The Little Details
Running Time: 54 min.
Production Date: 2002
Director: None credited
Cast: Dr. Bernie Zilbergeld hosts with the help of an uncredited cast that includes Sharon Kane, Sunset Thomas, Steve Hatcher, and many others
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: Iíve liked a lot of what Iíve seen from the Alexander Institute. Iím looking forward to this one.
Initial Reaction: Itís very hit or miss.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody whoís feeling lost on how to spice things up or whoís uncomfortable sharing some of their fantasies
Who Should Avoid It: Lesbians
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are okay. The audio is mostly clear, but itís also a bit muffled at times and has a few background noise problems. The video is nicely lit, but thereís a fair amount of grain that makes the movie look much older than it appears to be.
Music: The music has a soft feel and varies slightly in balance throughout the movie. It helps the movie almost the entire time.
Disc Complaints: The DVD authoring is very basic. To start with, thereís no time stamp, which means youíre limited to chapter breaks and scanning through most of the movie for navigating the DVD. The menus are also very rough, making you select each selection once to select it and then selecting it again to activate it. I hope these are just problems that are due to this being an early Alexander Institute release, but Iím not sure. Thereís also a commercial for the Alexander Instituteís Intimate Loving series that you canít skip past or even fast forward through. This always pisses me off, and Iím deducting a half point from the overall score because of it.
Menus: The menus are very simple. The both the main menu and the chapter menu clearly lay out the choices with a still behind them.
The FeatureAlthough every man is different, there are some things than many guys enjoy. Here, Dr. Zilbergeld continues a look at things that turn many men on. He mixes up interviews with guys on the street with quick segments to give couples ideas.
|Scene 1 - A brunette and Steve Hatcher|
Steve interrupts his woman in the shower to watch her. He sits back on the stool as she runs her hands across herself soaping herself up. She takes a little extra time washing the naughty places, and Steve strokes himself while he watches. She sits down in the shower to put on a show for Steve, and has him hand her the lube and her hairbrush. She fucks herself with the brush, and soon after Steve canít help but pop in the air. He joins his woman in the shower with a kiss, and closes the door to finish things up.
This is a great scene, and a great idea. Thereís plenty of chemistry between Steve and the woman, and they keep a very playful feel to the scene. Itís fairly short, but works much better than many scenes Iíve seen thatís three or four times longer.
|Scene 2 - A dirty blonde and a brunette guy|
When a couple is busy getting it on in bed, the guy has his woman tell him a sexy story. She starts telling him about making out with a guy in a lookout long before they met. They appear to be fucking as she talks about the other man kissing her, touching her, and how she felt as he did things to her. The guy plays along by trying to do those same things to her, touching her and fucking her, and they finish up appearing to have an internal pop.
This is another nicely done scene. Iíll admit that many guys might be a little uncomfortable with their woman telling them a story of her being with another guy, but at the same time the communication adds nicely to a relationship because sometimes one can build on what a past lover did. This is a different scene thatís done in a very nice and sexy way.
|Scene 3 - A brunette and a guy with a short beard|
After a snowmobile ride, a guy comes home and decides he wants to play ďNine and a half WeeksĒ with his woman. She doesnít like the idea at first, but he blindfolds her and insists that theyíre going to play. They head to the bedroom where they play with a little chocolate and some fruit. They also try a little ice before fucking missionary style. Finally, they finish things up with a supposed internal pop.
This is another pretty good scene. The bondage feeling is kept extremely light, and the food play is brought forward much more in the scene. Thereís a nice feeling of mystery and uncertainty from the woman and playfulness from the guy, and it makes the scene work rather than feeling unpleasant. I would have liked a slightly stronger domination feeling here, or maybe even having the woman be dominant, but this still works well as a scene.
|Scene 4 - A brunette and a long haired blonde guy|
After working out a little together, the couple decides to get it on while on the exercise equipment. The chick bounces on his cock cowgirl style on the rowing machine, and when she decides to take a little break he adds in a few pushes on the machine. They also work in some kissing sit-ups with a little pussy eating and cocksucking before fucking on the treadmill with the chick walking as he stands behind her with his cock in her cunt. She tries lifting weights with her man fucking her from behind. Finally, they finish things up with a possible fake internal pop.
