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Rave Reviews And Record Sales For Axel Braun's "The Dark Knight XXX" From Vivid Entertainment

 LOS ANGELES – (July 23, 2012) – DVD copies of "The Dark Knight XXX: A Porn Parody," began arriving in adult stores across the country today and were immediately scooped up by an eager public. Early reviews raved about the film, directed by Axel Braun and distributed by Vivid Entertainment, which has been available online at vivid.com since July 10th.

"Great great sex and really phenomenal costumes," reviewer Christopher Thorne wrote in XCritic.com, one of the premier sites devoted to reviews of adult movies. "'The Dark Knight' is shot extremely well and has the look and feel of a major production. The real highlight of the film is the end action scenes which shows off what Axel Braun can really do," Thorne added as he gave the film a "highly recommended" rating.

Art Koch gave the movie "5 out of 5 Stars" in All Adult Network and Night Moves Magazine, noting, "Just when you think nothing can be topped, Axel Braun comes along and presents the 'The Dark Knight: A Porn Parody.' The talk, buzz, and hype have been going on for months about this film and it certainly lives up to all of it and more. 'The Dark Knight XXX' is a must see, so run, do not walk to your favorite video store when this film hits the streets in a few days. It is destined to be a porn film classic."

The movie has already attracted mainstream attention, such as a story on popular website Ain't It Cool that noted, "whatever one may think of 'porn' on the whole...Axel is 1) an uber-Geek with both an understanding of/respect for the source material he lampoons; and 2) cares enough to bring surprisingly high quality design and production value to his projects." Jack Trigger of MajorSpoilers.com, called the movie an "awesomely awesome bit of awesome."

In the article "A is for Alfred, B is for Batmobile: Dark Knight A-Z", Australian mainstream outlet NEWS.com.au has the following at the letter X: "You know your career is in a bad place when a porn film looks better than your multi-million dollar, star-studded, Hollywood films. Costume shots from Axel Braun's Batman porn parody The Dark Knight XXX caused a stir on geek site Ain't It Cool - but not because they were shocking or explicit, but because they looked frighteningly good. "Already looks better than the Schumacher films" was the damning comment.

Braun -- who won 2012 AVN Award for the Best Parody, Best Parody Drama and Best Cinematography categories and earned the Director of the Year (Body of Work) award for the second year in a row – said he was thrilled with the early response to the film. "From everything I'm hearing we are also shattering records for adult DVD sales and streaming downloads from vivid.com. We put a lot of passion into this film, so the early response is very gratifying."

DISCLAIMER:  THE DARK KNIGHT XXX: A PORN PARODY IS A PARODY MOVIE. All characters and related materials are trademarks, copyrights and/or registered trademarks of their respective license holders and/or owners.  The parody movie is not sponsored, endorsed by, or affiliated with Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Comics or their partners, affiliates and/or parent companies or any other company owning the trademarks of characters seen therein.

About Axel Braun: The son of legendary porn-pioneer Lasse Braun and grandson of a diplomat, Axel Braun was born and raised in Italy, where he received a privileged upper-class upbringing. Fluent in five languages, a member of MENSA, a film-school graduate, and the bearer of a Ph.D. in psychology, Axel has a unique cultural background that definitely sets him apart from the many other directors in the adult industry. A second-generation AVN Hall-of-Famer, over the span of his career he has won many awards all over the world for Directing, Producing, Screenwriting, and Editing. For more information visit www.axelbraun.net.
About Vivid: Founded in 1984, Vivid has always placed heavy emphasis on high quality erotic film entertainment and has created wide brand-name awareness through its films and the www.vivid.com website, an innovative marketing and a licensing program that extends to advertising, apparel, book publishing and a range of other products. Co-founder and CEO Steven Hirsch was honored in 2012 with the first AVN Visionary Award as a leader who "has propelled innovation and taken his company and the business as a whole to new heights." In addition to its Vivid-Celeb imprint famous for celebrity sex tapes, the company is known for its Vivid Super XXXHeroes parodies and award-winning feature films. Vivid maintains the single largest studio archive of adult films. For more on Vivid visit Twitter.com/VividCorp or Facebook.com/vividgirls.