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GRAY AREAS MAGAZINE ADULT DVD REVIEWS JULY 1999


REVIEWS BY NETTA GILBOA

 

DVD titles are reviewed using either a Panasonic A110 or a Creative Labs Encore PC-DVD (using the latest drivers) which is installed in a Pentium II 300 MHz with 64mb RAM running Windows98. All titles are recent releases, even though some are of the films are years old. Because DVD is a new medium, older titles are being released as new product. This will be true for some time to come.

ACTION SPORTS SEX 3 (Raw Interactive, 240 minutes) An impressive cast appears in the third volume of this series and includes Raylene, Jeanna Fine, Mr. Marcus, Mark Davis, Alana and Jake Steed. The story lines involve women having sex in exchange for a gym membership, soccer shoes, kickboxing lessons and game tickets. There are three-ways, five-ways and an anal train. Needless to say there is lots of action here. The DVD contains a dark room, interactive rooms, digital stereo sound, previews of other titles, no regional coding and much more. Well done.

ART LOVER (Vivid Interactive, 240 minutes) Kobe Tai, Bobby Vitale, Vince Voyeur, Dyanna Lauren, Steven St. Croix and Teri Starr highlight this film about an art student who becomes obsessed with paintings and prefers them to real life. One of her works comes alive and she is faced with the decision of whether to live a life of fantasy. The DVD contains multiple angle technology so that you can choose the view you want for sex scenes, digital stereo sound, information on the Vivid girls, previews of other titles, Virtual Reality option, interactive phone sex, footage from the AVN awards show, no regional coding, chapter search and more. Highly recommended.

ASIAN CHOW DOWN (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Asia Carrera, Tricia Yan, Kitty Yung, Marc Wallice, Colt Steele, Max Midori and Nick East star in this Bud Lee film. It's about a man who runs a Chinese restaurant and believes he has four daughters who also work there. In fact, none of the women are his daughters but they are keeping him in the dark about that. The DVD contains digital stereo sound, multiple screens of information about the Wave girls, interactive phone sex, interactive menus, previews of other titles, Kobe Tai's Virtual Reality option, no regional coding and chapter search. This is a must for fans of Asian women.

BAD COMPANY (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Kylie Ireland, Tina Tyler, Alex Dane, Felicia, Marc Wallice, Brad Armstrong and Colt Steele star in this vice-filled film about two grifters who are out to con the owner of a card house. Filled with gambling, con men, three ways, girl/girl and anal scenes, this is an interesting mix of plot and action. The disc includes digital stereo sound, multiple screens of information about the Wave girls, interactive phone sex, Kobe Tai's Virtual Reality selections, previews of other titles, no regional coding, interactive menus, chapter search and more. Well done.

BAD GIRLS 5:MAXIMUM BABES (Vivid Interactive, 240 minutes) Dyanna Lauren, Brittany Andrews, Sindee Coxx, Jeanna Fine, Kaitlyn Ashley, Jill Kelly, Bobby Vitale, Tom Byron and TT Boy star in this sequel film in the popular series. This epidode takes place in maximum security prison and involves Lauren's character fantasizing about the lover she left behind, being ravaged by prison guards, an encounter with the house bulldyke and an orgy among the inmates. The disc contains digital stereo sound, multiple angle technology so you can choose how the sex scenes are portrayed, information about the Vivid girls, interactive phone sex, interactive menus, previews of other films, footage from the AVN Awards show, Virtual Reality technology, no regional coding and chapter search. Inside the box is a paper poster of the Vivid girls as well as a paper catalog of other discs also available on DVD. Highly recommended to fans of Dyanna Lauren, those who have enjoyed the other films in this series and/or those who enjoy prison films.

BLACK DIRTY DEBUTANTES NUMBER 1 (New Machine Publishing) The adult industry has finally discovered that there is indeed a market for black titles and has begun releasing "afrocentric" titles. Ed Powers directs this title which introduces Janet Jackme, Dianna Knight, Amber, Sacha and Leisha Chang Mei all of whom appear on camera for the first time. While there are no extras other than chapter search, this line will clearly have more releases soon and is a welcome trend that will hopefully eventually result in blacks being used in films equally with whites, without any distinctions made with regard to color.

