The Little Details
Running Time: over 120 min. total (includes both angles)
Production Date: 12 / 17 - 18 / 2003
Director: Suitcase Jones
Cast: Aria, T. J. Hart, Kyle Stone, and Dillion Day
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: Iíve had much more bad luck from interactive DVDs than good luck. I now seem to go into every one except for a few with low expectations. Iíve been impressed enough with Smashís other releases that Iím really not sure what to expect here.
Initial Reaction: Itís surprisingly good!
Who Should Watch It : Fans of sex simulators who are willing to forgive some of the early technology
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting top of the line technology where you canít tell any of the loops restart
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects vary a little throughout the feature. All of the video looks very good. Itís well lit and has very little grain. The audio is where the problem comes in, and thankfully itís not a big problem. The audio varies in balance throughout the feature, and although there are some times itís crystal clear, thereís also a few places with background noises or where it sounds a little crackly, almost as if the microphone was maxed out (and in some of those it sounds to be more from the music than the action being captured).
Music: The music is pretty typical porno music, and varies in balance throughout the movie. Although there is a bit of variation for the music balance, most of it is very nicely balanced.
Menus: The menus are simple but nicely done. Thereís no animation for the main menus, but the interactive menu works nice across the bottom of the screen.
The FeatureAfter a little catfight between T. J. and Aria over whoís the real star of the feature, you get to choose which girl ďyouĒ want to get lucky with. Unlike most features, you get to choose between a blonde and a brunette for the girl, and tease, fetish, and sex for the action.
My Playtoy varies the selection menu a bit from what other companies have done. The menu stays as a black bar at the bottom of the screen with the action above it in what Iíd say is roughly a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. In the menu youíre given an icon for switching between the girls and for the cumshot, as well as switching through all the choices of your current area (tease, fetish, or sex) as well as jumping to the other main areas. It works nicely for the most part, but does have a few minor faults. The main fault I saw was that if you were switching areas, say going from a blowjob to the sex, youíre taken to a still menu to make your choice in the sex area before going to the action. I would have much rather been taken to a default choice in the sex and to change my selection there. I think this method would allow the action to continue better rather than throwing the viewer out of it for a moment or two. The other complaint I have about the menu is that if you jump from one area to another, it constantly defaults to T. J. This isnít a problem if youíre working your way through watching T. J., but if youíre playing with Aria itís annoying. Thankfully once you get into an area you stick with the performer, but if youíre watching Aria suck ďyourĒ cock and want to move on to ďfuckĒ her, first youíre going to be taken to a menu to choose which position you want, and then youíre going to watch T. J. in that position.
The action gives you almost all of the choices you normally expect, as well as a few you never seem to see or wouldnít even think of seeing. For the tease aspect, you can watch the girls strip, play with themselves using their fingers, or fuck themselves with a vibrator or dildo. For the fetish side of things you can have them suck your cock or titty fuck or foot fuck you. I would have never expected the titty fucking or foot fucking, but both of them work very well. Then thereís the sexual side of things. In addition to the missionary and doggie style you normally expect, you can fuck each girlís ass in those positions. You also get to have a threesome with the girls, where whichever your chosen girl is lets you fuck her while the other talks dirty and plays with your chosen girl. Finally, thereís the big surprise. Your final choice is to have the girls take a bukkake.
I really like the selection of acts that Smash has put together. Being a foot freak Iím thrilled to have the foot fetish option, and I think titty fucking is done way too little in porn. Having these two options here definitely raised this DVD up a notch or two for me. Iím also impressed that anal is included for each of the positions. The girls work through every selection extremely well, and although I know that some people think of them as second tier performers, they hold their own throughout My Playtoy every bit as well, and in some cases better, than Iíve seen the big names do in the major virtual sex releases. My only complaint here is that the sex choices seem a bit limited with only two positions. I know that cowgirl and reverse cowgirl can come off a bit hokey with virtual sex releases, and reverse cowgirl being much worse than cowgirl, but Iíd love to see something like pile driver thrown in as I think it would work extremely well in a virtual title, and should allow you to easily see both the penetration and the girlís face.
