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Jack's POV 16

Studio: Digital Playground » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 5/25/10

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

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Jack's POV 16 (SD & Blu-ray)

Digital Playground

Genre: POV (point of view), Gonzo

Director: Robby D.

Cast: McKenzie Lee, Mick Blue, Kourtney Kane, Tommy Gunn, Chayse Evans, Raven Alexis, Kasey Chase
Non-sex role: Brah Bones

Length: 128:50 minutes

McKenzie Lee

Date of Production: 1/29/2010

Extras: The only extras were a meager cumshot recap, a slide show, a photogallery of the same pictures, and eight trailers.

Condoms: None

Kourtney Kane

Audio/Video Quality: Jack's POV 16 was presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen using a 480p resolution with the standard definition MPEG-2 encoding as shot by director Robby D. for Digital Playground. The director has been responsible for a wealth of excellent movies in recent years (though some admittedly weaker efforts too), generally using the alias of "Jack" to project his mindset into various situations. This was another in the series that focused on POV (point of view) camera angles, allowing the viewer to imagine they are the ones involved with the ladies. The scenes appeared to be shot with a single camera and minimal lighting, some shadows entering into the picture in every scene but the majority of time showing that the crew behind the camera knew what they were doing. Rather than try for technical excellence this time, Robby appeared to go for a more spontaneous look, a number of glitches left into the picture seemingly on purpose to provide that home movie look he is renowned for shooting. In any case, the SD version of the movie had some compression artifacts and what appeared to be edge enhancement, the moiré barely noticeable though the attempts at shooting from a dark room into bright light bothersome but Nick "Maestro" P. tidied it up really well. Still, not everyone prefers the flat lighting other companies offer up so this would be for those of you that want more texture in your porn. The video bitrate varied significantly but when I spot checked it, the numbers typically bounced around the 5.8 Mbps mark, often going higher or somewhat lower for those who care. The Blu-ray version of the movie clocked in somewhat more impressively using the AVC codec and upgrading the video bitrate to a much more impressive 19.6 Mbps, the level of detail and resolution taking better advantage of the gear the crew used; the cast looking more lifelike than ever. The audio was presented in a post-production added 5.1 Dolby Digital English with a 48 kHz sampling rate and 384 Kbps bitrate (for Blu-ray; the SD version clocking in at 448 Kbps but showing no improvement), none of the vocals showing any separation though the score seemed to during the opening and closing. Aurally speaking then, it was about average which is expected from Robbie's gonzo works or the stuff he handles in the Celeste branded titles.

Chayse Evans

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Body of Review: Robby D. is one of my favorite creative people at Digital Playground, his directorial talents always better when he is left alone to provide the kind of strokable smut he is best at, sadly too many hands spoiling many of his efforts of the past year. While I admit that his works are far from the hardcore gonzo I generally prefer, he typically finds a way to do the most he came with what he has to work with, a feat in and of itself these days when assembly line porn is the norm from those making couples-oriented porn. His latest release sent for review is Jack's POV 16, the point of view series that I've championed a number of times in the past as indicative of why the company (and director) should be taken seriously at awards time. Rather than rely on circus act sex, endless banter no one even listens too that isn't reviewing, or even endless scenarios before the sex, Robby prefers to line up the best talent available and move forward, knowing the winner will be the consumer wise enough to pick up a copy. This time, the show focused on contract hotty Raven Alexis, a varied cast including Chayse Evans, Kourtney Kane, and Kasey Chase also present to instill some quality fuck for your POV buck. The setting varied but in most cases, the sets were limited to a house, the "Jack" character (actually one of his sexual surrogates) getting to nail the ladies for one reason or another, the acting about what could be expected from a cold reading moments after someone without training was handed a script (or told to improvise). Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Raven Alexis

Scene One: McKenzie Lee, a brunette with large implants and a lean body, was up first as she asked Mick Blue where the party was at. Needless to say, the party was in his pants, her invitation merely a ruse to engage in sexual misconduct, the gal stripping off her red shirt and brand new blue jeans to tease him. First off, while I don't see the appeal the woman has (too skinny, implants way too large from her frame, manly hands), the bony broad can be quite active when she wants to be, initially changing into a sleek bikini to masturbate with by an indoor pool. That led to her dropping his pants and sucking him off, showing some solid hand to gland combat style as she licked and inhaled his pecker like a seasoned champion in the arts of oral. Her eye contact in the POV scene was great and her enthusiasm shined above most of her current performances, her active vaginal positions not as consistent as possible but decently played as a general rule. The best for me were the reverse cowgirl variations since she pumped up and down so well but some of you might prefer the passive anal she did instead. The ending wad of population pudding graced her neck and mouth for the most part, some post coital head closing things up for the next scene.

