Cast: Holly, Jerry, Jen Teal, Voodoo, Jessica Young, Marco Banderas, Nikki, James Deen, Vanessa, Alex Gonz
Length: 244:37 minutes
Date of Production: 4/5/2008 (box cover); 4/25/2008, 4/5/2008, 5/4/2008, 4/26/2008, and 4/12/2008 listed as the dates of production for the individual scenes
Extras: The only extras this time were a photogallery, some trailers, and spam, those nasty marketing people leaving off the BTS, bonus facials, and positions menu figuring you'd be happy with a mere 4+ hours of actual content (what nerve!) when most companies offer less than half that. ;)
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Audio/Video Quality: Brand New Faces 22 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 480 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 2.8 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. On a positive note, the series has lost that annoying watermark so it is clear that Vivid is listening to consumer complaints. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English (in an upgraded 256 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 continuation of his popular series of lengthy scenes called Brand New Faces 22; a movie dedicated to showcasing some lovely young ladies in their first scenes for porn; the emphasis this time not centering on any given niche. 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: Holly, a curvy blond spotted on the upper right hand corner of the cover, was up first in a scene shot with Jerry on 4/25/2008. She was very nervous and Skow gave her a lot of encouragement, the gal signing the pledge before following the usual formula of tease, masturbation, and the straight scene with her stated partner. She liked to fuck and was wearing no underwear, Jerry going down on her before she slobbed his knob with a modicum of talent. It took her a long time to get active during the vaginal screwing, her best work being on top of his lap. There was taste testing and he unleashed his load of genetic juice on her chest, Holly providing some post coital head as Jerry caressed her leg.
Scene Two: Jen Teal, a brunette with a few extra pounds and lack of imagination when it comes to thinking up a "new" porn name, was up next in the studio, Skow mentioning the name issue to the nervous young lady. She had a down home look and fleshy ass, seemingly appreciating how the director encouraged her to diddle herself before blowing Voodoo in the next room on 4/5/2008. Jen showed a modest set of sexual skills akin to a starting escort on Craigslist, clearly having had some cocks in her mouth but not ever having been trained to milk them dry as best she possibly could. She focused on the head of his pecker instead and gained a reputation for weak oral, her passive vaginal riding skills not truly telling the world she would be any good in the industry. It ended when Voodoo bust a nut of population pudding on her kisser but she seemed out of place so the "original" Jenteal should be safe regarding this imposter.
Scene Three: Jessica Young, an outgoing gal seen on the upper left hand corner of the cover, was then up to the plate, touching herself since she was so excited at the prospect of working for Skow in porn. While slightly nervous, she also gave the impression that she was no stranger to sexual encounters, teasing and masturbating before showing a LOT of interest in working with studly Marco Banderas in the scene shot on 5/4/2008 (the lady having turned 18 the previous August). She made me a believer that she was a career dancer on Broadway (as a child), easing into her new role of vixen given her hots for Marco. He held her close while kissing her seductively, caressing her body to warm her up though she sped the scene up by stripping off his pants and underwear to start blowing him. She worked it for the camera too much for my liking but it was not a bad show at all, their personal chemistry such that she poured extra energy into the act. Marco gave her some head too but both of them had an itch to scratch and they were impaling each other vaginally in no time (in several positions), the gal so actively getting into the penetrative acts that I'd like to see her work some more even though she was too lean for my tastes. The final nut of the scene came when he jerked off to her crotch, the gal laughing at getting paid for so much fun.
Scene Four: Nikki, the large busted bleach blond featured on the front cover, was up next as Skow admonished her for chewing gum. She had a polished demeanor going for her, coming off as tight lipped but no stranger to sex for pay activities. She was perhaps the thickest of the pack this volume, her chest a focal point for the director though her ass was at least as appealing to this critic. She was cleanly shaven and her black dress did little to cover her up, her tan glistening before she revealed her tits were fake. Skow thought they were the softest he had ever felt and she went through the motions decently enough, teasing, bantering with the director, and then masturbating before doing James Deen on 4/26/2008. James went down on her readily enough and she gave him a short hummer in return, the vaginal positions not active enough for me but showing some potential given her need for seed. She finished him off by blowing him to near-completion, a titty fuck and last bout of boning eliciting the wad of spunk from his cock onto her chest, next, and a drop in her eye.
Scene Five: Vanessa, a cute gal with pretty eyes and bright smile as seen on the upper left hand side of the cover (second down beneath Jessica), was up last with Alex Gonz in a scene shot back on 4/12/2008. She was nervous but looked familiar, her tiny body too small for the implants she possessed. Vanessa laughed the entire time it seems and followed the usual formula, Alex showing her the ropes once it came time for him to get busy with her in the bedroom. He ate her ass and pussy first, her moans driving him to tongue her holes deeper. She then dropped to her knees to slob his knob better than almost any of her peers in the show, moving to a series of fairly active vaginal penetrations (with taste testing) before the eventual mouth pop.
Summary: Brand New Faces 22 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 22 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. I only wish that the DVD releases of these scenes was closer to their shoot dates since it brings the nuts out of the wood works complaining that the ladies could have worked elsewhere first. Oh, and if you were going to buy the 4+ hour DVD based solely on the listed extras on the cover, be aware that there was no BTS, bonus facials, or a position room so you'll have to settle for a really lengthy set of scenes by brand new girls instead...lol
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