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Sophia Santi Scream (Blu-Ray)

Studio: Digital Playground » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 4/29/09

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Sophia Santi: Scream Blu-ray

Digital Playground

Genre: Erotica

Director: Celeste

Cast: Sophia Santi, Jelena Jensen, Shay Laren, Bobbi Star, Marco Banderas/Duato, Samantha Ryan, Mindy Main, Scott Nails, Jana Cova, Alexis Love, Rayne Rodriguez

Length: 128:54 minutes

Date of Production: 1/30/2007

Extra's: The best extra was easily the 9:54 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by lovely Shay Jordan as the BTS reporter (and edited by Willem Default). Shay seemed to have a lot of fun in her role and there were a lot of silly humor clips (as expected) with sound effects, animations, and more sex (as well as some silly nods to Robby "The Hamper Bandit" D. being a pervert, and a few zingers tossed his way). There was also a photogallery, a pop shot compilation from the scenes, as well as a slide show, and trailers for movies such as Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge (Blu-ray), Island Fever 4 Blu-Ray, Jack's POV 1 Blu-Ray, Cheerleaders BR, Babysitters BR, Pirates BR, Contract Star BR, and Island Fever 3 BR.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Sophia Santi: ScreamBlu-ray was presented in the same 1.78:1 widescreen color it was shot in by Director of Photography Robby D. for conceptual director Celeste released by Digital Playground last month. In terms of lighting and quality of picture, the movie looked exceptional, shot in HD with the scenes all being shot with the lighting more straightforward here. There was no unintentional grain or video noise observed, I saw no compression artifacts (though the bitrate was occasionally under 16.1 Mbps), and the composition of the scenes was such that all of the gals were made to look very nice. Each scene seemed far more like the gonzo style that Robby shoots for his own releases, losing the artistic aspects for the most part while embracing what fans have demanded (with Willem "Sir Splice A Lot" Default on the editing board this time). It had a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround track with a 448 Kbps bitrate in English with some decent separation and dynamic range, with the various selections providing a nice aural setting for the visuals in the location it was shot in. I was thankful that the vocal track was restored here and the moody music served merely to punctuate rather than completely replace it, a fine job compared to some of the slow motion ridden works by Celeste.

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Body of Review: Celeste is an example of a director that prefers to conceptualize her fantasies in order for her crew to make happen rather than get dirty with the camera herself. This is a unique dynamic at Digital Playground since the other directors they employ are more hands on in the way they do things. Sometimes though, she comes up with something creative and original that doesn't rely on gonzo or the usual pretty porn elements to offer up a series of heated stroke scenes. Her latest remaster coming to me was Sophia Santi: Scream Blu-ray; a series of six scenes that seemed more Halloween oriented than anything I've seen by the company since starting to review their movies. The showcase of the movie this time is the lovely Sophia Santi with some assistance by numerous other attractive gals, most notably Jana Cova. While Sophia still refrains from having onscreen sex with men, she is getting more heated in her attempts to display her sexuality so the possibility of her going all the way looms on the horizon as time continues. Here's a brief glimpse into the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used:

Scene One: Sophia Santi, the beautiful brunette seen on the right hand side of the front cover, was up first in a lesbian tryst with curvy babe Jelena Jensen, and relative newcomer Shay Laren after some establishing shots of supernatural origin. They choked her and told her they wanted to play with her, feeling her up as they smothered her with their titties. This led to a lot of licking, caressing, and oral by the ladies, the darkened room working as part of the theme more than a well lit (okay, a brightly lit) version would have been. The toys came out for plundering and the gals all knew exactly how to use them on each other, some of the action obscured by the shadows as the erotic tension built up. It was not their best work as individuals but they did seem to get off here and it was visually interesting to watch a few times.

