The Little Details
Running Time: 108 min.
Production Date: 10 / 11 - 13 / 2003
Director: Marty Zion
Cast: Jassie, Cynthia Pendragon, Crystal Ray, Ashley Long, Jessica Jaymes, Kelle Marie, Brooke, Christie Lee, Nick Manning, Anthony Hardwood, Talon, Tristan Seagal, Mick Blue, Steven French, and Alex Rox
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: Marty Zion has been mighty impressive from the little Iíve seen from him. Iím really looking forward to this one.
Initial Reaction: It falters a little, but is still a darn hot movie.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting MTV style editing and an artistic eye with their sex
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting straightforward editing or nasty sex
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are fairly artistic, and very well done. The music dominates the audio, but you can hear the performers occasionally. The performers are also brought in at a correct level rather than dubbed in. The video is very nicely done. It has a slightly soft feel, but is clear and very nicely lit.
Music: Jeffrey Bryan and Rex Humbolt provide the score, which completely dominates the audio. They do an excellent job with the score, and let it have a little variety for each scene while also keeping it extremely sexual. Itís actually good enough that I wish you could pick up just the score somewhere.
Menus: The main menu is simple, but works well. It has a little animation, and lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a title for the scene.
The FeatureIllumination revolves around a doorway to other places. Sometimes people come out of the doorway, which looks like a large mirror, and sometimes it just lets you see the people wherever they are. Regardless, the doorway seems to be pretty horny as it only shows people who are ready to have sex.
|Scene 1 - Cynthia Pendragon and Nick Manning|
Cynthia sets out of the doorway before being transported back to a fountain on an outdoor courtyard. After dancing around and giving a nice little tease sheís joined by Nick. They kiss passionately before Nick works his way down to tongue Cynthiaís twat. She works her tongue around his cock in return before laying back on the edge of the fountain so he can fuck her. Nick also takes Cynthia from behind and lets her ride him reverse cowgirl style before giving her an impressive pop across her mouth.
This is a pretty hot scene. Cynthia mugs the camera fairly badly, but she does so with such a sense of pleasure that I found it adding to the scene rather than detracting from it. Cynthia has a great playful spirit about her, and it definitely put a smile on my face as I watched her and Nick work each other over. They put in some nice energy, and both look to be really into each other. This is a very good start for Illumination.
|Scene 2 - Ashley Long, Steven French, and Talon|
Ashley, looking as hot as ever in some black lingerie, starts things out on a bed taking care of her needs. She starts off with her fingers, but has to pull out a small blue dildo to use on herself. As she works on herself, Steven and Talon see her from the other side of the pool her bedís near. They dive in, swim across, and emerge from the pool to please her. They team up to pleasure her orally before Ashley gets down on her knees to show that she can give as good as she gets. The guys move on to fuck her pussy doggie style, her ass missionary style, and then double penetrate her in both cowgirls.
As usual, Ashley delivers an amazingly solid scene. She puts in plenty of energy and looks like sheís enjoying every moment of the scene. Sheís done an amazingly consistent job from what Iíve seen of her in the past, and nothing changes with that here. This is an excellent scene, and the only thing that could have improved it would have been to have heard the performers a bit more.
|Scene 3 - Brooke and Mick Blue|
Brooke starts things out by a Koi pond feeding the fish and stripping down. Naturally she diddles herself until Mick emerges from the waterfall upstream from the koi pool and invites her to join him. They kiss before he gives her a little more attention down under. Brooke mouths his manhood in return before getting up to ride Mick reverse cowgirl style. They keep going through doggie and missionary before Brooke strokes Mickís milk of manesia onto her great natural tits.
This is a nicely done scene. It felt a little too long, but Brooke does a decent job. Mick also delivers a solid performance, but thereís just something I donít care for about him. He seems like a nice guy and is good looking, but I just donít like something about him.
|Scene 4 - Jessica Jaymes and Kelle Marie|
While Jessica rides up on a white horse, Kelle lays back on a fur rug and works herself over. Jessica playfully watches from outside the makeshift tent before coming in to let Kelle eat her. They move onto sixty-nine, and Kelle grabs a nearby banana to fuck Jessica with. She peels the portion thatís not inside Jessica, mouths it a bit, and then bites it off to bring up and share with Jessica. The girls share a peach as Jessica pleases Kelle, and afterwards Kelle breaks out a strap-on to fuck Jessica with. Jessica lets Kelle fuck her from behind and also rides it reverse cowgirl style before they kiss and Jessica rides off again.
This is another great scene. Thereís a great feeling of sensuality between the girls, as well as a very naughty feeling. Kelle seems to be in control most of the time, and it really makes the scene work because sheís the one with the naughty glint shining in her eye most of the time. Itís a very hot girl girl scene, and unlike so many others, the food and toys donít feel at all like a crutch.
|Scene 5, - Crystal Ray and Alex Rox, Jassie and Anthony Hardwood, and Christie Lee and Tristan Seagal|
The girls appear for the final scene at the top of what looks like a coliseum. They exchange oral favors, with the guys giving first and then the girls, before fucking missionary style. They move on to fuck the girls from behind and with a little cowgirl action. Finally Crystal takes Alex guy goo on her ass, Christie takes a facial from Tristan, and Jassie lets Anthony decorate her tits.
This scene didnít work quite as well for me as the others. Itís a very nice looking scene, but it moves between the couples so much that I had a very hard time getting into it. It looks like everybodyís into their partner quite well, but the beauty alone wasnít enough to make this one work for me. The best thing about this one to me was the pop shots, as I liked how it had each couple take a different place for the pop.
Illumination is another winner from Marty Zion. Itís beautifully shot with beautiful women. The sets are gorgeous and seem like ideal settings for passionate sex. Thatís combined with MTV styled editing, which I suspect will either hit or miss on people. It took me a little to get used to, but after I did I found myself really getting into almost every scene. The scenes lack a bit for me because you rarely get to hear the performers, but you can sense a passion among them that makes almost every scene work. Even the final group scene, which I thought was the weakest in the feature, had noticeable chemistry. Illumination is a nicely done movie and a great one for anybody who wants things shot and set up as if theyíre a thing of beauty rather than just a couple people fucking.
The Extra StuffTrailers are included for Mystified and Shades of Red. The slide show lasts about nine minutes with ten seconds per very nice looking snapshot or full screen photo. Thereís also a behind the scenes featurette.
The behind the scenes featurette lasts over twenty minutes. You get to see a bit of the stars between shoots, as well as some of the scenes being shot. Thereís also a fair amount of action behind the scenes, such as Crystal Ray and Mick Blue getting to know each other much better. Itís a nicely done behind the scenes featurette, and definitely worth checking out if you enjoyed the movie.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, masturbation, toys, group, anal, and DP
Raincoat Factor: Very high
Condom Usage: None
The Bottom Line:Currently, many of Nectarís DVDs can be found online for between $20 and $30, with many stores offering them near the low end. As usual, if you like eroticore Nectar gives you your moneyís worth. The sex is hot, the technical aspects are very well done, and thereís even a bit of effort put into the extras. Nectarís come out of the gates ready to move, as this DVD shows more care and effort than well of two thirds of the other DVDs out there.
Note to Nectar Entertainment: Itís great to see you keeping up your quality from DVD to DVD. I really hope it continues!
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