The Little Details
Running Time: 108 min.
Production Date: 8 / 20 / 2003
Director: Paul Thomas
Cast: Angelica Sin, Brooke Alexander, Cameron Cain, Jenna Jameson, Jessica Jaymes, Rachel Rotten, Roxanne Hall, Savanna Samson, Sophia, Vicky Vette, Alec Metro, Anthony Hardwood, Damian Childs, Dick Smothers Jr., Jeremy Steele, Kris Slater, Mario Rossi, Nick Manning, Rob Rotten, Sir Nik, and Tony Tedeschi in sexual roles and Georgina Spelvin and many others in non-sex roles
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: Thereís a part of me thatís really looking forward to this one and a part of me thatís really scared of it...
Initial Reaction: Itís well done, but leaves me with some very mixed feelings.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting artistic porn with short sex scenes.
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody who wants a remake thatís very faithful to the original
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are very well done. The audio is clear and well balanced, and I donít think I noticed a single background noise. The video is much the same. The movie was shot on film, so thereís a bit of grain. Thereís also some very nice attention to the lighting and virtually no camera motion to interfere with it.
Music: Thereís a fair amount of music throughout the movie, and itís all very nicely balanced with the rest of the audio. Surprisingly, however, thereís virtually no music during the sex scenes.
Disc Complaints: Once again, Vivid forces the viewer to sit through several minutes of commercials before getting to the menu. You can scan through them but not skip them, which always pisses me off. Maybe it wouldnít be so bad if theyíd change them every few years, but even then theyíre still annoying every time you want to watch a movie again. Here itís shitty times two because you get it on both the feature release and the extras DVD. I was really surprised that it wasnít on the third DVD with the original The Devil In Miss Jones as well. This is something that ticks me off to the point that Iím deducting a half point from the overall score because of it. If I can find five people out there who actually like to be forced to watch these commercials every time they put in a DVD, then Iíll consider changing this.
Menus: The main menu, when you finally get to it after the other crap, is nicely done, and has some nice animation combined with the boxcover. The chapter menu is also pretty good, and lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a title for the scene.
The FeatureJustine Jones is having an odd birthday. Virtually alone and unloved, with her only birthday card coming from an insurance company, Justine heads off to work thinking itís a day like any other day. She soon finds herself trying to catch herself as time moves around her in wild patterns and there seems to be a lot of sex breaking out around her.
|Scene 1 - Vicky Vette, Alec Metro, Damien Childs, Jeremy Steele, Kris Slater, and many more|
The sex starts off with Vicky taking on a group of guys while lying back on a garbage dumpster. They work their way all around Vicky, fucking her, licking her, and letting her suck their cocks. They work over both her holes as they make their way around her, with Savanna walking around naked through the crowd. Finally, the guys fucking Vicky pop all over her and Savanna is left to sit on the dumpster.
This is an okay scene. Vicky and the guys seem to be nicely into each other, and put some good effort into the sex. The scene is fairly short, especially for the number of people involved. I guess this helps to keep the classic feel, but it also left the sex feeling like it was shorted. This is an okay scene to start things out with.
|Scene 2 - Brooke Alexander and Tony Tedeschi|
After talking outside a bit, Tony quickly moves from Brookeís big fat titties down to lick her pussy as she magically changes into a sexy black bra, panties, and stockings. Tony eats her from the front and back before they move back inside a little later. Brooke attacks Tony orally before climbing up to ride him cowgirl style. She also lets him take her from behind before letting him pop on her nicely augmented titties.
This is a pretty good scene. Brooke and Tony have great chemistry together, and both put in plenty of energy. The scene loses a bit of momentum with the bit of plot thrown into the middle, but overall was pretty hot.
|Scene 3 - Savanna Samson and Nick Manning|
Savanna sits on the edge of a pool and lets Nick lick her pussy before trading places with him to suck his cock. She continues to suck him a bit outside the pool before bending over so Nick can take her doggie style on the grass. Savanna roles to her back for Nick to fuck her ass before raising it in the air for some pile driving. Finally, Nick gives Savanna a nice facial finish.
