Date of Production: 2/7/2008(box); 1/30/2008, 2/3/2008, 1/23/2008, 2/2/2008 (credits on the scenes; in order of appearance)
Extras: After starting off with heaps of spam (with cute Sunny Leone and others hawking the company's stuff), the rest of the extras took on a new light. There were not many of them, a handful of trailers and more spam, but the length of the scenes largely made up for it again.
Audio/Video Quality: Brand New Faces 9 was presented in the same 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color it was shot in by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment using the standard definition MPEG-2 codec. For those unfamiliar with his background, suffice it to say that his experience outside of porn is superior to many inside the industry and it shows up in his movies, including this one as shot in HD, though presented in the SD format (for now) as shot in 1080i to provide a lot of resolution supporting some of the effects (making it look more like a real movie than just a porno). The lighting was well handled and this added to the pleasure of watching the gals in play as the lengthy scenes gave them enough freedom to explore what was advertised as their first scenes (with a money back guarantee). The composition of the camera angles and lighting were almost always optimal this time, Skow seeing fit to try and enhance the look of the ladies at every turn as possible. The fleshtones were accurate this time and the DVD mastering was well done (if in a bitrate hovering around 4 Mbps), making it a mixed bag in terms of visual quality; leaning towards above average. Some will rail about the watermark on the lower right hand corner of the scenes but it went away pretty quickly so don't worry about it; my biggest complaint being that having reviewed one of the series in Blu-Ray recently, the standard definition follow ups seem lifeless by comparison. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English (in 192 Kbps with a 48 kHz sampling rate) offering with the vocals sounding flat and the music pretty decent. For some reason, the levels were about the same as usual but aside from the added background noise, the dynamic range was average and the separation of the vocal track nonexistent.
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Body of Review: B. Skow has been the driving force at Vivid Entertainment in terms of providing good looking porn in recent years; typically bringing something unique to the mix as he enhanced the performances of the ladies he shot for the company under so many sets of circumstances. His latest release is a bit different in that it was a series of lengthy scenes called Brand New Faces 9; a movie dedicated to showcasing four lovely young ladies in their first scenes for porn and the sequel to the extremely popular Brand New Faces 8 I saw recently. The porn industry is replete with gals claiming to be in their first scenes ever but the catch this time was the cover promising a "100% Money-Back Guarantee" that these were the first times the ladies were on film. Be that as it may, the cover also promised that the scenes were candid and given my experience with newcomers, I was hoping Skow could pull a rabbit out of a hat and also make them award winning performances. If you're still interested, here's a quick glimpse into the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used:
Scene One: Ashli Orion, the San Diego native shown on the lower left corner of the front cover, was up first with her 34B breasts in tow. They looked smaller to me but she did come across as new to shooting porn, her choice of clothing showing she is about as competent as I am about clothing selection, before she really started interacting with the director. As is usual for the series, she signed her promise of newness certificate and stripped down to display her body, her exhibitionist tendencies in full bloom before being joined by Rocco Reed. I liked her girlish face and ample ass the most, her freckles prominent though nothing like Cameron described down below. Rocco ate her out and they seemed to be okay together, displaying something akin to chemistry if minimal amounts of it. He fingered her and she seemed to be getting wet on her own as opposed to lubed up artificially, his small penis proving no challenge for the lady who showed she was far from a stranger to having her lips wrapped around a cock. The vaginal action was a mixed bag this time, Ashli proving to be an active ride only when on top of him; her orgasm believable as much because I wanted to believe in it as anything displayed on screen. She diddled herself while riding too, the population hitting her face with some post coital sucking well after she let loose with her own juice to make it a decent scene.
