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Brand New Faces #26

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 7/22/10

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

click screen captures below for trailers AND interviews (performer specific)

Brand New Faces 26


Genre: Newcomers, Gonzo

Director: B. Skow

Cast: Scarlett Dream, Voodoo, Dani Jensen, Alex Gonz, Amia Moretti/Miley, James Deen, Ally Kay, Jerry, Codi Carmichael

Length: 237:28 minutes


Dates of Production: 5/23/2008, 6/13/2008, 12/9/2008, 7/13/2009, 9/20/2008

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).


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Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Brand New Faces 26 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 3.2 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 led the revitalization of Vivid with his directorial efforts such as Brand New Faces 26. 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. With cute women like Codi Carmichael, Dani Jensen, Scarlett Dream, Ally Kay, and Amia Moretti (later known as Amia Miley), I knew this would be a winner. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested but this time, I'm just going to link to the individual trailers and interviews, noting that all the ladies seemed to offer something worth watching, the oral and vaginal sex remarkably similar in each case:


Scene One: Scarlett Dream, Voodoo, The company website had this to say about Scarlett: "Scarlett is a 20 year-old walking wet dream that worked as an accountant and stripper in North Carolina. She's been with a lot of one-night stands but was drooling over the monster cock Voodoo packed. Her platinum head bobbed on his pole even though her mouth barely covered it. His huge tool plowed her snug snatch with major force but check out how she won't let go of it after getting sprayed with splooge." 5/23/2008


Scene Two: Dani Jensen, Alex Gonz, Dani was described by the company like this: "Dani is a 20-year-old fiery redhead from the O.C. who's fucked her guy in front of people getting off on her getting caught! Alex puts her body under siege by flicking her clit with his quick tongue. After bathing his bone with her sweet mouth he nails her in cowgirl as her sweet ass bounces like crazy. She cums hard and loud during spooning but the way she cleans up his jizz is world-class XXX!" 6/13/2008


Scene Three: Amia Moretti/Miley, James Deen, The company described this one as following: "Amia is barely 18 and has been with 7 guys! Her small, tight lil' bod gets insanely wet when James destroys her box with hard driving slams. Amia cums at least once and can't even stand when his cock slips out of her soaked slit. She gags on his tool and spends the whole time in a wild fuck mode that causes her to do something she said she wouldn't do! Find out what IT is!" 12/9/2008


Scene Four: Ally Kay, Jerry, The company described her like this: "Ally is a sweetie from New Jersey who turned 18 earlier this year. She instantly goes for Jerry's rigid rod and packs as much beef in her mouth as possible. Jerry then savors her sweet pussy before jamming it strong in spoon and doggie. She takes every inch deep in cowgirl while her tight and tanned bod thrusts in delight. Jerry pounds her from on top before...watch now and find out where he blasts his cum." 7/13/2009


Scene Five: Codi Carmichael, Alex Gonz The company had this to say about Codi: "With a mega rack and ass to drool over, 21-year-old Codi claims Jenna Jameson as one of her idols. We didn't realize this would be one of BNF's most scorching scenes ever! Her mouth is fiercely fucked by Alex and as messy as it gets she wants even more. When getting pounded in her tight slot she licks her nipples to make things hotter. The ending is insanely hot and can't be missed!" 9/20/2008


Summary: Brand New Faces 26 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 26 was another non-specialty volume for fans to enjoy, this time focusing on older scenes but showcasing some very appealing young ladies, even if only a few made more than a handful of scenes during their porn career. I've said it before and I'll say it again, most fans would be well served just joining the website, downloading all the relevant scenes, and if the director starts actively shooting again on a more regular basis, rejoin periodically but there were a lot of reasons why fans of newcomers should give this series, and website, a look.


You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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