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Jack's Playground Volume 32 (Blu-Ray)

Studio: Digital Playground » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 1/25/10

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Note: this is a review of the Blu-ray version of a previously released title, the audio/video upgrade discussed more than other aspects of the show.

Jack's Playground 32 (Blu-ray)

Digital Playground

Genre: Comedy

Director: Robby D.

Cast: Alexis Silver, Chris Charming, Sophia Santi, Michelle Maylene, Jerry, Jelena Jensen, Flower Tucci, Scott Nails, Brooke Haven
Non-sex roles: Cody Bangs, Montel, Nick P. (onscreen debut!)

Length: 106.5 minutes

Date of Production: 5/24/2006

Extras: The standardized extras were a photogallery and some trailers.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Jack's Playground 32 was presented in 1.78:1 ratio widescreen as shot by Robby D. for release by Digital Playground in high definition 1080i (this was captured before the advent of their current RED system equipment). Much like most volumes of the series, it looked like a home movie slightly enhanced by Robby's skills, the cast enhanced somewhat extra on the new version using a 17.1 Mbps video bitrate. This held true for the video noise and other visual matters although I know Robby tends to add those to instill a sense of gonzo and texture to the series. The composition of the shots was almost always enhancing to the ladies though a few of the scenes seemed a bit choppier in terms of the edits and need for extensive close ups that aren't standard in the series (as the company brings in additional editors to augment Nick P's skillful abilities, they show some signs of what many people refer to as the learning curve). The fleshtones were accurate and I saw no compression artifacts so even the DVD mastering was on par with the usual Digital Playground treatment for the series. The 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound was pretty good but it was also apparent that the vocals were recorded in monaural and the track processed later to provide the 5.1 so don't think you're going to showcase your home theatre set up with this one any more than you would with a typical gonzo production made elsewhere. The vocals were typically easy to hear (with a few exceptions) and the special effects were cut way back this time to allow the action to speak for itself.

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Body of Review: Robby D. has been on a relative winning streak in terms of his career for the last couple of years now, generating lots of industry buzz in a time when other companies are scaling back production significantly. If that's not a testament to his ability to make great porn, it at least shows that the man has been hitting his stride in ways that no one predicted a handful of years ago when he was working elsewhere. His longest running series is the Jack's Playground Empire that he has created, complete with numerous spin off titles, special editions, and the kind of cutting edge material that refuses to be easily categorized by fan and press alike. If you've watched any series in porn, you know that almost all of them rely on strict formulas that provide the kind of comfort zone some fans like. Well, this series is a change from all that since Robby, as the infamous Jack character he created, is willing to try a lot of new ideas with the only rule being to try and instill a sense of fun along with some decent stroke material. It doesn't always work out but you can't say he allows himself to fall into a rut either. The latest edition of the series is the upcoming Jack's Playground 32 Blu-ray, where Jack continues to use the promise of work in a music video to entice attractive ladies into having sex on camera, much like Jack's Playground 31 and others in the series. Each gal wants into the world of fame and is willing to pay the dues necessary to get there, a fact that Jack and his friends employ to their advantage. That said, here's a brief look at the scenes from the show, noting that no condoms were used:

Scene One: Alexis Silver, the busty British gal with the Belladonna gap in her front teeth, was up first as she teased Jack to show how much she wanted to be in a music video. Her yellow tube top and blue jean shorts hugged her curvy body nicely and after he felt her up, he was about to get lucky until Chris Charming interrupted them. She's not classically cute but built for fun instead, making her perfect for the show as the humor was played up with Chris saying he was in the band. Her ambitious nature honed in on the fact that he could get her the job too so within moments, she was slobbing his knob after seductively admiring its size. Fans of hers know that she has splendid oral skills and her ability to titty fuck is great too. He then went to work on her shaven cookie; with her moaning like she was appreciating every inch of his rod (porn teaches us that former enemies, the Germans and the English, can indeed become allies). She did some decent PTM but her most active ride (and most vocal at that) was the reverse cowgirl where her breasts bounced around like crazy. It ended with a titty fuck/oral pop that she swallowed and made for a nice start to the episode.

Scene Two: Sophia Santi, the incredibly hot brunette featured on the right side of the front DVD cover, was up next as she showed that her perfect ass (as shown with her sitting backwards in a chair) needed to be in videos. I can see why the company signed her (as well as why she was one of the most popular Penthouse Pets before porn) and her tease footage continued on the couch with a fine solo sequence. It was short but sweet and followed by a later bit of action by the hotty later in the movie.

