NOTE: Apparently there is both a single disc and a 2 disc version of this release, and looking through a few stores there's just a small icon in the lower left corner to differentiate between the two. From the little I can tell, the single disc release is a US release while the 2 disc release is an international version (making me guess that the interviews and behind the scenes on the second DVD may not be in the English language). This review is for the single disc release.
The Little Details
Running Time: 123 min.
Production Date: 8 / 16 / 2006
Director: Herve Bodilis
Cast: Jane Darling, Jessica Fiorentino, Judith Fox, Julie Silver, Katalin Kiraly, Katsumi, Kathy Anderson, Lydia St. Martin, Sarah Twain, Stacy Silver, Suzie Diamond, Yasmine, Zafira, Bob Terminator, Ian Soctt, J.P.X., James Brossman, Lauro De Giotto, Tom Cruiso, and Tony Carrera
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: I haven't paid much attention to Marc Dorcel's movies in a little bit, and just looking at the box for this one makes me think that I'm going to be regretting that by the end of this release.
Initial Reaction: It's above average and shows some good effort, but it was a bit hit or miss for me.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting a lighter story, lots of anal, and high production values
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting a well flowing story with their features
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are nicely done. I used the English language dub to watch the movie, which was a little hit or miss. There was a bit of the movie which was covered with summaries as well as some areas which weren't even dubbed. The video is nicely presented in anamorphic widescreen and looks pretty good. The lighting varies a bit in some places, but the picture is clear and the camera handling smooth.
Music: The music is nicely done. It varies in feel a little throughout the movie, but often has a very mainstream feel as well as a very nice balance in the background.
Disc Complaints: The DVD starts out with a long commercial for Marc Dorcel's website that you can't skip or scan through, instead forcing the viewer to wait for it to run its course. This always pisses me off (I'm not sure of anybody who actually likes being forced to watch commercials), and I'm deducting a half point from the overall score because of it.
Menus: The main menu works through a few stills identifying the players before moving in with a few stills, clips from the movie, and the choices for a pretty good first impression. The chapter menu is fairly generic, and lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a scene number as still photos pass by in the background.
The FeatureLauro de Giotto's a bad dude. He's bad enough that cop Tony Carrera thinks the only way to catch him is from the inside. He starts with hooker Katsumi, and works his way up to get rookie Yasmine on the inside. Once there, Yasmine quickly finds herself over her head, being lured in by Lauro and knowing that she might be all on her own if anything goes wrong.
|Scene 1 – Jessica Fiorentino, Katsumi, James Brossman, and Lauro de Giotto|
Brunette hookers Katsumi and Jessica head in to pleasure big boss Lauro and start out the movie. As Katsumi sits on the couch with Lauro, she has Jessica go over and start blowing hitman James. Katsumi heads out for a moment before returning and going right to stroking Lauro's cock. Lauro sends James off so he can have the girls team up on his cock orally with each of the girls giving him some nice throat action. Katsumi chokes Jessica a little as they look into each other's eyes with a very turned on Lauro watching before Katsumi lies back and lets Lauro start fucking her missionary style. Jessica gives her pussy a few licks before having a drink and some caviar and then settling back to watch and play with herself. Katsumi lets Lauro fuck her doggie style before Jessica takes her turn reverse cowgirl style, and then laps at Jessica's ass as she rides Lauro in the traditional cowgirl. Katsumi steps off to get a toy that she slides into Jessica's ass to give her a technical DP, and then watches as Jessica strokes him to a nice pop on his stomach.
This is a pretty hot scene. There's some good heat between Lauro and each of the girls, and it works a bit of plot into the scene as well. There's a good balance between the girls, and the scene moves along at a nice pace that doesn't seem either rushed or held back. This is a nice scene to start the movie with.
|Scene 2 – Lydia St. Martin and Ian Scott|
After pulling Ian in for a kiss with a stocking she just removed, older brunette Lydia drops down to start sucking Ian's cock. He lets her sit back on his desk to tongue and finger her pussy in return before fucking her missionary style. Lydia turns around so Ian can fuck each of her holes from behind before he pops on her shapely ass.
This is a pretty hot scene. Lydia is darn hot and gives up both of her holes very nicely. The scene could have lasted a bit longer, but moves at a pretty good pace. This is a decent scene.
|Scene 3 – Katalin Kiraly and Zafira|
After checking a drug shipment with Lauro, dirty blonde Katalin and brunette Zafira get it on in the back of the limo as he enjoys a drink. They kiss with Katalin working her way across Zafira's tits and down to lick and finger her pussy while throwing several glances to Lauro. Zafira also gets on all fours for Katalin to tongue and finger her before Katalin gets on all fours for Zafira to lick and finger her in return. Finally the girls share a kiss before Lauro pours them a little wine and they enjoy the view standing with their heads out the sunroof.
