The Little Details
Running Time: 59 min.
Production Date: Individual Segments: 6 / 5 / 2003, 5 / 21 / 2003, 7 / 17 / 2003, 7 / 31 / 2003; Compilation: 9 / 10 / 2003
Director: None credited
Cast: Jacklyn Lick, Alex, Benny, Cleo, Kat, Francesca Le, Coral Sands, and many others
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: I havenít heard much about California Star, so Iím going into this one with open expectations.
Initial Reaction: Thereís some great action here, but itís hacked up badly enough that it isnít close to as good as it might have been.
Who Should Watch It : Tickling fans
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting sex
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are pretty good for a fetish release. The audio is fairly clear and decently balanced, but I didnít notice any background noises. Unfortunately, it doesnít always synch with the video too well. The video is slightly on the dark side and has some noticeable grain. Itís not horrible grain, and is pretty similar to an adult movie shot on film and treated okay.
Music: Thereís a little cheesy music at the start and end of each scene thatís nicely balanced with the rest of the audio.
Disc Complaints: At the end of the first scene, rather than moving forward to the next chapter the DVD stops.
Menus: The main menu is far from impressive. Thereís a little generic animation in the background with the name of the DVD and a choice between the full movie and the individual scenes beside it.
The FeatureTied & Tickled Classics 25 collects scenes from four of Cal Starís tickling releases. You get a short intro for each scene letting you know what the original release was, but never who the performers in it are.
|Scene 1 - A dirty blonde and Benny|
Tickling on Campus starts things out with a hot dishwater blonde doing a little studying in her black fishnets and a little lingerie. Benny lets her know that he was late because he had to pick up a few things from the hardware store, and then brings a few ropes and a feather duster out of his backpack telling her that he thinks they should play tickle torture rather than having sex right away. She agrees, and soon after is tied up on the couch. Benny tickles her with his fingers first, and then breaks out the feather duster. He also rips a few feathers off the duster, but soon after is back to working her over with his fingers. Benny unties her so that he can remove those pesky things sheís wearing that hide the spots he really wants to get at, and then reties her completely nude in a chair. He works her over with his fingers and a few feathers before getting called into work. Finally, he unties her and lets her know that heíll be back later.
This is a pretty hot segment. The chick is quite good looking and has a wonderful natural body. They make the tickling fun, and it never seems like the torture that tickling can become. Sheís nicely vocal, and her protests never get negative enough to give the feeling that she isnít really into the scene. This is a very nice way to start things out.
|Scene 2 - Cleo and Benny|
Rather than going to work, Benny heads over to slutty brunette Cleoís place. After starting with a little mystery and having the chick retrieving his ropes, Benny ties her to a kitchen chair wearing a slutty pink dress and some nice looking black shoes. He tickles his way around her body before moving to her feet. Benny pulls off one of Cleoís shoes and works on her feet with both his fingers and the heel of her shoe. Finally, the scene comes to an abrupt end.
This is a fun scene. Cleo has a great slutty look going for her, and it made her seem perfect for the ďIíll try anythingĒ feel of the scene. Unfortunately, the scene doesnít get too far before it appears to be cut off prematurely. Itís too bad, because I could have watched this scene for much longer!
|Scene 3 - Jacklyn Lick and Alex|
Tickling Coeds features brunette Alex coming to Jacklyn for help to prepare her for a tied and tickled contest at her sorority. Since Alex has never been tied up before, Jacklyn starts her out simply tying her hands and knees together before lightly tickling her thighs and knees. She moves up around Alexís armpits and stomach before moving down to her feet. Jacklyn gets hot and worked up tickling Alex, and strips down to stay cool. Since Jacklyn thinks she might join the contest as well, Alex ties her up to see how much Jacklyn can take. She ties her wrists and ankles together as Jacklyn lies on the couch, and works her over from her head down to her toes. Alex moves over to the table to get a pair of dusters, and starts Jacklyn out with them making her guess a hand as she holds them both behind her back. Alex starts her out with the furry duster, and then moves on to the feathery duster. She mixes in a little finger tickling as Jacklyn writhes around on the sofa until she surrenders. After Jacklynís untied, she decides that Alex should take another turn, but this time be naked. Unfortunately, the scene ends there rather than continuing on.