For almost every selection, you have orgasmic abilities. The tease sections let the girls have their moment of bliss, while the fetish and sex sections let ďyouĒ cum. The only areas left out of this are the strip tease and the threesome sections. Most of the pops are faked, but Aria takes a real pop shot for the foot fetish and T. J. takes hers for the anal mish. The fake pops are obviously so, and probably the biggest thing to hold this release back. On the plus side, theyíre not computerized like the laughable pops that Digital Playground uses which disappear immediately. On the other hand, disappearing right away might be a little better than this. The volume of each pop looks to be about five times what Peter North puts out at the top of his game, and almost looks like Elmerís Glue. Heck, it might be Elmerís Glue so that the girls could feel relive their childhood a bit by tasting it. It also seems to come from a direction different from where the guy was, and was at its worst during Ariaís blowjob when sheís stroking the cock at the bottom middle of the screen with the cock being about a half inch off screen while the Ďpopí comes from the bottom right side of the screen. Thereís also a point or two where you get to see the squirt bottle poke into view for a moment. In the end, Iím not sure if the wet fake pops used here are better or worse than the disappearing computerized pops, but they do let the girls play with it a bit which brought up a few sections for me quite nicely.
Through it all, the girls do an excellent job. They play to the camera extremely well, and donít hold back at all on the trash talking during the tease portions. The biggest thing working against them through it all is the camera work. During the entire sex section, you donít get to see the girlís face unless you choose the alternate angle from the side. The POV angle always cuts things off at the girlís shoulder, so all you really get to see is the penetration. If you choose the alternate angle you get to see all of the girl, but the penetration normally isnít that clear. There are a few areas during the other action where the camera angle seems just a little crunched, with the girl getting the top of her head chopped off slightly. I canít help but think that if they would have moved the camera back about a foot that the action in those areas would have been much better. The one great thing about the camera work, or maybe this is a compliment for the editors, is the multiple angles. I never saw a single spot where the angles didnít completely synch, and with how the sex angles were I flipped back and forth a fair amount.
Finally, thereís the segment looping. This varies a bit throughout the choices. During the sex choices the looping is done very well. You can tell that things have started over in some areas, but if not for the lag for the loop to start over, there are some choices where Iím not sure youíd even notice it. The looping is most visible during the tease segments, but in some cases thatís completely understandable. Iím not sure how you do a strip tease segment and make it work so that the looping doesnít seem completely obvious. The minor part of a strip tease is the naked girl at the end, and to just keep looping that section would seem so repetitive that I think it might bring things down more than having it loop back to the start. The female masturbation choices vary a bit. In some cases they flow nicely, but in others such as the dildo choice, the girls start things out with the dildo out and playing with it a bit. When the loop ends with the girl fucking herself, itís all too noticeable that things arenít continuing like they might. The fetish areas fall somewhere in the middle, mostly because they pick up speed and heat as they go along.
Although My Playtoy has some of the common problems associated with lower end sex simulators, it rises up to a level that pushes some of the top end sex simulators. Most of the loops flow nicely, especially in the sex section, and the girls get into it very well and take the action as far as the technology allows them to. They even handle the pop shots very well, whether theyíre real or not. The POV angle held the action back a little in the sex section, but the alternate angle was always real and nicely done. My Playtoy still lags behind the big guns of Digital Sinís My Plaything series and Digital Playgroundís Virtual Sex series, but for being Smashís first virtual horse out of the gate, it has legs enough that the others should be prepared for some heavy competition in the future!
The Extra StuffSmash put a little effort into their extras. In addition to the trailer that started the movie, you get interviews, photos, and a featurette. The photo gallery looks great lasts about two minutes.
Both girls give interviews. T. J. Hart starts it out with an interview which lasts over three minutes. She talks about her ethnicity, how sex and the business, and love and lust. Ariaís interview lasts nearly eight minutes. They talk about getting into the business, her personality, sex, love, and lust, and some of the places sheís had sex. Theyíre very nice interviews, with Aria really coming out nicely.
The behind the scenes featurette lasts over seven minutes. You get to see plenty of bloopers as well as T. J. and Aria screwing around on the set. Thereís serious things such as the girls posing for photos and doing their scenes, but thereís much more fun stuff. You get a little course in cell phones and a look at how much the cast enjoys their job. Itís a very nice and very fun behind the scenes that was well worth watching.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Interactive, straight, tease, titty fucking, oral, anal, and group
Raincoat Factor: Very high bordering on extreme
Condom Usage: None
The Bottom Line:Currently, many Smash DVDs can be found online for between $14 and $24 with most stores offering them in the $20 range. If youíre a fan of either of these ladies and enjoy sex simulators, Iíd highly recommend this one. The technology falls nicely in the middle of whatís out there, and you have a few choices here that most of the other virtual sex titles donít offer. The technical aspects are very nice, as are the extras. This disc is a keeper!
Note to Smash Pictures: The main thing that held this back overall for me was having all of the loops go right back to the start. If you can make it seem a little more seamless, it would be much better!
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