Cast: Erin Shadows, Voodoo, Haylie Sweet, Mick Blue, Armani St. James, Tony DeSergio, Ami Jordan, James Deen, Misty Rivers
Length: 228:09 minutes
Date of Production: 8/6/2008 (box cover); 8/6/2008, 9/7/2008, 9/19/2008, 12/2/2008, and 3/12/2009 listed as the dates of production for the individual scenes
Extras: The only decent extra this time was a montage of edited clips from previous scenes lasting 16:08 minutes, including Bridgette B from BNF #10, Melanie from BNF #20, Oklahoma from BNF #4, Ruby Rider from BNF #1, and Scarlett Ash from BNF #8. The rest of the extras provided little stroke value starting off with some spam (with cute Sunny Leone hawking the company's stuff), 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 21 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 3.2 Mbps), making it a slightly mixed bag in terms of visual quality; leaning towards above average and showing some additional grain compared to the earliest volumes in the series. 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.
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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 continuation of his popular series of lengthy scenes called Brand New Faces 21; a movie dedicated to showcasing some lovely young ladies in their first scenes for porn; the emphasis this time being on blondes that were all natural. 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. Again 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. 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: Erin Shadows, a cute blond with nice curves from Florida was up first, following the formula where she introduces herself before ending up in bed with Voodoo. She was youthful and energetic, her mouth no stranger to giving a blowjob, and her vaginal penetration act a bit passive at times. There wasn't a lot of chemistry between them but it was still worth checking out, Erin enjoying his wad of genetic juice as she looked into the camera. The company spoke of her scene like this: "Erin is a busty 19-year-old from Florida who works as a trainer for a restaurant chain. She's so horny that she once fucked her ex 25 times in a day! When Voodoo slides his bone inside Erin's face is in total ecstasy. He abuses her box with constant pumps causing her moans to go even louder and pleas of "Fuck me" fill the room. Her eager swallow of Voodoo's splooge proves she's a keeper!" 8/6/2008
Scene Two: Haylie Sweet, a very cute blond that reminded me of Lacie Heart, was up next eschewing the benefits of lesbian love, ending up walking on the wild side with studly Mick Blue once her interview and solo scene was finished. The gal proved to be as wet as she claimed, her appreciation for cock established as she milked his nut of population pudding in a modestly active ride, her all natural curves not used to a man pounding deep inside her before she took the facial. The company website described her like this: "Haylie is a 20-year-old blonde from Houston who's cock-crazy and loves hard, rough fucking, like when Mick bones her mouth with both hands on her head. Her pussy is nicknamed Aquafina because it's always wet and tastes like water. She begs and pleads with Mick to nail her harder throughout as her tight snatch is battered by his meaty tool. When he unloads it's Haylie's first time for...go now and check it out!" 9/7/2008
Scene Three: Armani St. James, a girl next door blond with perfect teeth and blue eyes, was up next as she took care of moper Tony DeSergio. This was the only scene that the company website screwed up on, the trailers and verbage going to Ericka Heart instead, but she was outgoing and vivacious, showing some of the fun factor she has shown in the various scenes that I've watched her in over the last year or so (she might be the first gal causing a refund here by the way). In any case, she preferred cock over pussy and Skow seemed to adore her, the gal knowing more than a little about teasing men as she plied her trade (she had been a stripper in St. Louis for four years). The gal then did some solo work before going into the next room for the B/G act, Tony diddling her before she reciprocated with a fair to middling hummer. She was often passive during the vaginal plowing she took and Tony wasn't much help with his minimal pop shot but it was not a terrible scene all the same. 9/19/2008
Scene Four: Ami Jordan, the blond with dark hair underneath from Tennessee featured on the front cover, was up next as she admitted to showing her tits off online, Skow amazed that she had not done a whole lot more since she was just out of school. The fleshy gal admitted to having only fucked three guys in her 18 years, lucking out by scoring James Deen for number four. She was not a bad lay here and seemed in tune with giving a blowjob, needing to become more active her only true failing. The scene closed out when he jizzed in and around her mouth, the sweaty couple ready to try yet again for a third pop as she slobbed his knob clean. The company website spoke of her like this: "Ami is 18 and from Tennessee and isn't shy showing off her massive DD rack since she's been on webcams before. She plays with a new vibrator to get her pussy even wetter. James Deen fingers her juicy clit before she gobbles every inch of his thick cock. Once he takes control dirty talk makes her wild and the strong banging causes at least 2 cums. Check out how she cleans up James' jizz and joint." 12/2/2008
Scene Five: Misty Rivers, an 18 year old with light hair and a nervous laugh, was up last as she took care of James Deen once the preliminaries were over. Her chest wasn't big but it was natural, James finding much to like even before he ate her and she reciprocated on the bed. Fans may like her even more than usual since she did some passive anal here, but I found her oral skills to be the best part of her tryst with the guy. That is also ended with her blowing him to completion sure didn't hurt either though, meriting some additional attention. The website described her like this: "Misty is a wild 18-year-old nympho. She's given lots of cell phone pix to boyfriends of her playing with her tight creamy pussy in the bathroom. She shows off major deep throat skills by taking James' bone to his balls without gagging. After begging for more dick in her mouth Misty slides her tight ass down on his raging tool. Watch how eager she is to take a massive load and swallow the rest." 3/12/2009
Summary: Brand New Faces 21 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 21 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 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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