Audio/Video Quality: Stoya Scream was presented in the usual 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color as envisioned by director Celeste for Digital Playground in the usual MPEG-2 codec reserved for standard definition releases (shot in 1080 but down converted to this 480i presentation). This time, the visual presentation relied heavily on filters and post production work to achieve an old time film stock look to it, greatly reducing the amount of detail and resolution observed in the outing. Given the titular adherence to horror scenes, this might work better for some of you than it did for me, the lighting low enough to add grain too. Kurt Tortcher was the editor and he did okay with the footage provided him, some of the camerawork making it tougher to clean up but still better than earlier works. The DVD mastering revealing some compression artifacts; the bitrate for the visuals hovering around the mid 4.6 Mbps this time with few additional flaws in addition to the resolution. The audio was presented in a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround English using a 384 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, but the vocals did not always dominate the audio track as I like it so your mileage may vary. There wasn't much separation between the channels, if any outside of the intermittent music, but the ladies were always clearly heard here.
Body of Review: Stoya is the award winning hotty so many fans have come to Digital Playground to see in the last year, her mere presence in a flick elevating sales substantially. As a result, she has won just about every accolade available, from the Xcritic new performer of the year to AVN, Berlin, Empire, and reportedly looking good for the upcoming XRCO. So any new title focused on her presence is guaranteed to be a hit on some level or another, next month bringing us Stoya Scream. In keeping with the series themes, there was an homage to spooky movies, the volume employing some post production work to mirror film stock in another attempt to try something new. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Stoya, the hotty featured on the front cover, was up first with curvy Alexis Texas, the two watching a movie before being stalked by Johnny Sins. The trio were soon laughing and kidding around, the ladies feeling each other up as much as him while they engaged in some oral foreplay. Johnny enjoyed the way they double teamed his cock but I preferred the manner in which they kissed each other more, Johnny giving head as much as he later received from what I could tell. The oral led to vaginal plowing, the ladies both actively riding his pecker with some taste testing before the inevitable wad of genetic juice landed on Stoya's abdomen. I prefer sex scenes where I can see what is happening clearly so my personal tastes colored my perception here but Stoya was the most active rider and Alexis better at taste testing.
Scene Two: Carmella Santiago, a curvy Latina with big DSLs, was up next with muscular Derrick Pierce, the pair playfully teasing each other until it was time to go down on each other. Carmella liked his oral attributes and reciprocated accordingly, wrapping her lips around his cock as she actively blew him. The surfer music aside, it wasn't a bad scene but the vaginal poking was passive until she was on top of his lap and the camera too busy at moving around, her PTM the best part of the scene once the music began. The ending pop shot went to her ass cheek and was too quick, making me want a lot more.
Scene Three: Lacey Love and Lyndsey Love, usually referred to as "The Love Twins", were up next and even though they were working with the mighty Evan Stone, I think it is fair to point out that I do not find them in the slightest bit attractive (unless you like gals with boyish bodies). The sucking and fucking were fair enough and the thought of twins has already allowed them more than their fifteen minutes of fame, proper credit going to the trio for making it one of the more active oral expeditions the twins have engaged in of late. The wad of spew was jerked out of his cock was ample but unless you care for them, there was scant reason to see the scene.
Scene Four: Stoya, looking as perky as ever, was up next in bed with cute Mahlia Milan, the catch being that she "died" awhile back (which mother Soleil pointed it out). The creepy overtones aside, the two young ladies went down on each other slowly after some kissing, playing the lesbian angle to the hilt. The eroticism of the moment was not lost on me any more than the stark contrast in the skin tones, the slow fingering adding to the value of what might have been the best scene of the show. The girlish tease that made Stoya such a charming breath of fresh air was also present in abundance, the lack of toys alone helping keep this one tight. Yum!
Scene Five: Madison Ivy, a pretty blond with exceptional eyes, was up next slobbing the knob of Tommy Gunn on the couch. Madison is very thin and youthful for those that like that type, coming across as a stripper turned performer most of the scene. He ate her while she continued working his dick and her tenacity was impressive, the lack of vaginal or anal penetration unexpected. She blew him to completion and the last scene rolled, some of the effects jarring in how they were added.
Scene Six: Stoya, working on dinner in her yellow bikini, was up last, the vision of loveliness just as attractive as ever. She was working with the mighty Evan Stone, bringing him a cryptic letter of impending doom. He took advantage of his remaining time by going down on Stoya, a worthy prospect if ever one existed in the world. He ate her pussy and ass while she moaned in pleasure, Stoya reciprocating with a sweet hummer and ball lick before they bumped uglies. I loved the faces she made when he fucked her biscuit, the PTM making it clear she liked tasting herself off his cock. That was when the scene took a turn towards the dark side, Evan drilling her ass ever so slowly. This was a largely passive ride but well worth the effort of watching it, some modest replay value not marred by the effects. The ending pop shot went onto a steak that Stoya licked clean, grabbing some post coital cock before the credits rolled.
Summary: Stoya Scream by director Celeste for Digital Playground was another attempt at artistic expression that some of you will simply adore. Stoya was as lovely as always and the supporting cast included some very appealing ladies, the weakness of the inconsistent performances noted above but still enough stroke value to merit a rating of Rent It largely based on Stoya alone. In short, when Stoya Scream comes out next month, loyal fans of Stoya need to pick up a copy for their viewing pleasure, the amount of Stoya fuck for the buck quite high.
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