The Little Details
Running Time: 67 min.
Production Date: 1988
Director: Candida Royalle and Veronica Hart
Cast: Jeanna Fine, Randy Paul, Alexis Firestone, and Rugby Rhodes
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: So far Candidaís movies have affected my consciousness more than my libido, and it normally tried running away from me faster than a turpentined cat. Needless to say, Iím not looking forward to this one even with Veronica Hart being behind the camera for half of it.
Initial Reaction: Itís okay, but far from special.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting plot, tease, and as little visible cum as possible
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting a scene that closes feeling like the sex is actually done
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: For a feature thatís approaching twenty years old, the technical aspects are very well done. The audio is clear and well balanced, and I donít think I noticed any background noises.
Music: The music is a bit loud, but has a very sexy feel that works very well.
Menus: The menus are decently done. The main menu has a classic feel which brings in a bit of the feature. The chapter menu lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a chapter number, but nicely breaks it up based on the two stories in the feature.
The FeatureA Taste of Ambrosia collects two short sex stories. Theyíre unrelated except for being directed by women, only containing one sex scene in each, and working in the idea that visible cum should be avoided like a rabid pit bull. In the first case the scene is directed by Veronica Hart and in the second itís by Candida Royalle.
|Scene 1 - Veronica Hartís The Pick-Up with Alexis Firestone and Rugby Rhodes|
Alexis is a nice looking woman with a Mediterranean complexion and a nicely natural body. She takes a bath before getting dolled up in a slinky dress to stand on a street corner. Meanwhile, Rugby takes a shower to end his day before heading out to the street to pick up Alexis. They head back to his place, where he breaks open a bottle of bubbly before they get on with the action. He slowly works his tongue around her body before breaking out his wallet. He pulls out a couple twenties so that he can get what heís after, a rubber. Alexis takes it in her mouth and works her mouth around Rugbyís body before giving his cock, which is kept in purple bikini underwear for the ladies who are interested, a little attention. She slides the condom on with her mouth before laying back for Rugby to fuck her. They also work in a little doggie style before Rugby fakes an internal pop.
This scene really leaves me with mixed emotions. On one hand, thereís a great romantic feel to it. I love the foreplay aspect of the scene, and the prostitution role playing theme works very well as well. On the other hand, the scene seems to take forever to get anywhere. Itís only a half hour long, but over ten minutes go by just with Alexisí bath and Rugby working. This had me wondering if the scene was ever going to go anywhere, and the long lead-in to the sex didnít work much better. Once it got to the action kissing and sex it worked great up until it got to the patented ďPop shots sum up everything thatís wrong in pornĒ Candida Royalle ending. Iím not saying that thereís anything wrong with internal pop shots, but Candida normally runs so fast from cum in her scenes that youíd think theyíd have the same effect on her and her performers that an open fire hydrant would on the Wicked Witch of the West. In reviewing well over a thousand DVDs, nothing has given me a better appreciation for a nice gooey facial or body pop than Candida Royalleís avoidance of cum. That said, Veronica does works it in here okay. You can see a lot of potential in her here with how she draws things out and keeps them playful with a fairly taboo subject. You get the classic feel out of the scene that one would hope for, and in the end, it ends up an okay scene.
|Scene 2 - Candida Royalleís Nine Lives Hath My Love with Jeanna Fine and Randy Paul|
Randy thinks Jeannaís more in love with her cats than him. Maybe it has something to due with her paying more attention to the cat on the bed than him when they have sex. Heís about had enough, and when sheís about to lose him, starts to notice some of his cat-like qualities. She has him model nude for her, and it unleashes the animalistic passion inside her. Jeanna gets nekkid good and quick and kisses her way across Randyís body and down to suck his cock. She rides him briefly before letting Randy return the oral favors. He moves up to fuck her before badly faking an internal pop.
This is another okay scene. Maybe it didnít work for me due to an intense dislike of cats or because virtually every one of Candidaís scenes has nearly put me to sleep. Itís not a bad scene here, as Jeanna and Randy have nice chemistry together, but itís far from great as well. I had a hard time getting into it as Jeanna seemed so into her own little world that she was hard to like, and Randy seemed like such a pansy I almost expected him to bat for the other team. Thankfully they do work well together and up to the visible-cum-is-bad ending, it worked pretty well.
A Taste of Ambrosia has a nice idea behind it, but never makes it all the way there. I like the idea of having different directors come together to tell a collection of stories around a certain theme. Veronica Hart and Candida Royalleís style matches nicely, and my main complaint outside of some of that style, is that the movie barely lasts an hour. This release practically screams that it should have been part of a double feature, and as such, would have made a great release. The stories are done decently, but theyíre slower than I think many people will care for. Even with some characters for the sex I had a hard time getting into each of the scenes, but appreciated the romantic feel that came out in the scenes. Itís something that is missing in a lot of couples features, but sadly Candidaís response to the problems with couples features is to see how much she can slow it down. The biggest complaint I hear from couples, and especially women, isnít bad acting or fake sex, itís that itís boring and repetitive. Candida only makes that worse, and here gets to that point long before the sex starts. A Taste of Ambrosia is a good thought and has some nice effort put into it, but never makes it as far as it might due to Candidaís porn snobbery.
The Extra StuffTrailers are included for One Size Fits All, Eyes of Desire, Eyes of Desire 2, The Gift, The Bridal Shower, Three Daughters, Christineís Secret, My Surrender, Stud Hunters, and the Star Director Series as a whole. Thereís also a commercial for Candidaís Natural Contours sex toys. In addition to a bio on Candida Royalle, she gives a short message about the Femme line of films which is mostly Candida beating her own drum about her movies being able to be used educationally.
The only unique extra is the twelve minute plus photo gallery which Candida gives a commentary with. The photos last varying lengths as Candida talks about the movie and the people in it. Itís a very nice commentary, and a nice way to do it. Candida gives some nice detail about the movie, and it feels like itís just the right length.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Raincoat Factor: Medium low
Condom Usage: Only in the first scene
The Bottom Line:Currently, most of the movies from Femme Productions can be found online for between $14 and $25 with several stores offering them near the low end. If this is your sort of thing, itíll be well worth your money. The technical aspects are excellent for the age of the feature and thereís some nice effort put into the extras. Unfortunately the sex lacks a bit, but Candida seems to think that her fanbase doesnít really pick up her movies for the sex .
Note to Candida Royalle: Your movies might not be to my tastes, but itís nice to see you putting some visible effort into your DVDs. Thank you for that effort.
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