Cast: Daisy Strong, Alex Gonz, Taylor Woods, Trent Tesoro, Shayne Rider, Voodoo, Daisy Belle, Kristie Creame
Length: 221:04 minutes
Dates of Production: 5/24/2008, 5/29/2008, 6/11/2008, 7/10/2008
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 25 was presented in the same 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color it was shot in by director B. Skow for Vivid 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 3.3 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.
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Body of Review: B. Skow has led the revitalization of Vivid with his directorial efforts such as Brand New Faces 25. This time, the selection of five scenes focused on regular gals that were new to boning on camera, each having a different background, a few even fairly new to cock altogether. As expected, the lengthy showing showcased the ladies in such a manner that allowed them to explore an adult career with established meat puppets, most of them several steps above the mopes you tend to find initiating newcomers at other companies. As a fan of the ladies myself, I have to admit that the ladies included some that looked too worn for my tastes and some gals that were hardly new to fucking given their levels of enthusiasm but it was a decent volume when taken as a whole. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Daisy Strong, the cute brunette featured on the lower right hand corner of the front cover, was up first and her initial claim to fame was her sister being Delilah Strong (a popular gal that has since left porn). As expected, she followed the formulaic proceeding and teased the director, undressed, signed her contract, and then masturbated before going to the bedroom to meet Alex Gonz. From the beginning, it seemed as though her sister might have taught her a few things, Skow verbally receptive to her ideas even if she seemed a bit apprehensive at times. Alex has been one of the stronger males to work in the series and that helped too, the oral by both of them solid enough to suggest they were not newcomers to getting someone off. She was clean shaven and a bit on the fleshy side, the kind of gal that many of us can identify with though it should be mentioned that she got juicy quickly when fingered. She did some moderately active vaginal riding and a lot of taste testing, receiving his wad of genetic juice to her face when he jerked off. She showed some potential and had a good time, the company website describing the scene like this: "Daisy may have gotten canned from doing data entry at Walgreens but her claim to fame is that her sis Delilah Strong is a sexy porn hottie too. Daisy goes after Alex's prick and bathes his shaft before he ravages her muffin to get it even wetter. He slams her slit in cowgirl and dominates her in doggy while fingering her tight ass. Watch her XXX skills during a sexy and happy post-jizz cock cleanup." 5/24/2008
Scene Two: Taylor Woods, the blond featured on the front cover from an Ohio village, was up next to show off her big breasts and spotted legs. She was also clean shaven but looked a bit worn to me given the marks on her legs, the also-fleshy chick happy to be working with Skow. She was more open than most to the whole process and appeared to get off masturbating, unfortunately stuck working in bed with moper Trent Tesoro for her first scene. The oral showed her skilful tongue work and hand to gland abilities, the vaginal penetration not nearly as active in some positions as others. I got the initial impression that she was no stranger to a cock in her mouth, placing ads in Craigslist, or working a crowd for customers but she did not look like a swallower as stated when she took the facial to her mouth and wiped most of it away, the company website describing the scene like this: "Taylor is a natural 34D country girl from Ohio who's a stripper back home and also a nursing assistant. She loves having her hair pulled and her curvy ass spanked when being hammered from behind. She eagerly takes all of Trent's meat balls deep and Trent's fierce fingering causes her to squirt for the first time ever. Her huge cans bounce wildly when she's nailed in cowgirl. Scope out how much Taylor loves Trent's cum." 5/29/2008