This is an above average scene. There's a little chemistry between the girls, but not a lot, and the heavy editing that kept flashing to the car going down the road didn't let it build up too much. There is some nice eye candy that helps the scene to make it above the average level, but it doesn't get too far. This is another decent scene.
|Scene 4A – Yasmine, James Brossman, and Lauro De Giotto|
When Lauro and James almost catch her spying on them, she covers by pretending that she was waiting to get them alone. She drops down to suck Lauro's cock into her throat as James watches. She bends over a table and lets Lauro fuck her pussy from behind before sliding a few fingers into her ass and then letting him change holes. Lauro sits back and takes care of a little business on the phone after waving James in to fuck her ass missionary style, and then gets back in to help James DP Yasmine. Finally they let go with a nice pair of pops on her ass.
This scene started off good, but quickly backed off for me. Yasmine looks to get into the action nicely, but there's a little anal bleeding that shows up before James joins in. She covers for it nicely, but blood has never been a turn on for me and left this scene finishing below the average mark because of it.
|Scene 4B – Stacy Silver, Suzie Diamond, and Ian Scott|
Lauro gives Ian brunette Suzie and blonde Stacy as a gift as they sit around in hot tubs. Suzie starts out sucking Ian before Stacy joins in to help suck his cock, and lets Stacy take the first fuck reverse cowgirl style as she runs her hands around Ian and Stacy. Stacy also takes it reverse cowgirl style before putting on her red cowgirl hat and leaving Ian to fuck Suzie missionary style. Suzie turns around for Ian to fuck her ass doggie style and then strokes him to a pop on his stomach before drooling a bit of wine into his mouth and kissing him.
This is a pretty good scene. Both girls look great and there's a decent balance between them. Although the balance is good, however, the flow leaves a bit to be desired as Sarah starts it out, Stacy butts in to suck and fuck, and then lets Suzie finish up as she leaves to have a smoke. This gave the scene a bit of an odd feeling that left me a little torn by the end of the scene.
|Scene 5 – Sarah Twain, Yasmine, James Brossman, and Lauro de Giotto|
As they fly to Cannes in Lauro's private jet, stewardess Sarah joins them to make sure they have a pleasant flight. James goes right in to suck her tits as Yasmine and Lauro kiss and watch them get started. James kisses his way around Sarah as she sits on his lap before she gets down to start gobbling his knob, and after they watch a little Yasmine drops down to give Lauro a bit of head as well. Sarah lies back for James to fuck her missionary style, and even lets him spoon each of her holes as she and Yasmine get it on lightly. Finally James strokes himself onto Sarah's ass and Yasmine strokes Lauro onto her tits.
This is a pretty hot scene. There's very nice chemistry in both couples and I really like the voyeuristic aspect of Yasmine and Lauro watching Sarah and James getting it on. There's a few annoying shots of the view out the plane window that interfere with the action, but the scene still manages to have a pretty good flow. This was one of my favorite scenes in the movie.
|Scene 6 – Jane Darling, Kathy Anderson, Yasmine, and Bob Terminator|
As Kathy lotions Yasmine up on top of the boat for her to lay out, dirty blonde Jane moves in and has Kathy finger Yasmine's asshole. Jane then moves off to start blowing hired muscle Bob while Kathy continues to finger Yasmine's chocolate starfish. Jane leaves Bob to move in so Yasmine can suck him with a little guidance from Kathy before laying back and letting him fuck her missionary style. Yasmine also impales her ass on his cock reverse cowgirl style before letting him spoon it and pop on her ass.
This is a pretty good scene. I was a little disappointed that Jane didn't stick around to get in on more of the action as well as being a little disappointed at how limited Kathy's action was. She did a nice job encouraging Yasmine and warming her up, but her action never gets past her fingers. This is a pretty good scene, but I wish it would have expanded a bit beyond Yasmine.
|Scene 7 – Judith Fox and Tony Carrera|
After dancing for Tony at the strip club in a top hat, stockings, heels, and a jeweled collar, Judith moves in to lick his chest and move down to suck and stroke his cock. She rides him reverse cowgirl before turning around and letting him fuck her ass cowgirl style. Tony also fucks Judith's ass from behind before she strokes him onto her tits.
