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The Lovers’ Guide: The Essential Collection + The Original Collection + Sexual Positions (1991 – 2012/Truemind DVDs)/Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey (2011/Magnolia DVD)


Picture: C+/C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-/C+     Main Programs: B/C+



Now for some titles in the self-help, special interest and personal improvement categories…




Back in 1991, there was no Internet, sexuality had not become a crude media joke and society was comparatively less violent.  In that, books have existed for a long time and especially since the 1960s about sex and having it.  Before XXX hardcore sex films staring in the early 1970s, films about hygiene and health masqueraded as an excuse to show naked bodies, clinical as they were.  When home video arrived as the XXX films moved to cheap analog tape, such book guides began tom find themselves acted out.


In England where nudity and sex were more highly censored than in the U.S., a series called The Lovers’ Guide debuted and it was the first time you could get nudity in a mainstream video product there.  The programs were a big success and continued to be produced for a while.  Now, three sets of them, including two multi- DVD sets in The Essential Collection and The Original Collection plus the single Sexual Positions has been issued by Truemind.  Amusing in some ways, they are narrated and pretty thorough about their subject matter.  Aimed at heterosexual audiences, they have aged well and are decent in accomplishing what they set out to show and explain.


Stil very much for mature audiences, the sex and discussion thereof is very graphic if matter-of-fact.  Besides the self-explanatory obviousness of some of this, each box set has five DVDs.  The Essential Collection includes Secrets Of Sensational Sex, a repeat of the single DVD here & one geared towards making women happy, while The Original Collection has separate discs for making each gender happy and both start with basics only to move onto what it sees as moiré advanced sex.  Extras appear on the single Sexual Positions with Interviews and Extra Scenes, but that’s it.  Still, this is a landmark series of sorts and whichever titles you choose, you will not be disappointed with the aforementioned in mind.



Sometimes related to body and mind health as well, Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey (2011) is our latest look at this form of physical well-being and meditation.  We have covered the subject several times before (put Yoga in the search engine and find out) but this is Suzanne Bryant directing and telling her own story of how she started yoga just to try it and it landed up helping her out very much.  Then the autobiographic documentary moves into the yoga subject more specifically and is often like any other good title on the subject.


As compared to the past entries, this is as good as any of them and if you are interested in the subject, starting here is not a bad idea.  However, like all previous entries, it is only as good as your interest in it.  If you are not, you will become quickly bored, though she is well-spoken.  Additional Interviews and trailers are the only extras.


The 1.33 X 1 image on the Guide DVDs are not bad for their age, though it is hard to tell if it is PAL tape or PAL copies of 16mm film or what, but it is not bad despite its age looks better on average than the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Yoga which is shot on digital video of limited definition and is softer than expected throughout.  The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on the Guide DVDs are simple, but just fine, reminding one of similar titles from Playboy Video back in the day, while the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix on Yoga is just spreading its native stereo around and is really no sonically better.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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