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Perfect Match

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 4/10/08

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Briana Banks!  (click for trailer)

Perfect Match

Vivid/Red Light District

Flower Tucci!

Genre: Gonzo

Director: Manuel Ferrara

Briana Banks!

Cast: Briana Banks, Flower Tucci, Manuel Ferrara, John Strong, Mick Blue, Tiffany Rayne, Courtney Simpson, Brianna Love, Rita Faltoyano, Michael Stefano
Non sex role: Jake Malone

Tiffany Rayne!!!, Courtney Simpson, and Manuel Ferrara

Length: 161:57 minutes

Date of Production: 3/14/2006 to 3/15/2006

Briana Banks with Jake Malone

Extras: Almost all of you will like the 48:02 minutes of bonus scenes included in the extras section, one from The Grudge and the other four are described below. They were short compared to the scenes of the movie itself and unrelated aside from some cast members so your mileage may vary considerably but most looked pretty solid. There was also a biography for Briana Banks, a photogallery, a lot of spam (including a bunch at the front you could skip, some trailers, a advertising-only second side to the cover, and the 8:07 minute long Behind the Scenes feature. I liked the BTS the most with Jake Malone having a lot of fun with it, especially given Briana's desire to go back to her gonzo roots (even it there were TWO water marks here, one for each company in the lower corners).

Rita Faltoyano!

Condoms: None

Brianna Love with Briana Banks!

Audio/Video Quality: Perfect Match was presented in 1.33:1 ratio full frame color as shot for DVD by director Manuel Ferrara for both Vivid and Red Light District. I would've greatly preferred the movie to be in anamorphic widescreen (the process adds a lot of detail to the picture on widescreen televisions) but older shot scenes are just going to be in the lesser format (so until the vaults run off of them, expect more of the same). I've noticed that Manuel's older works while at Red Light were often better than his contemporary titles in terms of lighting and visual appeal; losing the team he was supplied with as a contract director having a great impact. Still, the colors were fairly solid and the fleshtones fairly accurate, but the lighting was not the best this time; making the picture look decent. Lighting varied by the scenes and was spottier than previous efforts but still seemed to convey the sense of raw energy fairly well, some scenes taking on a saturated look that could probably be easily fixed in pre-production with the right crew. The amount of grain and video noise was moderate as a result so while it wasn't the best I've seen from Manuel (not even close in fact), it was better than some gonzo productions by weaker directors in the field. There were no compression artifacts noticed during the scenes but the strength of the visuals was how the composition of the shots almost always enhanced the looks or perceived passion of the scenes; usually hovering in the 3 Mbps range. The audio was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital English (in 192 Kbps) with minimal separation between the channels and a standard dynamic range, making it nothing special in this sense but not bad either with the sole exception being that the volume was far too low.

Briana Banks!

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Body of Review: Manuel Ferrara is currently one of my favorite male performers in porn, not because I am into guys but because of the way he gets the most of out his female performers. Having seen quite a few of his movies over the years with him as director, I know the kind of drive and energy he provides from both sides of the camera too, reminding me of an interesting marketing agreement that took place a few years back helmed by the man. The deal was between Vivid and Red Light District to combine the best of both worlds; hot contract performers that would go for the extreme gonzo sexual practices of the then rising star company RLD. Much like Red Light's quartet of excellent James Avalon features, this was a match made with a lot of fans in mind, the cross over potential really high, resulting in Perfect Match. Manuel would be the director and lead male while lovely Briana Banks would be the lady in question, supported by a bunch of other talented performers in a fusion of including a lot of Vivid extras. The back cover said it like this: "The best of Vivid. The best of Red Light. Combined in the marriage that has the adult world spellbound! Watch Briana Banks ravage Manuel, as he takes her anally with an awesome squirt scene and an ATM that will leave you breathless. Watch Briana take a double vag! See the DP to end all DPS! And since this is Red Light, there's an anal in every scene. Beauty meets beast. You will never forget The Perfect Match." Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Scene One: Briana Banks, the blond and curvy babe on the front cover, was up first in a lengthy tease session that had the infamous Jake Malone showing exactly what fans were going to see a lot more of in the movie. Her body was at a stage where the frisky fraulein could embrace her inner whore; her earlier work before the contract showing plenty of potential to get nastier than her contract ever allowed. The sunny day by the pool was the perfect setting for her to give a head's up about what she was going to do, even stuffing her face with her own juices fresh out of her body. The masturbation was a tease only sequence but a nice warm up for what would follow.

