The Little Details
Running Time: 48 min.
Production Date: 5 / 5 / 2006, 7 / 5, 8, 9 / 2006, 2 / 1 / 2008
Director: Geoff Bean
Cast: Amber Rayne, Celina Cross, Courtney Simpson, Faith Leon, Sandra Romain, Christian XXX., Jerry, Marcos Leon, Sascha, and of course, Tristan Taormino
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: The little I've seen from Vivid's educational line was pretty good. I'm going into this one with a bit of expectations.
Initial Reaction: It's a very nice release
Who Should Watch It : Anybody looking for a way to freshen up their knowledge on sex positions
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting circus sex positions
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are very nicely done. The audio is clear and well balanced, and I didn't notice any background noises. Even the voiceovers come across at a very nice level throughout the movie. The video is presented in an mix of full frame and non-anamorphic widescreen. It's very clear and well lit, but for how little full frame footage there is, I couldn't help but wonder why the entire movie wasn't being presented in anamorphic widescreen.
Music: There's a little music that rests very quietly in the background and adds nicely to the overall experience.
Menus: The main menu nicely works through a little animation before settling in on a menu that lets you choose between the feature, positions, extras, and all of the pairings without going through the instruction.
The FeatureThe Expert Guide to Positions takes the same format as the rest of Tristan Taormino's movies for Vivid's Educational line. It starts with a simple talk about the subject that often (although not here) takes the form of an instructional workshop talk. Afterwards it moves into a graphic demonstration of the subject, which here is broken down into different major positions with their minor variations. As porn stars demonstrate the positions, Tristan gives information about them with a voiceover. The action also stops occasionally for different tips to pop up.
|The Lecture – Tristan Taormino|
Tristan covers many different aspect for the positions to begin talking about positions. She starts basically talking about comfort and being realistic about your bodies and physical limitations. Communication including eye contact and dirty talk are covered as well as how different positions allow different access to other parts of your partner's body. Angle and depth are discussed, which leads into depth of position and how the range of motion will work for you. This of course leads into friction and how it can accommodate different penis sizes. Finally she covers orgasms and how although your body might be very comfortable to have an orgasm as well as the energy and vibe of different positions.
The lecture portion of the movie is very well done. It doesn't quite last ten minutes, but does a great job of laying out the groundwork for the subject. Tristan comes across as professional but never dry, and does a very nice job of bringing up some things that people might not think about while also covering all of the basics. This is a very nice introduction for the movie and also makes it very easy to see why Tristan Taormino is considered by many to be one of the top lecturers on sexuality in the country.
|The Demonstrations – Amber Rayne and Christian XXX, Sandra Romain and Jerry, Faith Leon and Marcos Leon, Celina Cross and Jerry, Faith Leon and Christian XXX, Courtney Simpson and Sascha, and Sandra Romain and Sascha|
The demonstration part of the movie starts with Christian and Amber Rayne demonstrating the missionary position and why it has a lot to offer even though many people downplay the position. Jerry and Sandra Romain take over to demonstrate the scissors position before Faith Leon and Marcos Leon demonstrate the side saddle position. Jerry returns with Celina Cross for the straddle, or chair, position before Christian joins Faith Leon for spooning. Amber and Christian demonstrate the cowgirl position along with its froggie, horizontal, and reverse cowgirl variations before Courtney Simpson and Sascha demonstrate the reverse isis and reverse froggie positions. Christian and Amber return again for doggie before Sandra and Jerry demonstrate flying doggie for both vaginal and anal. Christian and Amber also demonstrate the pancake before Sandra anally demonstrates the stallion with Sascha. Finally, Christian and Amber return one last time for a standing demonstration including the Superman variation.
This is a very nice collection of sex positions. The couples all appear to get into the action very well and the camera captures it all very well. There's just enough time given to each position to demonstrate and talk about it nicely, and the segments never seem anywhere close to being wank material because of it. Tristan also does a very nice job talking about the advantages and disadvantages to each position while once again never letting the subject feel too dry. This is a very nice look at different sex positions.
