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Katsuni: Minx (Blu-Ray)

Studio: Digital Playground » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 7/29/08

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

The stylish title page!  (click for trailer)

Katsuni: Minx Blu-Ray

Digital Playground

Which of these two are sadder?

Genre: Erotica

Director: Celeste

Katsuni and Marco Banderas

Cast: Katsuni, Marco Banderas, Paola Rey, Micah Moore, Tony De Sergio, Alexis Love, Scott Nails, Maya Gates, Brandi Edwards, Tommy Gunn

Micah Moore and Paola Rey

Length: 146:32 minutes

Date of Production: 3/11/2007

Alexis Love and Scott Nails

Extras: The best extra was the 10:05 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Jamal Johnson, the infamous cousin of Robby D. that reportedly escaped from a mental institution to join the family business. The focus was on Katsuni but since this was one of the comedic styled efforts, the editor (credited as T. Baggs so it could have been anyone working for the company) stole the show. There was nudity and additional sex too, making it a solid effort all around even if far too short. There was also a photogallery, a slide show, and trailers to shows like like Pirates II, Island Fever 4 Blu-Ray, Jack's POV 1 Blu-Ray,Cheerleaders BR, Babysitters BR, Pirates BR, Contract Star BR, and Island Fever 3 BR.

Katsuni and Tony

Condoms: None

Maya Gates

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Audio/Video Quality: Katsuni: Minx Blu-Ray was presented in the usual 1.78:1 ratio widescreen color as shot by director Celeste for Digital Playground using the AVC codec with a video bitrate hovering upwards of 28.5 Mbps as often as not. The high end equipment and skilled crew of regulars assisted director of photography Robby to make this release look really sharp; losing the artistic style that doesn't always work so well for me. In fact, the technical matters and solid editing by Kurt Tortcher aside, I would have to point out that Robby's influence on the end result was moderate or more here; a dynamic most have noticed in the past on some of Celeste's works. The lighting was generally solid here, reducing the grain, video noise, and other defects that sometimes arise in making porn on a budget; favoring a clear focus in some cases that I was convinced worked very well. The way the scenes were shot and edited was markedly similar in the scenes; the composition favoring the ladies and looking like Robby had no constraints this time. The high definition look of the show did make a difference regarding the ladies, especially Katsuni looking even better with the additional resolution offered by the Blu-Ray version. The audio was presented in a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround English using a 448 Kbps bitrate; over twice that of most porn made these days, with a minimalist leaning that seemed unique in most ways to productions outside of the Jack series, with the vocals always dominating the audio track as I like it. There wasn't much separation between the channels, if any outside of the intermittent music, but the ladies were always clearly heard here. Still, the return of the .1 track on the company's audio tracks might help shut up some of the folks that complained about it, despite a relatively similar experience (the bass tended to be a bit deeper but nothing substantially different).

Katsuni, Brandi Edwards, and lucky Tommy Gunn

Body of Review: Celeste is the female director at Digital Playground known far and wide for her erotica series that use her impressions of sexuality to fuel fantasies as shot by her main squeeze for the company. While he shoots increasingly hardcore gonzo styled titles, her offerings rely less on the circus act sex or rough material than trying to invoke a specific mood or feeling. Unlike so many in the industry, she clearly loves women and wants to allow them the freedom to explore what gets them off rather than strictly adhere to the formulas that are so easy to shoot. As a result, she gets to put her name on flicks such as Katsuni: Minx Blu-Ray, a showcase look at the contract performer that comes out next month. Katsuni is one of the rarest of ladies in porn too, getting better with time and outlasting scores of the "flavor of the month" performers that so many fans flocked to; showing a staying power based as much on her nasty side as her femininity. She is in three of the six scenes too, so fans will automatically want to pick up a copy for their viewing pleasure. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Scene One: Katsuni, the cover hotty dressed in a garish outfit, was up first brandishing a riding crop on submissive stud Marco Banderas in the bedroom. She couldn't understand him, nothing new for the guy but this time as much the fault of the mask adorning his face. Katsuni smacked him around a bit before removing her panties, sitting on his face to smother him but enjoying the oral as she controlled the muscular man. That led to removing the tape binding his hands so he could feel how moist she became, extending her control to use his hand as a dildo (sorry, no fisting) but he grabbed her by the throat soon after to regain a degree of control for himself; ravaging her with his mouth before slamming his dick in her throat. Katsuni took to sucking him off really well and Marco ate her out for full effect before they screwed like crazy. She was very actively bouncing on his rod vaginally but Marco wanted her back door, the anal coming too soon for me but showing she loved a hard dick in her ass all the same. Katsuni continued in several positions before blowing Marco to completion with a bit of hand to gland assistance that released his load of population pudding on her stomach. Whew!

