Midori's Expert Guide to Sensual Bondage - dvd by Vivid - review by leatherlover

Guide to tying up your partner.

While this was an informative DVD, my wife and I were slightly disappointed by it. A few good products were shown, but there wasn't enough instruction or products shown. One scene was way too porn like. If you are totally new to bondage, I would recommend this to you to get you started. However, if you have some experience, I would recommend just looking at another DVD or maybe just looking around on Eden Fantasys for better information.
Great instructor, a small variety of toys, good filming.
Porn like scenes, not enough toys shown, wouldn't play on Blu-Ray.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review
Midori's Expert Guide to Sensual Bondage

Directed by Tristan Taormino
Starring Midori, Adrianna Nicole, Mark Davis, Madison Young and Danny Wilde.

The front cover of the DVD has Adrianna Nicole in a bra and panty, with a collar on her neck and wrist restraints. Next to her is Midori. The cover is definitely not discreet.
The rear cover has a large photo on Midori with wrist cuffs, and a large photo of Adrianna in nothing but stockings with her hands tied behind her back. There are also 8 screen shots from the DVD.

Disk menu
The DVD starts with the advertisements at the beginning which is difficult to skip through. After a few minutes of this, we get to the DVD menu, which features Play Feature, Scene Selection, and Special Features.

Special Features
The bonus scenes has 4 different options. The two scenes from the movie with no instruction, the Midori Scarf Harness, and safer sex. The scarf harness has Midori demonstrating on Adrianna on how to attach a dildo right above a woman's vagina. This was just 2 minutes long.
Safer sex includes a 5 minute long talk about safer sex, including dental dams, syran wrap, using a glove, and condoms. There is also anallingus talked about, and they discuss toys and the different kinds of materials which are and aren't porous.
Behind the Scene is 7 minutes long that features Midori and Adrianna just talking on a bed, a few outtake shots, and a few shots with just Midori talking about her classes to the film crew.
There is a 2 minute slide show from the making of the movie, but it wasn't really anything special besides a few photos of the women posing.

Main Feature
The main feature starts with Midori solo, talking about herself and how you are going to get one on one instruction with this DVD. I like how instead of just mentioning a safe word, she goes into great deal about the safety of one. Tells you to make the word easy, maybe use the traffic light system for different levels of comfort, and even signals for if your mouth is full of.......something.

After the opening, we are introduced to Adrianna Nicole and Mark Davis. Midori talks to both you and the couple as they demonstrate different products and how to use them. We are shown every day items that you can use for bondage, like scarves, leather belts, shower robe belts and bungee cords. She also shows bondage specific items, like a leash, collar, wrist and ankle restraints, and even an under bed restraint system. She emphasizes safety throughout the DVD, telling you to make sure the restraints aren't too tight, don't tie a knot on a bone, and safety tips for the collar as well. We are shown how to tie wrists together using a scarf, which was helpful to us. We are also showed wrists and ankles tied together, and tieing scarves to her knees and making a sling with them. After 13 minutes of demonstrations and instruction, Midori leaves Adrianna and Mark to themselves, and this is where my wife and I got bored. Maybe it was the fact that I was going to have to go to work in a few hours, or maybe it really truly was boring, but after about 20 minutes of watching the two of them playing, we started to fast forward to see what else there was. On occasion we would stop at something we saw, like using regular belts for bondage, but there was nothing too exciting.

A few months after watching this with my wife, I finally sat down by myself to finish watching the rest of the DVD. First Mark ties Adrianna down with the cuffs and bed restraint system, then he starts licking and fingering her. They have fun for a while, before he unclips her and she starts sucking his cock with a leash and collar on. Midori gives another very important tip here so you don't chock your partner with the collar. She also adds in funny little lines here and there. They have PIV sex, he double penetrates her with his fingers, and there is even some anallingus. Eventually they pull out a sex sling, with attachments to her ankles and thighs with a support behind her neck. This is something that I have not seen before, and I thought it looked really cool and useful. He finishes with cumming on her pussy, and their scene lasted 37 minutes.
Next up was Madison Young and Danny Wylde. Without any intro or direction by Midori like the previous scene, this scene starts with the two of them kissing. Midori talks some during this time, but it is mostly focused on them. Their bondage starts with over and under the door cuffs, which when my wife saw this on the cover, she got very excited about. Madison strips herself naked, then gets put into the cuffs. Danny starts by fingering her, slapping her pussy, and spanking her to his hearts desire. They both are having a lot of fun during this scene, and it was erotic and definitely turned me on. After a few minutes of Madison against the door, her uncuffs her wrists and she starts sucking his cock. They are both very playful, and aggressive with each other. Danny then takes Madison from behind, before they jump on the bed and she takes control. Madison then uses a tie to bond Danny's hands together and another tie so he can't see, before she proceeds to suck his cock again. She teases him horribly by switching between riding his cock fast to sucking it hard. Madison eventually pulls out a velcro cuff and uses it as a cock sleeve with a leash. This is one of the few parts of Madison and Danny's scene that my wife saw, and she definitely liked this. And this led me to purchase something similar from Eden, which has been a smashing success for my wife and myself. They switch again, and Danny puts leather cuffs on Madison's wrists and ankles. But all of a sudden, Madison pulls out something from beneath the pillow. I'm not sharing what it is, but she definitely enjoyed it, and was quite loud while making some interesting sounds. Madison and Danny then make a modified Midori scarf harness using the same toy, and it's a multi-purpose harness, because it is a also a "fantastic fuck handle", according to Midori. All you need for this is two long scarves. They fuck for a few more minutes, and then the scene and the movie ends. Their scene lasted 35 minutes.

Overall, my wife and I are going to give this 3 stars. They did present some good information, and it gave my wife and myself ideas on new bondage items to try. However, I felt that they could have shown more bondage items to give new couples ideas on all of the different kinds of products available. They did not touch on any kind of gags, floggers, whips, tape, clamps, rope, crops, spreader bars, or hog ties. Also, after Midori left the picture with the couples, the feeling of the scene between Adrianna and Mark became too porn like and not instructional anymore. This was a rather large disappointment, because the other Tristan Taormino DVD we watched was much better, even with porn stars doing demonstrations.
Follow-up commentary
When my wife and I first started having sex, we watched and enjoyed quite a few educational videos. Now a few years into our relationship, I got this one expecting it to give us some great insights into light bondage to get my wife interested in it. What we got were two dull sex scenes, that bored us very quickly. The only part that my wife watched was about half of the first scene, and I had to come back a month later to watch the rest of it for this review. The only good that came out of it was the door cuff system, which I did buy from Sportsheets.
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  • Purpleladybug
    Thanks for the review!!
  • leatherlover
    Thanks for reading.
  • liilii080
    I would find this disappointing as well. If I wanted porn, I would buy porn but you are buying something for the educational aspect of it. Thanks for the review; I'll pass on this one.
  • leatherlover
    I would have preferred for them to show just a minute of each toy instead of 35 minutes of them having sex.
  • Antipova
    Thanks for the review. It does sound like a shame that there was less instruction than you were hoping for; I guess if I were to want instruction from Midori I'd just go with the book.
  • dudemeister
    Thanks for the review.
  • Jenny Smith
    Nice review!
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