Scene Three: Michelle Maylene, the lean little hotty wearing the print black & white bikini top on the middle of the front cover, was up next by the pool as she showed off her firm young 18 year old body by the pool to Jack. He felt her up (as usual) and she started to return his attention (as though she were going to blow him) before Jerry, playing the jealous boyfriend, walked over to them. After Jack calmed him down, Michelle and Jerry went inside to get busy on the couch as they pawed and orally pleased one another. Since her debut not long ago, she has been getting a lot better in her scenes; elevating her appeal considerably to me. She was coy and teasing as she blew him, using her hand and mouth coordination better than ever before she jumped onto his cock for a ride. The vaginal sex was mostly him doing all the work until they did the reverse cowgirl stuff (after which, she was a better ride in the rest of the scene). She sucked him off some more and then he rubbed out a load to her face that she didn't swallow but at least she didn't treat it like toxic waste either. I thought Alexis and Chris had more chemistry but it was a decent scene.

Scene Four: Jelena Jensen, the extremely appealing brunette on the left hand side of the front cover, was up next in a solo scene. She doesn't do many sex scenes but I'll take what I can get considering how well she handles anything she gets into. The scenario had her coming to the house and Jack hiding from her, providing a stalker-cam as she walked through the house. Her ability to erotically eat yogurt was really hot (Yoplait should hire her for commercials), especially when she started licking it off her ample breasts. This led to her diddling herself in the bedroom but the replay value was extremely high; and the funny ending when she caught Jack peeping on her a classic for the series (giving an all new meaning to the term "spooning").

Scene Five: Flower Tucci, the curvy hotty that most will recognize from her anal queen status and work in the Seymore Butts movies, was up next as the annual winner of the Jack's Bush Piggies award. As it was explained to me in January, this means that he would love to do her fine, fleshy ass yet not want his friends to know about it; the last recipient being Melanie Jagger (as discussed in Jack's Playground 25) almost exactly a year ago. She wore a black mesh body stocking that enhanced her look a lot, causing me to roll my eyes at the "10 pounds of meat in a 5 pound sack" comment that was made in jest (this time followed by a huge disclaimer so that Gram, Rog and I wouldn't beat him up about it in our respective reviews). After the acid tongued wit directed at Flower, the scene began with her on the bed with Scott Nails, located between his legs. Scott called himself "Jack" and the obvious implication was that he was using Jack's scam and assuming his identity, making for some funny moments before the action began (the tease was sweet!). Her playful nature and perfect pucker aside; she showed her cocksucking skills were as skillful as ever, moving to a rapid paced penetration of her pussy by the now-caught scammer. Her vocals enhanced the scene and once she was on top of him, she increased the tempo of the pounding to the point where it was hard to keep my hands off myself. That led to the anal where he went balls deep inside her as she continued to impale herself before the ATM taste testing. It ended with the facial and was a heated scene that proved her award winning status (and not as a "Bush Pig" so much as an enthusiastic lay on camera).

There was then a short comedy clip of Montel and a fake pussy with cameos by Cody Bangs and editor extraordinaire Nick P. that was well worth a look.

Scene Six: Sophia Santi, back to make up for her pushy nature in the earlier scene, had another, though shorter, solo scene. The couch was full of polaroids and her pawing a large dildo after the scene was established with her giving an amazing POV blowjob using her feet to hold the dildo steady. I know the haters will think this was too little action on her part but it also led to her using a red dildo ("Taloula"?) inside her pussy as all sorts of sirens went off in the background (in the distance).

Scene Seven: Brooke Haven, the curvy bleach blond beside Sophia on the front cover, was up last in a scene with Scott Nails. Scott played at the role of giving her a role in the video and when she showed up at the door in her small white bikini top and torn jeans, it was clear that the she was ready to rumble. Claiming to be a dancer, she satisfied the first prerequisite for the imaginary part in the video and the second was the usual sex stuff. She was great at playing up the scenario (better than most of the ladies in the series to date, in fact) and that increased the fun factor for me. Her slow, seductive blowjob was punctuated by the occasional titty fuck and she engaged in some face sitting before he began porking her pussy. Her firm ass sitting on top of his face met with his approval too and I hope more of it is added into future scenes on the show. She was the most vocal gal of the show though as he pounded away, I got the impression that it was too canned (and fake) but she tried to make up for it with some anal. I enjoyed that she pushed back in the doggy position, showing some energy and enthusiasm, but missed seeing her in the cowgirl positions where she could have really shined. The ending pop shot went to her face and wasn't swallowed, capped by a cute bit about payment.

Summary: Jack's Playground 32 Blu-ray looked to have a nice mixture of comedy and pussy, marking it as a worthy volume in the Jack's Playground series. I thought it was worth a Rent It based on the fuck for the buck, the diverse and skilled cast, and the levels of moderate replay value offered up by the scenarios. I was extremely happy to see contract hotty Sophia Santi in two scenes since she really hasn't been given enough exposure to date, and the others in the show were also wise selections. In short, Jack's Playground 32, like its predecessor Jack's Playground 31 had a lot to offer fans of the series and newcomers alike. Sophia Santi shined as the wanton vixen desperate to score some video work and the volume provided fans with even more reason to pick up the popular gonzo comedy series.  The high definition version itself was nicely done though the technical enhancements were not enough to merit an upgrade or even pick this far more expensive version over the original but aside from the blemishes made clearer than ever, it was definitely worth a look or two so check it out.

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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