The Little Details
Running Time: approx. 183 min. (includes both angles)
Production Date: 4 / 18, 19 / 2006
Director: Tyrone Shuz
Cast: Amy Ried and Erik Everhard
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: Amy Ried has been kind of hit or miss for me, but the My Plaything series has been one of the best virtual sex simulators out there. I'm going into this one with some hope but also a touch of wariness.
Initial Reaction: Technically it's well done, but Amy leaves a bit to be desired
Who Should Watch It : Fans of Amy Ried and anybody wanting a technically well done sex simulator
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting a passionate performance
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are pretty well done. The audio is good, but not great. The tease has some spots which sound very hollow as well as a bit of background noise. Thankfully the hollow sound disappears as the movie goes on, but the background noises continue to pop up. The video is nicely lit and free of grain, but presented in non-anamorphic widescreen. The action is presented in about the 2.35:1 ratio in the center, and the remaining area between the 2.35:1 and the 1.85:1 ratios is used for the choices. It's a nice presentation, but not nearly as nice as it would have been with an anamorphic transfer.
Disc Complaints: The remote is pretty much locked out during the action here other than the direction buttons. I'm not complaining about not being able to fast forward here, but it would be nice to be able to pause the action if one has to step away for a moment.
Menus: The menus are nicely done. There's a nice lead-in to each major selection's menu, and the choices are nicely laid out.
The FeatureWith a killer ass, a knockout set of knockers, and a decent face, Amy Ried turned many a head when she started taking on guys. Here she lets you control the action and use her as your plaything...
Amy gives you pretty much the standard choices for what you can make her do. She's tease you with her tits, ass, pussy, or full body in the bathtub. If you want to watch her masturbate, then she'll change into an open white shirt and knee-high white stockings and take care of herself using her finger or two different dildos (one pink and one glass) on a couch. Amy wears a white garter belt and stockings and moves to a bed for the foreplay. There she lets “you” work on her with “your” tongue, fingers, or a dildo, and will even suck “your” cock. Finally, there's the sex, which also takes place on the white fluffy bed, where Amy will let “you” fuck her in missionary, doggie, or either cowgirl. She'll be nice or naughty depending on which you'd like, and will have an orgasm at your command everywhere but during the sex, where you can pop whenever you'd like. If that isn't enough, you also get two different real-time (from what I could tell) angles with one always being a POV angle while the other is either a close-up or a side view.
For her part, Amy left me a bit cool. She looks great in her different outfits and puts out some good energy throughout the action. She also puts out some good vocals. The problem with the action is that her face shows about the same amount of emotion as a sixty-year old woman who got out of a Botox appointment fifteen minutes before. Her jaw and lips are the only things that move the entire time and her eyes look dead without a glimmer of enjoyment throughout the entire movie. I know that one has to play to the camera for a release like this to really work, but Amy doesn't just play to it but mugs it completely a few times. The only thing I will say that she does pretty good at is giving the naughty and nice moods a slightly different feel. There isn't a lot of difference at times, but many times she gets much more vocal and energetic for the naughty mood, as well as turning in a little anal play. She may put out some good energy and vocals, but Amy never made it past the average mark for me sexually.
Cumshots always get plenty of attention in virtual sex releases, and Digital Sin did a pretty good job with them here right down to each sex segment having their own cumshot segment rather than sharing them. Before everybody gets too excited thinking that they're all real, they're not. Of the ten pop shots, only one appears to have been real (with the naughty blowjob). There's also one faked pop in the mouth (for the nice blowjob) while the remaining eight are all computerized, but nicely done. I had to do a double take for the first pop, but the others were similar enough that they were easy to tell (with a little help from the pops never leaving any residue). The pops might be animated, but they're animated very well.
The virtual mechanism also gets plenty of attention, as it should. As usual, Digital Sin shows that they just might have the best virtual mechanism out there. The choices are nicely laid out at the top and bottom of the screen, and easy to read. Just as important, the simulator never makes a decision for you and moves on without your telling it to with a couple of exceptions. The first is the orgasm segments, which always return to the position and mood they came from when done. This is much nicer than many other releases which loop the cumshot segment no matter if it's two minutes or five seconds long. The other is for Amy's orgasms during the sex, which just pop in randomly as near as I can tell, and which are a nice addition. Beyond that, if you don't tell the simulator to do something, it isn't going to. You really are in control of the action here, and it won't even change between the naughty and nice moods if you move between the bigger categories (such as sex and tease). The loops are also very nicely done, and normally last between about two and two and a half minutes, with a few going nearly as long as three and a half minutes while some only last about a minute and three quarters, for the sex segments. The pop shots normally last around forty or fifty seconds, but there's about ten seconds leeway there too. This is a nice length that allows a little buildup for each position as well as time to cum and recover. They also flow nicely and never loop to the very start of the segment which lets Amy give a little introduction for each position. There's some good care shown in the cumshot segments here too, as they all seem to merge nearly seamlessly with the original segment when it returns to the action. Technically, My Plaything: Amy Ried shows a lot of care and is extremely well done.
My Plaything: Amy Ried is a pretty good virtual sex experience. Although Amy's performance leaves plenty to be desired, Tyrone Shuz and the technical crew do a great job. The camera work is very nicely done with the only thing holding it back being a few background noises. The virtual mechanism is smooth and easy to use, and although most of the pop shots are faked, they're at least faked very well. My Plaything: Amy Ried shows why the My Plaything series is widely considered one of the best virtual sex simulators out there even when Amy doesn't do above an average job.
The Extra StuffThe photo gallery lasts nearly five and three quarter minutes with about five seconds per very good looking snapshot or full screen photo. There's also an interview, strip teases, and candid sex.
Two minute strip teases are included for each of the four locations used in the release. Amy strips down in the bath, on the bed, on the couch, and in front of the window with each location getting a different outfit. It's a very nice extra, and my only complaint is that she started out naked for the bed which makes it just a tease rather than a striptease.
The interview lasts about four and three quarter minutes. Amy talks about how she got into the jiz biz and why, as well as liking rougher sex. She also talks about not having any fantasies left except for fucking a guy with a strap-on, but then downs that because any guy who'd like that must be gay. She also talks about her ideal guy, being a high school slut, and future anal action. This is a pretty good interview. Amy once again comes off a bit standoffish and with a bit of attitude, which once again lost me.
Finally, there's candid sex, which lasts nearly eleven minutes. This is just Amy and Erik fucking on the set as he works her through a bit of missionary, doggie and cowgirl with some pussy eating mixed in. This is a great extra. It's easily the best sex in the DVD, with Amy actually showing some chemistry and potential. I really enjoyed this segment.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, tease, masturbation, toys, anal (toy), and oral
Raincoat Factor: High
Condom Usage: None
The Bottom Line:Currently, most of the My Plaything series can be found online for between about $20 and $30 with a fair number of stores offering them for around $25. Rent this one or aim low first. The sex simulator part is very nicely done, but Amy's attitude is something that I think is going to make or break this release for many people. The technical aspects are nicely done and there's also some good effort put into the extras. This is a pretty good virtual sex release that shows some very nice care into the overall product.
Note to Digital Sin: Virtual sex releases always seem to take quite a while to put together, and there's always plenty of people looking forward to the next installment. It might be nice to include a trailer for the next My Plaything that's going to be released on each new My Plaything DVD.
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