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GRAY AREAS MAGAZINE ADULT DVD REVIEWS DECEMBER 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.

ABOVE THE KNEE (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Tera Heart, Rebecca Bardoux, Kaitlyn Ashley, Debi Diamond, Marc Wallice, Tom Byron, and Cal Jammer star in this Toni English film about a man obsessed with his girlfriend's best friend's knee. He spends a lot of time desiring her, in his dreams, but before he can reach her knee, he wakes up. Since he screams her name his girlfriend knows about it and she gets her revenge by having a three-way with the friend and another woman. This is a very hot scene as is the one where he finally gets to bed the girl he dreams about and he orgasms, of course, on her knee. The DVD includes multiple screens of information about the Wave girls, digital stereo sound, interactive phone sex, previews of other titles, no regional coding, interactive menus, and chapter search. Well done.

CAPTIVE (Vivid Interactive, 240 minutes) Toni English directed this film which stars Madelyn Knight, Caressa Savage, Ruby, Sophia Ferrari, Dave Hardmann and Jon Dough. The plot involves a mysterious place called Captive which is full of two-way mirrors, pretty women, and a jail type atmosphere. Madelyn Knight's character is interrogated but she is unsure what it is she is supposed to know, or who exactly is trying to pry it out of her. Those who like mysteries will enjoy this one. The DVD contains digital stereo sound, multiple angle technology, virtual reality technology, multiple screens of information on the Vivid girls, interactive phone sex, interactive menus, no regional coding, footage of the AVN awards show, previews of other titles, and chapter search. Inside the box is a paper poster of the Vivid girls.

CHANNEL X (Raw Interactive, 240 minutes) Syndee Steele, Chris Cannon, T.J. Hart, Alicia, Bobby Vitali, Inari Vachs, Claudia D'Corazon and Brian Surewood star in this gonzo title which combines nonstop sex with a humorous spoof of network television. Featuring TV shows like Dawson's Crack, and Deep Face 9, this includes everything from dildos and anal to all-girl scenes and tit shots. The DVD includes interactive rooms, digital stereo sound, dark room, previews of other titles, no regional coding, interactive menus, and chapter search. This will appeal to fans of the stars, those who like the gonzo genre and especially those who enjoy spoofs and humor in adult films. Well done.

DOG WALKER (Evil Angel Video) Written, directed and produced by John Leslie, with Henri Pachard as production manager, this stars Leslie, as well as Christina Angel, Krysti Lynn, Jamie Gillis, Tom Byron, Alex Sanders, Jon Dough, and Steven St. Croix. A classic film reminiscent of the old 70s titles, with a great plot, this won three awards from Adult Video News for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography, as well as two awards from XRCO for Best Director and Best Film. This disc has lots to recommend it. First of all, there is a unique and absorbing story about a diamond thief who wants to get out of the business but finds that his partners don't want to let him. There is clear evidence of a high budget here as the movie was shot on film, has great acting and photography, and people were paid to do non-sex roles with an emphasis on surrealism, dialogue, and character development. The lighting and sound deliver and this has none of the usual flaws one expects in this genre. The DVD contains a fetish menu so you can jump straight to the kinds of scenes that interest you (although that's almost a travesty to do to this particular title), a full linear transfer of the film, outtakes, photo gallery, no regional coding, motion chapter index, and chapter search. This is a must to get if you enjoy the acting work of Gillis, Leslie, or St. Croix, find Christina Angel appealing, and/or seek films with a definite plot.

DREAMGIRLS: REAL ADVENTURES #10 (Evil Angel Video, 120 minutes) Those into amateur titles will delight in this tenth episode in the highly successful DreamGirls series. Featuring well over 100 different girls, and over 24 scenes, this sexual documentary travels to Mardi Gras, Spring Break, Fantasy Fest and Nudes A Poppin'. The disc is full of public nudity, public flashing, Skin-To-Win contests, Booty Shake contests, Best Ass contests, peeking under women's skirts in clubs, flashing in moving cars and private shows. You can't go wrong with this disc if you enjoy seeing women strip, and being teased, or if you prefer to see a variety of real women who are not as practiced and rehearsed as major porn stars can be. This is one of the only amateur titles on DVD so far, and as such is unique, and a must have for those more interested in new faces and seeing something and someone different every minute than in elaborate plots and cum shots. There are no extras other than chapter search, but this is quite self-explanatory, and if you are interested in seeing lots of college-aged women celebrate their bodies and show off on request/demand, this will definitely not disappoint.

