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Running Time: 67 min.
Production Date: 1 / 25 / 2002
Director: Lunar Eclipse (otherwise known as the tantalizing temptress Tina Tyler)
Cast: Lolita Lemarchand, Darian Caine, Mistress Tara Indiana, Mariah, Mistress Charlize, and Inga
Initial Expectations: Iíve been very impressed with everything Iíve seen from Pandora so far, and Tina Tyler has been improving with every movie Iíve seen from her. The combination should make for the best bondage DVD out there so far.
Initial Reaction: Itís the best bondage movie Iíve seen so far.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody at all interested in bondage
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody who thinks bondage movies have to be of poor quality
Audio /Video Quality: Bondage movies are notorious for having technical qualities rivaled only by what people got trying to get free cable putting tin foil on their TV antennas in the eighties. Thankfully, Pandora is bucking the trend. The audio has a few hollow spots, but that appears to be due to the location where it was shot. The video is also very good. It has a few minor soft focus problems and a flash or two of remnants, but it isnít plagued by grain and sub-VHS quality video that most bondage features have. Itís also well lit. The lighting isnít bright, but just dark enough to help enhance the mood of the feature.
Menus: Both the main menu and the chapter menu are simple and without animation.
The Feature: Bondage movies seem to be kind of cursed. Theyíre almost always dark and hard to watch. If thereís a plot, itís cheesy even by porn standards and rarely fits in with the rest of the feature. Affliction, however, bucks that trend. The small thread of a plot revolves around a caged slave and the actions she sees and experiences. She never says a word, yet weíre given access to her thoughts until she gets her own time with a Mistress.
Dark haired Mistress Darian Caine (who some might recognize as a B-movie scream queen) starts off complimenting her slave Inga, a nice looking bleached blonde, about her nice body. Inga tells her that sheís pleased her Mistress enjoys her body so much, and is told that sheís going to be touched quite a bit. Mistress Darian blindfolds Inga and then lets her fingers travel across the slaveís body, as well as using a feather duster, before spanking her with a furry paddle. Mistress Darian rewards her slave next by rubbing her naked upper body against hers, and then pouring hot wax over Ingaís natural breasts. The slave and her Mistress finally end things with a nice kiss before Inga is led away by her collar. Itís a very well done scene with a great pace. It slowly moves along and builds while never feeling so dark that people who picked it up out of curiosity wonít be turned off. It also builds nicely enough that those who are experienced with the lifestyle shouldnít be too turned off either. Itís a fine line that Tina Tyler appears to be riding very well.
Black Mistress Charlize tries working with a stubborn dark haired slave Mariah in the next scene. Mariah needs to learn how to submit, and resists her Mistress and the commands that are given to her. Luckily, Mistress Charlize is patient and willing to take the time to teach her right. When Mariah finally learns to listen, sheís rewarded with a paddle and a switch. Itís a great spanking scene where you can clearly see the slave loving the harsh love on her ass. Itís the first time Iíve seen a spanking scene with this much chemistry, which makes this easily the best spanking scene Iíve watched.
Finally, Lolita Lemarchand is released from her cage and given a lesson by Mistress Tara Indiana. Lolita is taken out of her cage, cuffed around her ankles and wrists while Mistress Tara blows smoke in her face, and is then fastened to a table. After putting her slave in her place, Mistress Tara tests Lolitaís bald pussy and nipples with weights as well as whipping her pussy. She also trains Lolita in cocksucking with a glass dildo before fucking her with it, as well as another toy. Mistress Tara finally draws Lolita to her as she starts to cry. Although this might sound like a cruel scene, it doesnít really feel that way. Thereís plenty of times when Lolita gives signs of wanting her treatment. Thereís darkness to the scene, but Mistress Tara also provides light, balancing herself between nurturing and punishing. Itís a very good scene to end the feature with, and draws together some of the ideas that were slowly brought out about bondage between the scenes.
Despite having a name so long that Fiona Apple is trying to cut it short, Affliction: My Unbearable Burden of Self-Important Pleasure is easily the best bondage feature Iíve seen. The scenes are nicely varied and paced extremely well rather than just being one spanking scene after another. In each scene itís pretty clear that the cast is enjoying themselves and really do get pleasure from pain. Each scene has a slightly different style, and every one of them is enjoyable in their own way. Thereís also the hints of a plot throughout the feature. Well, maybe not a plot, more like a bit of exploration of bondage and what some enjoy about it. Thatís not quite right either, but itís about as close as I can come to describing it.
Tina Tyler also shows some nice improvement behind the camera in Affliction. I donít think there was a single time I was unhappy with one of the camera angles, and she used the light or lack thereof to nicely enhance the mood of the feature. Sheís helped out by Anders Mangaís editing, which blended the angles together well enough that I didnít get sick of any of the camera angles either. Affliction: My Unbearable Burden of Self-Important Pleasure is a great bondage movie that anybody who feels any interest about should check out.
Extras: Trailers are included for Affliction, the excellent Tina Tylerís Going Down and Girl Show, and the upcoming Girl Show 2 (which Iíve heard is even better than the original). Thereís also contact information.
Themes: Bondage, fetishwear, lesbian, spanking, hot wax, inter-racial, and toys
Raincoat Factor: Very high
Overall: Currently, Affliction can be found online for between $20 and $25 with only a few stores offering it. If youíre at all interested in this DVD itís going to be well worth the money. There isnít really anything special for extras, but the transfer is very well done. The feature also gives a nice selection of bondage scenes that are very well done.
Note to Pandora: A few extras would have been nice here to really raise this one above all the other bondage DVDs out there, since it seems like a great feature for both those who are experienced and those who are curious. Interviews with some of the stars and what drew them to bondage or what they like best would have been a great addition. Iím assuming this might have been filmed at the Den of Iniquity, so a small featurette on the Den might have also made a great extra. A few more chapter breaks would have also been nice. Other than that, itís great to see you continue to bring out hot and artistic adult films!
Special Thanks: To Tina Tyler and Anders Magna. Tina took the time to let me know who the stars were I was unfamiliar with. They both let me know some of the details as to the creation of this feature, which only impresses me more about the movie in general as well as Pandora as a company. If half of the studios out there put half as much care into their products as Iím seeing from Pandora, I think the adult film world would get a lot more respect. Well, maybe not, but it would sure deserve it.
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Updated 10Sept02 for star identification and special thanks