Scene Two: Cameron Love, the cute Sacramento gal with a curvy ass seen on the upper left hand corner of the cover, was next. She was giddy as only an 18 year old can be, her many freckles standing out as she laughed during Skow's attempts to check out her curves. She was also a member of the itty bitty titty club, having a difficult time keeping a straight face as the scene progressed. She still had some baby fat but was leaner than usual, her limited posing and solo work leading to Jerry jumping her bones. He ate her out and soon had her bent over on all fours; rubbing his cock along her crack before slowly inserting it into her biscuit. She pushed back on him and seemed to like fucking, the guy barely able to contain himself at how wet she was in the process. Like Ashli, she did some PTM between positions and I think she enjoyed the taste of her juices off his rod, Skow doing his best to use the single camera approach to capture a wealth of angles (often from a lower angle to make the two look larger than life). She showed passion and enthusiasm with just a bit of an over the top dynamic but even though she'd need a makeover to really work it at her best; I saw lots of potential in her as yet untapped. The scene ended with a facial where Jerry cradled her head as he busted a nut, both of them getting off as a result. Nice!
Scene Three: Dakota Lynn, the bubbly brunette seen on the lower right hand corner of the front cover, was up next with her 34C titties ready to please. Dakota had a bit of baby fat too and her beautiful eyes stood out as much as her positive attitude. She looked older than most in the series, perhaps as a result of her devotion to the sun, her dancer next door appeal striking me as fitting for the series. Add a couple of pounds and she looks a lot like someone I used to bone myself for awhile so I admit that I was biased in favor of her looks with the action going just about as expected here since she started with Skow feeling her up, some posing, some tease and solo, and then the gal working with studly Tommy Gunn. Her mane of black hair was tossed around carefree style, her work on the couch showing she was practiced at sexual tease with a partner but her demeanor in the bedroom with Tommy proving she has some rough edges in need of polishing up. She was nervous and even though she was a totally nude dancer as a current career, it was clear that she was comfortable only to a point with what she was doing. I'd buy some dances from her myself and her light augmentation (implants) was okay by me though her firm ass was more to my liking. The solo was fine but the oral showed she was too self conscious, her vaginal riding best once she warmed up and was on top of him. Her pussy was among the sweetest looking I've seen in recent memory and she was another with some solid potential for making fuck flicks. The ending facial was light and she seemed fixated on the camera, sucking Tommy off when told to by Skow; I'd like to see a follow up if she sticks with it.
Scene Four: Deena Daniels, the stripper next door type seen on the upper right hand corner of the cover, came last and she was cute enough to pull off the positioning. Deena was nervous enough that she was chomping on gum like she could be chomping on dick, trying her best to educate the director in what her favorite position was. She struck me mostly as a club going type in search of thrills, her lean stomach and other body parts in need of a few burgers. She was playful and slightly skittish, following directions as she did the usual formulaic approach standardized by the director. Jerry was her partner after she posed and played with herself a little, the couple moving to the bed as the 21 year old girl warmed up, Skow giving foot fetish fans something to think about. Jerry worshipped her body orally and she liked his work ethic, her tiny body making his average sized cock look enormous as a result. Skow gave pointers along the way to make them look more natural, encouraging Deena to act more naturally instead of showing the "deer in the headlights look" she was giving off. Her oral skills matched her reasonable vaginal penetration skills, some more work on camera needed to bring out the best in her. Deena was passive for most of the scene during the penetration but showed promise all the same, the ending facial too forced for me but the overall scene nice enough to merit some added strokability.
Summary: Brand New Faces 9 by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment was worth a rating of Recommended to me for all the action, the new faces, and the technical handling of the scenes but fans of brand new gals will think it was a "must have" since the ladies looked and performed their roles so well. I can't definitively state that none of them have shot a professional scene before but unlike so many titles that Vivid sits on for years as part of their marketing approach, Brand New Faces 9 was rushed right to the pressing plant to jump on the newness factor (something other companies seem to have embraced in the past as many of you like to see "firsts", real or imagined). Whatever the reality of the marketing claim though, all four of the cuties were breaths of fresh air and deserve some accolades for providing enough fuck for the buck, strokability, and replay value to make this a keeper for your collection. Skow does it again with his attentive nature to make these four ladies shine better than his peers could hope to, the series website probably the best thing the company has provided in a long time in terms of consistent quality.
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