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Dark Side of Briana, The

Studio: Vivid » Review by The Immoral Majority » Review Date: 9/2/04

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Genre: Straight

Director: Chi Chi Larue

Cast: Briana Banks, Katsumi, Cherokee, and Nicole Sheridan

Length: 1 1/2 hours

Production Date: 2004

Extras: Vivid usually packs a lot of extras onto their discs, and this one is no exception. In addition to the feature, there are five bonus scenes from some of Briana's other movies, a two minute reel of production photos, and a seven minute behind the scenes short. This last featurette has an interveiw with Briana while she's getting her hair preped for the movie and a short talk with Katsumi. There was a lot of padding in this, but it's still worth watching. This movie also features alternate angles. When an icon is displayed on the screen, you can use the angle button on your remote to see the action from another vantage point.

Audio/Video: This DVD comes with a stereo audio track and full frame video which are the industry standards. The quality of both were very good, with the sound coming through loud and clear, and the image being sharp and free of major defects.

Body of Review: Briana Banks is a good looking blond with long legs and nice round tits. She was a Penthouse Pet, and was featured on the cover of the July 2001 issue. She's been doing movies since then, and this film is a nice showcase of her talents.

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Scene 1: Brinana Banks with Talon
This is a fairly standard scene with Briana and a guy on a matress on a set that is supposed to look like and alley. He goes down on her and then she returns the favor. They ride each other and he ends up cumming in her mouth. This really didn't do a lot for me. The scene starts off being filmed with a chain link fence in front of the camera, which was just diestracting. Briana and her stud did a good job, but it just didn't have that hot edge that the best sex scenes have.

Scene 2: Katsumi with Randy Spears
Katsumi is a petit cute oriental who is in the ladies room when a guy asks her for a BJ. He starts kissing and fingering her, and that's enough for her to go down on him. After some oral, he bends her over the sink and pounds her. After going through a few more standard permutaions, he cums in her mouth.

This was a better scene...Katsumi did a good job, and the guy really seemed to get into it. He talked dirty to her through the scene, which added to the heat. Katsumi was marvelous scarfing his cock, taking him all the way down to the balls.

Scene 3: Briana Banks with Mario Rossi
Set in a "dungeon" there isn't any SM in the scene...it mainly consits of Briana holding onto some chains dangling from the ceiling while the guy eats her. After he gets her warmed up and out of her clothes, Briana goes down and the stud before he bends her over and pluynges his cock inot her.

Briana looks lovely in her red leather high heel boots, and she's definitly hot as she spanks herself while deep throating the guy, but she never really seems to get into the sex. She isn't convincing when she pertends to cum, and seems to be just going through the motions.

Scene 4: Cherokee with Trevor Zen
Another pretty straight sex scene with Cherokee and Trevor Zen. After she lubricated his pole with her mouth, Trevor lays Cherokee down and plays with her pussy before slipping it to her. They go through several positions before he spews in her mouth. This was a good scene, with both actors doing a fair job. There was a good amount of heat and passion, though it wasn't spectacular.

Scene 5: Briana Banks and Nicole Sheridan with Voodoo
Nicloe, who has narrated the movie, gets it on with Briana and her stud, Voodoo, who is wearing a collar and chain. Nicole dives into Briana's muff with her tounge and fingers right off the bat, and it just keeps getting better from there. the highlight of the scene is when Briana puts on a strap-on dildo and Nicole climbs on while Voodoo does her ass. Some pretty steamy sex to round out the film.

Nicole was excellent and really showed Briana up in this scene. She was moaning and screaming the whole time, and really seemed to get into it. Briana is more sedate in her acting, and seems more mechanical, which is a little disappointing.

Concluding Words: I think Briana is very attractive, but she isn't one of the best porn actresses. I didn't think she really got into any of her scenes, and the other actresses showed her up. She just seems to be going through the motions a lot of the time. This doesn't ruin the film, it just doesn't make it spectacular. Overall the sex was pretty good, but the scene at the end is really hot, and makes up for the other scene's failings. Recommended.

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