This is a pretty hot scene. Nick and Savanna have great chemistry together and once again turn out a very energetic scene. She does a great job taking it in the ass, and really gets into the entire scene. This is a hot scene thatís only held back by its length.
|Scene 4 - Jenna Jameson and Rachel Rotten|
While Savanna takes a shower and works herself over naturally, Jenna heads to a table to take on Rachel Rotten. Jenna kisses her way around Rachelís great pierced tits a little before stripping off her panties and kissing her way around Rachelís legs and pussy. Jenna works Rachelís pussy over with her tongue and fingers, and starts off wearing gloves before stripping them off to see how many fingers she can fit in Rachelís cunt. She works Rachel over in a few positions before fucking Rachel doggie style with a strap-on, and then lies back so Rachel can work on her pussy with her tongue and a toy. Finally, the scene ends with Dick being caught watching and stroking himself and being taken away.
This is a pretty hot scene. Once again thereís plenty of chemistry, but the length of the scene holds it back from developing too far. This could have been a smoking scene if it would have been a full length scene.
|Scene 5 - Angelica Sin, Roxanne Hall, and Dick Smothers Jr.|
Angelica and Roxanne take Dick away and suspend him from the ceiling. Angelica drops down and sucks his cock while Roxanne lays down the law with him. Angelica bites his cock a little as well before moving over to work on Roxanneís pussy with her tongue and fingers. She lies back and lets Roxanne fuck her ass with a glass dildo before Roxanne adds a second glass toy to her cunt. Roxanne gets her turn next, and fingers her ass while Angelica works on her pussy with a fleshy dildo. Finally, Roxanne sucks the dildo clean with Angelica.
This is an above average scene. It starts off feeling like thereís some nice potential with Dick, but he quickly falls aside as the girls get it on. The girls get into each other quite nicely, but once again the overall scene is held back by the short length. It also feels a little chopped off at the end, and seems like it could have gone a little longer and finished things up a little cleaner, perhaps even bringing Dick back. This is an above average scene that felt like it had more potential than it used here.
|Scene 6 - Jenna Jameson and Savanna Samson|
Savanna gets it on with Devlish Jenna outside for the penultimate scene. They help each other strip down and kiss before Savanna sucks Jennaís tits. Jenna flips her upside down to eat her pussy before letting Savanna lie back to get tongued. They flip each other back and forth while working each other over naturally, and even get in a little anal fingering. Finally, they bring things to a close with a little kissing while leaving the scene feeling like it could go a little longer.
This is yet another scene that had plenty of passion and felt cut short. Jenna and Savanna are two of the biggest stars associated with Vivid, and it seems just wrong to have a scene between them cut as short as it was here. They really seem to be into each other, and even the little kissing at the end didnít leave it feeling complete. For the passion between Savanna and Jenna, this scene seemed almost like a tease.
|Scene 7 - Angelica Sin, Blaze, Brooke Alexander, Cameron Cain, Jessica Jaymes, Rachel Rotten, Savanna Samson, Sophia, Venus, Anthony Hardwood, Kris Slater, Mario Rossi, Nick Manning, Rob Rotten, Sik Nik, and many more|
Savanna starts out the final scene wandering around through a fetish party. She checks out girls getting their ass flogged, and joins in to help a girl as she gets eaten. She checks out a couple playing with fire and a girl getting pierced, and joins in on the action with both groups. She finally ends up with Mario and Anthony, and gives them plenty of oral action as they work their way around fucking her. She has them back off so she can fuck her ass with a glass dildo, and then lets them double team her. Finally, Savanna takes a nice pair of facials.
This is an extremely impressive final scene. The level Savanna goes to with the fetish groups is nothing short of amazing, and she does the double penetration extremely well. She captures much of the same feel that Georgina had in the original and looks great taking it. This is a fantastic final scene, and easily the best in the entire movie.