Kasey Chase

Scene Two: Kourtney Kane, a busty newcomer wearing a yellow top and short skirt accentuated by some fishnet stockings, was up next in a doctor office with various ailments. The doctor was Tommy Gunn and in a relatively rare scenario for the series, he was seen full out and not just as a stunt dick. He examined her so the clothing came off and her rack was prominently highlighted, the camera again too close to the action to show her head and torso or medium shots other than it panning back and forth from a static position (thanks to the large camera system used, I'll bet). Regardless of the technical limitations, the disembodied booty, labia, and tits were shown in great detail, the high definition version making her scars stand out more. He then fingered and ate her out briefly, porking her passive pussy in a few positions afterwards. To her credit, she gave him a very solid hummer with a lot of little tricks to practically own him, focusing most of her attention on his head as she gingerly slobbed his knob. The departure from the POV camera angle was an issue though since that is the foundation of the series but she took her facial of genetic juice quite well, the scene cutting away to the next immediately after she answered his call for a follow up visit.

Scene Three: Chayse Evans, a lean hotty that sometimes reminds me of a taller Jenna Haze was up next in the living room, her portrayal of a stripper girlfriend such that it came off as one of the most believable of the bunch. She exuded positive energy from the very beginning of the scene even before she started lifting her animal print dress to reveal some matching panties to Mick Blue. The enthusiasm continued as he pawed her all natural tits, the perky nipples getting even perkier as she got into teasing him with her sweet ass. The thong rode up deep into her ass crack too, the gal smacking her cheeks as she slowly disrobed, Mick aurally encouraging her to continue as if he were a customer. By the time she unleashed his pecker from his pants, he was hard enough to cut diamonds, her mouth engulfing the cock aggressively as her hand worked the shaft. The resulting blowjob was a mixture of seductive strength and erotic tease, her playful antics such that even her eye contact was perfectly suited for making this a stand out scene. Chayse impaled herself on the cock better than anyone else in the series for some time too, riding him as if she had a need for seed, even using her feet on his dick during an interlude. Her moans were generally not too overstated, the loss of breath believable and the taste testing sweet. It ended when she swallowed the load of semen down with ease, the action and chemistry truly elevating this one way beyond my expectations.

Scene Four: Raven Alexis, the very cute babe featured on the front cover, was up next as a wayward youth in detention because she was just too darned supportive of the football team, Mick Blue stuck in there due to fighting. Brah Bones played the teacher in a cameo role well enough, leaving them alone in a most implausible move since the pizza deliveryman started taking sexual favors to pay the bill. Regardless, she got frisky and started drawing graphic pictures on the board, Mick worrying about Brah's return until she put on a sexual tease show for his benefit, sitting in a chair before him to take off her black top and stretch pants (revealing her sweet little camel toe). Raven has struck me as a sexual being from reading her blog at Xcritic but her performances have never been captured as well as I think she deserves (sorry to the slavering fanboys out there but praising the company's weaker efforts gives them no reason to work on their game and improve). Anyway, she played the seductress very well, her shaven pussy inviting to the viewer as much as Mick. He soon rubbed her a little too, the gal tasting her already wet pubes before dropping down to her knees to suck him off in POV fashion, the gal concentrating her efforts on his head and balls rather than go very deep on the shaft. The look in her eyes also helped provide some extra replay value and I strongly suggest she be used in any sitcum parody involving the need for a Jennifer Garner lookalike. While not the most active vaginal rider of cock in the movie (Yay Chayse!), she did some fine taste testing and it was certainly one of her best performances of late, the classroom tryst getting better as it continued (she became more active for starters). It ended when he busted a nut of splooge into her mouth, the look in her eyes a classic!

Scene Five: Kasey Chase, a cute newcomer barely wearing a plaid shirt and loose Daisy Dukes, was up last on a porch outside the house as she jabbered on a cell phone while Tommy Gunn checked her out. The tease here added to the fun and he wanted more, soon getting down to business as she blew him by the outside pool. Her all natural body was appealing and she hammed it up for the camera, the POV camera angle dispensed with during the initial oral sex portions to be resumed shortly thereafter. She was active during the cowgirl variations as her pussy learned to accommodate his cock driven inside of her, the appeal of the medium to long shot showing her in all her glory much better than a strict regimen of close up shots. She jerked him off and towards the end, some genius had the idea that looking at her face alone during the penetration was a wise move, the ensuing jerking off to her pussy finishing things up for the credits to roll.

Summary: Jack's POV 16 by director Robby D. for Digital Playground might not have been as consistent a set of scenes as his very best work but I found the fuck flick enjoyable all the same, the performances meriting a closer look thanks to their strokability and replay value. The value was less than one might get from the top tier gonzo producers at JJV or Evil Angel but this was more suitable for couples wanting to explore the POV market in a decidedly less hardcore manner, earning a rating of Recommended or better, your mileage varying depending on just how forgiving you are in regards to the weaker scenes. In short then, Jack's POV 16 continued the long history of the series as one of the best POV releases of the genre this year, the high definition version making it even better thanks to the enhanced detail and depth of field but also for smoothing out some of the visual elements not covered quite well enough in the standard definition outing so check it out for all of the players here, not just the featured contract performance.

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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