I love this site and what it produces, but they have been doing some things in the last few months that need to be changed:
1. No more guys in photos or videos. They used to be pretty good about this, but now with "full" photoset releases (bloopers and outtakes included) they also have the occasional male assistant in some photos. I understand they work for the site and therefore help make it what it is, but I don't think it would too hard to keep them truly behind the scenes, or at least out of frame.
2. Cut down on the lollipops and baby oil. Lollipops and baby oil have been used by a lot of their models since the '90s, but they seem to really overdo it now. At most, they should only have one scene with a single lollipop or baby oil.
3. "Guest" photosets and videos. These are pretty rare, but I am not sure why they are there, maybe for some promotion agreement. They have only been from 1By-Day, usually with ALS models, but bottom line: it is just not ALSScan.
There are some great things they have been doing lately, and they need to keep it up:
1. New HD vid format. They now release new vids in an additional 1920x1080 wmv format – huge files, but huge videos…very nice.
2. Classic model remasters. These are great, especially since older releases were pretty limited in quantity and quality compared to today.
3. Hard with the soft. They might just be a girls-only site, but their hardcore is just as hot as the soft, and hopefully they won’t stop shooting it.
Was wondering if anyone could give me a break down of how much of each content there is on ALS Scan? I'm not really a fan of fisting, large toys, using everyday objects like hotdogs, bananas, etc, Speculum use, Pussy gapin. Is that most of the content on here?
Some reviews make it sound like that's all every set is, while others make it out more as it's a smaller sub category of stuff available. So just wondering which is it?
The English version of this site is a wee bit different in that there are far fewer pictures on offer, and no complete picture sets. The vid sections are the same, it seems. I can access both versions with my membership, simply by going into the address bar and erasing the /eng/ part of the URL, then hitting enter. The Japanese-text site contains three photo sections with several complete picture sets, but not enough considering the price, though there are TONS of vids; the English version gives you only four or five sample pics of each model from the complete sets. There seems to be a lot more going on in the Japanese site, but you're flying blind if you can't decode the links.
I was very miffed when I saw in my email confirmation that I had paid for two months, amounting to 90 USD. It could be that I made an error. In any case, I contacted CCBill but they have apparently ignored me.
The 18 U.S.C. 2257 link appears on every page, but the way these models act and the way they are dressed makes me a bit uncomfy. The videos are nearly all marred by a saccharine music track which adds nothing to the experience except the need to turn off the volume. Other than that the vids are pretty decent, except that the girls often seem upset when they are being groped and prodded. Whether this is an act or genuine it's a turn-OFF for me, in a big way. Most of the time it looks obviously put-on.
NOT worth the money. They need to cut the price in half.
While I hardly ever have complaints about download speeds, this site is moving bits so quickly that I thought it worthy of comment. Since all of their new video is High Definition, the size of the videos means downloads could be lengthy, but right now I'm holding a sustained download speed of:
1.10 MB/s (8.80 mbps)
It is also important to note that this is without any form of multiple connection download acceleration. I rarely see speeds this high from anything other than large businesses like Microsoft. Granted this is occurring at a very low traffic time for my area and I'm not using my internet connection for anything else, but even when traffic spikes up some I still maintain speeds above 700 KB/s (5600 kbps). Really impressive speeds.
I've been hanging around Alsscan for years now and I'm seeing problems. I wish I could do my review over actually. Still a good site but needs some change. Problems I see:
1. Content is getting less extreme. New models are rarely fisting anymore or doing as extreme of shoots as used to be the norm. Disappointing to say the least for fans like me who joined the site years ago because of such consistent content such as that.
2. The reality is that new true updates are not frequent. Now I know that sounds crazy since there is a new video and pic set added daily, but hear me out. How often is a new girl added to the site? Maybe once every 1-2 weeks. Ok, but then the model's material is usually broken down into at least 5 photo sets and 5 video sets, each of which are released at totally different times. And those updates in and of themselves are completely random, so there is really no telling when you may see the scene you want to see. Throw in the multiple updates of older stuff re released, and the real updates are indeed infrequent.
3. To my 3rd complaint: the release of material is completely disorganized and chaotic. There are still pic sets and videos of girls not released from over a year ago. This is especially frustrating when you really like a model and want to see all her stuff. I strongly suggest some sort of new release program that gets a model's content out at once, or at least over the course of a few weeks.
