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Brand New Faces #14

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 12/17/08

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Frenchie (click pictures for individualized trailers)

Brand New Faces 14

Vivid Entertainment

Kristy Kennedy

Genre: Gonzo, Newcomers

Director: B. Skow

Mina Lee

Cast: Frenchie, Charles Dera, Kristy Kennedy, Marco Banderas, Mina Lee, James Deen, Victoria Shay, Trent Tesoro

Length: 200:10 minutes

Victoria Shay

Date of Production: 9/8/2008

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. This time, there was an advertised BTS on the back cover but unless they were referring to the footage already contained in the scenes themselves, there was no such feature. There was, however, a set of three edited versions of previous scenes from the series, two of them described below from earlier reviews.

Victoria Shay and "Pikachu"

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Brand New Faces 14 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 3.2 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 14; a movie dedicated to showcasing four lovely young ladies in their first scenes for porn and the sequel to the popular Brand New Faces 13 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. Also of interest to me was the fact that Skow's name appeared nowhere on the cover either front or back, strange considering the award winning director is a major selling point thanks to his skill with the camera as well as the ladies. 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: Frenchie (introduced as Caroline), the gal on the cover seen on the middle of the right hand side, was a rebellious 22 year old gal with a French accent. She works out a lot and looked to be the 115 pounds she wrote on her certificate, her nervous energy due mostly to her lack of experience. She followed the formula and stripped for the director, the man doing his best to make her laugh and feel at home before she ended up working with Charles Dera. The tease led to some solo masturbation and she ended up on the bed with Charles, the man advancing on her as though he was in for a treat. The solo act took place on the couch with a toy called "The Spiral Bunny" but she liked her playmate better, the pair kissing before she bit his nipple and licked him to get to the blowjob. While it was obvious that Frenchie had sucked a few cocks, she still seemed aware of the camera and was largely passive during the vaginal plowing (in several positions). If anything, she appeared to enjoy the pounding of his cock inside of her but it was more of a warm up scene from what I could tell, the gal jerking him off to her face at the end with a second wad of genetic juice coating her tongue.

Scene Two: Kristy Kennedy, the lean bleach blond seen obscured on the upper left hand corner of the cover, was up next as she explained how she figured her name as a combination of Kristy Swanson & the well known Kennedy clan. Skow put her through her paces and she was even more apparently nervous as the skinny gal next door showed she was from Lexington, KY. Other than her hair color, she was all natural and looked smaller than the 100 pounds listed on her certificate, the director's newfound love of belly button tasting making me wonder where he picked that idea up. This being her "field project" for school, she liked his touch and soon found herself stripping before the solo portion showed her diddling herself on the couch. Her partner after that was studly Marco Banderas, the guy speaking little as he pressed for her to slob his knob. Kristy didn't reply when Skow asked if the dick was too big for her, preferring to let her mouth do the talking instead. She used her hand a lot more than usual and concentrated on the head, preferring it when he reciprocated on her juicy snatch. That led to some passive vaginal screwing but she seemed to come around once she was thoroughly warmed up. It ended when Marco jerked out a moderate batch of population pudding all over her crotch, the gal waving goodbye to finish it up.

Scene Three: Mina Lee, the brunette featured on the left side of the cover, was up next and she seemed to be the most in tune with the porn performer experience compared to the others. The 5'4" lady was from Atlanta, GE and looked slightly larger than the listed 105 pounds, though she did not sport the accent as so many others have. Skow fell in love with her nipples poking through the white fabric of her shirt, the clothing taken off as she found the excitement of the moment to turn her on. She provided a belly dance in lieu of an extensive masturbation sequence, moving to the bed where James Deen was waiting to pounce on her. They embraced, he felt her up, and she jerked him off before he went down on her. The moans were too fake for me but he started hammering her slowly, grabbing her neck as they kissed during the coitus. This led to her aggressively blowing him, deep throating his rod and twisting it with her hand as she attacked it orally to suck off her own juices. They went back and forth between vaginal and oral sex too, doing some very passive anal as James got carried away. Mina did ATM as easily as she had done PTM too, milking his spew with ease as she smiled regarding her impact on the established performer.

Scene Four: Victoria Shay, the brunette seen on the upper right hand corner of the cover, was up last and her red dress left a lot to the imagination but she was familiar with Skow as she had visited him the day before (but was unshaven so the 20 year old declined to do her scene then). They were moving quite fast and she was the heaviest of the group at 125 pounds, the date of the shoot being 7/11/2008. Victoria is a nude stripper and started masturbating when her curvy friend (that Skow kept referring to as "Pikachu") jumped in to eat her. This impromptu moment made it more spontaneous and they had fun with a double headed dildo, eventually moving to the standard portion where she had sex with moper Trent Tesoro on the bed. They had already started without the director and he was getting rough by spanking her, Victoria slowing him down by blowing him. She was well versed in inhaling a meat pipe too, showing her considerable expertise as she got him to the brink of madness, actively riding him vaginally in a few positions of mixed quality. There was more oral as the scene continued, Skow giving the occasional instruction but largely remaining quiet as the couple screwed. The scene proved she was well versed in the porn dynamic and he rubbed out the facial before her friend came back to lick the semen off of her face.

Bonus Scene: Brand New Faces 1: Ruby Rider, a 20 year old blond seen on the upper left hand corner of the front cover, was up first in a scene shot on 9/24/2007, with Donny Long as her partner. There has been some discussion about this pair online but judging from the scene itself, they seemed to get along fine after she followed the same basic formula. Her thick hips enhanced her look for me more than her smallish 34B rack, Skow teaching her how to effectively masturbate on camera as she playfully complied. Her tight pussy was sweet looking too as she stuck her finger in to begin making it wet. She even used a vibrator to masturbate with, tasting it before moving to the bed to work with Donny. He took his time with her instead of rushing like he usually does; Ruby pressing her hips up against his hand as he struck a positive nerve on her. They moved into a 69 position after that and after some face sitting on him, they took time for a proper boning. She was active from the beginning and even though they seemed to have limited chemistry together (not to mention no rhythm with each other), she was wet enough to cover the camera lens with her juices (not piss on it as others do). They performed in numerous positions before some PTM and the ending facial; Donny glazing her well enough that I thought he must have taken a month off to accomplish the task.

Bonus Scene: Brand New Faces 4: Noelle, the 20 year old brunette seen on the upper left hand corner of the cover, was up next as she discussed being from Mentor, Ohio; brought in by Jack Venice, who she worked with in the scene. She had much larger breasts than the cover indicated (in reality having 36DD, not the 34C advertised) and at 5'8", she struck me as taller than average for a pornstress. I liked her natural breasts but her attitude was a bit standoffish (maybe she was just shy) though she had strong legs and enough baby fat on her frame to grab onto. As is the standard for the scenes, Skow felt her up and he relished his position more than a little (you can always hear his appreciation for the ladies in his voice) but this translated well as his excitement represented that of the male viewer. Jack started the sex by going down on her to break the ice. It was clear she liked how he was doing her but her shyness seemed to hold her back like a lot of newcomers act when first on camera. Her own oral attempts were limited, showing a mechanical aptitude that can work itself away with experience, and then he started plowing her fertile fields after a short titty fuck and more oral. She was mostly passive during the penetrative portions of the scene though she did crank it up a notch or two when on top of Jack's body, and it ended when he bust a nut of population pudding on her breasts. She gave some post coital sucking after that and the camera cut away too quick to get a post sex interview.

Summary: Brand New Faces 14 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 14 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 ladies 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.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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