CASTLE DANUBE (Vivid Interactive, 240 minutes) Filmed in Budapest, Hungary, this title stars Little Eva, Lyvia, Maria Schauss, Sylvia Florent, Bobby Vitale, and Mike Foster. Offering a wide variety of scenes, and some newcomers to the industry, this should appeal to those who like castles and European women. The disc is full of extras including multiple angle technology so you can choose how to view sex scenes, digital stereo sound, interactive phone sex, interactive menus, no regional coding, Virtual Reality section, footage of the AVN awards previews of other discs also available, and chapter search.

CO-ED VACATION FANTASY (Vivid Interactive, 240 minutes) This mature title, which contains nudity but no hardcore sex, focuses on attractive young women filmed in vacation spots that appeal to students. Lots of bathing suits and topless women here, along with a wealth of extras. The DVD includes Digital Stereo sound, interactive tour, fantasy rooms, dark room, previews of other titles, no regional coding, behind-the-scenes footage, chapter search and more. If you enjoy seeing beautiful girls and letting your imagination run wild, rather than seeing graphic sex acts on film, this title is for you.

DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Jenteal, Nina Hartley, Alex Sanders, Melissa Hill, Brad Armstrong and Steven St. Croix star in this film about a psychotherapy practice in which the doctor and assistant are involved in using radical technologies. They analyze dreams and are able to alter them and re-alter them as needed in order to affect the conscious lives of patients through their unconscious mind. The disc contains digital stereo sound, multiple screens of information about the Wave girls, interactive phone sex, previews of other films, no regional coding, Kobe Tai's Virtual Reality selections, chapter search and more. This has a strong plot, and a great cast making it one of the better recent releases.

ENDLESSLY (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Nikki Dial, Jonathan Morgan, Crystal Wilder, Rob Savage, Tiffany Minx, Alex Jordan, Nicole London and Marc Wallice star in this story of endless love that happened on a beach. It has a nice plot, a large cast of well known actors and the disc is full of extras including multiple screens of information about the Wave girls, digital stereo sound, interactive phone sex, Kobe Tai's Virtual Reality selections, no regional coding, previews of other titles, and chapter search. This is a good selection for couples looking for a story line rather than nonstop, hard action. Well done.

FILTERS (Vivid Interactive, 240 minutes) Kobe Tai, Breeanne, Mark Davis, Randi Rage, Alyssa and Allure star in this better-than-average film about the lies that are told in the world of modeling. The DVD includes digital stereo sound, a paper catalog of other titles available and a paper poster of the Vivid girls, interactive menus, interactive phone sex, multiple angle technology so you can select how you would prefer to view the action, information about the Vivid girls, no regional coding, previews of other titles, footage from the AVN Awards show, Virtual Reality technology and chapter search. Well done.

FINALLY LEGAL (Metro Home Video) This double-sided DVD stars Claudia Chase, Melanie Stone, Heaven Leigh, Kelsey Heart, Vince Voyeur, Alec Metro, Mark Davis and Jake Steed. Directed by Greg Alves this is notable because it contains Melanie's first double vaginal. Full of hard action as opposed to story line, this will appeal to fans of younger women and/or fans of these stars. The DVD contains a digitally remastered print of the film, Dolby Stereo Surround sound, previews of other releases, photo gallery, web site access, no regional coding and chapter search.

A GEISHA'S SECRETS (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Brooke Ashley, Nadine, Maile, Marc Wallice, Randy West and Nick East star in this film directed by Bud Lee. The story concerns an Asian/American female who feels she is being called to be a geisha. She meets a geisha trainer and begins to learn how to please men. The DVD includes digital stereo sound, multiple screens of information on the Wave girls, interactive phone sex, interactive menus, chapter search, no regional coding, previews of other films, and Kobe Tai's Virtual Reality option.

GENDERELLA (Raw Interactive, 240 minutes) Lilienne Li, Lana Lusterm Karen Dior, James Perry and ten others star in this rare she-male title. The disc has lots of makeup and costumes, and is a play on Cinderella where "at the stroke of Midnight, she loses more than a slipper." The disc includes digital stereo sound, interactive rooms, dark room, previews of other titles, no regional coding, chapter search and more. While not for everyone, this is a well-done disc that is highly recommended for those interested in cross-dressing.

GENERATION X (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Sindee Coxx, Roxanne Hall, Tom Byron, Alex Sanders, Nikole Lace and Alec Metro star in this film about three women from the same generation who live in the same apartment building. One is a model, one is a writer and one is an aspiring actress, but all have time for lots of sex. The DVD includes digital stereo sound, multiple screens of information about the Wave girls, interactive phone sex, previews of other titles, interactive menus, no regional coding, Kobe Tai's Virtual Reality option, and chapter search. This will appeal to those who prefer a story line to hold together the sex scenes.

