Distributor: Accent' Films
Kink is the 2013 documentary that gained a large amount of hype due to James Franco's involvement as the producer. It is a documentary that explores the boundaries of sexuality via the website kink.com; a website that focuses on extreme bondage porn. Now personally myself I was aware of kinks existence, but for those who didn't and have no knowledge on S&M this is a fascinating documentary.
It goes behind the scenes in a typical day to day shoot of the website and we get to meet an insight to the people involved. The film opens up with an establishing shot of their headquarters in San Francisco with the websites creator Peter Acworth giving tour of the building; going around from paintings to the production sets. We learn that this is a multimillion dollar business and he is quite the businessman; after all this is a business and everyone involved takes it very seriously. Acworth got into porn during the late 90's internet boom and decided to capitalise on it.
From here we meet a new young model male who is excited to be participating in a shoot, he meets the crew; the crew is pretty much like any other shoot and these are ordinary people behind the camera. The interesting thing about the documentary is that it covers the gay, straight and lesbian side of the site. The female director Maitresse Madeline who will be directing this young new star explains her love and passion for bondage, she explains it occured when she a was teenager having an obsession of being tied up, rape fantasies and also being arroused by leather in general.
Most the people involved with these projects are involved in the bondage world, its business and also pleasure. We learn different terms in this world; about being the submissive and the dominant. Some actors/actress's like to be dominated (tied up, abused, whipped and humilated), while some strictly are dominants (the one instructing the submissive to bow to their sexual demands). The documentary explores the relationship between the two quite well, clearly explaining that both partners understand each others boundaries and safe areas, there is a certain limit that someone can be pushed.
The fascinating thing about this is how the director cares for the safety of their actors, they are constantly checking the physical and psychological health of their models. We see the shooting of a fantasy gang rape scene where the actress gets gagged by four men and then stripped; however halfway through the actress felt distress as of she couldn't breathe due to a bag put over her head. The scene is then stopped and there is a great deal of concern for her, making sure she can breathe. After the gang rape scene we see the group having a conversation talking about their kids; yes these are family people.
Speaking of scenes we get to witness the making of a woman tied upside town while being penetrated with a sex machine, a domination of a man by a woman and also a teacher student lesbian fantasy. It further goes into the pleasure of bondage in how your brain enters 'subspace' and release chemicals that get you on a natural high, it explains that bondage is good for your health and it should be practised regularly. We also meet the set decorator who takes the job seriously as if you were decorating any other set. I like his analogy that described kink, 'if the porn industry was a classroom, kink would be the nerdy goth kids', which sums it up very well. One of the more butch female directors also states with bondage 'if this isn't for me, than it's for someone else'. Which I completely agree with, if you do not support bondage, don't hate it and move on because there are a large amount of people who get off on it. We even get to meet a feminist that is pro sex and she explains how domination displays the power of woman and bondage is not the exploitation but embracing of her power over the male. S&M does not discriminate as it is for nearly all audiences that should experience it's ability.
One of he more harder dom's in a revealing interview discusses how she makes sure that the objects she uses on her 'victims' have been tried on her first. It gets quite emotional when she reveals she has 3 kids who she wants to see grow up in society as normal people and never be exposed to such an industry; an industry which she describes as "lost souls". Overall This documentary gives us an insight into allowing bondage to be exposed as a normal sexual act that people should be open minded to accepted, so I'm obviously one of those supporters.
Kink Arrives on DVD courtesy of Accent' in its original aspect ratio of 1:85:1 a HD transfer. Make note this film was shot in HD and coming across to DVD made myself realise it does not need a blu ray release. It was not shot in 4K so this DVD transfer is accurate to keeping the visual appeal.
The image is extremely sharp and crisp, the colours are bright and vibrant. It shows off the brown, depressing sets of the bonage chambers to the bright vibrant offices of the building. Skin tones look great and there is no signs of grain and digital noise, watching this on a 55" TV it looked fantastic with no blurring or trailing. There is an extreme amount of clarity in the video as you can see by the screen-grabs.
Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Kink Sounds great, the dialogue is rich and crisp. Once again being a new film it was recorded in HD allowing no cracks or pops in the background.
It captures the echoes from the victims screams in bondage scenes to draw you in, the interviews also sound particularly clear. Everything is perfectly in sync too allowing a smooth transition.
Make note this currently appears to be the only home video release of this documentary in the world, it is a very rare film so to have the film alone is good enough. However accent has also included a large array of titles for their upcoming and current titles, all very informing and entertaining.
Overall 4/5 (Buy It!)
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