Cast: Miako, Chris Johnson, Heather Havok, Voodoo, Yuki Mori, Jerry, Lisa, Jackie Lin
Length: 229:22 minutes
Date of Production: 3/22/2008 (box cover); 3/8/2008, 4/15/2008, 8/11/2008, 9/6/2008, 1/22/2009 (the scenes, in order)
Extras: After starting off with some spam (with cute Sunny Leone and others hawking the company's stuff), the rest of the extras provided little stroke value. 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.
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Audio/Video Quality: Brand New Faces 18 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 at every turn as possible. The fleshtones were accurate this time and the DVD mastering was well done (in a bitrate hovering around 4.0 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.
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 18; a movie dedicated to showcasing four lovely young Asian ladies in their first scenes for porn and the sequel to the popular Brand New Faces 17 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 again 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. This volume was special because it was dedicated to Asian gals, fans wanting to see the latest ladies with that slant (pun intended) need look no further. 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: Miako, a skinny Asian gal with minimal English language skills, was up first this time, the 25 year old appealing to the director thanks to her inverted nipples. The scene was shot last year and she worked with Chris Johnson, the scene credited as being done on 3/8/2008. She did a web scene with a toy before but no full sex and this marked itself as one of the few times when the pledge was a bit shaky. The scene followed the usual dynamic with the signing of the contract, the tease session, and the masturbation before she had oral and vaginal sex with Chris. The company website described the married gal's scene like this: "Miako has one of the tightest pussies ever on BNF. This Filipina sex kitten barely knew how to play with herself before coming to the U.S. only 2 years ago! She now lives in Ohio which is where she learned how to worship dick. She gags on her hunk's thick tool with a smile before getting drilled and filled. When Miako gets wet, her snatch clamps down hard and her man's balls get ready to explode. Don't miss out on what she does after her messy facial!" She was an active rider and moper Chris was not much of a challenge but some of you will like how sloppy the hummer was and how well she took the facial of genetic juice (pretty well in fact).
Scene Two: Heather Havok, the gal featured on the center of the cover with glasses on, was the next performer as the 20 year old student was pushed to text her friend about mythical 12" cocks. Heather was a bit less shy than Miako, establishing a rapport with Skow almost immediately. She followed the general plan of the series and appreciated Skow's love of her lean form, her ass one of her best assets as far as I was concerned. Her all natural body and studious look made for an appealing combination, her nipples poking through her shirt since she wasn't wearing a bra. While new to porn, she showed some aptitude for the tease, the nursing student claiming to have a 3.8 GPA. The sexy gal then had sex with Voodoo, the scene shot last year on 4/15/2008. Heather was not skilled enough to suck much of his cock but both gave lots of oral to each other before the vaginal plowing took place in several positions, a moderate sized load of population pudding gracing her face by the end of the scene. The company website described the scene like this: "This 5'3 Dean's List cutie from West Virginia admitted to banging a teacher. Her grades may not be kosher but her cocksucking skills are A+. She happily tongues every inch of Voodoo's pud before he fills and drills her sizzling box with authority. Heather's ride on his rod was intense as her tight snatch clamped down strong with her perfect ass slapping his sac. Scope out how strong a load Voodoo nails her face with."
Scene Three: Yuki Mori, the brunette seen on the upper left hand corner of the cover, was up next, the 22 year old gal from Japan stuck working with Jerry in the scene shot on 8/11/2008. She was too lean for my tastes but managed to show some chemistry with the guy as she followed the formulaic method the scenes are shot for the series. When I heard she fucked less than ten guys in Japan, I figured she must've done those ten a bunch of times given how well she took on Jerry, pushing back to meet his thrusts and aggressively slobbing his knob like a seasoned professional. His pecker seemed too large for her but she took it in stride, handling the vaginal penetration better than the blowjob, the facial of semen handled fairly well once more. The company website said it like this: "Merry XXXmas BNF fans! Our shoot with 22-year-old Yuki straight from Japan is filled with firsts: her first time ever masturbating and first time ever with an American guy. When Jerry digs his face between her legs she squeals in delight. When on top, Yuki's cream drips out of her tight pink slot. After Jerry pounds her one last time in mish watch how happy she is to get a huge facial."
Scene Four: Lisa, t5he 37 year old brunette seen on the upper right hand corner of the cover, was next as she posed in her sleek black dress. Her ass was not as pronounced but her breasts were bigger than usual thanks to modern medical science, giving Voodoo something to hold onto when this was shot back on 9/6/2008. She was another better at actively riding a cock in her pussy than the blowjob, owing as much to his size as her skill level (I got the impression that she had been making money via sex for some time now). The ending pop shot of sperm landed mostly on her abdomen this time, the gal fending off the load as it went towards her face (in her eye per Lisa), Skow showing an admittedly negative reaction when she reached out to touch him with her semen soaked hands, his photography of the pile driver portion the weakest I've seen in a long time due in large part to her implants looking horrible. The website said it like this: "Lisa is the perfect Asian MILF with a body to drool over and a playfully sexy attitude. She loves partying and getting fucked and says younger guys have more balls than older ones. Voodoo plunges his tube deep inside her tiny pussy and her muscles clamp down hard. Lisa is just as aggressive showing how forceful she is fucking back on Voodoo's cock in doggy. After a severe pile driver bang, Voodoo explodes on her trim tummy."
Scene Five: Jackie Lin, a very cute 32 year old, was up last in her black dress, her law network background not impacted because of her cool boss. Once the interview and tease were over, she was paired off with Chris Johnson, the scene just shot on 1/22/2009. Like many Asians in the jizz biz, she was older than she looked, the lack of mileage appealing to me even though she had implants that looked second tier in terms of quality. Skow found her adorable and her thong rode her ass as she gave him a show, the masturbation sequence limited but fun to enjoy as well. While she was a little slow to warm at times, Jackie was a bundle of energy most of the time, the sex seemingly among the shortest of the show since she was too tight for Chris to handle. The website said this of the scene: "Jackie is a MILF spinner from Virginia that's relocated to L.A. She works for a law network but wants XXX to be her main gig. Her need for dick is large as she packs every inch of Chris' beef into her tiny mouth. Her small yet juicy pussy is drilled and filled while her loud moans fill the room. She loves getting her hair pulled in doggy but check out where Chris unloads his wad!"
Summary: Brand New Faces 18 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 18 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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