It's been a while since I've sampled fresh porn. It wasn't always thus. Throughout my 30s, viewing hardcore DVDs allowed me to develop a better understanding of my own sexuality. It was a rather extensive survey. I ceased counting once I reached the 300th movie. Of the movies I watched, I reviewed about a hundred. By and by, I did learn what I needed to know.
It takes something pretty special to capture my attention nowadays. So, I'd like to share three reasons why I'm so keen on The Truth About O.
(1) The relationships feel thoroughly real. Although the story is fiction, it depicts lifestyles which are intimately familiar to writer/director Ernest Greene and to the majority of the performers. This authenticity is apparent both in the plot and the sex scenes. It's present in even the smallest of details, such as when Nat wedges himself between Krissy and the inclined platform to which she's bound so he can caress her while Bobbi flogs her, or when Michael gives Jessie's heel a gentle yet insistent kick to spread her legs as he feels her up. The doms are commanding, but they are never hard-hearted, masterfully sweetening their stings with kisses.
(2) The audiovisual quality is admirable. That extends from basics such as the camerawork and lighting, all the way down to the minutiae. For example, the first scene includes pink bondage gear, a rose spanking horse, and a magenta vibrator which all coordinate; in the second scene, royal blue is the color of the vibrator, the dom's briefs, and the sub's latex, collar, and cuffs. This establishes a pleasing visual consonance, and it's heartening evidence that somebody took time to think through the aesthetics. Great care was also devoted to reducing ambient noises to the practical minimum. As a result, even the performers' sotto voce remarks are intelligible. Throughout the entire three-hour movie, I caught only a single teensy slip, a brief and innocuous whispered direction, at the conclusion of a dialog scene, and nothing at all of any concern in the sex scenes.
(3) Last but certainly not least, the sexual action flows smoothly in the direction of increasing intensity. The first scene contains plenty of tease; the second scene brims with spicy, tender energy; the third scene is seductive yet dirty (the anal intercourse starts here); and the fourth scene is quite heated and athletic (the female ejaculations are ample). The fifth and final scene is the topper. Lavishly lusty, in all the expected ways, it also includes some appealing quirky moments. One of the more interesting of these little segments has Bobbi's facial cheek pinned against Asa's butt cheek while James bangs into them both. At all times, the sex fits the storyline, which is about O developing the trust and the courage to successfully invite an attractive sister slave into her primary relationship. It looks like all of the actresses may have enjoyed multiple orgasms. With the level of stimulation they're receiving, and the generous length of the scenes, I can't say I'm surprised.
For those who desire specific details on the contents, let me just say there's a veritable constellation of kink. Claire's gorgeous rope work, which appears in most scenes and includes stunning shibari suspensions, shines foremost. Also for your consideration: a lit-up, wicked-looking fucking machine that I haven't seen in any of Ernest's previous movies; several pieces of novel sculptural furniture for bondage; the trusty old standby suction machine; whipping by floggers and by crop; spanking by hand; a satisfying selection of toys such as electric vibrators, a transparent buttplug, nipple clamps, and tasteful yet oh-so-naughty lingerie and fetishwear; and a general plethora of sexual activity from vigorous anal poundings of the type best left to the professionals, to the flirtatious simple pleasures of dressing and undressing. The donning of the ballet booties in the third scene is especially nice.
The second disc bears the extras, the best of which are: a 50-minute behind-the-scenes featurette; a 45-minute reel of performer interviews (Bobbi Starr, Asa Akira, and James Deen); a 14-minute director interview; and 13 minutes of Adam & Eve previews (O: The Power of Submission, The Perfect Secretary: Training Day, Kayden Unbound, The Surrender of O, Fit to Be Tied, Killer Bodies). The 5-minute slideshow and the 28-minute bonus scene (Skylar Price and Sascha from Pretty Tied Up) don't contribute quite as much, although the latter does provide an instructive contrast between Ernest's style and that of a novice director.
It's a style that's one-of-a-kind, just like O herself.