This is a fun scene. Thereís great chemistry between Alex and Jacklyn, and they balance fun and torture very well. Thereís a great spirit to the scene, and it came off both as fun and sexy without anybody ever flopping out so much as a titty for the action. The only problem with this scene seems to be where itís cut off. If it were cut off about thirty seconds sooner, before they decide to give Alex the naked turn, the scene would have felt complete rather than feeling like you were only getting part of the scene. Despite this problem, this is a very enjoyable scene.
|Scene 4 - Kat and Cleo|
Time 4 Tickling finds Cleo and bottle blonde Kat coming back home after a day out trying to figure something to do. When Kat pulls their ropes from her purse, they quickly decide on the tickling game they like to play. The girls tickle each other a little while playing around trying to decide whoís going to get tied up first, but Cleo ends up tied from a bunk above Katís futon with her knees and ankles tied together as well. Kat tickles her toes before stripping of her bikini top and tickling her way around her breasts, stomach, and arms. When Cleo begs for her to stop, she grants her wish long enough to go get a yellow feather duster that she works all around her playmateís body. Kat stops again to get a long fuzzy duster, and shows Cleo how well it gets into cracks and crevices as she works it around her neck and armpits. She keeps working her way around Cleo while untying her, but when she gets loose she reverses roles and restrains Kat with ropes form her ankles and wrists to the bedframe. Cleo doesnít waste much time before getting to the feather duster and pulling down Katís top, and pays some nice attention to her feet that she tries to hide under the rug. Unfortunately, once again the scene ends in the middle of the action.
This is another hot scene. The girls have great chemistry, and although they only get topless thereís no shortage of sexuality in the scene as the girls writhe and laugh as they tickle each other. Once again thereís not a malicious feeling to the scene, and it moves along nicely. My only complaint is that once again it seems like thereís only about two thirds of the scene included. This is more than a little frustrating since I was really getting into this scene.
|Scene 5 - Coral Sands and Francesca Le|
The final scene comes from Happy Ties. When cute Latino Francesca gets a little lonely, she calls up Coral, another cute brunette, to reminisce about their last time together when they tied each other up and tickled each other. Francesca starts out on the couch with her wrists restrained and her knees and ankles bound as Coral tickles her way around her wearing only some red panties and clear fuck-me shoes. She tickles her way all around Francescaís body with her fingers, and adds plenty of tease and threatening motions. Coral tickles her feet, sits on her to tickle her sides, and even blindfolds Francesca so she canít see whatís going to get tickled next. They trade places, so Francesca can tickle Coral as she has her hands, feet, and ankles restrained, but about the time the start the scene comes to a close.
This is yet another very enjoyable segment. I like how the scene is treated like a flashback, as it lets the scene stand nicely apart from the others. Coral and Francesca keep the scene very fun, while also giving it a very nice sexual feeling. Thereís plenty of laughs and a lot of playfulness throughout the scene, and once again itís only problem is that thereís just beyond half the scene here. This is a pretty good scene that Iím sure would have been really freaking hot if it were all here.
Tied & Tickled Classics 25 does most of what a compilation should do. I wanted to see more of each and every movie that was showcased here, and thanks to the openings knew what the movies were. Unfortunately, I was also left wondering who most of the cast was while also wanting to see more of each and every scene included here. Although thereís four movies featured here, thereís only one complete scene, and thatís the very first scene. I really enjoyed what I saw here because the scenes had chemistry, sexuality, and a playful feeling. I wasnít sure what I expected going into this one, but I sure as heck didnít expect to enjoy it this much. Since I enjoyed it that much, the format of the compilation ended up pissing me off repeatedly. It wouldnít have been bad if whoever hacked this one up (and I do mean hacked rather than cut or edited) would have been smart enough to cut it at decent places. Two minutes out of the first scene wouldnít have really lost anything, and would have left it feeling complete. The second movie could have lost an entire thirty seconds, and the last one might have lost a minute. These wouldnít have been big things, as I donít think somebodyís going to choose against a DVD because itís fifty five minutes instead of fifty nine minutes, but it would have made the entire thing feel more complete. Heck, with that extra time it might have even been possible to include all of the final scene, which was really shaping up to be something great. Heck, if it were done that way, Iíd be giving this release one entire point higher for both the sex and the overall score and recommending it wholeheartedly for anybody whoís the least bit curious about tickling to check out. As is, Iím left very lukewarm knowing that any pleasure from the scenes will quickly disappear when the scene is cut off before itís finished. Tied & Tickled Classics 25 has some great scenes, itís just too bad that they arenít complete scenes.
The Extra StuffNone.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: B&D and tickling
Raincoat Factor: Very high
Condom Usage: None needed
The Bottom Line:Currently, most California Star DVDs are found on the web for around $70 (yes, seventy). Although I couldnít dream of paying that much for almost any DVD, they can sometimes be found reasonably used. If youíre curious about this one and can find it cheap, Iíd suggest checking this one out. Thereís some hot action, but the movie is definitely hurt by the lack of complete scenes. The technical aspects are a little weak, but not bad for a fetish release. Unfortunately, thereís no extras to sweeten the package. This is a poor compilation with some hot action.
Note to California Star: If youíre going to do a compilation, please learn how to work your equipment well enough to do it right.
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