The Lovers' Guide

Making Sex Even Better

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Details At A Glance

Category Documentary None
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Year Released 1992
Running Time 61:23 Minutes
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 3,4,5 Director Alan Deakins
Lifetime Vision Limited 
Warner Home Video
Starring Andrew Stanway
Case Transparent Amaray
RPI $39.95 Music Malcolm Ironton
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 256 Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Macrovision Yes Smoking No
Subtitles None Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    Of course, with the documentary market being what it is, the marketers couldn't simply stop at one episode in the Lovers' Guide series. In that spirit, Lifetime Vision also bring us The Lover's Guide: Making Sex Even Better. As the title implies, this is an educational film designed to impart information that will help the viewer improve their sex life, or make them laugh, I'm not entirely sure which. Since this is the second episode in the series, a few changes are apparent in the overall style of the documentary, with one of the previous narrators gone, and more elaborate titles added for good measure.

    By now, I'm sure you're asking what exactly possessed me to volunteer for these titles, and I am asking myself that very same question. The manner in which the information is presented is not very interesting, and the style of the visuals has me believing that the producers couldn't make up their mind whether they were shooting an educational film or an elaborate porn flick.

Transfer Quality


    While this transfer is not as bad as the previous disc in the series, it isn't all that good, either.

    The transfer is presented Full Frame, and is not 16x9 Enhanced.

    Once again, we are treated to a sixty-odd minute film on a single-sided, single-layer disc that should by nature look a lot sharper than it really is. While the sharpness and definition of this transfer are an improvement over the previous Lover's Guide DVD, this transfer overall doesn't look any better than a recently duplicated VHS cassette. The shadow detail of the transfer is still vague, with blacks being only slightly more than blacks, with the occasional patch of discernible detail. Low-level noise is a slight problem with some shots of this transfer, with some large expanses of colour being quite noisy and uneven.

    The colour saturation is still quite a problem with this transfer, although it is improving somewhat. Once again, at about 0:44 this time, we see the Lifetime Vision Limited logo make its way onto the screen, with a red, green, and blue bar across the screen that exhibits dot crawl to an extent I've never seen on any other main feature, even when using composite inputs. Once again, I checked my settings quite thoroughly, and I can say that I most definitely viewed this transfer through the S-video input, just as I did with the previous disc. Thankfully, the transfer does settle down somewhat from the rampant dot crawl and noise in order to look acceptable.

    MPEG artefacts are less of a problem for this transfer, although the bitrate is still unusually low for a programme of this length. Some posterization is apparent in skin tones from time to time, but otherwise, this is a much more natural looking transfer than the previous disc in the series. Film-to-video artefacts are not a problem in this transfer, although the slightly better resolution of this transfer leads me to believe that this particular episode may have been captured on film due to having a larger budget. Film artefacts consisted of some flecks and scratches on the transfer, but these were occasional and mostly slight.


    As with the previous transfer in this series, the audio transfer simply serves a purpose without expanding beyond it.

    Once again, there is only soundtrack on this DVD: the original English dialogue, encoded in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo at the higher bitrate of 256 kilobits per second.

    The dialogue is clear and easy to understand at all times, within the limits of the thick British accents used by some of the people who speak in interviews that also comprise the narration at certain points. Thankfully, Doctor Andrew Stanway always speaks clearly and is very easy to understand, if a little dull. Audio sync is not a problem because it was very rare to see the person who was doing the talking, and the one passage where this did occur had no subjective problems.

    Have you ever viewed a series of films where two composers sound so remarkably alike that they might as well have been the same man? You will have after you've finished with this Lover's Guide and Malcolm Ironton's score, at least if you've bothered to indulge in the previous effort. Of course, the score is like the rest of the soundtrack in that it is meant to serve a strict purpose aside from entertaining the viewer. To be perfectly frank, you could have edited the music out of this film and it would have had the same effect upon me.

    The surround channels were not used by this soundtrack, although tweaking the settings in the Pro Logic modes on your amplifier might result in something of a pseudo-surround experience. There seems to be little in the way of stereo activity, either. While I would certainly like to see a well-acted, well-scripted piece of erotica (yes, I am aware it doesn't exist) with a DTS 5.1 soundtrack, this film and its transfer doesn't qualify as either.

    The subwoofer was used in mild amounts to support the lower end of the soundtrack, but its overall activity was really quite minimal.



    The menu is static, not 16x9 Enhanced, or enhanced in any other manner. It is, however, easy to navigate.

R4 vs R1

    This disc is not currently available in Region 1.


    The Lover's Guide: Making Sex Even Better is a documentary that leaves little impression upon me as either a piece of entertainment or as an educational feature. The DVD is acceptable.

    The video transfer is a slight improvement over the previous episode, but still of poor quality.

    The audio transfer does its job without having any problems or being too inspiring.

    There are no extras.

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© Dean McIntosh (my bio sucks... read it anyway)
November 23, 2000.

Review Equipment
DVD Grundig GDV 100 D, using composite output; Toshiba SD-2109, using S-video output
Display Samsung CS-823AMF (80 cm),  using composite and S-video inputs, calibrated using the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Built In (Amplifier)
Amplification Sony STR-DE835, calibrated using the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Speakers Yamaha NS-45 Front Speakers, Philips PH931SSS Rear Speakers, Philips FB206WC Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Active Subwoofer