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Final Selections

Studio: California Star
Category:  Fetish

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Where to buy:Streaming/Download
astroknight's ratings for Final Selections:
Overall Rating 3 stars
Final Selections overall rating 3 stars
Female Looks Final Selections Female looks rating 3 stars
Male Looks Final Selections Male looks rating 2.5 stars
Sex Final Selections Sex rating 4 stars
 
Plot/Acting Final Selections Plot/Acting rating 2.5 stars
Extras Final Selections DVD Extras rating 1/2 star
Audio/Video Quality Final Selections A/V Quality rating 2 stars
Worth$10.00
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Reviewed by astroknight  on  12/26/2004

The Little Details

Running Time: 57 min. (cover states approx. 60 min.)

Production Date: 9 / 30 / 2002

Director: None credited

Cast: Charlotte, Mandy, Annabelle, Pete, and Diane

The Short Story

Initial Expectations: I haven’t heard anything about California Star, so I’m going in with open expectations.

Initial Reaction: The scenes are a little similar to each other, but there’s some nice enjoyment that helps them work nicely.

Who Should Watch It : Spanking fans

Who Should Avoid It: Anybody who wants a bit of variety with their spanking or sex

The Technical Stuff

Audio /Video Quality: Bondage and fetish features are well known for having technical aspects that lack a bit, and this one’s no different. The audio is okay, and while it is pretty good, it isn’t completely clear and has a slightly muddied feel. The video also leaves a bit to be desired. There’s a noticeable amount of pixelation and the lighting is a big high so that sometimes it bleaches out colors. There’s also a black bar along the top of the screen that vibrates a little and is very noticeable.

Music: None

Menus: The main menu has a little animation and that’s about it. It doesn’t give the best impression. The chapter menu lets you choose between three different places in each scene, and lets you make a selection based on a small clip of each sequence and either a description of the action or a chapter number.

The Feature

Peter and Diane host a British talent show similar to American Idol with schoolgirls singing for them. Rather than going with the Simon-esque verbal beating, Peter and Diane arrange things so that they can give the girls a spanking to get on with the next round. There’s a little lead-in for each scene, and from there it goes into a long spanking scene.

Scene 1 - Charlotte, Pete, and Diane

After her audition, very pretty short haired blonde Charlotte is told that she’s very nice but her voice just isn’t good enough. That isn’t to say that she is completely out, as she could get back in with a spanking. Pete and Diane move their table out of the way and then Diane takes Charlotte over her knee, hikes up Charlotte’s skirt, and gives her a hand spanking. After a bit Pete gives Diane a paddle to work on Charlotte’s ass and has Charlotte bend over the table as she’s paddled. Finally, Pete takes over to give Charlotte a caning before releasing her and wishing her well.

This scene is a bit hit or miss. It starts out with a nice feel, and does a good job of letting things have a realistic feel. Charlotte starts out looking like she enjoys herself, but as it goes on the pain gets to her and she cries a little. This turned me off a little, as crying girls have never done much for me, but I do appreciate some of the reality. There’s a lot to like about this scene, but I can see it not working for some people due to some of the reality.

Scene 2 – Mandy, Pete, and Diane

Mandy has a little attitude problem that Pete and Diane think they can fix on her way to the next round. Pete starts out giving her a bare handed spanking before Diane takes over with her paddle as Mandy bends over the desk. They have her strip down and finish things up caning her ass before sending her on the way with the good news that she made it to the next round.

This is a pretty hot scene. I was a little disappointed that the scene followed the same exact formula as the previous scene, but Mandy took it so well that it was hard not to enjoy it. I had a feeling she might like it a little more due to the exotic look she had with a few tattoos and braided hair, and she definitely took it well. This is a very good spanking scene.

Scene 3 - Annabelle, Pete, and Diane

Annabelle, a bottle blonde with a bit of an overbite nice rack, gets an offer for a little fine tuning from Peter and Diane. Naturally Diane starts out giving her a bare handed spanking, and moves Annabelle’s panties up and down a bit as she spanks her. Diane moves on to spank her with a couple paddles, and has her take a break to strip down in the middle. Finally, Pete canes Annabelle’s ass. She wiggles around and cries a little as she’s caned, but never asks Pete to stop. Finally, they let her get dressed and send her back on her way.

This is another nice scene. Annabelle looks like she likes a good spanking, and Pete and Diane mix it up nicely once again. There’s nothing really new here, but it’s another decent spanking scene.

Final Selections is a nicely done spanking feature. It uses a simple setup to give the scenes a fun feeling at the start, and has collected three girls who look like they enjoy having their ass spanked. Pete and Diane keep the same formula for each scene, starting with bare hand, then going to a paddle or two, and finishing with a cane, but it doesn’t feel too bad. Some of this is due to Diane and Pete having some obvious spanking experience. There’s lots of little things that spanking fans will notice in their method, such as a slight variation in the angle of the spanking, the way they hold their hand or paddle, or the soft movements afterwards that really impressed me. I also really liked that there was never a malicious feeling about any of the scenes. The spanking was never to punish, and always to help them out. That attitude makes all the difference in the world, and helps make Final Selections a spanking video worth checking out.

The Extra Stuff

Weblinks.

The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff

Themes: Spanking

Raincoat Factor: Very high if you’re into spanking, very low if you’re not

Condom Usage: None needed

The Bottom Line:

Currently, most of what I’ve found of California Star’s DVDs online have been very expensive, but there are a few used copies floating around at a reasonable price. If you’re a spanking fan and can find this one in the ten dollar range, I’d suggest picking it up. The spanking is nicely done although it is a bit similar from scene to scene. The technical aspects lack a little and there’s nothing worth mentioning for extras.

Note to California Star: A little attention to the technical aspects could go a long way. Credits would also be a very nice addition.

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