GINGER ON THE ROCKS (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Ginger Lynn, Amber Lynn, Paul Thomas, Tom Byron, Hershel Savage and Heather Wayne star in this older film which follows Ginger Lynn's sexual adventures. Finally out on DVD, this classic title will appeal to many of Ginger Lynn and Amber Lynns many fans. There are some notable scenes here including an orgy in a doctor's office, and sex with a maid. The DVD includes multiple screens of information about all of the Wave girls, digital stereo sound, previews of other titles, interactive phone sex, interactive menus, no regional coding, Kobe Tai's Virtual Reality option and chapter search. Inside the box is a paper poster of the Vivid girls. Highly recommended.

GLOBAL WARMING DEBUTANTES: THE ED HOUSE EFFECT VOLUME 1 (New Machine Publishing) Featuring fresh faces from Europe, the first volume in this new series focuses on Russian women and stars Iera, Marina, Svetlana, Dimitry, and Ed Powers. The DVD includes a photo gallery, a section on Ed Powers called "Planet Powers," no regional coding, interactive choices about what the girls do next, bonus clips from Ed's Theatre and chapter search. This is ideal for those sick of American women since the actresses look quite different, and since they are not yet stars there is a certain innocence in their performances which will appeal to those who like things that are less staged.

GLOBAL WARMING DEBUTANTES: THE ED HOUSE EFFECT VOLUME 2 (New Machine Publishing) Filmed in Hungary, this includes Margarett, Gina, Natasha, Tianna, Faceless Fan and Ed Powers. It's full of action, as well as new faces who hail from Europe instead of America, and the disc also includes a photo gallery, interactive scenes, no regional coding, a bonus segment called "Ed's Theater," a section on Ed Powers called "Planet Powers" and chapter search.

GLOBAL WARMING DEBUTANTES: THE ED HOUSE EFFECT VOLUME 3 (New Machine Publishing) A continuation of the above disc, this was also filmed in Hungary and contains more of Margarett and Gina, Joseph and Timea who are a real life couple, Gabriella, Genevieve, Faceless Fan and Ed Powers. The disc contains no regional coding, photo gallery, interactive scenes, a bonus segment called "Ed's Theater," a section on Ed Powers called "Planet Powers" and chapter search. If you enjoy any of these three titles you will want to get all of them since they build on each other and this will clearly be an ongoing series which travels Europe. It's a novel idea and highly recommended to those who like seeing newcomers and lots of action by somewhat innocent women who haven't been well coached in how to act before a camera.

HUSTLER MAGAZINE MANIA VOLUME 1 (Vivid Interactive, 240 minutes) This new series features sex scenes that have as a common theme the fact that an adult magazine is worked into the scene somehow. There's a segment about a prison guard who catches a prisoner reading one, a therapist whose client is addicted to these magazines, one about a man masturbating to a centerfold, etc. Talent appearing includes Dee, Kelsey Heart, Inari Vachs, TJ Hart, Michael J. Cox and Nick East. The DVD includes interactive rooms, interactive menus, digital stereo sound, previews of other titles, no regional coding, dark room and more. Inside the box is a paper poster of the Vivid girls. Highly recommended, especially for those who like vignettes.

I LOVE LESBIANS THREE (New Machine Publishing) Stacy Valentine, Misty Rain, Vixxen, Shane Tyler and Bridgette Belle are among those starring in this all-girl title. Included are Bridgette's first time with another woman, a "lost episode" of Misty Rain and Vixxen from when they were newcomers to the industry, and an orgy scene featuring four girls at once. Needless to say the disc is full of oral sex and nude women, and will appeal to those who like girl/girl scenes, or are curious about what women do in bed with each other. The disc includes a photo gallery, preview clips, interactive menus, no regional coding, and chapter search. Well done for those more interested in plot than in action.

MASSEUSE 2 (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Asia Carrera, Ashlyn Gere, Kristina West and Steven St. Croix star in this Paul Thomas film. It's about a woman who works as a masseuse by day and then at night goes home to a life where her boyfriend doesn't know how she earns her income. The DVD includes digital stereo sound, multiple screens of information about the Wave girls, interactive phone sex, previews of other titles, Kobe Tai's Virtual Reality option, no regional coding, chapter search, and more. Highly recommended to those who seek plots and to those who have seen the original film.