Scene Three: Shayne Rider, the cute young redhead seen on the upper middle of the front cover was up next with Voodoo. She followed the usual routine, initially wearing a blue plaid dress too short to cover her sweet little ass as her thong rode up her ass crack. Skow felt her up and noticed her pretty eyes, her girl-next-door look appealing even to a jaded writer like me. While too lean for my tastes, she was definitely an exhibitionist and loved showing off, showing no reticence whatsoever as she followed Skow's lead in what to do. The solo portion of the scene was too short this time but she seemed talented orally and liked working with Voodoo's big pecker. Sadly, he was too large for her to easily handle, the additional challenge proving too much for the "serial monogamist" but as the scene progressed she did get better. He felt her asshole as they screwed in several positions and she reminded me of Shy Love when taking the facial in her mouth. The company website described it like this: "Shayne is a foxy redhead from Jersey that came to California for modeling but her good friend, XXX babe Randi Wright, hooked her up in adult. Shayne is crazy horny throughout, begging Voodoo to hammer her sweet pussy forcing her to cum at least three times! She's addicted to his long tool trying to shove as much as she can down her wet mouth. She begs him for one more thing...watch now to find out!" 6/11/2008
Scene Four: Daisy Belle, a thicker cutie seen on the lower left hand corner of the front cover, was up next as she lucked out with partner Voodoo. The lengthy interview, solo work, and admission of alcohol impacting her level of friendliness was amusing, her perky nature very much unlike the female domination flicks I recall her making for another company after this one was shot. Ladies with some hip to them always appeal and she was no different in that regard, displaying a degree of positive attitude that worked to make her stand out from most of the others. I also liked her lengthy hair and goofy, infectious smiling, that ass of hers practically begging for some attention. The opening went well and she established that she had potential, Voodoo spending some time savoring her flavorful pussy during the oral before she reciprocated. There was little doubt that she was familiar with blowing men but she was another that seemed a bit off during some of the vaginal penetration acts, inconsistently active though showing some chemistry for working with the man. I really liked her she jerked him off to completion though, hitting her face and spraying the room before some post coital head ended it. The company described the scene like this: "Daisy is a 22-year-old redheaded stunner who's worked at Disneyland and said the sexual tension between employees is insane. Voodoo uses his expert fingers and mouth on her shaved slit and she cums in barely a couple minutes. In cowgirl, her huge ass bucks strong on his sausage while she cums again and stains his shaft with more honey. When Voodoo blows his wad...well just watch how eager and jizz-hungry Daisy is!" 7/10/2008
Scene Five: Kristie Creame, the surfer gal seen on the upper right hand corner of the cover, was up last as she interviewed with the director, this being yet another young lady that never made a big career of porn (at least under this name) when she tried to launch herself in the industry a few years ago. The lean young Californian was wearing a sport shirt and short blue jean skirt, Skow giving her some of the obligatory squeezes before she started disrobing. The bleach blond had some girl next door appeal too, her pretty eyes best when she wasn't avoiding looking at the camera. While she wasn't big on the solo work, she seemed like the kind of open minded woman you might meet at a local bar, maybe not one to search out in porn but certainly fuckable after a few drinks. She also worked with Voodoo, the man taking his time warming her up in a 69 after she slobbed his knob a moment. She was an immediately active vaginal rider too, pumping away and doing some taste testing between positions. There wasn't much chemistry but the energy levels were okay, Voodoo jerking off to her face before it closed out. The website described it like this: "Kristie is an 18-year-old with an impressively perfect 34C rack. Right now she works as a secretary but with tits like these her 2-week notice is coming. She goes quickly for Voodoo's hard log and feasts on his shaft like she's never blown bone before. With Voodoo plowing her pink she yells out as her body shakes and quakes. Kristie creams on his hammer again in spoon before a facial ends with...check it out now!" 7/10/2008
Summary: Brand New Faces 25 by director B. Skow for Vivid was more uneven than most of the previous volumes in the series but for fans of female newcomers, it definitely showed enough promise, strokability, and replay value to merit a rating of Recommended or better. Skow is still the leader of the pack when it comes to shooting newcomers these days and his willingness to go the extra mile is always appreciated. In short then, Brand New Faces 25 was another non-specialty volume for fans to enjoy, this time focusing on older scenes but showcasing some very appealing young ladies, even if none of them made it "big" in terms of a porn career.
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