The Little Details
Running Time: approx. 190 min. split over two angles
Production Date: 8 / 17 / 2004
Director: Dan Silver
Cast: Selena Silver, Lauren Phoenix, Nick East, Kris Slater, and Brian Surewood
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: I canít help but have sky high expectations for this one. To start with, Dan Silver really impressed me with Easy Prey. Iíve also been really impressed with Selena Silver and Lauren Phoenix lately. Finally, I had several questions from Smash on interactive DVDs, so I canít wait to see what theyíve done here!
Initial Reaction: It has a few problems, but itís easily the best Playtoy so far.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting an interactive DVD that puts more emphasis on the nasty then the nice
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting a flawless interactive DVD
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are very nicely done. The audio is clear and well balanced, although there are a couple spots which feel just a little hollow. Thereís also a few background noises during Laurenís masturbation sequences, such as a ringing phone and Lauren and the crew being given directions. The video is also very nice. Thereís just a hint of grain and itís nicely lit, although there is a slight different in lighting between the two angles.
Music: None except for during the strip teases
Menus: After a long and very sexy lead-in, youíre brought to the main menu. Itís fairly simple, but gives a decent first impression.
The FeatureSmash is back with another installment of their interactive My Playtoy series. As usual thereís two girls, and this time around itís AVNís 2004 Starlet of the Year Lauren Phoenix and Adult DVD Talk favorite Selena Silver. Theyíve also changed their director again, going with Dan Silver for this episode. Smash decided to ignore the lesbian and group action this time, and instead see what they can do with a straightforward interactive DVD where you can choose between two lovely ladies.
Sexually, you get plenty to choose from, and once again you get to choose whether the girls will be nice or nasty. As usual you can watch as the girls masturbate with their fingers or a vibrator, and you also have the option of watching as the girls fuck their ass with a dildo. Rather than just limiting the girls warming ďyouĒ up with a blowjob, you also have the option of a hand job or a foot job. Sexually you only get three positions, but they take missionary, doggie, and reverse cowgirl to the max by letting you choose whether you want to fuck each girl in the pussy or the ass. Finally, there are pop shots for each sexual position, the hand job, the foot job, and the blow job.
The girls do a great job sexually. They both play to the camera nicely with great eyes and plenty of talk. Although there isnít an extremely significant difference between nasty and nice, there is a noticeable difference that makes each mood work well. Selena does a great job pushing the blowjob to the max with plenty of throat action and gagging. I also love how Selena brings her stockings into play for the foot job. Both she and Lauren also show the importance of trash talking during the hand job as well, but Lauren makes the reverse cowgirl the highlight of her performance for me with some nice anal thumbing while she gets fucked.
In the past, the pop shots in the My Playtoy series (as well as most other interactive series out there) left plenty to be desired. Thankfully, Smash has put quite a bit of effort into it here. Thereís pop shots for every position, which unfortunately means that vaginal and anal sex share a pop for each position, but in each and every case it looks to be real. I never saw the squirt bottle full of who knows what or had the feeling that somebody was fluffing Busta Nut just off camera to be ready for the animated pop shot. The girls take it on their stomach, their ass, their feet, and yes, their face. Selena even kicks her facial into high gear by swallowing down her dose of dick droppings, which was one of my favorite moments in the entire movie. She gives such a naughty look up before doing it that Iím sure thereís going to be many loads lost at that moment of the DVD.
The segments for the selections are done pretty well. They vary between nearly a minute and three minutes for the individual acts, while the pop shot sequences last between thirty seconds and a minute and a half. There is a bit of looping to the sequences, but rather than looping for the individual selection, such as Laurenís reverse cowgirl (which is good enough to dehydrate a camel), it loops through the entire subdivision, taking you through all of the sex acts. The same thing happens after the pop shot sequence. Once itís done, youíre returned to the start of the subdivision rather than going back to the position you left. For some people Iím sure this will be a big deal, as sometimes I like to watch just a single position. I know that others like changing things around constantly, and for those people this wonít matter at all.
As usual you can choose between two angles, and Smash does a very job keeping them as true multiple angles. I went back and forth between angles repeatedly through the movie, and never found an area that wasnít a true multiple angle. The angles normally give you one view thatís POV (including what I think has been the best reverse cowgirl POV shots Iíve seen so far) while the other wanders in, out, and around for a variety of views of the action. My only complaint with the angles is that the lighting is off slightly between them.
