The Little Details
Running Time: 56 min.
Production Date: 2003
Director: None credited
Cast: Dr. Bernie Zilbergeld hosts with the help of an uncredited cast that includes Sharon Kane, Sunset Thomas, Steve Hatcher, and many others
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: The Alexander Institute has been making some nice instructional features. Iím looking forward to this one.
Initial Reaction: Itís very well done.
Who Should Watch It : Couples
Who Should Avoid It: Lesbians
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are nicely done. The audio is clear and nicely balanced, with only a few minor background noises during the outdoor portions of the movie. The video is pretty good. Itís nicely lit, but there is a bit of grain thatís reminiscent of VHS.
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 FeatureAlthough every man is different, there are some things than many guys enjoy. Here, Dr. Zilbergeld mixes up interviews with guys on the street with quick segments to give couples ideas. They talk about things such as assertiveness in women, what makes a woman sexy, sex outdoors, and sexual surprises.
|Scene 1 - A brunette and a guy|
The first segment has the dude coming home from work and finding 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 nice scene thatís playful and sexy. It does a very good job making a more dominant woman sexy rather than bossy and does a great job with the tease to start things out. The camera work is also nicely done for the limited space of the shower. This is a very nice way to start the feature off.
|Scene 2 - A brunette and Steve Hatcher|
The next segment focuses on a bit of seduction as Steve Hatcherís woman joins him in bed. He takes his time with the foreplay, and pleasures her until she has to beg for him to stop. Steve finally fucks her and finishes her off.
This is another nicely done scene that shows sex in a very positive way. I love how you could hear the pleasure in Stevenís womanís voice as she cried out for him to stop as well as the obvious pleasure in Steve in making his woman so happy. The camera work is nicely done so as to not get too graphic, and the segment was fun while also having a bit of intensity.
|Scene 3 - Sharon Kane and a guy|
For public sex, Sharon Kane decides to get it with her man in the mall parking lot. She kisses him before undoing his pants and bending over to suck his cock. After a few cars go past he convinces her to go in back, and slides his head under her dress to eat her after telling her to stick her head up out of the sunroof to check for any cars coming past. He also eats Sharon as she lies back in the bucket seat in back before pulling her to the floor of the minivan to fuck her missionary style.
This is yet another great scene. Thereís plenty of passion and the camera work goes a long way to helping establish the public sex feel for the scene. I love some of Sharonís reaction and the playfulness of the comments as they get started. This might be my favorite segment in the movie.
|Scene 4 - Sunset Thomas and a guy|
Sunset gets it on with her man in a hot tub for the fourth segment. They kiss in the tub before she strips him out of his suit and kisses her way around his body as he sits on the edge. She sucks his cock and makes her way up and down his body before trading places and letting him eat her pussy. Finally they fuck in the pool without either of them having an orgasm.
This is another very sexy scene. Sunset and her man have very nice chemistry and mix things up nicely. I like the focus on oral action and how they throw things in like a quick phone call and a neighbor watching. Once again, this shows a bit of creativity and plenty of fun in the sex.
|Scene 5 - A brunette and a guy|
When her man comes home, a woman surprises him by having him stay in rather than go out. She leads him into the bedroom where she has a massage therapist waiting who gives him a full body massage. After a bit the wife comes in to help with ďthe big rubĒ wearing a little lingerie. She moves down to suck her manís meat before they move outside to the hot tub to continue things.
This is another nicely done scene. It focuses nicely on the massage and nicely fades out when it moves into the familiar territory of the hot tub. I also like how the scene was drawn out rather than having the wife join in right away. This is a different feeling scene from most of the other segments, but still works quite nicely.
What Men Want is an extremely well done instructional video. It doesnít go into any new techniques, but instead focuses on some of the common thoughts men have about sex and relationships. It does a great job pointing out things like men not always wanting to be in control, liking to be surprised sexually, and maybe even liking to have sex in riskier places. The lectures are the very minor portion of the movie, however, as itís dominated by the sex segments. The sex is rarely very graphic, and borders on softcore. Although this might turn off some, I found it a nice relief. It was sexy, very nonthreatening, and all that was needed to get the ideas across. It also built things up a bit as it went along to get those who might be nervous about it acclimated a little. I was also impressed with the scenarios and the cast, who did a great job. They made sure that every scene felt natural and had plenty of chemistry. I frequently found myself turned on by them while also having a smile on my face at the loving and playful feeling of the scenes. What Men Want keeps things simple and romantic, but I couldnít disagree on a single point in the movie. If youíre at all interested in What Men Want, make sure to check it out.
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 with a beard|
The bonus scene comes from What Women Want. After a few interviews with women talking about what they like things move to a girl and guy in bed. She rolls on top of him and pushes his hands away to get control herself before teasing his cock with her pussy lips and bending forward to kiss him on the nipples and lick his face. She slides forward so he can eat her before they quickly fuck.
This is a very nice little sequence. Although itís only six minutes long, itís very well paced and builds some great heat and chemistry. I love how the woman works being in control and the simplicity and naturalness of her tease. This is a very well done scene.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, instructional, and public sex
Raincoat Factor: High
Condom Usage: None
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 well worth the money if youíre wondering about different ways to help please your man, or even if you think things are well under control. The technical aspects are pretty good and thereís some decent effort put into the extras. Unfortunately the overall authoring of the DVD comes off as extremely primitive and holds the DVD back from being as good as it might.
Note to The Alexander Institute: A few minor things could really help. First, credits. It only seems fair to give credit where itís due. Second is finding somebody competent to author your DVDs. Although theyíre only a couple years old, they fell more like theyíre around ten years old due to how clunky they are.
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