Scene Two: Bobbi Star, a masked brunette that reminded me a lot like a younger version of Dana DeArmond, was up next in a creepy salute to thrillers as a masked Marco Banderas/Duato stalked her in the dark house. Calling her his pussy, he snuck up behind her and started caressing her, easing her into the scene rather than simply taking her as he was want to do. Savoring his cock with a blowjob, she got him impossibly hard before bouncing on his lap, the vaginal romp providing the needed friction to get her wet and wild. The lighting was not explicit enough to show where the cock was going most of the time but the vaginal led to anal where she slowed down considerably as she asked him to do her backdoor. Panting and sweating, the couple continued to screw until he jerked out a load to her mouth, the lady giving him some post coital sucking as the camera faded away.

Scene Three: Sophia Santi, playing a sorority leader in charge of a pledge, dominated cute Samantha Ryan after getting her to invoke a darker theme that led to her getting spanked with a ball gag was firmly in place to prevent her freshman mouth from screaming out loud. Sophia brandished the red paddle dangerously here, spanking Samantha as the gal wanted to be abused; the dirty talk flowing freely from the hotty contract gal. The strap on dildo that Sophia wore turned Samantha on and after some oral on it; Sophia was nailing the blonde cutie with some power strokes. That lasted for awhile when Samantha took the toy to Sophia's pussy (after plenty of PTM by the way) and they kissed to close things out.

Scene Four: Mindy Main, an implanted brunette with some fine DSL's, was up next as the captive of Scott Nails; the guy playing a burger eating bastard that thought little of his charge. She was in BDSM gear and he went down on her to liven things up, her blowjob showing a lot of skill after he plunged a vibrator deep inside of her cookie. She showed some solid oral skills here and actively pushed back on his cock when riding it, impaling herself as he drilled away on the couch. They boned for awhile and he ended up rubbing out a load to her face that she appreciated, the dynamic of control being established by both of them in one manner or another.

Scene Five: Jana Cova, the world famous beauty from the Czech Republic (as seen on the left hand side of the front cover), was up next as she told hotty Sophia Santi about her headache. Sophia had just the thing to solve the problem; knock out drops that rendered the perfect Jana unconscious. The green eyed monster having worked its way inside of Sophia, she was partially undressed as she bound my favorite blond Czech up with plastic wrap; resulting in the lady controlling the fate of Jana sexually as the brunette whistled a dainty tune. In some ways, I admit that this was kind of gruesome but knowing it was just a fantasy made it okay as she molested the sweetheart of Digital Playground. As Jana recovered consciousness, Sophia tasted her breasts and other body parts, leaving lipstick marks as Jana moaned in pleasure. That brought forth the red glass dildo and some cunnilingus, sexy Jana eventually turning the tables as she showed she was much more than a pretty face with an awesome body. Both gals got off in the sexy scene with Jana rapidly plundering Sophia's pussy, Sophia appearing to get off at least once (if not twice).

Scene Six: Alexis Love and Rayne Rodriguez, playing succubus's in purgatory, took control of a sleeping Scott Nails by using their sexual skills and seductive attitudes to their fullest extent. The oral they gave him was slow and they shared his dick as they pawed him, showing him who was in charge of his ultimate destiny before each taking turns vaginally impaling themselves on his cock. I liked that whoever was not riding at a given time spent some time assisting with additional oral but the dark theme was augmented by the low level lighting that made it creepier than usual too (like most of the movie in fact). It ended when he tossed out a bunch of baby batter on their awaiting faces, the gals licking his dick clean as the scene faded out for the credits to roll.

Summary: Sophia Santi: Scream Blu-ray by director Celeste released by Digital Playground last month was well worth a rating of Rent It thanks to the amounts of fuck for the erotic buck, stroke value and replayability, the Blu-ray upgrade a nice touch but not enough to merit the expense of the very expensive price tag. The fine edges of Celeste's works have always used the camera work of Robby in an effort to try new things and the culmination of her works seems to show a willingness to embrace a wider audience than ever before as evidenced by Sophia Santi: Scream. She may not appeal to all of us as much as Robby does but she has certainly come a long way thanks to his assistance.  For me then, the high definition version was such that I found it a nice upgrade but just not enough for me to shell out the added dough to pay top dollar, perhaps if a sale were lower the price, making it a better deal.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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