THE MASTER'S CHOICE 2 (Digital Playground) Luc Wylder produces, directs and stars in this bondage film which also features Ariana, Delaine, and Chelsea Warner. The plot involves Luc searching for the perfect slave and trying out several hopeful volunteers. There aren't many bondage films on DVD yet so this one will have great appeal to those interested in ropes, spanking and submission. The DVD contains a digitally remastered print of the film, 5.1 Digital Surround sound, behind-the-scenes photos, a slide show, chapter search, no regional coding, parental lock and a Strip Blackjack game for those with DVD players inside their PCs.

NYMPH (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Chasey Lain, Jill Kelly, Tom Byron, Alex Sanders, TT Boy, Kitty Monroe and Bobby Vitale star in this film about a very special apartment building in Los Angeles. Underneath its foundation lives a beautiful nymph (played by Chasey Lain) who surfaces for air and casts a magical spell. Needless to say the building's residents have great sex as a result. The DVD contains digital stereo sound, interactive telephone sex, previews of other titles, no regional coding, several screens of information on the Wave girls, chapter search and Kobe Tai's Virtual Reality rooms. Well done.

RAW #2 (Raw Interactive, 240 minutes) Kobe Tai, Kim Chi, Papillion, Becca Chow, China Lee, Nick East and Bob Vitale star in this film which offers Asian women having anal sex. Several newcomers are featured here and this will appeal to Kobe Tai's many fans as well. The DVD contains digital stereo sound, a dark room, interactive rooms, previews of other titles, no regional coding, and chapter search. Well done for what it sets out to do.

SILK STOCKINGS (Digital Playground) Alexandra Silk stars and directs, alone with fellow talent Shay Sweet, Emily Jewel and Kelsey Heart. The plot involves a novelist who is writing a book about fetishes and discovers that stockings drive men wild. Those interested in stockings, legs, feet and shoes will delight in this film which delivers what it sets out to. The DVD also includes a digitally remastered print of the film, 5.1 Digital Surround sound, a slide show, no regional coding, chapter search, parental lock, behind-the-scenes photos, and a Strip Blackjack game for those who have DVD players inside their PCs. Well done.

SIZE MATTERS 2 (Metro Inc.) This double-sided DVD stars Heaven Leigh, Angella Faith, Kelsey Heart, and a half dozen other women as well as Mark Davis, Vince Voyeur, and Julian. Needless to say this contains action not plot and one does not need to have seen the first title in this series to appreciate this. The disc contains a digitally remastered print of the film, previews of other DVD releases, Dolby Stereo Surround sound, no regional coding, photo gallery, web site access, and chapter search.

SORORITY STEWARDESSES (Digital Playground) Jim Holliday wrote and directed this all-star title which features Kylie Ireland, Felicia, Nina Hartley, Caressa Savage, Shelby Stevens and Tammi Ann. This film will delight those who love blondes, as well as those who love seeing many girls at once. The plot involves an ongoing theme about the girls who attend the Burton Allen Institute and have trouble with Dr. Elvis T. Melble and his staff. This time the girls have the chance to form the first sorority in school history. The DVD contains a digitally remastered print of the film, 5.1 Digital Surround sound, behind-the-scenes photos, a slide show, chapter search, no regional coding, parental lock and a Strip Blackjack game which can be played by those with DVD players inside their computers. Well done.

STARDUST 5 (Vivid Interactive, 240 minutes) Jenteal, Kobe Tai, Stacy Valentine, TT Boy, Steven St. Croix and Brit O'Connell star in this fifth episode about a woman determined to become a big Hollywood star despite any obstacles. This time things are looking up compared to previous titles in this soap opera series. The DVD includes multiple angle technology, information on the Vivid girls, interactive menus, interactive phone sex, no regional coding, previews of other Vivid titles, Digital Stereo sound, footage of the AVN awards show, and more. It's wonderful to see an adult title with a plot capable of spawning so many sequels and this is recommended for couples who seek plot development rather than just straight sex scenes.

SUPER STRIPPER CHAMPIONSHIP (Vivid Interactive, 240 minutes) This superb disc explores the championship held at the Pink Pony club in Atlanta, Georgia. Featuring such names as Jade St. Clair, Krystal Towers, Kitty Karlyle and McKenna Mills, the disc features strippers who have won the titles of Miss Nude Universe, Miss Nude World, Miss Nude Great Britain, Miss Nude Canada, etc. The DVD includes an interactive tour, digital stereo sound, dark room, previews of other titles, behind-the-scenes footage, no regional coding, and fantasy rooms you can explore. Highly recommended for those interested in the art of striptease.

