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The Little Details
Running Time: 54 min.
Production Date: 2002
Director: None credited
Cast: Sunset Thomas, a guy, a few other couples, and host Robina Alston (there are no credits for the movie)
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: The little Iíve seen from the Alexander Institute has been nicely done. Iím curious about this one.
Initial Reaction: With the exception of the DVD authoring, itís a very nice release.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody looking for an exercise video to help them be a better lover
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting actual sex
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are pretty good. The audio is almost entirely composed of music and a voiceover, and it works well for the feature. The video has a bit of grain and is very well lit.
Music: The music has a soft feel and varies slightly in balance throughout the movie. It helps the movie almost the entire time.
Disc Complaints: The DVD authoring is very basic. To start with, thereís no time stamp, which means youíre limited to chapter breaks and scanning through most of the movie for navigating the DVD. The menus are also very rough, making you select each selection once to select it and then selecting it again to activate it. I hope these are just problems that are due to this being an early Alexander Institute release, but Iím not sure. Thereís also a commercial for the Alexander Instituteís Intimate Loving series that you canít skip past or even fast forward through. This always pisses me off, and Iím deducting a half point from the overall score because of it.
Menus: The menus are very simple. The both the main menu and the chapter menu clearly lay out the choices with a still behind them.
The FeatureSex and fitness are interrelated. Many positions require specific muscle groups to be well trained, and as anyone whoís worked out knows, different exercises work out different muscle groups. Robina Alston, an LA fitness trainer, hosts this look at how to work out to be a better lover.
The first group of exercises are shown for warming up, with an emphasis on breathing. Next is a squatting exercise for toning the thighs as well as strengthening the heart. It continues through several other easy exercises, pointing out what group is being worked. It continues through a string of exercises that you can do as a couple. Each exercise is similar to a sexual position, and the people demonstrating them dress in sexy outfits to make it a bit more fun. It adds a couple variations, such as using a swimming pool or the shower for some exercises, as well as including a few more advanced exercises. Afterwards, it goes through a few different positions and points out what muscle groups are used for each person in the position.
Sexual Fitness is a very nice feature. Iíll admit that it wasnít quite what I expected, as it didnít have any sex. I really liked how it worked a physical training workout around sexual positions in order to help one be a better lover. I also like how they gave the movie an extra sexy feeling by having the couples dress in lingerie and sexy outfits. The different exercises arenít demonstrated for too long, but they are demonstrated long enough that one should be able to get them down fairly well. My only complaint here is in the authoring of the DVD, which I think held back the release a bit. This is a release that one should want to check back on. Maybe when youíre starting you want to watch a certain exercise a few ways to make sure youíre getting it right or maybe youíre slowly working your way through the movie. Regardless, thereís only seven chapter breaks to the movie and no time stamp. This means youíre restricted to the chapter breaks if you just pop the DVD in and then you have to scan through the movie to get to where you want to. To me, this seems unacceptable when (from what Iíve been told) chapter breaks are extremely cheap and it takes virtually no effort to include a full time code on a DVD. The feature of Sexual Fitness shows some nice care and thought, but the DVD authoring doesnít make it as approachable as it should be.
The Extra StuffThereís plenty of sexuality information, which includes both a long question and answer section with Dr. Patti Britton covering many areas of sex as well as general sexuality information. A trailer is included for the Intimate Loving series which this DVD is a part of. Thereís also trailers for the Soulmates series, Sex, Love, and Everything Else, and Sexual Healing. Finally, thereís a bonus scene.
|Bonus Scene - A brunette and a guy|
The bonus scene comes from What Men Want. When the dude comes home from work, he finds a trail of Polaroids his woman left as she stripped down on her way to the shower. He admires the photos as he follows the trail to her in the shower. He compliments her on the pictures, and after she rubs up against the door to tease him, pulls him into the shower fully dressed. She kisses her way across his chest as she undresses him and then lathers him up with soap as they appear to fuck standing facing each other.
This is a very short scene, but also very nicely done. Itís playful and has very nice chemistry. Yes, itís a softcore scene, but it works for what this short scene is. This is a nice scene.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Raincoat Factor: Low
Condom Usage: None needed
The Bottom Line:Currently, many of the Alexander Institute DVDs can be found online for between about $11 and $22, with most stores offering them near the top end. This oneís worth the money if youíre looking for a new workout DVD. The feature shows some nice thought and the technical aspects are okay. The DVD also has some nice effort put towards the DVD, but the overall authoring of the DVD holds it all back. This is a nice feature on a DVD that seems like it was made ten years ago.
Note to The Alexander Institute: Please find somebody new to author your DVDs. You show some nice care towards your features and extras, but the lack of a time stamp, decent extras, and your clunky menus are not something that gives a good impression. Credits would also be a nice addition.
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