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Private Life of Brandon Manilow, The

Studio: Bel Ami » Review by Horn Dog DC » Review Date: 11/16/08

XCritic's Advice: Highly Recommended

Genre: Gay

Director: George Duroy

Cast: Brandon Manilow, Marc Vidal, Alex Orioli, Andre Pagnol, Roman Prada, Tommy Hansen, Sascha Chaykin, Josh Elliot, Etienne Pauliac.


Date of Production:
April 2007

This release is essentially handled as a documentary of sorts.  Prior to each scene, Brandon tells a little bit of backstory about what is about to be shown.  All the dialogue is subtitled.

Scene one:
Brandon Manilow with real life partner Alex Orioli.  This starts with a poolside encounter on location in South Africa.  Back at the hotel, the guys move from forplay to oral to Brandon topping Alex.  Some of the positions look a little awkward, but they do afford choice camera angles.  Overall good even though Alex was distracting as he seemed to be rock hard in one shot then flaccid in the next shot distracting continuity.

Scene two:

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Brandon Manilow and Marc Vidal.  This takes place during a photo shoot on location at the "White House" in Cape Town.  This is a little odd because the guys are heard being directed by the shoot photographer who tells them all these odd instructions to get the shot - "pull your foreskin back just a little more."  This eventually leads to mutual oral on the bed with both studs jacking off at the end.

Scene three:
Brandon Manilow and Roman Prada.  This is set up as Roman's first time shooting a sex scene on camera.  This is a standard combo from foreplay to oral to sex to cum shots.

Scene four:
Brandon Manilow solo.  There is actually a music dub here over the montage that ends with Brandon jacking off.

Scene five:
Brandon Manilow and Andre Pagnol.  This is explained as being shot spontaneously when Lukas Ridgestone sneaks into Manilow's hotel room with Johan Paulik to catch the encounter.  This encounter seems the most genuine of the lot and was in my opinion the hottest scene of the release.

Scene six:
Brandon Manilow, Tommy Hansen and Sascha Chaykin.  Photo shoot on a beach.  Erotic but there is no sex in this montage overdubbed with music.

Scene seven:
Brandon Manilow, Josh Elliot and Etienne Paulic.  This is explained as a scene from another feature that ended up getting cut.  Interesting turns as a three way, but a little weak compared to the previous scenes.

Like other Bel Ami releases, the DVDs let you jump to orals, anals, or cum shots directly.  Also notable is that each scene has chapter stops that take you right to the section of the scene in order - oral then anal then cum shot.  There is also a trailer for "Some Like It Big".

Audio/Video Quality:
The video was very good for a fullscreen presentation with a stereo soundtrack.  Everything is subtitled

Final Thoughts:
Because each scenario is presented as if it is going to be recut in the final product, things can get a little repetitive to some degree as each encounter goes through the same motions and acts as the others - foreplay, oral, anal, cum shots.  Also because of the raw nature of these scenes, there is no music or vocal overdub track.  While that could be considered annoying, I found the real soundtrack and dialogue refreshing from one that could have been overproduced.  The subtitles are occasionally hit or miss with some idioms and spellings, but who is really reading those except me?  While not the best Bel Ami production I have seen, this is certainly still a top notch title that I would give a Highly Recommended rating.

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