The site's having another models poll, this time from their early models (1996 - 2001). This brings backs a lot of memories of when I first learned of this site and became an instant fan, and they have only gotten better! I am sure anyone who was a member that far back can't wait to see who they remaster next.
Their older models are sometimes hit and miss (possibly because ALS was not so well known), but quite a few stand out; Michelle, April, Monica, Nicole...the list goes on. Most of them were unknowns then and stayed that way, a few went on to do movies, but none of them were "stars" when ALS shot them so it gave them a sort of freshness compared to now when models appear on dozens of sites at the same time.
Apparently some of them don't have any video, though I am not sure which ones, and the photos are scanned from prints, but there are still plenty of hot classics to be found.
(By the way, was anyone ever a member of Kathryn Lee's or Mia Tyler's individual member sites? None of this material has ever ended up on ALS's sites so it would be cool to see it eventually released.)
As said elsewhere here I was quite shocked to see, that since my subscription is going to run out - my credit card is a new one as of June 2008 and I didn't see a possibility to update the information on their site - end of July, that I should pay >80% more (€29.95 instead of $24.95) per month since I'm located in Europe. So I wrote a mail to ALS Scan telling them that this was quite shocking to me.
Although I never received a reply I saw tonight that they went back to the old billing system :-).
THUMBS UP for ALS Scan! I'll stay with them as the quality and quantity of content increased a lot ever since I joined this site.
I see in some of the comments and reviews that Als Scan has been bringing back some of their older content in bigger file sizes and such. I've been a member from time to time but not for awhile now.
My question to other members of the site recently, how good is the quality of the older content? Even though its a bigger file size is the qualiy pretty good or can you tell it was shot in 2003 or something like that?
Considering joining as I saw a special for $24.95 and wouldn't mind getting some of my favorite older sets again in a better resolution that my new monitor would love.
Please read the reviews and especially the cons: this site is not just any teen site, it is pretty out there with lotsa fisting and putting instruments and food in a fetish kind of way into small girls pussies. Rather off-putting and not my kind of tea at all.
I will try to find some more "normal" material on the site and then give you my oppinion again. But currently it feels like I should have read more of the reviews before spending $30. :-(
If you're participating in the voting at ALS Scan for which older sets you'd like redone in larger sizes and better quality, I have a plea to make.
I've noticed that a couple of models at least (Ember and Morgan) already have way more votes than needed for #1 and #2 spots. Seems that Alex will choose the best of several, so why not also vote for additional babes who are not getting enough votes so far. (Monique Alexander being one, and yes, I'm promoting her ;)
The same idea goes for future votes with other babe candidates.
Most of the videos on this site look great, and some look absolutely stunning. However, I feel I should warn you about a video series that will disappoint you and waste a lot of time.
Jana Irrova's extra video series is a waste. The series is a VHS remake. The quality is terrible and is unlike the normal quality. The biggest reason I warn you is because some of the files are close to 1.5 GB and are hardly worth 50 MB. You will spend a lot of time downloading them when that time could have been used to download videos half that size that are infinitely better. If you run into these the file names will have "vhs" on the front. Doing this was a nice idea, but they need to be edited and transcoded into something much smaller. The series ended up being around 13 GB.
I just joined this site last night. At first it seemed to give my download manager fits. It kept wanting me to type in the password for ever movie I tried to download. After a bit it started working just fine. I think this site works like some others out there, it does not recognize the manager until it actually completes a full download, then it will work just fine. I have the exact same thing this morning when I started downloading from a different computer and location. The site is pretty fast though. I am seeing about 600 KBytes/s average on 7 downloads, so about 4 MByte/s total, but I am getting 6 from another site right now too, so it might be faster. The design is pretty plan though, I think a retarded gerbil could make a better design, it looks nothing like the preview and join pages. But, so far so good. Will update if anything else comes up.
So I mailed the site and it turned out that the problem was due to a dispute between Congent and Telia...
This is what Bob from ALS wrote to me:
"OK now on to the problem. Our tech dept found a problem and it is
ALS but a contract dispute between Cogent and Telia. Please read
below. We have a fix that is being put into place.
We can re-route our ALS traffic through a different ISP... but...
I may take a day or two to work it all out properly.
After this is fixed and you are happy, please let me give you
5000 free DVD download tokens for your trouble".
What can I say, this shows a company who cares deeply about their customers. My hat off to ALS for the service!
This is hands-down my favorite site on the net - great vids, hot girls, high quality pics, high quality vids, lots of updates, awesome bonuses once every month or two.