DOUBLE HEADER (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Michael Zen directed this Nici Sterling film which also stars April, Missy, Melissa Hill, Jon Dough, Tom Byron and Wilde Oscar. The plot involves the top two salespeople at a sports merchandising company who compete by day and have great sex together at night. Experimenting with all sorts of new positions and fantasies, they finally indulge in a rotating double penetration. The DVD contains multiple screens of information about the Wave girls, interactive menus, interactive phone sex, digital stereo sound, previews of other titles, no regional coding, and chapter search. Arguably Sterling's best film, and definitely one of the most notable dp's filmed to date, this is highly recommended for Sterling fans, Zen fans, and those who like lots of action with a believable plot.

FALCON'S FORBIDDEN FOLLIES (Raw Interactive, 240 minutes) Lana, Montana, Maxine Monroe, Bo Daeshus, Janelle, Angelina, Krysta and Stephanie star in this intriguing title which is hosted by Lana. Among the features are sections called Forbidden Fruit, Voluptuous Vixens, Perfect 10s, Bad Girls and a Den of Decadence. The DVD includes digital stereo sound, multiple screens of information on all the Falcon Fems, behind-the-scenes footage full of outtakes, a slide show with 50 pictures, no regional coding, interactive menus, and chapter search. This will appeal to those who like to see something different every few minutes as opposed to involved plots with one or two big stars. If you enjoy variety, this will delight and entertain you.

FLESH (NuTech Digital, Inc.) Gregory Dark directed this film Which stars Caressa Savage, Nici Sterling, Shelby Stevens, Lisa Ann, Tom Byron, Alex Sanders, Michael J. Cox, and Kim Kitane. Loaded with interesting costumes, makeup, backgrounds and storyline, the plot involves a professional assassin who has been wounded and is recuperating. A sexual terrorist begins to broadcast erotic scenes for him which are full of madness, passion, defilement, lust and flesh. If you know Gregory Dark's films this is a must have as well, and if you don't they are all highly recommended to those interested in a combination of plot with memorable hardcore scenes. This was awarded both Hustler and Adam's highest ratings. The DVD contains only chapter search, and no regional coding, as well as multi-angle sex scenes, but nothing more is needed as it speaks for itself and is far better than most titles in the genre, depending on your tastes. Highly recommended.

HOUSE ARREST (NuTech Digital, Inc.) Volume 2 in the Kaylan Nicole series, this collector's edition DVD includes a Cal Vista film which stars Kaylan along with Tiffany Minx, Misty Rain, Olivia, Peter North, TT Boy, and Steven St. Croix. The plot involves Kaylan being sentenced to house arrest where she wears an ankle contraption so that law enforcement knows where she is at all times. Unable to leave the house without valid reasons, she decides to order in, and engages in lots of sex with people who visit her. The DVD contains a digitally remastered print of the film, choice of DTS or 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, slide show featuring Kaylan's photo collection, no regional coding, star biographies, previews of other titles available, interactive menus, web site access, and chapter search. Directed by Frank Marino, this will delight anyone who has ever been in trouble with the law, loves DTS sound, is familiar with the high quality of Cal Vista's films, enjoys any of the actors and/or enjoys a good plot. Highly recommended, and although this is billed as Volume 2 of a series, it does not require or depend on you having seen part 1 to understand it.

ISLAND GIRLS (Vivid Interactive, 240 minutes) Julianne Mantia hosts this mature rated title which also stars Michelle Stacy, Heidi Lynn Staly, Alexis Taylor, and Racquel Stone. Presented by Player and focusing on the Channel Islands, this features beautiful women filmed in and around water with lots of waterfall footage and skimpy bathing suits. The DVD includes an interactive tour, fantasy rooms, dark room, previews of other titles, behind-the-scenes footage with outtakes, information center, no regional coding, and chapter search. Fans of erotica that does not contain hardcore footage will delight in this disc.

ISLAND GUARDIAN (Atomic Video) This gay male title stars Brad Michaels, Adriano Marquez, Marcello Reeves, Rick Matthews, Trenton Comeaux, York Powers, and Will Clark. Offering lots of outdoor and water scenes, this will appeal to those more interested in nice background scenery and erotica rather than in gonzo or rough sex. The DVD contains a digitally remastered print of the film, behind-the-scenes photos, 5.1 digital surround sound, slide show, parental lock, no regional coding, and chapter search. There are not many gay titles out on DVD yet, and this one is a cut above most released to date. Highly recommended if the material potentially interests you.

