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Desert Train

Desert Train

Studio: Titan Media
Category:  Gay
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Alan Benson's ratings for Desert Train:
Overall Rating 4 stars
Desert Train overall rating 4 stars
Performer Looks Desert Train Performer's looks rating 5 stars
Plot/Acting Desert Train Plot/Acting rating 4 stars
Extras Desert Train DVD Extras rating 3 stars
Audio/Video Quality Desert Train A/V Quality rating 3 stars
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Reviewed by Alan Benson  on  12/18/1999
Directed by Kirsh & Cam
Titan Media / Atomic (Distributors)


Desert Train features perhaps the most gorgeous photography ever shot in the U.S. for a gay porn film. Stunning camera work, and extremely fine music. The editing is top-notch too, if a bit leisurely. And the cast is outstanding--almost every man here is guaranteed to make you jump to attention, so to speak. Still--it manages to add up to less than it should.

Titan's main directors--Bruce Cam and Robert Kirsh--can be an infuriating team. They know just what it takes to make great films, and they rank among the best in gay porn for craftsmanship and artistry. Yet their hard-core footage is often poorly planned, uneven and rushed. The sex scenes vary drastically in length, and the "pretty scenery" begins to feel like padding after a while. In Desert Train, for example, Adriano Marquez--one of my current favorites, featured on the DVD cover--is almost completely wasted in a scene which, according to the production notes, was interrupted while filming. I guess we're not supposed to care, since the directors don't. Ah well...

Four duos are featured in the film. In the first, trucker Jackson Phillips fucks the hell out of a wandering hitchhiker, superb latin newcomer Xavier DePaula. Phillips' smutty ad-libs are always fun, and here he turns in a great performance. Though Xavier doesn't cum in this scene, Phillips sucks him off later in the truck cab. In yet another scene, Xavier whacks off in solo. The second duo--with Marquez and the simply gorgeous Marcello Reeves--is worth noting for its very hot foreplay. Scorching, in fact! Still, the actual sex feels disjointed and incomplete. Not to mention: an appearance by the dreaded "ugly white condom", which then magically becomes a clear one several thrusts later...

Next up is a disasterous black-and-white scene. Clearly they hoped this would seem beautiful and artistic, like Ansel Adams' famous nature photography. Wrong! This is video! Instead it's just dumb and irritating. Hot model Michel D'Amours completely rocks my world, but it's impossible to view this scene without just wishing they'd turn the color back up. The last duo scene works well, at least: with steamier, butcher sex and some good close-up work. But when hairy topman Eduardo cums and immediately walks away, it seems more like another incomplete scene than like the "attitude" moment they probably intended...

The DVD transfer features obvious framing errors. For the first ten minutes or so, bands of out-of-place material are seen on the left or right edges of the frame. Poor quality control for a movie relying so heavily on pretty pictures... The production diary, however, is a nice touch and welcome addition to the disc.

Sound like I'm complaining a lot? Then let me repeat: this is a striking and beautiful movie, with a world-class crop of hot men. It comes close enough to being GREAT that its flaws are all the more frustrating. If you like atmosphere and great visuals, it's very worth checking out. Let me know what you think!

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