Scene Two: Flower Tucci, with dark hair and looking substantially different from her current look, showed her skills were already just fine as she deepthroated the cock of Manuel Ferrara on the couch. She was wearing a leather fetish outfit, jerking him off and blowing him as though driven with a need for seed. Manuel jammed his hand (sans thumb) into her ass, replacing it with his cock as he tore into her backside as she vocally demanded. They continued screwing and sucking with a lot of minor variations (her tossing his salad, some slapping, more dirty talk, etc.) as the active lady bounced on his rod. You would be hard pressed to find a better pair of performers than these two and the heated scene ended when he drenched her face with population pudding; Flower offering a lot of post coital sucking before the scene cut away.

Scene Three: Briana Banks, as part of her ongoing quest to get nasty with the director, took on John Strong, Michael Stefano, and studly Mick Blue as part of a virtual audition to prove herself. She went crazy for cock, sucking all of them off and then letting them into her pussy and ass. Briana did it all in the scene including a double vaginal and regular DP as well as the lady taste testing and showing she could handle being airtight. It was a lengthy scene, far more than any Vivid was providing at the time, so there was a significant ability to show Briana's wanton ways before taking all their loads to her face, laughing about how well she milked their balls dry.

Scene Four: Tiffany Rayne, a personal favorite of mine for her cute face and sweet ass, cheerleader Courtney Simpson, and Manuel Ferrara, were up next on the couch together. Tiffany provided the initial objects of desire for her partners with her perky little breasts and Courtney's tiny ass was then placed on display; the gals making out and blowing him actively as they stripped to their undies. Tiffany then sat on his lucky face as Courtney inhaled his meat pipe, the perfect hotty fingering her ass as Manuel gobbled away. Tiffany climbed onto his cock first for penetration, her active style nicely playing it inside both holes as her ass cheeks shook ever so slightly. Both ladies took turns with him though, orally playing and riding in their holes, Tiffany as the anal princess and Courtney preferring it in the pussy. They ended it by sucking his spew out for the facial, the ladies cumswapping as they licked the semen off one another. Whew!

Scene Five: Brianna Love, Rita Faltoyano, Briana Banks, Michael Stefano, and John Strong, were up next in the living room together. It began with very youthful Brianna blowing Michael and hotty Rita aggressively inhaling John's rod, some kissing included before Brianna was introduced in her striking red mesh outfit. The partners swapped around a bunch but the intention of everyone doing what felt right seemed to be a consistent theme, the camera too intimate much of the time but showing more acts than I could effectively describe in great detail. The ladies did the men and each other, Briana keeping up with Rita as the most active lady in the scene (Briana had not yet even close to her peak performing powers as she has recently shown). Rita did a lot of nasty sex too but the emphasis was almost always on Briana so her fans will appreciate this scene a whole lot too, at least as much as the third scene, perhaps more thanks to the lesbian variations shown before the facials she took.

Scene Six: Briana Banks, having displayed her sexual nastiness and prowess, was finally up last with Manuel Ferrara; wearing only her red fetish boots. She showed she really wanted his cock in her mouth, savoring the taste as she blew him in POV fashion. The camera angle soon went traditional though, Manuel roughing her up as she demanded with some spanking before giving her head. He ate her ass too, leading to her sitting on his cock, doing vaginal first as her pussy lips wrapped around his shaft and he fingered her ass, the enthusiasm and chemistry even better than before. More of his hand went into her ass before his dick replaced it, Briana loudly displaying her love of the action as she begged him to not stop. The sweaty pair continued until she laughed at how much she made him orgasm. Sweet!

