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Domination Zone

Studio: Combat Zone » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 10/23/06

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Domination Zone

Combat Zone

Genre: Gonzo

Director: Joachim Kessef

Cast: Sabrina Rose, Andy Brown, Steve Holmes, Sandra Parker, Vanessa Hill, Greg Centauro, Judith Fox, Valentina Velasques, Joachim Kessef, Sarah James, Jean Yves LeCastel

Length: 125.5 minutes

Dates of Production: 3/21/2006, 3/25/2006, 3/26/2006

Extra's: The only extras were a photogallery, a cumshot recap, and a protective sleeve over the DVD case.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Domination Zone was presented in the usual 1.33:1 ratio full frame color it was shot in by director Joachim Kessef for release by Combat Zone. Having watched his previous release for Combat Zone, Sperm Drippers, I was concerned that this one would look like that one did (not a good thing either). The good news was that whomever he got assistance from seemed to elevate his technical skills more than a little bit, even if he still has a way to go to be as good as many of his peers. The lighting was pretty good and that eliminated most of the grain and video noise. The composition of the camera angles was mixed as some of the time he'd catch a gal looking pretty rough and no one caught it in editing. Still, it was a step up from what he did before. The audio was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital but so little was said that it didn't matter that it was an English language soundtrack. The vocals were limited and the moans & groans were plain enough but it lacked any separation or substantial dynamic range to comment on extensively.

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Body of Review: Joachim Kessef is the black meat puppet turned director working for Combat Zone these days. Their 15th title is his release of Domination Zone, a title that used bondage, fetish outfits, and basic sexual scenarios much like Christoph Clark's Euro Domination series that has proven so popular. Christoph's works are a lot better of course but this is largely due to his larger budgets and many more years of experience behind the camera though Joachim seems to be making substantial progress these days compared to his initial offering for the company, Sperm Drippers. If you relish seeing attractive European women get ravaged with bondage styled sex, you'll want to skip the rest of the review and get a copy for yourself. That said, here's a quick look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used in the scenes, for everyone else:

Scene One: Sabrina Rose, the hotty in red fishnet stockings on the front DVD cover, and Andy Brown, her counterpart from the back cover with a black corset and equally appealing body, were up first as they hung around in a makeshift dungeon ruled by Steve Holmes. He initially used hot dripping candlewax on Andy to show her the powerful experience of pain as a motivator, nestling her face between Sabrina's ass cheeks immediately after that. As he played with them, he offered up his cock and they did what they seemed to naturally want to do; suck it aggressively into a state of erection. He used this boner to plunder the gals heartily with them intermittently sucking him off, straight from the pussy and ass before Andy took the load and cumswapped it with Sabrina. Both gals were equally talented in regards to their riding skills and while the sex seemed mechanical in some ways, it was a definitely a step up from Joachim's previous work for the company.

Scene Two: Sandra Parker and Vanessa Hill, an attractive set of ladies wearing really appealing lingerie, were up next as the domination theme continued as blonde Sandra spanked and took charge of brunette Vanessa; even going so far as to use a strap on dildo on her ass while she knelt on a toilet. There was some ATM and foot fetish going on, as well as a milk enema before Greg Centauro joined them. Both gals sucked him off (though Vanessa got to enjoy more cock initially) and he screwed Sandra first with Vanessa on clean up duties. They screwed some more with Vanessa on the receiving end before moving to the living room couch for more of a variety of sex tricks. The gals seemed to be really into the work and each other but they also tried to appreciate his cock just as much, each taking it in all three holes. There was a lot of anal and even a technical DP but in the end, the heat of the scene was mixed for me. The scene ended with him pulling out of Vanessa to pop on the pussy of Sandra with Vanessa licking her friend's pussy clean.

Scene Three: Judith Fox, a lean and attractive gal with a nice ass, was up next as she wore a fishnet outfit, a ball gag, and a thick leather mask as Steve Holmes dominated her. He smacked her around a bit and sucked her titties, forcing her head to the floor as he spanked her upturned ass and diddled her. He took off her gag and asked her if she'd obey his orders in the future, her speaking in the affirmative as he set out to prove it. He screwed her, had her blow him, and then engaged in some foot fetish material (sucking his feet and toes) before rimming him. That led to a longer, more developed hummer and a lot of anal in various positions, choking her until she started turning colors. He eventually popped his load on to the floor where she licked it up, ending the hardcore scene quicker than expected.

Scene Four: Valentina Velasques, a very appealing brunette in a medical setting wearing a lab coat over her black fishnet and corset covered body, was up next as she diddled herself with an anal plug until Joachim Kessef himself joined her. As the director, I can't say that I blame him for wanting in on this one though the other ladies were all visually appealing too. Rather then engage in any dialogue together, she went straight to her knees to blow him, serving up as a meat socket more than anything else. He got some head, screwed her pussy and ass in several positions, and she managed to be active in a few of them before showing off her growing anal gape. It was another mechanical scene with limited (if any) chemistry but a step above his last performance in one of his movies too. The facial was small but it was a sucked clean by the looks of it.

Scene Five: Sarah James, playing a hardened hooker straight from the streets, was up last as she smoked a cigarette in her lengthy black trenchcoat before walking in on aging lothario Jean Yves LeCastel. He treated her like crap and slapped her around until she admitted verbally that she was "a fucking bitch" as he put it, her showing off a sweet ass upon ditching the coat. Her black lingerie outfit really enhanced her look and it was a shame that she was stuck working with a guy so past her prime (he wasn't even erect well into the scene). He continued the domination theme okay, though he did suck her ass before she blew and rode him. The use of an inflatable anal plug was gross but fans of toys might appreciate her cries of pain. At least he finally got an erection from it, relying on a strap on dildo to assist him in giving her a technical DP. The full blowjob (ATM) was well handled and went back to anal soon enough, showing she had the performing chops to take anything he gave her. It wasn't as stylish as the competing Euro Domination work she's done but she's good looking enough that I didn't stop watching. It ended in an anal creampie that she shat out (pissing on the table as she tried to squeeze the semen out), licking up the juices to finish up.

Summary: Domination Zone showed me that director Joachim Kessef could learn to improve his movie making skills, though not quite up to the usual standards of Combat Zone titles. Considering the physically appealing look of the ladies, the amount of reasonably heated fuck for the buck and strokability, I thought Domination Zone was a step up from Sperm Drippers and worthy of a rating of Rent It. The show needed more chemistry, polishing up of the technical values, and the kind of spark that better gonzo titles have while the DVD needed some kind of decent extras to add replay value. In all, it was a step in the right direction so I won't bag on the guy too much but I will say that he needs a crash course in "Heated Gonzo 101" to improve his work at this point. I still look forward to seeing what he offers in the future, to see his growth as a director for example, but I'll do so with the notion that he has a long way to go before reaching the level of competence the company should demand.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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