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Nina Hartley's Guide To Erotic Bondage

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astroknight's ratings for Nina Hartley's Guide To Erotic Bondage:
Overall Rating 2.5 stars
Nina Hartley's Guide To Erotic Bondage overall rating 2.5 stars
Female Looks Nina Hartley's Guide To Erotic Bondage Female looks rating 3.5 stars
Male Looks Nina Hartley's Guide To Erotic Bondage Male looks rating 3.5 stars
Sex Nina Hartley's Guide To Erotic Bondage Sex rating 2.5 stars
 
Plot/Acting Nina Hartley's Guide To Erotic Bondage Plot/Acting rating 2.5 stars
Extras Nina Hartley's Guide To Erotic Bondage DVD Extras rating 4 stars
Audio/Video Quality Nina Hartley's Guide To Erotic Bondage A/V Quality rating 2 stars
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Reviewed by astroknight  on  10/23/2005

The Little Details

Running Time: 76 min. (cover states 80 min. which appears to be just plain sloppy)

Production Date: 8 / 19 / 2005 (cover) 3 / 21 / 2005 (DVD)

Director: Ernest Greene

Cast: Carmen Luvana, Tommy Gunn, Randy Spears, and of course, Nina Hartley

The Short Story

Initial Expectations: Nina’s instructional bondage DVDs haven’t impressed me too much. I just can’t get too excited about this one.

Initial Reaction: It’s okay.

Who Should Watch It : Anybody who’s curious about bondage but also very nervous about it

Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting to learn about the darker side of bondage

The Technical Stuff

Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects leave a bit to be desired. The audio is clear and well balanced, but there were a many times during the demonstrations where you can hear Ernest Greene giving the cast instructions in the background. The video is a bit on the weak side. It’s pretty well lit, but has a soft feel to it that left it looking slightly out of focus many times as well as feeling cheap.

Music: None

Menus: The main menus does a decent job of blending the box cover with a bit of animation. The chapter menu is okay, and lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene, a chapter number, and whether it’s a discussion or demonstration chapter.

The Feature

Carmen joins Nina on the couch in some light blue and black fetishwear respectively. Carmen is anxious to get on with it, but Nina wants to answer her questions first. Carmen brings out “her” notebook to ask questions, and at her prompting answers questions about why and acting out your sexual fantasies. She also talks about partner choices and reasons one should choose not to experiment with bondage. Of course Nina also talks about consent and safety as well as limitations and safety words.

This is an okay segment. Carmen and Nina look great, but the scene seems so set up with Carmen as the “clueless” person that’s partially there for comic relief and Nina there as the expert. Nina covers some very important information, but the presentation of the information often came off as a bit hokey and a lot set up. Although I like the idea of this being done as a question and answer segment, Carmen seemed like she was struggling through the acting of many parts of it and left me thinking that it would have been much better if Nina had just sat on the couch talking about the subject like she has in the interview segments on some of her other instructional DVDs.

Scene 1 - Nina Hartley and Randy Spears

Nina starts out her demonstration scene on the bed with both of them wearing black. Randy has a long sleeved shirt and pants while Nina has stockings, a garter belt, gloves, and a bra. They discuss limitations and safety words before Nina puts cuffs on. They’re perfectly spaced so Randy can play with her nipples before moving down to lick her slit. Nina starts out sitting back as Randy licks her before getting on all fours so his tongue can have easy access to each of her holes. She straps Randy to a vertical bed and teases him with her feet before sucking his cock. Nina moves up to ride him cowgirl style after lying the bed back before getting on all fours again so Randy can fuck her from behind and even play with her ass a little. He lubes up a glove and plays with Nina’s ass before letting her slide it over his cock reverse cowgirl style. They also get in a bit of doggie anal before Randy pops on Nina’s ass.

This is a pretty good scene. There’s no denying that Randy and Nina have great chemistry, as well as her trying to show the soft and romantic side of bondage. She does a nice job of demonstrating a lot of what she was talking about earlier, and therein lies the rub. Nina goes from looking 150% into Randy and what he’s doing to her to talking about the bondage and what’s happening in a fairly clinical matter. Those changes and the ease she did it easily killed any wood I had here. I know that both Nina and Randy are professionals, and they’re professionals at the top of their game. Nina’s mood shifts showed that professionalism all too well, and took this from being a very hot scene that did a nice job of demonstrating safe and romantic bondage and turned it into just an extension of Nina’s lecture.

Scene 2 - Carmen Luvana and Tommy Gunn

Big boobed bottle blonde Carmen starts her scene out in a baby blue latex dress with white fuck-me pumps putting on wrist and ankle cuffs in front of the mirror. She’s joined by Tommy, and after quickly submitting to him lets him restrain her to a bed and run a flogger over her. Tommy moves down to lick Carmen’s pussy and tease it with a vibe. He lets her loose from the bed and leaves her hands restrained behind her to suck his cock before Carmen gets a chain between her wrists as she rides him reverse cowgirl style. They also get in a bit of doggie fucking and missionary before Tommy pops on Carmen’s stomach.

