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Jack's POV 17

Studio: Digital Playground » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 9/14/10

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

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Jack's POV 17 (SD & Blu-ray)

Digital Playground

Genre: Gonzo, POV

Director: Robby D.

Cast: Janie Summers, Mick Blue, Chanel Preston, Scott Nails, Charley Chase, Tori Black, Selena Rose

Length: 137:50 minutes

Heather Starlet/Janie Summers

Date of Production: 6/25/2010

Extras: There were no extras worth detailing this time, just a pop shot recap, some trailers, a slide show and photogallery (the Blu-ray version truncating these into one set of stills).

Condoms: None

Chanel Preston (click for blog)

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Audio/Video Quality: Jack's POV 17 was offered up in a choice of formats; the standard definition version in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen using a 480p resolution MPEG-2 encoding or a Blu-ray 1080p resolution AVC encoded version 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, Robbie 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 "The Man" P. (credited again as "Not Nick P. XXX) 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 SD numbers typically bounced around the 5.7 Mbps mark, often going higher or somewhat lower for those who care, while the Blu-ray title clocked in routinely with a 17.2 Mbps video bitrate. The audio was presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital English with a 48 kHz sampling rate and 640 Kbps bitrate (in the Blu-ray version; 448 Kbps in standard definition), none of the vocals showing any separation though the score seemed to during the opening and closing. I did notice that some portions were substantially louder than others so be prepared with remote in hand (like most folks) to compensate, the balance off in other areas as well.

Charley Chase

Body of Review: Digital Playground is perhaps the most successful production company in porn these days, their winning formula of letting director Robby D. loose to unleash his creative perversions in various incarnations working more often than not. That they have also been the only company to fully embrace the advances in technology such as Blu-ray sure hasn't hurt my opinion of them either, regardless of reported sales. Their latest title making it my way was the recently released Jack's POV 17, the movie coming out days before this review was set to run. Like previous volumes in the series, this one features a contract hotty, this time the sexy little Selena Rose, the cover advertising this as her first point of view movie. As expected, most of the footage shot was done in the point of view fashion so the viewer could fantasize about boning the babes himself, though there was again a departure from holding too strictly to this approach for those purists demanding 100% POV. In any case, with a cast including Chanel Preston, Tori Black, Charley Chase, and even former contract performer Janie Summers in addition to Selena, there was hope this would turn out as strong as some of the better efforts in the series to date, the bets that this fuck flick would trip my trigger remained very high. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Tori Black

Scene One: Janie Summers, a very cute little blond also known as Heather Starlet these days, was up first with studly Mick Blue, as she prepared for her shopping trip to the mall. Mick caught some up skirt shots of her in the bathroom too, her skimpy red panties riding up her crotch and ass crack nicely as she took the camera to check him out as well. It was a playful turnabout of roles, Janie teasing him with her tits before showing off her ass and masturbating on the toilet. That led to her providing a hand assisted hummer, looking up at Mick in POV fashion as she slobbed his knob thoroughly. With streamers still left on her mouth, the camera was then placed down to show a different POV, up close to her face as Mick pounded her vaginally from behind. The couple moved around a bit and ended up in the bedroom, Janie giving a decently active vaginal ride with substantial taste testing, leading to Janie rubbing out his wad of genetic juice in a final blowjob. Her eyes looked so innocent that it added some fun, this being one of her best scenes to date.

Selena Rose (Sasha Bleu)

Scene Two: Chanel Preston, a newcomer brunette with nice curves and a winning smile, was up next as she interviewed for a position, Scott Nails stepping in as the sexual surrogate for the director. She was about to lose the job when she showed her true resume, her sexual past initially working against her until she stripped and placed his hand on her pussy. This was another scene using a playful dynamic to liven things up, Chanel only wanting a chance to show her skills to the man to prove she would be a great personal assistant. She rubbed her pussy and unfastened his pants, jerking his cock off until some vaginal penetration was displayed. Chanel was on the passive side this time, some blemishes covered up with makeup though her ass looking fine enough to plunder. She was vocal and appeared to enjoy the penetration though, her oral skills helping to milk his balls dry of population pudding after one last missionary position. Scott jerked off to her crotch and she tasted his spunk with a smile, her perfectly hairless pussy inviting all the same.

Scene Three: Charley Chase, a curvy brunette that almost always adds a lot of fuck for the buck to her scenes, was up next in the kitchen of a large loft, the scenario being that the café she owned was too frisky. Mick Blue lamented the closing too, Charley telling him how the ladies would do anything for money. They were on two different wavelengths and she stripped down to her red bikini undies, Charley asking for his help as she put on a show for him. This led to another of her fine hand-assisted hummers showing her completely into the moment, her eye contact splendid as she inhaled his pecker with a lot of enthusiasm. She then bent over for him to admire, her great ass inviting though her oral skills not to be trifled with in the slightest. Charley was the most active cock rider of the show, her pierced nipples flailing about as she impaled herself soundly in a variety of positions. She glistened with sweat and passionately milked him dry, his load of spunk rubbed out to her face as she offered up some post coital head.

Scene Four: Tori Black, a lean brunette that has made substantial strides in the past year in terms of her performances, was up next in bed as she caressed herself and removed her already skimpy clothing (a loose black top, peach skirt, bra, and panties). Her partner was Scott Nails and there was no attempt at a set up this time, the gal stripping and teasing before he felt her up and she blew him actively in return. Tori had a degree of intensity only surpassed by Charley in this fuck flick, her oral leading to an active set of vaginal penetration positions, ending only when Scott couldn't hold out any more and rubbed out his nut of semen to her mouth and face.

Scene Five: Selena Rose, the brand new contract hotty featured on the front cover, was up last with Scott Nails. Leaving her previous name of Sasha Bleu behind, she was a tight little Latina wearing only a white crop top shirt and red thong here, her ass crack swallowing the back portion of it really well until he removed it for her. She made squealing noises as he fingered her, Selena gyrating her hips before finishing her stripping act to lose the top and animal print bra. That was when she slobbed his knob in a playful manner, moving into the vaginal positions that showed her initially as passive, even as she warmed up to offer something more advanced. The repetitive noises she made got old quickly but her lithe young body did show signs of untapped potential, the gal sucking him off to completion at the very end.

Summary: Jack's POV 17 by director Robby D. was full of attractive women giving decent performances so I rated it as Recommended. I would have appreciated better extras, more tease, and a stricter adherence to the POV camera angle but I can't deny that each of the ladies present gave fun performances, even if a few of them seemed a bit on the stiff side. In short, Jack's POV 17 had a lot of POV fuck for the buck and while it might not have even tried to surpass competitors in terms of quantity of footage, it gave a good showing for a title emphasizing a variety of ladies getting in, getting fucked, and getting out rather than linger with tease or lots of positions. I definitely appreciated the high definition version better and Sasha Bleu, now known as company contract performer Selena Rose, appeared to enjoy her scene with an active bout of boning, her potential for even better scenes quite high. I also appreciated the attempts to make the colors looked more saturated at times, the washed out look presumably due to the down-conversion of the extreme resolution provided by the RED One camera system finally being addressed, albeit not perfectly.

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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