This is an okay scene. Judith looks great and I really love her outfit. There's nice chemistry between them, and although it fits the location I couldn't help but dislike the darker lighting for the scene. This isn't a bad scene, but I had a hard time getting into it.
|Scene 8 – Jane Darling, Julie Silver, Kathy Anderson, Bob Terminator, James Brossman, and Lauro de Giotto|
Blonde Julie Silver makes her way over to sit on Lauro's lap as they celebrate. He licks wine off her before she and Kathy team up to suck his cock and Jane goes to work on Bob and James' cocks. Jane keeps sucking James as Bob licks her pussy, and Sarah doesn't waste any time getting up to ride Lauro reverse cowgirl style. Kathy lets Lauro fuck her cowgirl and doggie style as Jane lets each of her holes swallow James' cock reverse cowgirl with Bob giving her a cock to suck, playing with her pussy, and finally joining in to DP her. Lauro also fucks Sarah's ass from behind and mixes in a little ass eating for her as Kathy moves over to pour a little wine on Jane's tits and lick it up. Finally Kathy strokes Lauro onto Sarah's ass and Bob and James pop on Jane's ass.
This is a pretty good orgy scene. The two threesomes never really get together, but there is some good chemistry and a nice sense of fun in each group. The action also moves along at a good pace with nobody really going over the top and taking over the scene. This is a hot scene.
|Scene 9 – Katsumi, JPX, and Tom Cruiso|
When Katsumi is put back on the clock, she pretends to have a car that breaks down and tells JPX and Tom that she has to wait an hour for the mechanic. She drops down to start sucking Tom's cock before letting JPX move in to get his knob gobbled. They move her dress out of the way to lick her pussy and grope her tits before Tom starts fucking her missionary style. He doesn't waste much time with her pussy before fucking her ass, and after a bit lets JPX fuck her ass doggie style. Katsumi also lets the guys double up on her before Tony moves in before the guys pop, but then finish the guys off with a handjob after he arrests them.
This is a pretty good final scene. There's a decent balance between the guys and Katsumi moves through the action very nice. The plot is worked in nicely and I really like the handjob finish at the end. This is a good scene to end the sex with.
French Connexion barely makes it past the average level. The story is pretty average for porn, and the sex is heavy on anal as is usual with European porn. There's some very high production values here, and I think that's where my problems with the movie come in. The locations are great, the story has some potential, and with ten sex scenes there's no shortage of fucking here. At the same time, the movie barley lasts two hours which leaves it feeling a bit cramped at times. That cramped feeling comes out a bit more due to the production values, as you can tell there are a lot of areas where Dorcel wasn't pinching pennies for Bodilis. Instead of smooth, flowing sex, it's often a bit jumpy and seems like it's trying to cover for it by reminding the viewer of the great locations by doing things like flashing to shots through the airplane window as Yasmine, Sarah, James, and Lauro boink their way to Cannes. With the story and sex here I couldn't help but think that French Connexion would have made a great two and a half or three hour movie, but at the same time it feels like it just missed the mark more than it felt like it was squeezing itself too tight. French Connexion shows some care and has some hot sex, but it just doesn't quite live up to its production values.
The Extra StuffTrailers are included for Russian Institute 7, Russian Institute 8, Pornochic 12: Katsumi, Pornochic 13: Suzie, Oksana Katsumi Urgences, Fuck V.I.P.: LSD, Story of Yasmine, Story of Sophia, Fuck V.I.P.: Cockaine, Nightzone, Yasmine: Sex for Cash, Maximum, Yasmine: Les Trottoirs de l'Est, and Laure Sainclair Infinity. There's also multiple audio languages and DVD-ROM content.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, oral, group, lesbian, rimming (male > female and female > female), toys, anal, DP, and voyeurism
Raincoat Factor: Medium high
Condom Usage: 100%
The Bottom Line:Currently, many Marc Dorcel DVDs can be found online for between about $17 and $25 with many stores offering them in the $20 range. Rent this one first. I'm sure many people will be impressed, and some will also find plenty of replay value in it. It made it slightly past the average mark for me due to some good sex and high production values. Although the technical aspects showed some care I was disappointed to see that this was a single DVD release with barely any extras to it. This isn't a bad release, but it was just good enough to get my hopes a little too high.
Note to Wicked / VMD: If single and two DVD releases are available for the same movie, please make it a little easier to tell them apart. Most stores didn't even seem to know which one they had.
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