Bonus Scene: The American Dream: Flower Tucci, an American anal queen with lots of junk in her trunk, Daphne Rosen, a busty brunette with a seriously depraved attitude, and Jay Huntington were up next in the men's bathroom. Flower pissed standing up at the urinal, proving her "squirting" abilities to be an extension of her powerful bladder control, with Tony getting a bit of a hummer that was interrupted when Jay took over. Okay, I'm not keen on Daphne's implants but at least the gals showed him a good time as they worked him over with a double team method. For his part, Jay was looking more ripped and cut than I think I've ever seen him, the gals seemingly into the body builder physique he was sporting as they felt each other up while blowing him. The techno music was a chore but the penetrative sex was hot, from Daphne's vaginal to Flower's anal, even if the water work show weakened it for me a bit. The gals switched it up a bit and did a lot of taste testing of his cock out of each other but the scene did not look as clear as I expected due largely to the limitations of the location in my opinion. It ended after both gals had all three of their holes ravaged, taking the facial and sharing it as though they were wanting even more.

Bonus Scene: Heat Wave: Courtney Simpson, a lean and flexible cheerleader type from Arizona, was up next in the living room as she teased in the nude; even using a stripper pole before muscular Jay Huntington started orally working her over. The lighting here caused some shadows but the textures weren't bad if a sense of realism was the goal over overt sexuality. She did a split over his face and I have to admit that the camera angles were particularly good for these two. He bent her over the couch and started nailing her hard, moving into a standing 69 as he walked around the room, her getting much more active on top of him. The small stripper pole stage portion of the scene, even poorly lit, was sweet and he blew out his load on her abdomen too. The scene showed the couple displaying heat, chemistry, and a lot of enthusiasm; making it a winner!

Bonus Scene: Layout: Hillary Scott, Brooke Haven, Briana Banks, and the mighty Evan Stone, were up next as part of a porn shoot where the ladies were dressed in costumes indicative of the mainstream movie with Evan as a king getting his pipes cleaned after the ladies saved the day. As a spoof on big budget features as seen from the eyes of a writer, it was funny though the sex itself was well done, despite the condom and all that nasty anal sex that took place. Hillary took to cock better than her two pals (who spent some quality time engaged in lesbian antics) but all of the ladies appeared to appreciate some cock in the scene and Briana gave a much better showing this time. Evan popped on all three of them but it sure took him a long time to rub it out this time.

Bonus Scene: Where the Boys Aren't 18: Briana Banks, the hotty kneeling on the second row in the middle, and lovely Monique Alexander, lying back on the lower left hand corner, were up next in a setting involving large plush pillows on a huge couch. Monique took the early lead as she worked Briana over; rubbing the clitoris and sucking pussy after kissing the gal. This was a decidedly high energy scene with both gals getting into the spirit of the action, elevating the passion and chemistry shared between them more than a little as it continued. Briana did fine when orally working Monique over too, leading to her getting plundered by a large glass dildo ever so slowly. The plastic bracelets and bobbles they wore got in the way but if you like that they kept some clothing on, it was quite an inspirational experience.

Summary: Perfect Match by director Manuel Ferrara for both Vivid and Red Light District was a unique offering in many ways, a production that any fan of Briana Banks should find incredibly appealing. The use of hard core gonzo sensibilities with such a performer would have made a bigger splash closer to the time it was shot but despite some technical limitations and rough edges, I thought the replay value, strokability, and amount of fuck for the buck to be worth at least a Recommended and no less than a "must have" for Briana's fans. In short, Perfect Match really was a perfectly matched set of leads that should consider an updated approach that would allow other contract gals to strut their stuff like this, perhaps with better lighting and camera work, but serving notice that Vivid gals can handle hardcore gonzo and Red Light District can bring the best of them in the process.


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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