"Vortex" directed by veteran filmmaker Jim Enright is yet another fine release from VCA, a company which is known for their technically superior DVDs as well as for hot sex. Starring contract stars Juli Ashton, Vicca and Nikita, as well as Nici Sterling and Melanie Stone, "Vortex" employs the same digital special effects and background setting used (and sometimes over-used) in classics like Michael Ninn's "Sex" and "Latex" but they do not distract from fuck and suck scenes (which are, after all, the raison d' etre of porn).
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The DVD cover art has a simply stunning picture of Juli Ashton, decked out in a skin-tight silver outfit in a quasi-martial arts-action pose. Since attractive packaging is one of the single biggest factors in the sales or rental of a porn video, kudos must go to whoever artfully composed this shot, which manages to show off Juli's fantastic body (yet barely shows any skin!) and conveys the movie's science fiction motif about time travel. If VCA ever wanted to blow-up their video "boxcover" art to poster size, it would probably sell better than any thing Carmen Electra ever put out (well, maybe...).
Although a lot of Juli Ashton films have been issued on DVD, VCA has yet to release some of her best work, including her appearances in "New Wave Hookers 4," "DMJ V," and "Public Access" among others. In comparison, "Vortex" is not quite up there with those new classics, but the appearance of the simply gorgeous Vicca makes up for this weakness. Vicca shares a scene with Tony Tedeschi, where the director artfully focuses the camera on her breathtaking body, capturing every inch of her supermodel-perfect legs posed in a crouched position, as she gives Tony a blowjob which will make your jaw drop (moreso than hers). While Vicca does not have the same enthusiasm as Juli does in her sex scenes, I never tire of seeing this European import in action (one of her best scenes appears in the yet to be released "Decadence" featuring Ashlyn Gere and Victoria Paris).
British lassie Nici Sterling a great scene with two guys in a wild, wild west setting, which was far more entertaining than the entirety of the Fresh Prince's box-office bomb. With Nici, you can always expect a double penetration shot and fierce cocksucking in any given scene, and of course she follows through in this movie. As in all other scenes, the presence of condoms can diminish the heat somewhat, but this is accepted VCA policy in their newer films.
The star of the show, Just Say Juli herself, shares two straight scenes at the beginning and end of the movie. Her opening tryst with Tony Tedeschi generates as much heat as her early scene with him in the recently released "Bliss." Juli genuinely seems to enjoy her work, and it sometimes amazes me how she maintains her fresh-faced, energetic performances even after doing hundreds of exhausting sex scenes. Juli then performs a lesbian scene with Rayveness amd Johnni Black, which unfortunately, focuses more on toys than of them making out with each other. Her closing scene with another guy at the end of the movie suffers somewhat due to the black and white videography, which attempts to evoke a film noir style. Nevertheless, Juli still looks great, although I would have preferred her in a girl-girl scene with Vicca to end the film.
As stated previously, picture and audio quality are first rate. The extras on this disc include the familiar photo gallery and a series of trailers of other VCA releases. Though "Vortex" is not a classic by any means, it is still a must-have for Juli fans (which should be just about anybody who has more than a passing interest in porn) and an enjoyable viewing experience on Vicca alone. If only VCA would release the back catalog of Juli Ashton films, then they would have a series of bestsellers on their hands.
In the meantime, "Vortex" will suck you in!