LA BLUE GIRL Volumes 1 & 2 (NuTech Digital, Inc., 90 minutes) A multi-disc adult anime series, this uncensored disc is about the adventures of an 18-year-old ninja-in-training named Miko Mido. In the first episode, her family entrusts her to guard the family business but a rival clan steals an important signet case and she and her older sister become endangered. She must fight back to save herself and her family. In episode two, the story continues, and she learns some shocking details about the people she thought were her mother and father. There is lots of violence and sexual situations throughout, and this was not created for children by any stretch of the imagination. The DVD contains no regional coding, interactive menus, Japanese and English languages, English subtitles, and chapter search. Something I have never run into before is the inclusion of credits on the inside of the box's liner so that when you open the disc and peer inside the title information paper on the outside of the box, there is actually text on the other side. If you enjoy anime but have never tried an adult title this is a good one to start with, and if you already like adult films but have never seen anime this will hold up better to repeated viewing than most traditional adult fare. Well done, and with more discs available once you fall in love with this one and want to see more.

LAYOVER (Vivid Interactive, 240 minutes) Paul Thomas directed this film which stars Janine, Asia Carrera, Alex Jordan, Tammi Ann, Morgan Daniels, Steve Drake, Bobby Vitale, and Valentino. The plot involves flight, time, and people who seem to be something other than what they are. Janine has a possessive boyfriend who threatened to have her killed if she left him and he has hired people to make sure she dies. She is running for her life throughout the film. At first she is shown having sex at a party while someone watches, and then she takes a plane not really caring where it's headed. The plane ends up making an emergency landing in a small town. The plane crew look a lot like people who were at the party, and it turns out the same stranger is still watching, as are several other people. The film is well shot, and Janine looks great. It's a decent plot, although it drags a bit. The DVD contains multiple angle technology, digital stereo sound, virtual reality technology, interactive phone sex, no regional coding, previews of other titles, interactive menus, multiple screens of information about the Vivid girls, footage of the AVN awards show, parental lock, and chapter search. This will appeal to Janine fans (she is in three of the six sex scenes).

NIGHTBREED (Wave Interactive, 240 minutes) Christy Canyon, Nici Sterling, Jill Kelly, Channone, Tom Byron, Steven St. Croix, Marc Wallice and Patty Kennedy star in this Brad Armstrong film about a man named Diablo who is quite different at night than he is during the day. Although he spends his days as a lonely recluse, at night he becomes a sexual deviant who has many lovers in his castle. He longs for one particular woman, and they finally meet, but he is afraid to get to know her because she will see his dark side. Ironically, however, she is not turned off by it at all, and is in fact more attracted to him because of it. The DVD contains interactive phone sex, no regional coding, previews of other titles, multiple screens of information about the Wave girls, digital stereo sound, interactive menus and chapter search. This is a must for those who like plots and/or any of the stars.

OVERSEXED VIDEO MAG #1 (NuTech Digital Inc., 80 minutes) Nikki Anderson, Judith, Barbara, Jessica, Eva and Laura Block star in this first issue of this DVD magazine. Featuring several newcomers and European males such as Frank Gun, Mike Foster, and Roberton Weldon, this offers nonstop sex, with six girls and five sex scenes. The box claims more, but it's incorrect. The DVD contains a digitally remastered print of the film, Dolby Stereo sound, interactive menus, slide show, star bios, no regional coding, and chapter search. The star bios are particularly well done, and the sex scenes are well photographed. The women here are attractive, stare at the camera while having sex, and while not as polished as most porn stars, they do deliver. This is highly recommended to those who like a variety of action and could care less about plot.

PEEPERS (VCA Interactive, 105 minutes) Kylie Ireland, Chloe, Heaven Leigh, Kelsey Heart, Christi Lake, Chandler, Shelbee Myne, and Julian star in this film noir title directed by Wesley Emerson. The well-written plot involves many twists and turns and focuses on a female and a male detective and the clients they follow, as well as who ends up following them. Full of original music, outdoor shots, good camera work and superb acting, this is far better than most in the genre. There are seven sex scenes, including three which feature Kylie. The DVD includes a digitally remastered print of the film, Dolby Stereo sound, interactive menus, no regional coding, photo gallery, previews of other titles, cast information with ability to jump to one of their scenes, web site access, and chapter search. The box contains a paper catalog of other titles available. Highly recommended to those who enjoy any of the actors, and/or films with a definite plot.

