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Altered Minds

Studio: Club Jenna » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 1/2/07

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Altered Minds

Club Jenna

Genre: Feature

Director: DCypher

Cast: Riley Shy, Vanessa Lane, Nick Manning, McKenzie Lee, Van Damage, Jesse Capelli, Carli Banks, Cassie Young, Brooke Banner, Ben English, Celeste Star, Neveah, Kelle Marie, Kimberly Kane, Karli Montana, Eric Masterson
Non-sex or cameo roles: Joey Strange, Quon Xi Ziang, Kum Yun Foo, Lee Lai Long, Pan Da Dong, Kim Jung Gee, Gong Kay Pha Choi, Chu Tao Lee, Quai Chang, and others uncredited

Length: 92 minutes

Date of Production: 7/16/2006

Extra's: The first extras I really liked were the bonus masturbation features. The first starred Karlie Montana and lasted 13 minutes and the second lasted about 10 minutes and starred Celeste Star. They were shot on video and seemed far less stylish then the movie itself, each gal showing a different set of skills that fans will likely appreciate significantly more than most lame extras these days. Next was a set of alternate endings to some of the scenes, with low vocals but still able to project differing dynamics to the movie had they been chosen. They weren't just a minute or two so they also added value. The 6 minutes long Behind the Scenes feature by Dic Tracy was too edited for my liking but it served to show that the cast and crew had some fun, with Devan enjoying himself a little too much. There was also a photogallery and trailers to Deep in Style, Krystal Therapy, Ashton Asylum, Chanel No. 1, and others.

Condoms: Yes

Audio/Video Quality: Altered Minds was presented in a non-anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 (letterboxed) color as shot by director DCypher for release by Club Jenna. Shot in HD, the movie actually looked very crisp and clear in terms of the picture, despite the darker nature of the sets used in the scenes. The fleshtones were accurate and the level of detail provided was quite high for a modern release but it wasn't substantially different than most mid range porn offered these days at higher end companies like Club Jenna. The composition of the shots tended to favor the ladies, showing marked improvement from his last few movies. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English offering, not the surround sound bandied about online, and for the most part, it provided a standard porn experience. The vocals were easy to hear and the music seemed to fit the movie far more readily than many of the recent releases by the company.

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Body of Review: DCypher has probably written more porn screenplays than anyone else in the industry, many of them award winning (regardless of who's name was credited) but his work as a director and internet pundit over the last few years has elevated his status in the eyes of many, resulting in his new contract with Club Jenna. Given their reliance on flashy vignettes lacking much depth, his employment came at just the right time for them, just as their resources seem the perfect opportunity for the talented director to expand some of his thematic displays. While I don't claim to understand everything he provides as adult entertainment, he often gives folks enough that they can interpret the stories in several ways, made even easier with his first release for the company, a scorching tale of darker themes called Altered Minds. The movie served to showcase the skills of contract hotties Jesse Capelli and McKenzie Lee as they showed a lady trying to figure out her place in a world gone wrong. The cover put it like this: "A high class sex slave owned by a wealthy and powerful man escapes his pervasive jealous and controlling behavior by exploring the decadent fantasies of her subconscious with her evil doppelganger. The further she allows herself to slip into her wanton daydreams the more control she loses until she eventually gives herself over entirely to the darkest elements of her libido in an attempt to gain her freedom." If that sounds as interesting to you as it did to me, you're almost sure to appreciate the action, albeit as a solid alternative to the usual fare from Club Jenna. Here's a quick look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that there were no credits for the performers but most of them were well known enough to fill in the blanks and that only one condom was used:

Scene One: Riley Shy, a redhead with brilliant blue eyes, was up first after some minor tease sequences; masturbating in earnest as she dug for gold inside her pussy. It wasn't a long act but it served as a sexual opener with Jesse Capelli getting a few rubs in herself before the scene ended.

