Date of Production: 4/26/2008 (box cover); 4/26/2008, 4/28/2008, 5/17/2008, 5/19/2008, 5/21/2008 (the individual scenes)
Extras: The only real extras were the photogallery and four trailers, some spam and "positions menu" material included for those that care. In most releases, the lack of a BTS or better extras would hurt but Skow decided that providing more sexual material showcasing the ladies would be preferred by straight men watching the series, refusing to cater to zipper heads demanding even more (very few titles approach as much quality fuck for the buck, none of them offering a contract to refund money if a scene isn't the first so I'll take a 4+ hour showing over a couple of minutes of makeup being put on as a sign the company listens to people).
Audio/Video Quality: Brand New Faces #23 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 in 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, including this one as shot in 1080i/60 high definition two years ago, though presented in the SD format. 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 their sexuality. The composition of the camera angles and lighting were almost always optimal, Skow seeing fit to try and enhance the look of the ladies at every turn as possible, the director editing the raw footage in a hands-off manner (which worked for me). The fleshtones were accurate too and the DVD mastering was well done (the bitrate hovering around 3.8 Mbps), making it a mixed bag in terms of visual quality; leaning towards above average though the company watermark will be bothersome to many out there. The up side of things is that there was so much footage on the dual layer disc, only the dorkiest of losers would fuss about the minimal tradeoffs made to achieve the 4+ hours of sex versus the best possible picture. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English (in 256 Kbps with a 48 kHz sampling rate) offering with the vocals sounding flat and the music pretty decent. The aural qualities of the movie appeared to offer some separation and increased dynamic range, the vocals easily heard and mixed in with the ambient noises.
Body of Review: B. Skow has been the tour-de-force director at Vivid Entertainment in recent years able to revolutionize the company like no one else has during his tenor. The result has been better showcasing of contract performers in lengthier scenes that provide more fuck for the buck than anything else in the company's history. The decision to branch out into web-to-DVD titles has also allowed the company to utilize his talents for a specialty series centering on all newcomers, not a single one having been in porn prior to the production date listed (the company even providing a written guarantee to that effect that few have questioned, those being proven wrong in their accusations). The latest volume of the show is Brand New Faces #23 and while the scenes have seasoned on the company website dedicated to the series, I could not remember a single one of the ladies having been listed in a production with an earlier shooting date, the end result being fans should be happy with it. Of note this time was that several of the ladies appeared to really enjoy working with their scene partners, more care to elevate the quality of men taken to upgrade the effort as far as I was concerned. This has been the only newcomer series hitting the double digits that I find consistently worth picking up, only the lamest of critics able to find fault with the show as it provides over four hours of original material for your viewing pleasure. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Brooke Bennett, a 21 year old gal from Las Vegas (as seen on the upper right hand corner of the front cover), was up first by following the formula with Alex Gonz. The interview gave some indication of her outgoing personality and while she was not going to win the title of Miss Congeniality, her shapely ass looking most fetching. She showcased her all natural body and masturbated for the director, his aural coaxing getting her to enjoy the action even more. This led to her getting on the bed with Alex, the freckle faced lady kissing him before he caressed and ate her out at length. She reciprocated with a blowjob that showed she was no beginner to oral sex, the gal modestly actively riding his cock in her pussy for a variety of positions (with some taste testing). It ended when she jerked him off to completion inside of her mouth, the stream of genetic juice to her liking even if she did not swallow. The company website described the scene like this: "Even though Brooke is 21 she's been with her boyfriend since 9th grade. He gets off watching her fuck his friends and her vice versa. She's a tiny gal with a big ass made for getting smacked. Alex crams his cock inside her snug snatch and her moaning gets louder with every slam. Brooke craves and devours the taste of her syrup off Alex's bone. Go now and watch how much Brooke loves cum in her mouth."
Scene Two: Rosie Thorn, the 20 year old gal seen on the lower right corner of the cover (not the one holding the contract), was up next from Texas with Jerry. She will appeal to the guys that like small women and came off as a natural during the interview and solo session. Her hairy pussy was too bushy for me but she was natural and liked sucking cock after the solo act. Granted, she only took in the tip, using her hand to moderate how much he pushed inside her mouth, but she smiled and liked his tongue on her twat too. That led to some passive pounding of the pussy, Jerry too large for her to easily accommodate, the taste testing following the same dynamic as usual. The scene ended when he rubbed one out to her surprised face, the population pudding catching her off guard. The website suggested this of the gal: "This 20 year-old Latina from San Antonio is breaking her porn cherry behind her boyfriend's back. He's the only guy she's been with so she's looking for more and bigger dicks. She sucks and strokes Jerry's joint getting him mega hard before he tongues and fingers her bushy box. Her snug slit grabs hold of his tool during her cowgirl ride making him even stiffer. Watch now how she handles Jerry's cum jets."