PRETTY PEACHES 3 (VCA Interactive, 94 minutes) Alex DeRenzy directed this third episode in his highly successful film series. This one stars Keisha, Tracey Adams, Victoria Paris, Lynn LeMay, Jamie Gillis, Marc Wallice, and Mark Horner. Much more erotic than the first two films, and not requiring that you have seen those, this is an ideal choice for couples as well as fans of any of these actors. Most of the actors here don't have many films out on DVD yet which is another reason this title is welcomed, and DeRenzy is absolutely one of the best adult directors of all time. The simple plot concerns a woman on a quest for spiritual enlightenment. Needless to say, she gets a great deal of sexual enlightenment along the way and there are eight sex scenes. The DVD contains no regional coding, a digitally remastered print of the film, Dolby stereo sound, interactive menus, photo gallery, web site access, and chapter search. Inside the box is a paper catalog of other titles available on DVD from VCA. Highly recommended for couples, DeRenzy fans, and anyone who enjoys either the actors or who has seen the first two films in the series.

SNAFU (Vivid Interactive, 240 minutes) Directed by Michael Zen, this gay title features J.T. Sloan, Paul D'Gyser, Will Clark, Dean Phoenix, KC Hart, and Dino Phillips. The plot involves a society ruined by corruption and greed in which a crime goes awry unexpectedly. The DVD contains a slideshow gallery, no regional coding, previews of other titles, digital stereo sound, interactive phone sex, interactive menus, chapter search and an interactive game for those who have DVD players inside their computers. There aren't many adult gay titles out yet on DVD, much less with plots and directed by a good director, so this is highly worthwhile if the material interests you even slightly. Also, be sure to check http://www.vividgay.com for other similar titles available from Vivid.

STILL INSATIABLE (VCA Interactive, 120+ minutes) Marilyn Chambers returns to adult with this film directed by Veronica Hart which also stars Stacy Valentine, Kylie Ireland, Juli Ashton, Chloe, Vicca, Nikita and Mr. Marcus. Marilyn left the industry over a decade ago after AIDS became a real threat, and agreed to return due to VCA's condom only policy. She is older now, with breast implants, but she wears it well and still does hot scenes. In this film, Marilyn plays a senator pushing an anti-porn bill. She hasn't had any sex herself in awhile, and after having some she slowly changes her mind about the role of porn in society and withdraws her support of the bill. The film features Marilyn in several scenes, as well as other VCA talent who act in films which the sentator selects to view. Other stars such as Georgina Spelvin, Ron Jeremy and Veronica Hart appear in non-sex roles. The DVD includes a digitally remastered print of the film, Dolby Stereo sound, interactive menus, multiple angle technology, outtakes, behind-the-scenes footage, superb interviews with Veronica Hart, Marilyn Chambers and other cast members, web site access, no regional coding, previews of other titles, photo gallery and chapter search. Inside the box is a paper catalog of other titles available. This is a very well-written script, and will surely appeal to Marilyn fans, as well as couples and those who seek a plot. Highly recommended.

TEMPORARY POSITIONS (Vivid Interactive) Janine, Laura Palmer, Stephanie Swift, Shanna McCullough, Johnni Black, Tricia Devereaux, JJ Michaels and Vince Voyeur star in this Toni English film about an office temp at a software company. From the moment Janine is hired her boss is after her but then he discovers his software designer, played by Stephanie Swift, has had her work stolen. While everyone in the office is having sex with everyone else, Janine takes it upon herself to find out who stole the software. This includes hot scenes between Swift and Janine as well as between Black and Stone. The DVD contains multiple angle technology, virtual reality technology, digital stereo sound, multiple screens of information about the Vivid girls, interactive phone sex, interactive menus, previews of other titles, no regional coding, footage of the AVN awards, and chapter search. Inside the box is a paper poster of the Vivid girls. Highly recommended for fans of any of the actors, and couples or individuals looking for sex combined with a well-written and timely plot.

WATCHER, THE 3 (Raw Interactive, 240 minutes) Robby D. directed this third film in the series which stars Envy, Mirage, Bobby Vitale, Pat Myne, McKayla, Jade, Dayton Raines and Violet Love. Featuring a gonzo format of hot action with nonstop sex scenes scenes, the plot involves a man who peeks through windows and films what he sees. The film switches from black and white to color, depending on whether you are watching things through his camera or not, and the title comes from the fact he watches people. While this has only a thin plot, those who enjoy action films will love it as it's full of anal scenes, including Mirage's first, and there are facials in every scene as well. The DVD contains digital stereo sound, dark room, interactive rooms, interactive menus, no regional coding, previews of other titles, and chapter search.

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