Cast: Nina Capri, Marco Banderas, Jesica Andrada, Jerry, Chloe Kez, Chris Cannon, Cyle Cuvee, Alex Gonz
Jesica Andrada (click for her trailer)
Length: 196:52 minutes
Date of Production: 3/08/2008
Chloe Kez (click for her trailer)
Extras: After starting off with some spam (with cute Sunny Leone and others hawking the company's stuff), the rest of the extras provided some nice stroke value. The best extra was the all new bonus scene between Coco Velvett and James Deen, the entire thing lasting a whooping 51:32 minutes! This was reportedly her first b/g scene though she has been in several scenes since this one was shot (back on 3/29/2008). The pair had some chemistry together and it was well worth checking out. There were not many other extras, a handful of trailers and more spam, but the length of the scenes largely made up for it again, the BTS incorporated into the scenes themselves once again for those of you holding the company to strict adherence on what the box cover advertises.
Cyle Cuvee (click for her trailer)
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Audio/Video Quality: Brand New Faces 17 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 (with 480i resolution). 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, 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 advertised on the back cover). The composition of the camera angles and lighting were almost always optimal here, Skow seeing fit to try and enhance the look of the five ladies (one in the bonus scene) at every turn as possible. The fleshtones were accurate this time and the DVD mastering was well done (in a bitrate hovering around 4.1 Mbps), making it a mixed bag in terms of visual quality; leaning towards above average and showing some additional grain this time. Some used to rail about the watermark on the lower right hand corner of the scenes but this was removed some time ago; my biggest complaint being that having reviewed one of the series in Blu-Ray last year, the standard definition follow ups seem a bit 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.
The production dates of the scenes
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 17; a movie dedicated to showcasing four lovely young ladies in their first scenes for porn and the sequel to the popular Brand New Faces 16 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 have long been surprised at how well Skow gets great performances so regularly. 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: Nina Capri, an all natural gal from San Francisco, was up first as she followed the generic formula of the series, conducting a behind the scenes interview with the director as she showed off her body, her nervousness adding to the fun. The former stripper liked taking off her clothing and Skow directed her through the rough spots, her baby fat rippling a little as she continued. Once she masturbated for him on the couch, she went to the set next door, jumping on the bed to work with studly Marco Banderas, the scene shot on 3/8/2008. What I liked about the scene other than Nina herself was the general way Skow provides plenty of time to showcase the ladies, far better than most of his peers in the industry for newcomers (even guys like Ed Powers), making each scene a standalone piece for the gals. This time, the shy Nina saw fit to aggressively suck off Marco, the look in his eyes upon first seeing her a classic to me. While she did not appear to have a lot of experience, she did her best to savor his rod to the best of her abilities, her passive riding skills the only weak link in the show. They vaginally screwed in multiple positions and she took the facial of genetic juice nicely enough, a decent first scene overall.
Scene Two: Jesica Andrada, a sexy gal from Argentina (here for five years), was up next as she tease the director with a slow peeling of the clothing, her accent making me want to see her in action. She was a gal next door type with all natural tits, and liked attention, her love of sex making this her perfect career path. After the tease and solo work, she ended up with Jerry, the scene shot on 3/12/2008. She did not appear to be a teenager but the mileage on her lean frame was not at all bad, her naiveté about giving a blowjob amusing. She slobbed his knob with more practiced skill than Nina had done previously but she did like looking at the camera as if seeking guidance. She then followed up by actively riding his cock, a very nice change of pace as far as I was concerned, her labia wrapping tightly around his pecker to milk the population pudding from him. She was best during the cowgirl variations but did not yell out as some newcomers tend to do, Jerry unleashing his load to her face at the end.
Scene Three: Chloe Kez, the strawberry blond gal featured on the front cover of the DVD, was up next as she coyly answered the questions posed her by Skow, the Maryland native a bundle of laughs as she mugged for the camera. If you like lean gals with animated faces, she will be the one for you but her nervousness worked on multiple levels for the series dynamic too. Her main partner was Chris Cannon but Cyle Cuvee joined in for some lesbian antics too, I guess she was in the studio for her own scene (that follows). The tease and solo portion of the scene gave Chloe a chance to show off her "alabaster" skin and freckles, her Irish heritage plainly in view even with her "cotton candy pink" nipples. She was a Hooters employee and liked the attention too, her nipples erect and her pussy wet by the time she removed her blue jean skirt. Her shapely ass was admirable and the butt munch panties looked sweet (Skow even claiming he would sniff them once off her body). The freshly shaved snatch was appealing, some razor burn not detracting from the gal's appeal. She did a nice job masturbating and even showed her partner(s) a great time in the scene shot on 3/27/2008. "Don't kick me" was the classic line of the entire movie too, Chloe's words to Cyle as the other newcomer went down on her. The main action was between Chloe and Chris though, Cyle sent away to remain fresh for her own scene. The two did some oral and active vaginal riding, Chloe no stranger to sex from the looks of it. There really did not appear to be much chemistry between them but it was a fun scene all the same, Chloe taking the facial like a professional.
Scene Four: Cyle Cuvee, a very cute brunette seen in the previous scene for a moment or twelve, was then up last in her own scene with Alex Gonz, the lady following the formula in the scene shot on 3/27/2008. Skow loved her ass especially well, her Texas body built for speed over comfort. She hailed from Dallas and seemed a bit more levelheaded than the others, taking her time to show off her body and cater to the director's whims. Her ass was nice to look at and her legs appealing too; the gal offering up a package suitable for ending the show. There was the usual solo, vaginal, oral, and other sex acts to speak off but what some later reviewers might miss is the way she connected throughout the scene; her personality showing why she was a superior choice to most of the others. She was not the most experienced or the most active at riding but she was definitely one to look for in the future. The ending facial and post coital hummer helped make her an "all star" according to Skow; perhaps she will get more scenes as a result of this one.
Summary: Brand New Faces 17 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 like so many titles that Vivid sits on for years as part of their marketing approach, Brand New Faces 17 was part of the disturbing trend to hold off on releasing the scenes, from what I gather due to the multitude of material Skow has shot ahead of schedule. Whatever the reality of the marketing claim though, all five 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.
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