHz sampling rate) but outside of the introductory commercial for the process, there appeared to be a little separation in the vocal tracks and the music wasn't a big issue here so you won't be showcasing your new home theater with this one but it gave me the idea that someone touched it up a bit too.
Body of Review: Robby D. is one of the few directors in porn that is capable of anything due to his creative insight and experience, usually finding himself limited out of the sheer volume of projects he shoots for Digital Playground more than anything else. I've been a fan of his Handheld Pictures titles for awhile and still miss his comedy features but there is something to be said for what he brings to the point of view gonzo genre as well. While few fans are going to suggest his POV work is on the same level as Mike John or Jules Jordan, he still manages to offer something off the beaten path in his projects of this nature, something I saw in the upcoming Jack's POV 13 Blu-ray that was just released. Of particular note is that the movie stars Stoya, the force of nature sex android from the future that blogs here at Xcritic, also known as the winner of our yearly Best Newcomer title (joining accolades from various outlets, most recently AVN and Fleshbot following our lead). The drill is the same as always with the ladies taking care of various stunt cocks that are barely shown onscreen, the meat puppets holding on as Stoya, Loona Luxx, Sarah Vandella, Mina Leigh, and Kiara Diane go to work on them. While Stoya was the primary focal point of my interest here, the others showed plenty of aptitude for heated POV sex too, making it a worthwhile volume in the series. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Loona Luxx, a tanned brunette with substantial curves and a colorful dress like Latinas seem destined to wear, was up first as she put on a show for studly Mick Blue, the gal jumping into the expansive white bed to undress at his bequest. Loona had the point of view thing down pat and Mick could not keep quiet, the camera panning her figure a bit too closely for my tastes but proving she was full of raw sexuality. She fingered herself and soon jammed a generic white vibrator up her own ass, stretching herself out for what I figured would be an anal good time. I found her labia jewelry to be cute (a zipper) and even her darkened crotch seemed to be very tight given the manner in which it held the toy so firmly before she pulled it out to taste. Loona then aggressively slobbed his knob and started riding it actively, meeting him thrust for thrust as he pounded into her crotch. She was just as active during the anal portion of the ride, well for most of it at least, and fingered herself as he hammered away. Loona then blew him to completion (his genetic juice going to her mouth) and while there was minimal chemistry between them, it was a decent one for stroking.
Scene Two: Stoya, the beauty featured on the front cover, was up next and by all significant accounts, she would prove to be really hot here too. Her partner was Mick Blue and she poured on the charm, her sexuality making the scene work well before the couple consummated the actual act. Stoya was wearing a black crop top and shorts as she waited for Mick to deliver her sausage pizza, the gal inviting him inside as she looked for some cash to pay him with. She bent over the couch to show how perfectly shaped her ass was, her lack of cash leading to the pair making a deal for compensation of the foodstuff. She crawled to him without her top and the befuddled Mick had a tough time holding the force of nature off, Stoya pulling his pants off to start blowing him playfully. Her eye contact was superior and the manner in which she seduced the unwilling stud added to the appeal, her hand to gland action combining with her mouth work to make it one of her best hummers ever. The vaginal plowing took place after that and both of them tore into one another, the panting noises coming from both of them as Stoya's sweet little box showed why she was the superior choice for all her awards of late. Her milky white skin and freckles made her the kind of hotty destined to drive many young men into the pizza delivery business given the scene, the population pudding swallowed down straight from the tap with a smile as the hotty looked up to the camera. Yum!
Scene Three: Sarah Vandella, a well proportioned bleach blond, was up next as she got ready for a night on the town with her girlfriends as she argued with Robby about her attire. Playing the jealous boyfriend, he fussed about how hot she was looking as she readied to go out in public, his desire to play with her tits and ass also serving his need to drop seed onto her. Tony DeSergio was the stunt cock here and she gave it up to the guy after hearing Robby's sob story, jumping into bed where she "helped him out" by undressing for the play of the day in seductive fashion. Not as innocent seeming as Stoya or as coldly mechanical as Loona, Sarah knew just how to service his needs too, some playful tease showing a growing wet patch on her crotch before she began disrobing her partner. The blowjob was another decently applied hummer of merit, the gal working him like a professional rather than provide that infamous GFE she is known for. Sarah then climbed onto his cock vaginally for an active ride in various positions (mostly cowgirl), rocking the bed as she drove his modest meat inside her snatch. She then did some more oral and he jerked off to her waiting face, the spew landing into her mouth for the most part. She did not swallow but she did seem to like the taste of his minimal load, ending another pretty warm scene.
Scene Four: Mina Leigh, an all natural brunette with lengthy hair and wearing purple underwear, was up next as she joined Mick Blue outside on the porch to give him a show. She decided to make him feel better so she dropped to her knees to pull out his cock, savoring the taste as she drained it of hog venom. The gal was no stranger to sucking a cock from the looks of it and she kept eye contact very well indeed, jerking him off with an increasingly rapid tempo as he encouraged her to do so. They vaginally fucked rapidly too, her ass bobbing up and down as she impaled herself on the rod she found so appealing. The colors looked better as the sun rose in the sky too, the scene soon ending in a vaginal creampie that he almost lost deep inside of her all too readily. Mina sucked him off to clean him up at the end and despite the technical difficulties, it was a fun scene to appreciate.
Scene Five: Kiara Diane, a very attractive blond in a mood to be approached, was the target of moper Jamal at a local pub when he was encouraged him to go say hi. Scott Nails used the old "the more you drink, the cuter I look" line on her and the 21 year old responded with a look like she just wanted him to cut to the chase, beckoning him to the ladies bathroom for a quickie. Jamal was left hanging back at the original table but Scott found out Kiara wanted him to pay her bar tab, the couple negotiating terms for what he was to receive from the deal. He felt her up and she undressed in the cramped bathroom, wrapping her lips around his pecker as she jerked him off into her warm mouth. He got a short taste of her too but the emphasis was on how much the pair vaginally screwed, the active ride suitable for replay value from what I could tell. Kiara was best riding him when he was flat on the floor too, bouncing her curvy ass onto his cock as her labia spread to accommodate it. This pushed Scott over the edge to the point where he rubbed out a big load of semen onto her face, her pouty expression making me wish I was picking up her tab that day.
Summary: Jack's POV 13 Blu-ray by director Robby D. for Digital Playground was a winner all around and easily earned a rating of Recommended. The presence of Stoya was surely the highlight people will speak of for many months to come and her scene should probably be prenominated for whatever awards it can be but ultimately the other scenes were pretty decent too. The chemistry and heat of Stoya provided the best reason to pick this one up but Sarah Vandella, Mina Leigh, and Kiara Diane sure made this one an easy title to like, the high definition version probably well worth the extra dinero when it comes out next month on a certain reviewer's birthday. In short, Jack's POV 13 was a solid little escapade proving yet again the quality of Stoya as a performer ahead of her time, the beauty sure to delight pizza deliverers with her gracious tribute to their lusty needs in the second scene. The extras were minimal and the technical aspects about what I expected but the raw energy and enthusiasm were such that you probably won't notice until seeing it a number of times. In terms of the high definition Blu-ray upgrade, the movie looked significantly better and sounded much the same but fans of Stoya will want to see the show on high end equipment to get the most of the upgraded version.
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