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Released: Apr 01st, 1998
Running Time: 88
Director: Michael Ninn
Company: VCA Platinum Plus
Cast: J.J. Michaels, Helen Duval, Jake Steed, Crystal Night, Jill Kelly, Colt Steele, Roxanne Hall, David Steel, Alice (I), Naomi (I), Eric Price, Jeremy Steele (I), Ian Daniels
Critical Rating: AAAAA
My personal take on Michael Ninn? He has reached a more comfortable mix of technology and intimacy. I found New Wave Hookers 5 to be his most accessible video, but from a sexual point of view, Dream Catcher surpasses everything he's accomplished in the past, including the award-winning Latex and Shock.
All of the usual Ninn elements are still in place. Astonishing visuals, a superb overall look, precise editing, and a nice mix of rich colors, sepia tone and black-and-white imagery enhance the feature. But the sex scenes stay intact, and they rank with some of the best erotic sequences I've seen in a while.
Most notably, I've seen sex in rainy alleys before, but nothing like the spectacularly erotic Jill Kelly/Eric Price anal scene. Kelly looks gorgeous, and this may be the very best sex scene in any Ninn feature. Not far behind is the opening group banging of Helen Duval by Jake Steed, Jeremy Steele and John West, with a particularly impressive double penetration. Both scenes are worthy of award nominations.
Missing from Dream Catcher is any discernable plot; what there is runs along the lines of something about dream catchers who exist to, well, capture people's dreams. Nobody will care. Dream Catcher is one long sexual hallucination, featuring the original Helen Duval's first major starring role in an American sexvid. In addition to her stunning opening segment, don't be surprised to see Duval nominated for her sultry solo dildo sequence. She also gets fucked by David Steel.
Other fine carnal moments include Roxanne Hall's nasty double-penetration by Ian Daniels and J.J. Michaels, and a lesbian roundelay with Crystal Knight, Naomi and Monique dressed in brightly-colored wigs.
And Ninn uses a clever special effect to segue into a sex scene with Alice, a beautiful brunette who I've now seen for the first time, and Colt Steele. As Duval is sketching in bed, her line drawing becomes alive and becomes the sexual performers.
With a bright, pretty box cover and the Michael Ninn name, expect hugh rentals and sales of Dream Catcher. Come next December, expect awards kudos for many of the sex scenes, and such Ninn staple nominations as Best Editing, Direction, Videography, Music, Special Effects, Art Direction and All-Sex Video. Truly a stunning achievement.