The Little Details
Running Time: 112 min.
Production Date: 4 / 24 / 1996
Director: Brad Armstrong and Greg Steele
Cast: Jenna Jameson, Juli Ashton, Asia Carrera, Alex Dane, Julie Rage, Kia, Missy Sahara Sands, Shayla LaVeaux, Bobby Vitale, Mark Davis, Alex Sanders, Tom Byron, Mickey G., Vince Voyeur, Claudio, Sean Rider, and Brad Armstrong in sexual roles and E. Z. Ryder and plenty more in non-sex roles
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: I was impressed with the original release of Conquest, and Iím really interested to seeing how much Wicked is going to improve on it.
Initial Reaction: Itís an excellent re-release!
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting beautiful locations for sex or more group sex than one on one action
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting more plot than scenery with their couples porn
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are pretty close to those of the original release, but look a little better. The audio is a bit of a mixed bag. Most of the time itís nicely done and allows you to hear the dialogue clearly. There is a bit of very noticeable dubbing, some of which is required due to some slow motion video effects. Conquest was shot on film, which means youíre going to have a bit of grain. For the age of the feature, the film was treated extremely well, and looks even better now. Itís a little dark at times, but the lighting is pretty good for the time of the feature. Of course thereís a little grain, but the movie looks more soft than grainy.
Music: The musical style and balance varies a bit throughout the feature. The music during most of the sex scenes are a bit loud but nicely blend modern styles with a chanting choirs for a very sexy result, although the style does change a bit to match some scenes. There are also a few areas where the music is the only audio during the sex scenes. The music during the non-sex portions are similar, but a bit more standard, and nicely balanced with the rest of the audio.
Menus: The menus are very nicely animated. They show a lot of care and are impressive from the start. The only menu that isnít too impressive is the chapter menu which lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a chapter number.
The FeatureFor a look at the feature complete with screenshots, please check out my original review of Conquest.
The Extra StuffUnlike the original release of Conquest, this version is packed with extras. Thereís a few of Wickedís standard extras, but mostly thereís a ton of stuff pertaining both to Jenna and the movie. Thereís extended sex scenes, an audio commentary, photo galleries, and featurettes. This is a packed DVD!
|Extended Scene #1 - Jenna Jameson and Vince Voyeur|
The extended version of this scene runs about seventeen minutes. Vince starts things out kissing Jennaís kitty as she lays back on the beach and working on her briefly with the thing at the end of his long hair. Jenna reciprocates nicely with some great knob gobbling before turning around and letting Vince fuck her from behind against the stone structures on the beach. They work through a couple other positions against the rock, with Jenna taking it all as easily as if sheís fucking against a pile of feather pillows. They lighten things up a bit for some doggie style in the sand before Vince strokes himself onto Jennaís face.
This is a great scene, and far superior to the original! You can see some very nice chemistry between Jenna and Vince, and it doesnít have any music so you can actually hear them interact. Everything about this scene is superior, and my only complaint about it is that I canít watch it as part of the movie!
|Extended Scene #2 - Jenna Jameson, Shayla LaVeaux, and Alex Sanders|
The extended version of this scene runs about thirteen minutes. Shayla starts out sucking Alexís cock while he pleasures Jenna by sucking her tits and eating each of her holes. Jenna helps suck a little cock before letting Alex fuck her while she eats Shayla. Alex also fucks Jenna a little missionary style and Shayla from behind before pulling out and giving Jenna a nice spray of spooge after she takes him into her mouth.
This is another superior cut of the scene, although it isnít lengthened quite as much as the other scene. Once again itís helped out quite a bit due to actually hearing the performers, especially because Shayla gets one heck of a great potty mouth going. The audio is enough to make it seem like all three performers were into the scene just a little more, and helped turn this into another great scene.
All Access: The Making of Conquest lasts about fifty five minutes. In addition to footage that was shot during the movie, you get Brad Armstrong looking back on the making. Unlike most of Wickedís behind the scenes featurettes, Steve Orenstein shows up a bit, and mostly talks about some of the budget matters due to how big the budget was for the time it was made. You get to see plenty of the rehearsals, both for the acting and for the swordfighting, as well as other going ons around the set with both the performers and the coordinating of the scenes. Itís a very nicely done behind the scenes featurette, and well worth checking out if youíre interested in how much it took to make this movie.
The blooper reel lasts about four minutes. You get to see a few of the physical blunders which happened on the set, as well as a few flubbed lines and a little screwing around on the set. You even get a couple sexual bloopers. Itís a very nice blooper reel, and much better than you get most of the time.
Plenty of the extras are also centered around Jenna. To start with, thereís Jennaís star stats, which give you a link to one of her scenes and plenty of information about Jenna. Thereís also a two minute star gallery of Jenna from the feature, with about six seconds per very nice looking snapshot or full screen photo. Thereís also a two and a half minute interview with Jenna from when Conquest was being shot. She talks about moving to LA and how it differs from Vegas as well as one of her accidents on the set. Jennaís photo shoot lasts about two and a half minutes, and is basically a compilation of clips of Jenna modeling for the camera for her different roles put to music. Finally for the Jenna related extras, thereís a three minute featurette on Jenna getting molded for her sex toys. Itís almost all done at pretty fast speed and set to music so you pretty much just get to see it and not hear anything about it.
Thereís also plenty of the usual extras you expect from Wicked. The photo gallery from the movie lasts about four minutes with about six seconds per excellent looking snapshot or full screen photo, and the behind the scenes gallery lasts about two and three quarter minutes. In addition to Conquest, trailers are included for XXX Training, Space Nuts, Hercules, Heat, and Sex & Romance. Thereís also promotional materials, DVD-ROM stuff, and a commercial for the Free Speech Coalition.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, group, anal, lesbian, toe-ing, rimming (male > female and female > female), toys, and interracial
Raincoat Factor: Medium high
Condom Usage: None
The Bottom Line:Currently, many of Wickedís DVDs can be found online for between $15 and $30 with many stores offering them for around $21. This oneís more than worth the money! The movie isnít perfect, but is extremely impressive. The technical aspects are very well done, and thereís plenty of extras. This is an excellent DVD despite some of the movieís faults!
Note to Wicked: Itís really great to see you putting this much care into your older releases! Please keep it up and in the future try to make it so that the viewer can choose between watching the movie as it was originally released or as an extended cut with the longer scenes spliced in (but also available to watch separately).
If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail me .
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