Scene Two: Vanessa Lane, a powerhouse of energy in most of her scenes, was up next with verbally abusive Nick Manning as Jesse was made to watch (and theoretically learn from the voyeuristic bit). Vanessa was an excellent cocksucker as she enthusiastically blew Nick, with sweaty Nick reciprocating as expected. He drilled her fine little cookie and pulled her hair like a bridal before she aggressively rode him to an orgasm. She did some PTM and he rubbed out his modest load to her face to finish things up.

Scene Three: McKenzie Lee, the hotty on the right hand side of the front cover, was up next as the evil counterpart of Jesse's character, showing her how much sexual passion she had stored up inside her, just waiting to be unleashed on the unsuspecting world. McKenzie has long been known as an oral queen and Van Damage reciprocated fairly well before the couple got down to business. That they boned in a series of church pews was interesting, lending something twisted to the proceeding but while the scene lacked the expected anal action, she did actively pump back on his cock at least a little bit (though not as much as usual). The modest pop shot to her face wasn't bad though he has probably been working too much given the lack of distance and quantity.

Scene Four: Jesse Capelli, the hotty featured on the left hand side of the front cover, was up in a lesbian scene with cutie Carli Banks on a modeling runway stage while scores of extras watched dispassionately. The ladies really cranked up the heat and while I know many of you aren't into the lipstick lesbian action from the company, they seemed to be getting off as they licked, sucked, and fingered one another into oblivion. Jesse was a better giver than receiver but I thought it was among her best work with a woman to date.

Scene Five: Cassie Young, Brooke Banner, and Ben English, were up next in a stylish tribute to slavery. The ladies were chained sex slaves with him in his top hat and tuxedo acting like a rich man of yesteryear until the ladies worked his cock over. They initially took turns blowing him, proving that sharing if caring, but seemed to get greedy as they wanted him inside of them. He plugged away at their pussies as if he were possessed by the spirit of Erik Everhard, his face turning beet red as a result and all three of them sweating profusely. The facials and post coital sucking were decent with the gals having appeared to have nearly as much fun with each other as him.

Scene Six: Celeste Star, Neveah, Kelle Marie, Kimberly Kane, Karli Montana, and Jesse Capelli, were up next in a large lesbian orgy reminiscent of Devan's days working for the legendary Jim Holliday. They were all on some blue couches, pairing off and getting in a daisy chain, eating, fingering, and otherwise taking advantage of the sexual possibilities with one another with more toys and masturbation action then just about the rest of the movie combined. There was a lot going on and several of the gals seemed to be really projecting an aura of heat, making the scene a very appealing one to enjoy. Whew!

Scene Seven: McKenzie Lee, was up last in another fetish outfit, looking more like a devil dominatrix then anyone in the history of porn as she took on Eric Masterson in the red satin coated walls. Her gloves and other accessories were pretty heat inducing too but it was her demeanor that really stoked the fires of the scene; fanning the flames as she inhaled his cock deeply while trying to get him off. Jesse looked decadent as she watched from the seat nearby, allowing the couple to appreciate one another as she seemed flush with excitement herself. Eric did a fair job of going down on McKenzie too but the editing wasn't the best this time, showing too many close ups and cropped body parts to really establish a connection between them. Seeing his name in the credits, I knew he'd be wearing a condom but he drilled her deeply and perhaps it allowed him to last longer in her reportedly tight pussy, ending with a decent pop shot to her mouth.

Summary: Altered Minds by director DCypher for Club Jenna was full of the kind of ladies you'd love to meet if you had a large wad of cash on hand and they were feeling charitable. The action varied a lot according to the theme of the particular scene but the movie proved to be a giant step forward from most of the movies released by secondary directors at the company, earning a rating of Recommended. The direction allowed for the movie to serve not only as a good stroke flick but as an entertaining one as well, addressing deeper themes that few in porn seem willing or able to do these days. The ending was decadent (there were alternative endings for the squeamish) but Altered Minds was clearly the first volley of quality for Devan to prove yet again that all porn doesn't have to be lowbrow. Good work!

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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