And they are always working on upgrading the site in significant ways.
Now they have made a leap in their navigation, which was rather atomized and not so great. You had the pics under Feature Models, you had vids under Video Releases, you had vids under Directors Hottest Videos.
Now you can look in a few different places if you want, but if you are hot for a particular girl, you click on her at Feature Models and you have the links to everything they have of her under all sections.
I rejoined the site yesterday, after reading a reply on my original comment from another PU user. I'm quite glad I did and the main reason is of course that they have stopped the video rotation. Despite that I'm not that fond of the generous ammount of fisting, I love the pee content, but I'd reaaly like to see more of that though (especially in the videos).
A big minus though is the design. It looks and feels like it hasn't been updated since 1997.
One thing I hate about ALS Scan is that Alex always has to release new models. With the amount of content still unreleased and the fact that they update picture sets only on 5 days per week this is a real annoyance to me :(. I'd like to see more Karina, Alexis Love, Kim etc. but I think that this will only be a wish they won't satisfy...
One good thing is that they released a Kacey Jordan bonus set plus video that seems to be real hot. I have only seen the second part of the pic set (+550 pics!) so far but this proves that Kacey Jordan is one of the hottest models they have to offer!
This is indeed a great site,
I rejoined thanks to YOUR GREAT AND COMPLETE REVIEWS!
I've been off ALSScan for a few years 'til now - I thought they wouldn't make it (they seemed not to succeed in the transition of photosite to videosite)
But wow, the content is great - grandiose settings, sweat, oil, great looking super hot girls, lots of fisting action, fantasic atmosphere, great cameras...
they have all what FTV lacks...
I just hope, put on some hidden video-material of my older favourites (like Heidi...)
I've been a member of alsscan for some years now (been a member of many other pay sites too)
alsscan is still the best site - great mix of pro- and new models, I like this mix alot. The models are often seen in situations new to the model, but always in a relaxed mood, never pushed into the situation.
It's one of the few sites where the members actually are heard (regarding new models, new set-ups etc)
After e-mailing Alex today suggesting, as many have, to stop cycling content, he e-mailed me back today stating that he has indeed done that, and as of April 1st, all video posts are up to stay. Great news!
The larger pic sizes are a major plus, and are available singly or in zips. Too bad that a lot of earlier content apparently can't be upgraded in this way, though. I'm thinking Mia Stone, Sophie Moon, Lucy Stratilova, Nella, Jassie, Monique Alexander, Mili Jay ...
The updates lists are archived and have a thumb for each -- much better than the former text-only updates list that only ran for 1.5-2 months.
And the guy running it, "Alex DeLarge," really does take member opinions seriously. He's responded twice to emails from me in less than 24 hours. I think I might have been among the members to persuade him to do shoots of Peaches, whom he'd at first thought was too wide at the hips (?!). (They're not out yet, but we look forward to them!)
His director's blog is fun to read, too. You get a lot of inside scoop on the shoots and models' personalities.
I have but one wish, though: That in addition to all of that toy play and fisting that they post more ass shots, top of head to upper thighs, right and left cheeks equally displayed, with the model looking back amourously. Too many of them just show the back of her head, so there's no feeling of interaction. (Doing a nice job with Uma, aka Gitta Blond, though.)
ALSScan has started to release videos in HD format (1280x720), both in DIVX and MP4 (Quicktime) formats. They are still releasing videos in the 640x480 and 720x540 formats but have released eight videos in the new format, with two being bonus releases of the first day on the beach of their latest Caribbean trip.
Their first HD video, apparently, was, in part, an homage to Gallagher. While the new resolution does give one a feeling of almost being there, it was with only a mild effort that I refrained from fetching some plastic with which to cover my keyboard. :) But, if the qualities of these early videos are any indication, a new level of appreciation is in store for viewers. I understand all of the video for the Caribbean trip was done in HD and that new work will also be done in HD as well.
Mind you, there are some considerations to take into account with this shift. The new HD formats will generate much larger files, perhaps ranging upwards of 700-800 MB. It seems the DIVX files will be about 20% smaller with no apparent loss in quality. I prefer this format as playing the MP4 files requires significantly more CPU time than playing the DIVX files. So, if you're a QT fanatic, perhaps you've finally the justification you need to get that dual or quad-core high end machine. In truth, I tried playing both formats and I found playing the QT version on a single-core Athlon 2500 XP machine introduced the herky-jerky's. This wasn't observed when playing the DIVX format.
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