Scene Three: Aryan Astyn, the curvy 26 year old blond seen on the upper left hand corner of the cover, was up next and bleach blond or not, she seemed to be cut from a different cloth. Her implants looked tasty and her ass was sweet, the gal exuding a degree of fun factor most in the series would be proud to call their own. She was clean shaven and liked to show off, her solo act quickly leading to her banging Nick Manning, the guy using his usual characterization (including the "dropping loads") to impress the unwashed. Of note, he worked her using his fingers and tongue to get her off perhaps twice, the juices freely flowing by the time she slobbed his knob. The gal then gave an active ride vaginally, the taste testing punctuating her appeal, the guy jerking out a large load of spew to her face that she continually licked up. The website said this of the matter: "Aryan has a female roomie that she's made out with and rubbed pussies with. Made easier by the fact Aryan likes to walk around constantly nude. Her and her full C's are power fucked by Nick and his rock hard rod. It's a sweaty bang throughout as her snapper is drilled and filled balls deep. She craves cleaning her juices off his joint but watch what else she does after his heaping facial."
Scene Four: Capri Cavelli, the young lady featured on the front cover, was up next as the 26 year old professed to be from Canada (Skow suggested she might be from Texas). She had a large set of tits and seemed at home with a metrosexual manner in her private life, suggesting she milked men dry with her breasts as much as her mouth or pussy. As with the others, she signed her contract and the 105 pound woman followed the generic formula, taking off her shirt and shorts to excite the director. To me, she looked like she could be related to Kelly Divine, her porno ass not quite as large but appealing all the same. Her pink panties removed, she diddled herself before getting busy with studly Marco Banderas, the top flight stud upgrading the action considerably over the second tier mopes usually found in the series. Both of them savored the oral action but wanted to get humping, trying various positions to find the right ones as the excited lady got her freak on with him. They also shared some chemistry together, the gal really cranking up her appeal this time, engaging in taste testing and zoning into her happy place before he unleashed his seed into her mouth. The website described it like this: "This hard body vet hospital manager from Vancouver has recently started entering Canadian bikini competitions. This tiny girl with big knockers doesn't have one boyfriend she has several. Capri rubs her pussy constantly especially when Marco slams the fuck out of her snug slot. She's so excited by it there's one part where her syrup is dripping from her clit. Check out how hard Marco plugs her before he unloads."
Scene Five: Charisma, the black haired lady seen holding the contract on the lower right corner or on the middle of the left side, was up last as the 22 year old teased with her curvy body. Her ass was amazing and she gave off additional appeal as the Floridian stripper went to work. She knew how to showcase her figure and her pretty face looked fetching, the only drawback of the scene being how she was stuck working with third tier moper Tony DeSergio. She had fun masturbating with a small pocket rocket styled vibrator, her shaven snatch allowing Tony easy access as he ate and fingered her. She seemed slightly reticent about putting his pecker in her mouth, not unusual in the least considering the guy, but plowed through to provide a strokable scene all the same. She worked the camera as much as him too, knowing her true audience would understand what she was stuck with. The scene finished up when she jerked him off to completion, his nut hitting her face and the lady providing post coital head. The website said this of the scene: "Charisma is a busty brunette cutie that's 21 and has only fucked two other guys but has blown seven others. She's a stripper from Florida who came the second day after her clit was pierced while driving on a bumpy road. Pony-tailed Tony uses his huge beef to widen her peach even further. His relentless and high-energy strokes keep her hot and wet. Watch the eager thank you she gives him after blowing his wad."
Summary: Brand New Faces #23 by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment was an upgrade from some previous efforts for me due to the large amounts of fuck for the buck, the quality of the ladies, and the manner in which most of them proved to be having a great time so I gave the 4+ hour extravaganza a rating of Highly Recommended. For me at5 least, the idea that Skow could cultivate newcomers into providing such typically solid performances is indicative of his skill as a director so Brand New Faces #23 certainly earned a place in my collection. This is a no brainer for anyone into seeing newcomers giving their first performances, Skow allowing them plenty of space to experiment and showcase why they should be in porn. Nice work!
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