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Director: Perk Adann
Production date: 10/21/01 (feature); 3/17/02 (box)
Length: 90 min.
Extras: A 34-min. behind-the-scenes featurette, an 11-min. bonus scene and four trailers.
Audio/visual quality: Pandora is a relatively new studio, and they are still working on refining the technical aspects of their DVDs. Even so, I would rate this disc's audiovisual quality as somewhat above average. The camerawork occasionally feels a little conservative, but the angles are generally solid and satisfying. The sets are dark by design, yet the action is easily seen. Grain and artifacts appear here and there. Other minor blemishes include sporadic soft focus shifts, a slight internal reflection in the camera (in scene two only) and a crew member's shadow on the wall (in scene three only).
The musical style varies widely from techno to classical. The music normally sits pleasantly in the background, with good audio balance and nice clarity on the sex sounds. A tiny amount of dubbing is obvious during a brief slow motion section in the first scene. The overall volume is excellent.
First impression: Mmmm…there are treasures inside!
Scene highlights: Each performance in Pandora's Box features a pair of actresses who've expressed a passion for working together. The result is a nifty collection of five lesbian scenes.
Julie Robbins (blonde) and Victoria Givens (dark-haired) return to their hotel room after an evening out on the town. Julie lets Victoria know exactly what she wants. She accepts a few licks from Victoria just inside the door, and they run hand-in-hand to the bed. They start with 69 before giving and receiving oral individually. They also rub their vulvas together, and Julie's finger stimulation eventually makes Victoria squirt. The heat often seems rather fake to me, especially since Julie's already moaning loudly after less than a minute in 69 (while Victoria urges, "Yeah, baby, come for me!"). A couple of people have disagreed with me on this, however.
Fortunately, the remainder of the disc feels much more authentic. Kylie Ireland and Logan LaBrent smolder while cooking up naughty desserts in the kitchen. They expose their voluptuous busts, and Kylie takes a seat on the counter so Logan can suck and tug on her clit. When it's Logan's turn, the ladies have a lot of fun and get a little wild with a can of whipped cream. Logan also peels a banana for use as a dildo in Kylie's pussy. Both women are clearly experiencing pleasure, and Kylie shows signs of at least one strong orgasm ("Oh, yes! Can you feel that?" she breathlessly asks Logan).
Kelly Fire (strawberry blonde) and August (true redhead) build the momentum from romantic to rockin'. They gradually shed their understated (yet attractive) business attire in a big bed. Kelly is the more "butch" of the two, and after appropriately admiring August's neatly trimmed red bush, she provides the first oral. August not only reciprocates, she amps up the energy by teasing Kelly's vagina and anus with a large vibrator. I love the fact that August applies real lube (not spit) to the toy before she inserts it! I also love Kelly's flexibility—she tucks both her feet behind her head in a yoga pose called supta kurmasana (sleeping turtle). August accepts anal stimulation, as well, but with a more petite vibrator. Both women are orgasmic at different points in this scene. Kelly and August are new to the business (this is August's first-ever movie appearance), and they do such good work here that I definitely hope to see more of them in the future.
Keri Windsor and Kaylynn smoke their cigarettes and engage in hilarious chitchat while sprawling on a loveseat. Keri tickles Kaylynn's soles with her tongue, making her squirm and squeal with delight. "Don't make me get my handcuffs out!" Keri warns, and she manhandles Kaylynn into a pile driver position for oral. Kaylynn enjoys a powerful climax while Keri stimulates her with a dual motor vibrator (looks like the i-Vibe Rabbit from Doc Johnson). After some truly luscious French kissing, Kaylynn skillfully works Keri's pussy with a pink strap-on until she comes as well (multiple times, I think). The frisky chemistry between Keri and Kaylynn is absolutely stellar; I've watched this scene twice already, and I have a feeling I'll be watching it again in the very near future.
Nina Hartley confides her breakup woes to bartender Tina Tyler. Tina is confident that she can help, but only if Nina follows her instructions precisely. Nina initially acts shy when ordered to strip, but she grows increasingly seductive with Tina's encouragement. Tina teases Nina's lovely derrière with her fingernails. She then pinches Nina's vulva between her fingers and sensuously rubs it with her breast and tongue. They share the joy in 69, and Nina's body gets delightfully twitchy courtesy of Tina's continued attention. The action is hot, but in a quiet manner that might be expected from experienced actresses who have mastered their craft. Tina and Nina's verbal interaction (which comes across as unscripted and unforced) is one of the great strengths of this scene.
The main extra is the 34-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, which is one of the best I've seen. It includes great interviews with Keri, Victoria, Kaylynn, August, Tina and Nina. Also: lots of outtakes from the Keri/Kaylynn scene, fun with tongues, dirty jokes, a dildo tale and more. There's a full-length bonus scene, as well, which features Julie masturbating on a chair and table.
Thumbs up: Unlike the majority of lesbian scenes I've viewed, all five of these conclude with a nice finish. There's no fading out in the middle. Instead, the action comes to a satisfying close with kissing, cuddling or a look of acknowledgment. In my opinion, this is what distinguishes great lesbian scenes from merely tolerable ones.
It's probably impossible to know with certainty, but a significant proportion of these actresses appear to be orgasmic (or at least enjoying authentic physical pleasure) during their scenes. That element, above all else, is what holds my interest in an adult movie. I'm ever so happy to see it happening here!
Thumbs down: In all honesty, the opening scene completely turns me off. Even though Victoria comes across as very sweet and inviting, I immediately cringe at the sight of her inch-long press-on nails. Maybe I shouldn't shudder until I've actually tried it myself, but the thought of them going into any woman's pussy makes me squirm. Then there's Julie's over-the-top slutiness, which is especially evident when she retracts her upper lip into a "come-hither" smirk. Subtlety is not exactly Julie's forte ("I know everything there is to know about sex," she proclaims in her behind-the-scenes interview). Her approach resembles an extended phone sex ad, so fans of that style will be more excited by her performance than I am.
YogaGrrl's motherly advice: Vibrators for anal use should always include a flared base. Otherwise, there's some risk that an excited user could accidentally push the toy all the way in. If it becomes irretrievable, it will continue to run until the battery dies. Since the vibe no longer has air circulating around it, it's likely to overheat, possibly causing severe internal burns. I'm pretty open-minded, but a few sexual practices make me so nervous that I automatically deduct a half-star off the overall rating if the movie includes them. This is one of those cases.
Themes: Lesbian, oral, anal (technical), tribadism, squirting, food play, dirty talk, foot worship, domination, spanking, smoking, toys (vibrators, strap-on).
Condom use: n/a
Juice-o-meter: Medium high.
Final analysis: This is the first all-lesbian movie I've seen. But after watching the "lesbian" action that's typical in couples features, I can say that the chemistry in Pandora's Box is generally far superior. There's nice variety in the scenes, as well. I like this disc, and I think girl-on-girl aficionados will appreciate it even more. Plus, it's currently available for as little as $10, which is a real steal!