The Expert Guide to Positions is a very well done instructional release. Tristan keeps things very friendly as she guides the viewer through a myriad of positions, starting with the lecture and then moving on with a few comments through the demonstration. The lecture gives a very nice basis for looking at different positions, while the demonstration adds to it with plenty of chemistry along with some nice camera work to show it all. There aren't any wildly different positions here, but perhaps what speaks best about The Expert Guide to Positions is that no matter how familiar the positions are, there always seems to be something worth paying attention to as it's covered. The Expert Guide to Positions doesn't cover any wildly new ground, but it covers the subject so well that it's a great release to watch whether you're just starting to explore new positions with your partner or whether you're trying to find something new to spice things up after years of play.
The Extra StuffTrailers are included for Chemistry, Chemistry 2, Chemistry 3, Chemistry 4, The Expert Guide to Anal Sex, The Expert Guide to Oral Sex 1: Cunnilingus, The Expert Guide to Ora Sex 2: Fellatio, and The Expert Guide to the G-Spot. There's also a pair of bonus scenes from the movie, a talk on safer sex, and commercials.
The safer sex featurette lasts a little under six minutes. The talk starts with Cindy Crawford and Jack Lawrence and oral sex for her with dental dams and tongue condoms both that you can buy and make yourself. Adrianna Nicole and Alec Knight demonstrate a condoms for use in blowjobs and making them a fun part of the action before Ricki White and Marcos Leon demonstrate safe analingus methods. Penny Flame and Evan Stone help with the vaginal penetration portion of the talk with fingers, toys, and intercourse. This is a surprisingly nice featurette. It does a nice job of trying to make the subject fun and keeps things very friendly.
Those wanting more sex will also be pleased at the extra scenes included without the instruction. The movie had seven different pairings in the demonstrations, and the full scene from each couple is included for each couple that lasts between about twelve and twenty two minutes each. There's a little light music in the background of each scene, and you get plenty of oral action mixed in with each position as well as a pop shot for each scene. This is a great extra for the DVD and it definitely raises up the DVD as a whole.
|Bonus Scene 1 – Roxy DeVille and Christian XXX|
The Chair is the first bonus scene. Roxy gives the camera a few smiles as she sits back on a barstool for Christian to start fucking her. He fucks her at a nice pace as she moans away before the scene fades out without a pop.
This is an okay segment. It's definitely on the short side, and more than anything it felt like it should have been a part of the main feature. There's no voiceover to comment on the position, and strangely the scene felt like it needed it. This is a nice little segment due to how well Roxy gets into the action, but I would have really liked to have heard some of Tristan's comments on it as they played.
|Bonus Scene 2 – Roxy DeVille and Christian XXX, Faith Leon and Marcos Leon|
Oral Sex has Roxy going right to work on Christian sucking and stroking his manhood. Faith and Marco appear next with Marco eating Faith's box as she lies back wearing a sexy white bra and panties. She sits up so he can kiss her mouth and tits before letting him lie back so she can suck his cock. Finally, they close things out with a kiss.
This is an okay segment. There's some nice oral action, but once again it feels like it's not the whole picture and was just plain missing something. Marcos and Faith's coupling especially felt like it should have been part of their enlarged scene, and although both segments had nice chemistry I just couldn't get into them that well. There's some nice footage here, but it doesn't add too much to the overall release.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, instructional, toys, and anal
Raincoat Factor: Medium. The demonstrations are graphic, but also not quite stroke material
Condom Usage: None
The Bottom Line:Currently, many of the Vivid Ed DVDs can be found online for between about $17 and $30 with most stores offering them for around $23. This one's well worth the money. The positions are covered very well, and done so in a manner that should appeal both to sexual novices and aspiring experts. The overall DVD is very impressive due to the effort put to the extras with full scenes from each of the couples in the movie as well as a pair of bonus scenes. There's also some very nice effort put into the technical aspects throughout the release that makes it all the better. This is a very nice release that shows some very nice care.
Note to Vivid Ed: With all the talk about safe sex on your educational releases, it'd be nice to see you practicing what you preach at least with condom usage.
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