All that said, My Playtoy 3 does have a few problems. To start with, thereís no video for the alternate angle of the popshot on Laurenís feet, and although the credits have two angles available, only the main angle includes them. Some of the authoring seems to have been crossed as well. At the end of Selenaís hand job youíre taken directly to the pop for Lauren in doggie. For Selena, when you hit the Cum button in missionary or anal missionary youíre taken to the missionary cumshot for Lauren. Youíre also taken to the cumshot for Lauren in doggie if you choose to cum from Selenaís doggie anal or reverse cowgirl anal sequences. Sadly, the problem isnít limited to Selenaís segments. Youíre given the pop shot for Selena in doggie if you try to cum with Lauren in doggie or reverse cowgirl. These are easily the biggest thing holding back My Playtoy 3, and Iím pretty sure they can be attributed to Smash trying to get this one out as soon as possible for consideration in the AVN awards. That said, I checked with Smash after checking out this disc and finding a few problems they said they didnít have many of the problems I did after checking two other discs they had.
Thankfully, My Playtoy 3 has some very nice things going for it as well. Iím talking about the technical things here rather than the great job that Selena and Lauren do. At the top of this list is the Insta-Switch control. This lets you switch between girls while keeping your same place in the movie. In the past, if you were fucking one girl doggie style and wanted to switch to the other girl, you were taken back to the start of the feature at the worst, or the start of the section at best. Now you go right to the start of whatever you were doing just with the other girl. This is an excellent improvement over past releases.
I also like the overall layout of the screen. The major selections are laid out very nicely across the top of the screen, and unlike most companies, Smash has put the blowjob selection right out there rather than hiding it in one of the other sections. The bottom of the screen lets you switch between nasty and nice, change girls, and pop as well as giving you the choices for whatever you selected from the top of the screen. My only complaint with all of this is that nasty and nice moods arenít available for everything, such as the hand job, foot job, and blowjob, yet they never disappear. I also like that rather than giving the movie a letterbox feel by blackout out the top and bottom to make the selections stand out, thereís just a shaded bar which lets you see all of the action as well as the things you can choose from. This is one of the most visually pleasing interactive DVDs Iíve watched.
My Playtoy 3 has a few flaws, but it still a nicely done interactive DVD that tries to grow above whatís out there. Both Selena and Lauren look great and do a fantastic job sexually. They show a little variation between nasty and nice, and put some very nice energy into the scene while playing to the camera nicely. The interactive mechanism also works very well, and I found it one of the easiest to use as well as one of the easiest on the eyes. I especially the Insta-Switch that lets you switch between girls and keep the position youíre working on rather than starting all over again. Sadly, the technical problems hold things back a little, but even with them I canít say that I didnít enjoy this release. It reminded me why Iíve been trying to find more DVDs with Selena Silver as well as making me take immediate notice of Lauren Phoenix (who Iíd somehow missed so far despite her being the 2004 AVN Starlet of the Year). My Playtoy 3 shows some nice effort and is very enjoyable, but doesnít quite make it as far as it should have.
The Extra StuffThe photo gallery features stills by Jonni Darko and lasts a little over two minutes. You get about eight seconds per nice looking snapshot. Thereís also a behind the scenes featurette which lasts nearly a half hour.
The behind the scenes featurette is split up with about eighteen minutes of behind the scenes, about eight minutes of interviews, and about three minutes of the photo shoot. The behind the scenes featurette starts out with Selena Silver in the makeup chair before moving onto Dan Silver talking her through some of what he wants for the scenes. It moves on with a little of Lauren Phoenix talking about the differences between shooting in America and Europe. It keeps going with plenty of prep for the scenes, shooting the scenes for the movie, and fun in between. Thereís even a little bit of the Selena Silver Birthday Celebration on the set.
The interviews start with Selena Silver. She talks about the DVD, how she got in the business, and some of the many levels of swinging. She finishes it up talking about some of the things sheís done sexually. Things move on Lauren. They talk about smoking, having things up Laurenís ass, and being rich in the world.
Finally thereís about three minutes on the photo shoots. You get to see Selena and Lauren pose for their pretty girl photos and even have a little fun between shots.
The behind the scenes featurette is very nicely done. You get to see plenty of personality from the girls as well as quite a bit of the movie being made. I like how itís broken up between the shoot, the interviews, and the photo shoot, and my only complaint about it (which Iíll admit is a very minor one) is that each section didnít get its own chapter on the DVD.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, interactive, tease, toys, masturbation, anal, ass to mouth, hand jobs, foot jobs, oral, and swallowing
Raincoat Factor: 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 these girls, Iíd even consider this one near the high end. Thereís some problems, but the girls really do a great job. The technical aspects are also nicely done and thereís some nice effort put into the extras. This isnít a perfect interactive DVD, but it is very enjoyable and shows some nice advances in the interactive field.
Note to Smash Pictures: You have a great start here, but a little more time in the quality control area would have paid off.
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