Distributor: Vivid Run Time: One hour and 20 minutes Rated: XXX Year of Release: 2001 Director: Justin Sterling Written by: Helmut Newton Cast: Jenna Jameson, Briana Banks, Isabella Plus (as Isabella), Shay Sweet, Erik Everhard, Dick Stolz, Justin Sterling (as Mr. E), Jim Enright
Audio: 5.1 English Dolby Digital Surround, 2.0 English Commentary Subtitles: none Video: Full Screen, 1.33:1 Video Format: NTSC Regional Code: 0 (All) Disc: Single Sided, Single Layered Special Features: Behind the Scenes, Outtakes, Previews, Bonus Footage, Photo Galleries, Justin Sterling & Jenna Jameson Commentary, Fetish Menu, Websites
Essentially an all-sex feature with a slim story about Jenna Jameson seeing shrink Jim Enright.
Briana Loves Jenna is presented in a full screen aspect ratio, 1.33:1, which appears to be the original aspect ratio for the film. The picture for the presentation is decent however does contain some video glitches. Given the year of release, this print should have been crystal clear with no blemishes what-so-ever. The picture is sharp with no artifacts present and the color levels are correctly set.
The available audio track for the film is an aggressive 5.1 English Dolby Digital Surround mix which is surprisingly well done. Especially during the opening credits which makes good use of all the channels except for the LFE channel which I don't think ever got punched. The dialog can always be heard above the music throughout the film. There is also a 2.0 English Commentary track with Justin Sterling and Jenna Jameson that has decent sound levels. No other language tracks and no subtitle options are available.
There are eight chapters available from the main menu for Briana Loves Jenna which allows decent access to the sex scenes in the film. There is a time code for this feature, so time searching is available.
In a change from the past Vivid discs that I have seen, Vivid has actually filled this one with extras that pertain to the feature film. Behind the Scenes is a very short behind the scenes feature that runs for almost two whole minutes. Outtakes is a five and a half minute blooper reel from the feature film. There are two included bonus scenes, a 15 minute masturbation/blow job scene featuring Jenna Jameson and a 10 minute vaginal/anal masturbation scene featuring Briana Banks. There is a total of five scene specific photo galleries on the disc. There are galleries for Jenna & Briana with 20 pictures on a track, Jenna & Isabella with 19 pictures on a track, Jenna & Shay Sweet with 14 pictures on a track, Jenna & Mr. E with 29 photos on a track and Briana & Erik Everhard with 20 photos on a track. The 2.0 English Commentary track with Justin Sterling and Jenna Jameson is well done. Justin and Jenna provide a slew of information on what went on behind the scenes and how the film was made. There are some slow spots, but Jenna's usually pretty quick to fill them up. The Fetish Menu contains links to the portions of scenes containing the following fetishes: blow job, cowgirl, cumshot, doggie, missionary and pussy eating. Websites contain adverts for Jenna's and Briana's Internet presences. One note, the Previews listed on the box as extras are not present on the disc.
From the very beginning of the opening credits, Briana Loves Jenna promises to be a well done arty adult film. The credits are well done with more effort than one can usually expect to find in an adult film with a full 5.1 Dolby Digital sound mix. Briana Loves Jenna also lives up to its promise to be very arty in nature. Unfortunately at some points, the arty shots are used far too often. The effects sometimes get so intense that they destroy the mood generated in the scene. I have nothing against an arty adult film, but I have a problem with it when it detracts from the sex going on.
The film is edited with an MTV style of editing with some very quick shots. Although this style works well in a music video, here it doesn't work as well. The film is filled with beautiful long sex scenes and the pacing gets thrown off at times by some of the quick edits. This is especially a problem in the first scene with Jenna Jameson and Briana Banks.
Don't get me wrong, not all of the arty aspects of the film work against it. Some of the soft shots, of which many are used in the first scene, work great and enhance the mood created in the scene. And the finished film is definitely a very beautiful film to watch it is just sometimes the abundant effects get too intense and are used with too much frequency.
The film features an awesome and hot cast that at some points literally melts the screen with their presence, especially in the first scene with the pairing of Jenna Jameson and Briana Banks. Not only do the two interact amazingly with each other but they are obviously having much fun with each other. I was disappointed by the scene with Jenna Jameson and Shay Sweet, both excellent stars in their own right, and both seemed to be having fun here, but something was missing from the scene. It could have been the dark lighting that was used in the scene making it look off, but I expected far more from it.
There is a small subplot in the film which involves Jenna seeing a shrink, but it doesn't end up going anywhere. It does provide great filler to break the scenes up and allows for a hot blow job scene done by Jenna Jameson that shows how she became the adult superstar that she now is. The plot breaks are short enough that they shouldn't bother viewers who dislike a plot in their adult films. Viewers who need a plot-based feature probably won't get enough out of the plot filler to satisfy them.
The sex is well done with enough here to satisfy everybody however some scenes may be too intense for couples and viewers who dislike nastier acts. The sexual themes include vaginal and oral sex with lesbian scenes and strap-ons, strap-on anal, A2M, anal beads and titty fucking. The cast has incredible intensity and chemistry together in their scenes that is sure to draw you in.
Also, for those who enjoy blooper scenes, in addition to the blooper reel available from the extra's menu, if you fast forward through the end credits at the end of them you will find another short blooper reel hidden there.
The Money Shot:
Briana Loves Jenna should be enjoyed by those who like an arty adult film with nastier sex. Viewers who need really nasty sex, a plot or think that art films don't belong on the adult racks will want to skip this one. If it sounds good, I'd recommend a rental before purchasing to make sure that it works for you.
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