SWEET REVENGE (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Madelyn Knight, Melissa Hill, Kaitlyn Ashley, Steven St. Croix and Bobby Vitale star in this film about an advertising executive who is cheating on his girlfriend. She finds out and decides to exact revenge by destroying his other relationship, his car and ruining things for him at work. The DVD includes digital stereo sound, interactive telephone sex, no regional coding, previews of other titles, multiple screens of information about the Wave girls, chapter search and Kobe Tai's Virtual Reality section.

UP & CUMMERS NUMBER 10 (New Machine Publishing, 138 minutes) This series, while new to me, has clearly been around awhile and sports over 50 volumes. Directed by Randy West, each volume includes newcomers to the adult business who then have their chance to make their mark. In this volume West discovers Jenna Jameson and Kylie Ireland, both of whom went on to become big stars in the adult industry. Jameson is filmed here before she had implants, making this disc a real collector's item, and the two girls do a lesbian scene as well as experimenting with a vibrator. They also have a three-way with West. Also appearing are Jasmine Aloha, a stripper from Hawaii, as well as Conchita Alonso, Katarina Mendez, Lisa and Ed Powers. The DVD includes previews of other titles, photo gallery, interactive menus, no regional coding and chapter search. This is a must have for Jenna Jameson's many fans, and is high recommended for those who like sex scenes that are less scripted than many other films in the genre. Here the girls are still really innocent, before being coached on what to wear and how to scream, and there is enormous appeal in the realism of the sex scenes as a result. West also seems easy to work with and for since he lets the girls do what interests them, within reason, and they respond in turn. By far the best adult disc I have seen in awhile!

UP & CUMMERS NUMBER 49 (New Machine Publishing) In this volume of Randy West's intriguing series he takes on two twins from Eastern Europe, shows a real life couple having anal sex with a rare internal come shot, a spanking scene, and two girls give West's cameraman a wild time for his birthday. Performers include Marika and Dominica, Olivia and Julian St. Jox, Morgan Capreece, Jessica Darlin, Angelica De La Sol, Amethiest, Candy Hill and Randy West. Once again this disc will appeal to those sick of adult stars that all look and sound somewhat alike, and those who like to see new faces all the time. The DVD contains a photo gallery, no regional coding and chapter search. Highly recommended for those looking for alternatives to mainstream adult fare.

UP & CUMMERS NUMBER 50 (New Machine Publishing) This fascinating series continues with part 2 of the two twins from Europe (see review above) as well as Leah Stevenson, an 18-year-old still wearing braces, and Jennae Dess who enters the industry in this episode. Leanni Lei returns for another scene and takes on two males at once. Notable here are double facials, anal virgins, internal come shots and fact this series continues to hold my interest disc after disc and actually makes me sad I am missing episodes. The disc includes no regional coding, photo gallery and chapter search. Highly recommended.

VICE (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Sindee Coxx, Tera Heart, Bobby Vitale, Marc Wallice and Mike Horner star in this film about a police sergeant seduced into becoming bad and a group of hookers one of whom is working for the cops. The DVD features screens of information about the Wave girls, interactive phone sex, previews of other titles, no regional coding, digital stereo sound, and a virtual world you can explore led by Kobe Tai.

VIRTUAL SEX WITH JENNA (Digital Playground, Inc.) By far the most elaborate adult DVD to date, this impressive disc was filmed specifically for DVD and features true interaction with adult star Jenna Jameson. Viewers choose everything from sexual positions to camera angle to how aggressive or submissive Jenna acts. Besides true multi-angle footage and digitally mastered footage, the disc also includes 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound, no regional coding, parental lock, user controlled real-time dual-camera switching and directing, interactive menus, chapter search, and, of course, exclusive footage of Jenna in action. This is absolutely a disc to show to people as an example of what DVD can do and it will hopefully pave the way for even better adult DVD titles to come. Highly recommended.

THE WATCHER (Raw Interactive, 240 minutes) Devon, Melanie Stone, Lola, Vince Voyeur, Mark Davis, Bobby Vitale, Mr. Marcus, and Renee La Rue are among those who appear in this action film full of anal scenes, double penetrations, multiples, tattooed ladies, pierced ladies and peeping. Designed for voyeurs, as well as those who like hard action above plot, this will not disappoint. The disc includes digital stereo sound, interactive rooms, a dark room, no regional coding, previews of other titles, chapter search and much more. Well done.

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