The New Devil In Miss Jones leaves me with some very mixed feelings. On its own, itís a pretty good movie. Thereís a dark and eerie feel to most of it, as well as a wide range of Paul Thomas styled sex scenes. Thereís plenty of chemistry in the scenes, but almost every scene left me feeling a little disappointed by being very short. Then thereís the way that anybody whoís seen the original is going to look at it, and thatís to compare it to the original. Thatís where things get a little tricky. It captures a fair amount of the eerie feeling of the original as well as including some very nice homages to it. Other than that, however, it seems to miss so much of the original that I really wish it would have been released as its own movie rather than as a remake. The New Devil in Miss Jones is a well done movie with a lot of good thoughts in it, but at the same time it often felt like it was straddling the original and trying to be something new a little too much. Where the original let the sex tell much of the story, here the story drives much of the movie and changes the focus from Justine Jonesí sexual journey to her trying to figure out what the heck is going on.
Regardless of how one considers it, however, this is a very well made movie with one heck of a fantastic performance by Savanna Samson. The main thing that makes the movie worthwhile is Savanna. She looks fantastic and gives whatís easily one of the best acting performances of the last several years. Iíd say last year, but in the two years between when The New Devil In Miss Jones was shot and released, Iím not sure thereís a handful of girls who have given the same level of performance as Savanna. PTís direction is nicely done, but as a whole, The New Devil In Miss Jones strikes me as yet another remake for people who turn their nose up at the original. With a few minor tweaks, The New Devil In Miss Jones could have been its own movie, and stood on its own two feet rather than riding on the tailcoat of the original. I think I would have much rather watched it that way than as it is here.
The Extra StuffVivid has put plenty of effort into the extras for this three DVD release. The first DVD contains multiple angles, for which you can turn the icon on or off, and which are sadly not true angles. Thereís also the three different commentaries. You can choose between a commentary with Jenna Jameson, a commentary with Paul Thomas, and a commentary with Savanna Samson, Georgina Spelvin, and Paul Thomas. The commentary between Savanna, Georgina, and PT is easily the best of the three, and has some nice interaction between the group as they talk about the making of the movie and just about the movie itself. Unfortunately, Savanna seems to be left by herself for much of the commentary, but she does a very good job taking it on her own. PT also has some good comments about the technical aspects of the movie, but it often felt a little dead to me because PT rarely speaks with much emotion at all. Finally, thereís Jennaís commentary, which had a lot of dead air and most of the comments seemed to just be Jenna talking about what was happening in the actual movie. Jenna does do well for her scenes, but for the rest of the movie she leaves plenty to be desired.
Although three commentaries is impressive on the boxcover, I think the commentary aspect would have been much better if it would have brought in Jenna for the group commentary and just went with a single commentary track. As is, thereís a lot of dead air in them and PT covered a lot of the same ground between his solo commentary and the group commentary. The commentaries are okay, but lack quite a bit from the group commentaries Iíve listened to for other movies.
The second DVD is devoted entirely to extras. Trailers are included for Bad Wives (although as far as I know, Vivid has still only released a hacked up version on DVD), Bobby Sox (also only a hacked up version only to my knowledge), Fade to Black, Heart of Darkness, Jenna Jameson is The Masseuse, Two Hot for TV, Groupie, Stunner, Circus, Lannyís Summer Daze, When Strangers Meet, Tarot,Where the Boys Arenít 17, and The New Devil In Miss Jones. There are also photo galleries, bios for Jenna Jameson and Savanna Samson, bonus scenes, and several behind the scenes featurettes.
If the trailers are enough, there is also a portion of a scene from five Vivid releases: Be With Me, Jenna Loves Kobe, Key Party, Photoplay, andSavanna Samson Superstar. The clips last from about five minutes to just over six and a half minutes, and all appear to be joined in progress. The one scene Iíd already watched being roughly the last half of the scene. Bonus scenes are always a good thing, but chopped scenes rarely are.
Three photo galleries are included. Galleries are included for both Savanna Samson and Jenna Jameson which last a little over two minutes with about four seconds per very good looking full screen photo. Thereís also a minute long gallery for the main movie with about four seconds per very good looking full screen photo. Theyíre nice galleries, but at the same time thereís a lot of crap cluttering it up with a large title on the top and links to the main menu and the photo gallery menu at the bottom, as well as the Vivid icon.
