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Heaven (Sin City)

Studio: Sin City » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 12/28/03

XCritic's Advice: Recommended


Sin City Entertainment

Genre: Feature

Director: Michael Raven

Cast: Avy Scott, Steven St. Croix, Aurora Snow, Dillion Day, John West, Temptation, Lee Stone, Pantera, Sunshine, Jasmine Lynn, Cherry Rain

Length: 88.5 minutes

Date of Production: 12/15/02 (box), 11/15/02 (credits)

Extra's: For me, the best extra was the audio commentary by Michael Raven. While he started it off with the mistaken impression that this was one of Cherry Rain's first movie (she had been in the jizz bizz for years prior to this one, almost exclusively with New Machine and Ed Powers) and he stopped talking during the sex scenes (as though people listening to the commentary had never seen the movie before) but he did add some insights. There were also an 8.5 minutes of Behind the Scenes footage, trailers, photogallery, credits, cumshot gallery, company profile with trailers and award winners, short biographies, and spam to round it out with. Not a bad selection of extras.

Audio/Video Quality: The picture was presented in non-anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 ratio color. It was shoot on film with a lot of lighting effects and slow motion so you know there's going to be grain. It looked to be done on 16mm and there was some video noise in a few darker scenes. Taken for what it was though, it looked good. Director Raven is known for the stylish kind of photography that is really hit or miss with me and most people either love it or hate it. I'll admit that it lends a certain erotic flair to the proceedings and taken in small doses, I usually like it a lot but it's a rare case for me to like it on a regular basis. In this case, it worked for me. The audio was presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 English with no subtitles or alternative language tracks. The audio was also stylish, often using music in place of words in order to convey a mood. A little goes a long way but it was well made this time (as expected from Mr. Raven) and genuinely erotic.

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Body of Review: Feature porn these days often consists of a lot of plot and little actual sex, comparatively speaking, which is a mixed blessing. For an industry full of performers that are great sexually but otherwise not great actors, this presents a problem for those of us that like it. A few companies are well known for providing the best of both worlds, Wicked Pictures, VCA, Simon Wolf and a short list of others, while the rest are known for dropping the ball a lot. Thankfully, there's another company out there that hasn't received the kind of press it should have. I'm speaking of Sin City Entertainment. For years, the company has put out a number of erotic features, often directed by the stylish Michael Raven. In a release from last year, Heaven, he takes a look at a man (played by Steven St. Croix) who dies in a car crash but finds the other side of the veil to be a lot more fun than he ever dreamed it would be. Here's a breakdown of the scenes by cast, noting that some condoms were used and that the stylish camera work is not universally well received:

Scene One: Avy, dressed like a devil, welcomed Steven to the afterlife with a slow, erotic blowjob. If this is what happens to you when you die, I imagine that the suicide rate is going to skyrocket. She gives some solid eye contact but focuses mainly on the task at hand as she tenderly tongues and sucks him off. Steven, being a gentleman, returns the favor by savoring her flavor a bit. He then slowly builds the tempo as he penetrates her in a few positions, building up to launch his large love load on her abdomen, which she licks off. She then finishes up by socking him off some more. I liked this one a lot.

Scene Two: Aurora, one of the cutest gals in the business, played a nurse who gave oral to both Dillion and John, alternating between the two studs, while they were laying back in wheel chairs. The visual effects were hit or miss here (like most of Mr. Raven's work, you'll either love it or hate it), using a strobe effect to enhance the scene. Rather than give her any oral attention, they went right to screwing her lovely body, and quickly started up with a double penetration (DP). They finish off by dropping loads on her face and the scene ends.

Scene Three: Temptation, looking lean and fit, got the next scene moving by blowing Lee (who was made up to look like the Devil). She provided the same kind of eye contact most men like, coaxing him into an even harder erection, before he started nailing her in the missionary position. They then switched to her riding him in a standing position (with him holding her up) before he set her down for some doggie style. The scene ended when he rubbed out a load on her face and neck, getting most of it in her mouth.

Scene Four: The next scene had Pantera and Sunshine giving us a lesbian scene with a lot of specialized lighting effects. I know it sounds kind of lame but it was slow and very erotic. Before long, Cherry joined in but only to receive, not give head from Jasmine. There were no toys used here, just tongues and fingers, but it was pretty good for me.

Scene Five: The movie finished up with a scene between Cherry and Steven outdoors at night, by a large gazebo. She provided some oral attention to his member and soon after, he returned the favor. The two then screwed in a few positions, using a condom, and he ended it with a pop shot to her face and chest.

Summary: As a change in pace from the gonzo extravaganza's I watch on a regular basis, this was a solid sleeper hit. I think it earned a rating of Recommended based on all the elements of the movie and the extras provided. If Mr. Raven had provided a bit more commentary on the alternative audio track or if it had a bit better picture, I'd have raised the rating but don't get me wrong, it was fun watching this cast of cuties do their best to get the viewer off. This type of release is not for everyone and I wouldn't want to lie to you about it but there was a lot of fun taking place and many of you will enjoy it.

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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