This is a pretty good scene. Carmen and Tommy have great chemistry, and definitely make bondage into an act of passion. They do a good job mixing in a few different positions as well as things like the flogger. This is a very nice scene.

Nina Hartley’s Guide to Erotic Bondage made me realize one very important thing about porn. Fantasy is very important. Although I never thought of that with instructional movies, I couldn’t help but think of it here and realized that it’s another level of fantasy. In addition to giving the viewer the belief that the performers are into the sex, they also have to give the viewer the feeling that they’re knowledgeable about the subject. Sadly, both Nina and Carmen fail at one part of this or another. Nina does a good job making the viewer believe that she’s into bondage and very knowledgeable about it, but she flips between lecturer and sexual performers so quickly in her scene that it killed the sexuality of the scene. Carmen, on the other hand, did a nice job with the sex but failed at making me believe that she was knowledgeable about bondage by coming off as a joke who had trouble reading her lines out of a book during the lecture. Nina Hartley’s Guide to Erotic Bondage is a nice idea that has the same flaws that have held back so many of her other educational releases.

The Extra Stuff

The photo gallery lasts about five minutes with roughly a varying about of time per photo as a camera appears to pan across it. It’s not a good thing. Trailers are included for University of Austyn, Sex Across America 12: Virginia Beach, Signature Series 13: Lauren Phoenix, Fleshbacks, and Amateur Angels 20. Sadly, you don’t get a menu to choose what trailer you’d like to see, and they each get their own title so you can’t even skip past one easily if you’re not interested because you’ve already seen the movie. There’s also a behind the scenes featurette, two bonus scenes, and commercials.

The behind the scenes featurette lasts nearly a half hour. Nina talks about afros and hair picks before talking with Voodoo about sexual exploration. She talks with both Voodoo and Nicole Sheridan about the book that they’re writing together as well as talking with Nicole about their relationship and attitude, as well as sex. Voodoo and Nicole explore the toy chest with Nina before Ernest chats with Carmen about bondage and G-spot orgasm. He also helps her with her outfit. This is a pretty good behind the scenes featurette. There isn’t a lot of Carmen footage, but there’s so much good stuff with Nicole and Voodoo that I couldn’t help but really enjoy it.

Bonus Scene 1 - Kylie Ireland and Mickey G.

The first bonus scene comes from Circle of Lust and features the lovely Kylie Ireland with Mickey G. They exchange oral favors, with Kylie giving one of her normal amazing blowjobs, before moving through some missionary work and doggie fucking. Kylie finally finishes things with a good facial.

This is an okay scene. Normally that would be okay, but with stars like Kylie Ireland and Mickey G. it ends up as a disappointment instead. They’ve more than proven themselves in the past as being able to put out smoking hot scenes, and this is just another example why Roy Karch should have a job as a jizzmopper rather than a director.

Scene 2 - Mika Tan, Shy Love, and Alec Knight

The second bonus scene comes from Nina Hartley’s Guide to Threesomes: Two Girls and a Guy. Oriental Mika decides to give her boyfriend Alec a threesome surprise with the help of Shy. They lay out the plan as Mika helps Shy into a black and red corset to match her black and red fetishwear as well as tying a red ribbon around his neck for a present. He surprises them in return by showing up early from work, and Mika hops out and shows him his present. Shy starts working Alec’s cock over before getting a little help from Mika. Mika continues to move down so she can lick Shy’s slit, and continues to make her way back and forth between them. Alec rewards her with a little glass dildo action while Shy licks her clit, and Shy lets Mika play with both her holes as she licks her. Shy lets Alex go right to fucking her ass from behind as she eats Mika before Mika gets in the middle for a little missionary action from Alec as she fucks Shy’s pussy with the toy. The girls sixty nine next, with Mika on top and Alec fucking her pussy as Shy licks his balls before the girls trade places. Shy also gets in a little more anal action reverse cowgirl style before the girls let him pop on their tits.

This is a fantastic scene. There’s a wonderfully playful feel to the scene as well as great chemistry from the moment it starts to the moment it ends. The setup works very well and I love how they let Alec use the toys rather than just limiting it to between the girls. Everything about this scene worked for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a great scene, and easily one of the best I’ve seen out of all of Nina’s instructional releases.

The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff

Themes: Straight, instructional, fetishwear, B&D, rimming (male > female), anal, and toys

Raincoat Factor: High

Condom Usage: Between Tommy Gunn and Carmen Luvana

The Bottom Line:

Currently, many of Nina Hartley’s educational DVDs can be found online for between about $8 and $25 with several stores offering them for around $15. As usual, this one might be a decent buy at the low end. Both the lecture and demonstrations are okay, with nothing really standing out about either of them to me. The technical aspects are weak, but there’s some nice effort put into the extras. This is an okay DVD.

Note to Adam & Eve: A little more attention to your technical aspects would be a very good thing. It goes a long way towards ruining the fantasies here, and seems to be the most common problem with Nina’s instructional releases.

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