WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT. Images on left are not as they appear in book. The smiley face is removed and the original image is there in full unedited view.
NOTE: I have re-used the same review from The Big Book of Breasts in 3D because they are relevant to both... other than the subject matter.
REVIEW: I know, I know... someone had to review this book and put their name to it so who better than the boss! Well as a keen photographer I felt somewhat credentialed to do so.
The main purpose of this review from my perspective is for you, the buyer, to really know what you are getting and there are no surprises. The reason for doing so is this book is extremely popular and it is somewhat hard to know what it is like given you can't see it in real life before you buy it.
Firstly all of the pictures are in black and white. The 3D glasses are one of those ones where one eye is red, one eye is blue, which is totally OK but just so you know. The second thing you need to know... it really works!!! The depth of field is impressive. I am not sure if it works this well because they are in black and white and not in colour but it really does. The layout is simple. On every 2-page sequence, the name of the model is on the left page and the 3D picture of the model is on the right page. At the end of the book the photographers talk about what it was like to work with the models and a bit about them which is interesting history.
Some downsides. You can't really look at the book without the glasses on. The 3D glasses that are cardboard and plastic are sealed quite tightly on the inside of the back cover which were tricky to get out but in the end was OK. The glasses probably need to be taken care of, so no rough stuff!!! One other thing if you own The Big Book of Pussy or The Big Book of Legs then you need to know that this book is slightly smaller than those so it looks funny as a set on the shelf so you may want to buy the normal 2D version of The Big Book of Breasts (currently waiting for a reprint) and The Big Penis Book which are the same size as the Pussy and Legs ones to keep the set looking uniform. If you do buy this book then you can always buy The Big Book of Breasts in 3D as it is the same size as this book and the two books look great together on your shelf or coffee table.
Overall it is really great value and will be a wonderful conversation starter in any office or home... as long as that is the kind of conversation you were hoping to start! This book is not for everyone but if it is for you... you know who you are!!!
Reviewed by Tony Nash, Booktopia's CEO
Watch how they follow you around the room.
It's hard to imagine a book that could beat The Big Penis Book for grabbing attention and driving sales, unless it would be those same unimaginably colossal generative units seen in breathtaking 3-D. That pop-up centerfold we joked about adding? In 3-D every page becomes a pop-up!
This 220-page, 30 by 30 cm special edition includes 96 images from the original book, plus 8 new bonus photos, transformed into eye-popping 3-D by Jon Schnitzer and The Brain Factory, the geniuses whipping up special effects for filmmakers such as Tim Burton. There is a revised introduction, new layout, and two pairs of red/blue anaglyph glasses included, so the book can be shared with a friend, or simply enjoyed alone after the first pair of glasses wears out.
Unlike other 3-D pictures you may have seen, the photos in The Big Penis Book 3-D do not look distorted when viewed without the glasses. The Brain Factory's technique is so subtle it's hard to even detect the red/blue tint in many of the black and white photos, but when you put on your glasses the parts of interest leap from the page, not in flat layers as in old-style 3-D, but as thick, fully rounded, touchable contours.
That this is a red-hot gift book is a no-brainer. From the dawn of 3-D technology, spears, sticks, guns, and rockets have been aimed at the audience to demonstrate the realism of the effect. The special effects in The Big Penis Book 3-D are no less convincing.
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 5th March 2011
Dimensions (cm): 29.0 x 29.4 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 2.05