Director : Chi Chi LaRue
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Cast : Briana Banks, Nicole Sheridan, Katsumi, Cherokee, Talon, Voodoo, Mario Rossi, Trevor Zen, Voodoo
DVD Extras : Chapter selection, positions room, multi-angles, behind-the-scenes, photo gallery, bonus clips, trailers, sex ads, weblink
Trailers : "Broad Strokes", "Faraway", "Love'em or Leave'em", "The 8th Sin"
5 Bonus Clips :
Briana Banks & Bobby Vitale in "Blonde & Blonder"
Briana Banks & Evan Stone in "Pretty Girl"
Briana Banks & Mario Rossi in "Ticket 2 Ride"
Brooke Alexander & Julian in "Implode"
Cherokee & Nic Wilde in "Skin Trade"
Behind-The-Scenes : Fast-paced, good work on the editing. Briana explains that exploring her dark side is natural as a Gemini & Katsumi gives a short interview with the thickest French accent. 7 minutes.
Short Story : A series of scorching vignettes presented by hostess Nicole Sheridan.
SCENE BREAKDOWN :
1) BRIANA BANKS & TALON
Briana, in a red nightie, is groping Talon on a mattress posed over the floor of a club's back entrance . She's wearing black diamanté knickers as Talon hungrily eats her groin. She jumps on his fat pecker for the b/j, then Talon lays her on the mattress for some titty-and-throat-fucking. He plows her in missionary, grabbing her heels and plunging deep, long strokes way down into her pussy. Lots of different angles for one of the hottest mish I've seen in years. The camera is always in motion, the lighting is clear & warm, the close-ups & full-body shots alternate equally, perfect ! They swiftly switch to doggy, Talon still stroking deep and hard into Briana's pussy, then he comes on her mouth. A balls-draining opener
2) KATSUMI & RANDY SPEARS
Randy plays a raincoat pervert groping willing victim Katsumi in a club's toilets. The Eurasian hottie & the seasoned hunk discover each other's bodies for a good while, then she takes him in her mouth, making him hard in no time. She raises her leg on the wash-stand for a slow doggy (some low-angle shots), sucks him a little bit more, then climbs on his dick in reverse cowgirl. Like the previous scene, the camera stays in motion the whole time. Katsumi deep-throats the pervert to release and swallows.
3) BRIANA BANKS & MARIO ROSSI
Briana, in red & black fetish attire, holds on to hanging metal chains as Italian lover Mario explores her pussy with his tongue. She squats to give back, licking him through his leather trousers, spanking her own butt to deliver a no-hands, gurgling deep-throat to the stud, then they move on to a standing doggy. Briana's legs have fleshed out just a little bit, but really just a little bit. She sits on a velvet chair for a probing mish, keeping her red leather boots on, before Mario pops a nice load on her stomach.
4) CHEROKEE & TREVOR ZEN
In the same dungeon-like set, bubbly brunette Cherokee, in red latex bustier & dark make-up, dry-humps Trevor in standing doggy. She sits him on a blue plastic sofa for a slow b/j. The soft focus and screaming colors don't marry very well. The oral foreplay goes on for the longest time (something like 10 minutes) before they finally get down to business. Beyond the fetish set-up, this pair-up is quite sub-par compared to the rest of the movie, going through an ably filmed but heatless sequence of cowgirl & mish before he pops on her mouth. Producers should always allow a budget to dub Cherokee's voice, which is even more irritating than Katie Morgan's.
5) BRIANA BANKS, NICOLE SHERIDAN & VOODOO
Here's the climax, and with Briana & Nicole at the helm, expectations are high. Briana is wearing spike-studded accessories over black leather bra & panties and glittery tights, Nicole is just as subdued in red knickers over black latex chaps, and Voodoo is the willing slave in leather trousers & metal dog leash. That's a fashion sense I approve of ! Hungry, fun-filled foreplay galore as each player devours each other, with the expected double b/j crowning it all. I'd never noticed Voodoo was uncut. The two high-maintenance blondes battle over their slaves's thick joystick in a variety of positions, then Briana get hit pretty hard doggy-style by Nicole's hubby, and the real-life couple go at it in deep missionary & cowgirl. Nicole hollers the "Fuck Me" like the nasty pro she is. Briana bumps on Nicole's rump as the latter gets slammed cowgirl, then Nicole gets sandwiched in DP, Briana's fat strap-on in her pussy and Voodoo's fatter sausage in her ass before Voodoo splurts on her girlfriend's butt.
THE LOWDOWN : Another winner in ChiChi’s series of campy & efficient vignettes for Vivid, the only reproach that could be uttered to this otherwise satisfying "Dark Side" is that superstar Briana is in 'only' 3 scenes out of the 5. LaRue did a fantastic job of making his recent "Savanna Samson Superstar" effort an all-Savanna vehicle, and as cute as Katsumi & Cherokee are, this template would have worked wonders here too. As it happens, scenes 2 & 4 are just fillers in what could have been the ultimate Briana classic. Still, there’s no denying that the artist formerly known as Mirage hasn’t lost her luster, quite the opposite, and the simple fact that she effortlessly shines here without resorting once to her usual anal tricks is proof that Briana is still a force to be reckoned with. With two blistering, milk-drawing scenes at each ends of this colorful, latex-clad rainbow, "The Dark Side of Briana" is still one of the soundest recommendations of this past year for Briana’s fans, and a hot rental for non-fans alike.