Scene Two: Paola Rey and Micah Moore, both sporting black hair this time, were up next in bed as they fooled around while Tony De Sergio read a book. It must have been fascinating reading considering how sexy the ladies looked, their lesbian antics eventually winning him over after he threatened them with the riding crop. The gals saw that as a challenge and were soon wrapping their lips around his rod, taking turns before they mounted it to get some penetration. Tony is not exactly the best stud in the world but now that he's a regular for the company, they have been cultivating his performances a bit more, leading to more consistent results (though the editing probably helps too) that the gals here took full advantage of. The ladies were both active at riding him vaginally and took the facial well at the end even if the chemistry between him and them was not as strong as between each other (as shown throughout the scene during their lesbian antics).

Scene Three: Alexis Love, a curvy gal with awesome DSL's, continued the domination theme as she walked into a closet containing a bound Scott Nails. She rubbed his cock with her foot while both were still dressed, the guy worshipping her leg as she stomped the guy's gonads. She removed her shoes to continue, Scott more interested in going down on her pussy before she led him to the bed to continue servicing her biscuit. After a short footjob, she then aggressively sucked his meat while focusing on the head, unable to deepthroat him but showing nipple erections supporting my belief that she really liked what was happening. Scott then started boning her like he owned her, the largely passive gal stretching her limits as much as her pussy to get the most out of the situation. The scene ended when Scott tied her up and launched his load upon her feet, taking a lot of time to do so in a scene weakening moment.

Scene Four: Katsuni, relaxing on a couch in her scant outfit (red and white), was up next with stalker Tony De Sergio. He walked in as they spoke on their cell phones, sharing a kiss before Katsuni began orally polishing his knob. Her knob slobbing skills were just as developed as previously, using her hand to generate even more friction, Tony reciprocating until Katsuni climbed on his penis to begin actively riding it vaginally. This continued until the anal assault though she wasn't as active in any of those positions. The pleasure was too much for Tony though and he bust a nut on her face, a small nut, that she rubbed into her face as if it were facial cream.

Scene Five: Maya Gates, a sultry Latina wearing black patterned pantyhose and a revealing white top, was then up dominating Scott Nails; the guy wearing her panties. She lightly paddled him like a bitch and he moaned in pleasure before she dropped to her knees to orally please him. He then throatfucked her before eating her ass; the abrupt edit showing them bumping uglies soon afterwards. Maya was an active rider and her moistened pussy easily accommodated his rod, the gal impaling herself on his dick rapidly and with a smile before he fed her some fingered juice and went to work on her perfect pucker. This slowed her down but not by too much, leading to his biggest pop shot of the day. Nice!

Scene Six: Katsuni and Brandi Edwards were up last to finish the domination theme with muscular Tommy Gunn; using plastic wrap to secure the lucky guy to the bedpost (while standing up) as they tormented him. Both ladies were dressed in a similar fashion, Katsuni taking the lead in the show, stuffing the ball gag in his mouth to limit his protestations. After working him over a little, they started sucking him off, making it far easier for the guy to accept their superiority; the boning going just as well. Katsuni shined the most here but Brandi did a decent job too, relishing when her pal grabbed her throat to show the pecking order of the day more graphically. There was a bit of anal towards the end of the scene (pun intended) but the only thing I didn't care for much was the thumping music as it was a bit overboard. Brandi did ATM out of Katsuni's ass and Tommy rubbed out a load just as he pulled out, leading to the stylish credits once they cooled down a bit.

Summary: Katsuni: Minx Blu-Ray by director Celeste for Digital Playground was a title I could rate as Recommended even without prodding by one of my female bed buddies since the lead was one of the best in the business and the majority of scenes were well situated in terms of their visual stroke appeal. In short, Katsuni: Minx Blu-Ray was a solid showcase for the lovely lady, one of her best in awhile as far as I was concerned, but the other gals proved to live up to their roles too. Had the cost of the production been a bit lower, I'd have likely raised my rating up a notch too, this enhanced high definition version a visual treat for any fan of the lovely Asian contract star here. Yum!

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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