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Boxcover for Desert Train
Desert Train 

Release date: 4/24/2000
Reviewed on: 12/18/1999

Starring: Adriano Marquez, Marcello Reeves, Eduardo, Michel D'Amours, Brian Hansen, Xavier De Paula, Jackson Phillips, Rich Ryan
Studio: Titan Media

Directed by: Bruce Cam
Review brief: DESERT TRAIN Directed by Kirsh & Cam Titan Media / Atomic (Distributors) REPORT CARD: B 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.
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Boxcover for Fallen Angel 1 (general release)
Fallen Angel 1 (general release) 

Release date: 4/24/2000
Reviewed on: 12/5/1999

Starring: Steve Cannon, Harold Creg, Roberto, Kyle Brandon, Jim Buck, Cole Tucker, Tony Zerega, Marc Hamilton, Taurus, Eric Michaels, Tommy Strausser, Chase Alters, Will Burke, Dick LaBete, Tex Matson, Luc Torino
Studio: Titan Media

Directed by: Bruce Cam
Review brief: Directed by Cam & KirschREPORT CARD: B+First off, if you're looking for the extreme side of S&M, buy the video--not the DVD.Titan Media, like others, is farming their DVD production to an outside company. Thus they've decided to release only what they call "retail" versions on DVD, rather than their own private "mail order" versions. (Is this what Falcon is going to end up doing too? I hope not. But if they out-source their DVD production, you can probably count on it.)These "retail" cuts are hardcore sex, to be sure, but they've been re-edited to remove "controversial" scenes, which in gay porn usually means fisting or extreme buttplay, flogging or piercing. (Perhaps multiple penetration too; I'm not sure.) Since this stuff has only slight novelty value for me personally, I probably found the DVD cut of Fallen Angel at least as exciting as I would the VHS cut. Still... No one wants to fork out $69 (the very high retail price) just to find out they've gotten a censored or edited-down product. An unacceptable practice, in my opinion.
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