The behind the scenes featurette lasts forty five minutes. Paul Thomas, Savanna Samson, and Jenna Jameson talk about the importance of the original Devil in Miss Jones as well as Savannaís portrayal of Justine Jones. Itís okay, but more than anything came off as mutual asskissing before moving on to show some of Vickyís scene being shot. It continues through the shooting of several of the other scenes with a few comments from the cast, almost all of which came off as a bunch of publicity shoots. Thereís a couple little segments which are enjoyable, such as Georgina Spelvinís talking about being cast for the original role, but the rest of it seems almost soulless. I guess thereís a certain amount of amusing irony in that, but for a behind the scenes featurette it left me extremely disappointed and not caring much at all about it.
The bio of Paul Thomas lasts about a half hour and is followed by about ten minutes of trailers for some of his movies. Paul Thomas talks about going from Broadway to porn and his early start with the Mitchell Brothers. He talks about moving into direction and how he directs his scenes. Thomas talks about where he focuses directing a scene and his strengths and weaknesses. He talks about some of his favorite actors and actresses, as well as some of his movies that heís most proud of. Finally he talks about how heís seen the adult industry chance in the time he started in it. Itís a pretty good featurette. Thomas covers a lot of ground, but he never seems too passionate about it. He often seems a bit burned out or bored, and it makes some of the featurette hard to watch. That said, it also gave me a greater appreciation for his movies. If youíre at all curious about Paul Thomas, you really have to check out this featurette.
The blooper and outtakes featurette lasts over five and a half minutes. Thereís plenty of flubbed lines and things going wrong on the set, as well as a few crackups. Thereís even sexual outtakes, which rarely seem to appear in blooper reels. Itís a pretty average collection of outtakes, and nothing overly special or amusing.
The deleted sex footage lasts about sixty five minutes. It nicely works itself through the movie scene by scene, and looks and sounds just like it would have in the main movie. My only complaint here is that all of the footage is included on one chapter. This would have been much nicer if each scene would have received its own chapter so the viewer could easily navigate through it and get to whatever scene they might wish to. Even so, thereís some good action here and plenty of footage for anybody looking for more stroke material.
The deleted acting footage lasts nearly five minutes. Thereís a few segments of Savanna walking and one of her diddling herself that seems more like an outtake than deleted acting footage. This would be a very easy featurette to skip.
The photo shoot featurette lasts nearly two minutes. As usual, itís mostly a collection of the girls posing for still photos thatís set completely to music. Thereís some nice eye candy here, but thatís about it.
The third DVD is devoted to the original Devil in Miss Jones (the VCX version is reviewed here) being included on the third DVD. It doesnít appear to be edited from the earlier form, but it is cleaned up a little and presented completely in the full screen format rather than the original widescreen. Thereís also a forty five second photo gallery, weblinks, and over twenty minutes of trailers including a theatrical trailer for The Devil in Miss Jones.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, gangbang, masturbation, anal, lesbian, rimming (female > female), group, DP, and plenty of fetish aspects
Raincoat Factor: Medium high
Condom Usage: 100%
The Bottom Line:Currently, many of Vividís DVDs can be found online for between about $15 and $28, with most stores appearing to offer them in the $20 range. At that price, this oneís a very good buy. The movie is well done, but the sex does lack a bit. The technical aspects show some very nice care and thereís a lot of effort put towards the extras. This is a very nice release that would have been even better with the movie lengthened out for more sex.
Note to Vivid: Please dump the mandatory commercials at the start of your DVDs! Also, bonus scenes are great, but it would be much nicer to see fewer scenes that are complete rather than more scenes which are chopped up.
Note to Paul Thomas: In your commentary you ask what viewers thinks of sacrificing the sex for the story. Well, for myself I can sometimes stand it. Here, however, I have a hard time with it. Companies are putting out movies on a single DVD over three hours long without sacrificing audio or video quality. Yes, there are several commentary tracks here, but from what I understand commentary tracks donít take up a lot of space on a DVD. Even if the several commentaries here would take up the space of a half hour of audio and video that would still leave you with roughly forty five minutes of space. Thatís an awful lot of sex which could be included and make it a feature with attention to sex that should be able to hopefully better satisfy both feature fans and those looking forward to seeing the stars in action. So as long as youíre making full use of whatís available to you, I can stand certain things being cut back. When it looks like you only use about two thirds to three quarters of whatís available to you, then the limitations stand out much more to me.
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