This is a nice idea, but it just didnít do a lot for me. Iím sure that part of this is because this is a situation thatís never done a lot for me. The bigger reason this segment didnít do a lot for me is because it felt very choppy. Thereís some nice ideas, but it didnít have the nicely continuing feel that I liked about the other scenes. This is an okay idea with execution that didnít quite work for me.
|Scene 5 - A blonde and a guy with a beard|
A blonde shows off a few sexy outfits for her man. She changes into a few different outfits for him, and they play around each time. Surprisingly, this scene never works past a tease.
This is another scene that had a great idea that just didnít do a lot for me. I love the idea of tease and lingerie, but here the scene was incredibly short and got a little too artistic. There was a lot of stop motion photography for the video, and that always drives my eyes wild. Thereís a nice feeling to the scene, but there just wasnít enough done with the subject.
|Scene 6 - A brunette chick and a brunette guy|
A couple walks their dogs and pretends to meet in the park and pick each other up for a little role playing next. She takes the guy back home with her, and they get it on in the guest bedroom. They strip down and kiss passionately before fucking missionary style on the floor. They finish things up with a kiss before trying to decide where to pick each other up the next week.
This is a very nice scene. It has a playful and sexy feel, and follows itself through very nicely. Thereís some nice chemistry throughout the scene and the ending is absolutely beautiful as they chat and joke about where to meet up next week. This is another winner.
|Scene 7 - Sunset Thomas, a guy, and chick|
While cuddling with Sunset, her man fantasizes about being with her and another woman. After they both have some funky dreams, they all play back and forth. The guy does both Sunset and the other chick as the girls eat each other before supposedly cumming inside Sunset and then waking up.
This scene did almost nothing for me. Thereís some nice chemistry and enthusiasm once it gets started, but it takes so long to get to it that I had to constantly fight reaching for the remote. Itís also shot in an extremely artistic and soft style with a lot of stop motion that didnít do anything for me. This is a scene thatís best skipped.
More of What Men Want is a nice continuation of the series. Thereís some very nice ideas here, and the scenes normally do a good job of presenting them. The masturbation and role playing segments came off the best to me, while the lingerie and threesome left a lot to be desired. I really like how the segments are wrapped around interviews to make the subject matter much more comfortable as well as showing some positive reinforcement for the ideas. No, the presentations didnít always work the best for me, but they were still good enough to get the ideas across. The bigger problem here seemed to be the downplaying of communication. The most important thing in trying something new is always communication, and although it is brought up a couple times, I donít think talking with your partner about ways to spice things up was brought up nearly enough. More of What Men Want is a pretty good sexual education movie, and one that Iíd recommend even with some of the segments not working the best for me.
The Extra StuffThereís plenty of sexuality information, which includes both a long question and answer section with Dr. Patti Britton covering many areas of sex as well as general sexuality information. A trailer is included for the Intimate Loving series which this DVD is a part of. Thereís also trailers for the Soulmates series, Sex, Love, and Everything Else, and Sexual Healing. Finally, thereís a bonus scene.
|Bonus Scene - A brunette and a blonde guy|
The bonus scene comes from More of What Women Want. After talking about threesome fantasies with a few women, things move to a blonde guy and a brunette in the hot tub with a glass of wine. They talk about having a threesome with another guy joining them while kissing, before things move into a soft fantasy realm with a black guy joining them on the other side. The chick moves out of the tub for the guy to tongue her twat as she fantasizes about the guys sucking her tits and her sucking their cocks. Finally she comes back up and settles back in the tub for a little more kissing and wine.
This is a slightly below average scene. Thereís a good idea here, but the execution just didnít work for me. It felt overly soft and never really made good use of the idea. This scene just didnít do it for me.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, instructional, masturbation, tease, B&D (light), food play, and group
Raincoat Factor: Medium high
Condom Usage: None
The Bottom Line:Currently, many of the Alexander Institute DVDs can be found online for between about $11 and $22, with most stores offering them near the top end. Iíd strongly suggest renting this one if it interests you. Thereís some nice ideas, but theyíre also fairly hit or miss which makes me unsure of how much replay value it will have. Thereís a bit of effort put into the extras, but the technical aspects are a little weak. This is a pretty good DVD that feels like it could use a little polishing.
Note to The Alexander Institute: Credits would be nice, along with finding somebody who can do a better job authoring your DVDs. You have some very nice movies, but the primitive presentation of the DVD makes them feel a little overpriced at times.
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