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09-30-08  06:57pm

Visit Viv Thomas Video

Viv Thomas Video

Status: Current Member for over 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: - Viv Thomas and his team turn out some of the hottest and most intimate lesbian porn.
- Jo, Eve Angel, Sophie Moone, Sandra Shine, Vera, Lisa, Nella and many others. All the sexiest and sweetest Eastern European girl/girl performers are here in numerous movies.
- Plenty of solo masturbation and hardcore guy/girl content in addition to the lesbian movies.
- All but the very latest Viv Thomas DVD releases can be downloaded from this site.
- Decent video quality.
- The site interface got a major overhaul recently.
- Despite the name of the site there's also more than 1,800 photosets here.
- Fairly reasonable update schedule (five photosets and two video scenes a week).
Cons: - The new site design looks great, but better search/sorting features would be much appreciated (at this point main niche or model archive are the best, and almost only, entry points).
- With so many other great sites moving to HD or at least higher bitrates for DVD resolution, at least a small improvement would be appreciated here.
- Photo resolution could use a boost as well.
- The aspect ratio is screwed up a bit on the (still relatively few) videos shot in 16:9 widescreen. They are a bit "squashed" horizontally, something the original DVDs obviously don't suffer from (I own several of them).
- Some people might consider the price a bit high, as I believe everybody is charged in Euro.
Bottom Line: I believe I first became aware of Viv Thomas' work a few years ago when I watched one of the countless reruns of his hit 2003-05 trilogy Pink Velvet in a censored version on the Playboy Channel.
Aside from being a wonderful and exquisitely intimate contrast to the bland, faked, pornstar girl/girl porn you see all too often, these movies also happened to feature several of my favourite Hungarian babes, most notably Jo and Eve Angel - two girls I've since, and before, enjoyed on a number of other sites.

Nowhere have they delivered better performances than in Viv's movies though - and the same goes for many of the other gorgeous ladies who have worked for him.
He (or in recent years, if I've understood it correctly, actually more often his team as I believe he's sort of semi-retired) simply seems to be able to bring the absolute best out of these girls, usually resulting in some incredibly hot lesbian scenes. And there's actually some dialogue or a story line thrown into the mix on a fairly regular basis, if you're into that sort of thing (I rather enjoy a bit of dialogue from my favourite babes now and then).

I've bought twelve of Viv's DVDs over the last few months - mainly as collector's items, but also for the higher video quality - but there are more than 130 in total waiting for you at Viv Thomas Video.
Roughly 30% of that content is hardcore guy/girl porn rather than lesbian though (and another 20% is solo masturbation which is also well worth watching), and frankly I don't really feel qualified to write much about that part of the site, as I've really only sampled small parts of it.
In short, while I love lesbian porn of the very intimate kind, I generally prefer my b/g porn to be decidedly straight forward and as unemotional as possible - and preferably with plenty of anal and DP - and that's not really Viv's style most of the time.

So to sum up, in my personal opinion Viv shoots the best lesbian porn - better than early Sapphic Erotica, better than the glamour style girl/girl porn at Club Sandy (which I also happen to mostly enjoy) - and you can download all but his latest five movies or so at Viv Thomas Video, including the uncensored Pink Velvet trilogy and the first three chapters (they are adding the third one scene by scene at the moment) in the new popular Unfaithful trilogy with Nella and Lisa (Cameron Cruz) in the lead roles.
And despite my minor complaint about video quality, it's still so decent that I often watch the videos on my 40" HDTV without thinking it looks horrible. In fact for some of the older movies, the quality really isn't that much worse than the DVD source material.

09-30-08  09:08pm

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Visit AEBN Video On Demand

AEBN Video On Demand

Status: Current Member for over 1 year (at the time of review).
Pros: - I'm fairly sure this has got to be the largest online collection of porn, and almost no matter your interests or your favourite pornstars you should be able to find them well represented here.
- Constant content updates, and often even very recently released DVDs from major studios are available.
- A healthy selection of streaming options to suit most connection speeds, plus options for download "rentals" or permanent purchases. In addition to Windows Media and RealPlayer (ugh!), streaming Flash is now also available for some of the recently added movies.
- Solid navigation features, and additionally improvements to the interface this year has also improved thumbnail previews (still doesn't apply to all movies) and a few other things.
Cons: - Server speed has consistently been a problem for me the roughly two years I've been using the site. I can reliably hit download speeds of 750 kB/s from fast servers with my current Internet connection (and that includes some paysites), yet AEBN, at all times of the day or year, struggles just to give me a consistent 150 kB/s, which means I'll usually have to settle for the pixilated 512 kbit streams.
- The last year it's become increasingly common that new movies from several major studios are only available as 7/30 day downloads with no pay per minute options.
- For "heavy duty" users, VOD can prove fairly expensive compared to the smaller (but often still very large) membership based DVD download sites. And that's just the pay per minute option. Once you go for download rentals things get really expensive.
- Considering the price of the downloads the video quality on those really ought to get a bitrate boost.
Bottom Line: I usually swear by DVD download sites like VideoBox, but when I'm hunting for videos with my favourite pornstars that I can't find there, AEBN is my next stop. Their selection is unrivaled and you can often count on finding almost every movie in which a particular pornstar has ever appeared.
If you're after uncommon niches you aren't otherwise likely to find without joining a smaller niche site, AEBN can often come to your aid as well, as they even cover niches that are usually seen as a no-no in today's political climate in the US with their obscenity and "community standards" nonsense - or which are just a tad outside what most of us would consider "mainstream" porn.

However, as my list of cons above should indicate, my experiences with AEBN haven't quite been blissful, as particularly their slow server speeds are always annoying me (this could very well be a geographic or ISP related issue of course, but considering I'm getting vastly better performance from many other US based servers, that's hardly an excuse for a persistent problem, and I have tried contacting them in the past).
Frankly I'm just not particularly happy, to say the least, with pixilated 640x480 videos at only 512 kbit when I know my connection is perfectly capable of streaming the 2000 kbit versions.

Price might also be an issue for some, although considering how much I spend on porn every month anyway, I personally don't really give much thought to an extra $20 or $30 a month.

So overall, if you're just looking for any large collection of hardcore DVD porn, I suggest you head over to VideoBox or one of the other DVD download sites instead. When you're after that specific movie with Pornstar X or that fantastic 20 DVD series from obscure Porn Studio Y, you might find AEBN just as useful as I tend to do at the very least a few times a month.

10-01-08  12:36pm

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Visit AEBN Video On Demand

AEBN Video On Demand
Reply of Monahan's Reply

You initially sign up for a free account with no strings attached (actually I can't recall if you are required to buy a small VOD package at initial signup, but I really doubt it), and then I personally pretty much always go for the pay per minute option.
That means prepaid packages of a certain amount of minutes you can freely use to watch (stream) whatever scene or full DVD on the site (barring those I mentioned that are lacking pay per minute options, but they are fortunately still very much in a tiny minority) - whether you use all your minutes in one "session" (the smallest package is 15 minutes for $3.95) or spread them out over weeks or months (like you probably will with eg. the large 1000 minutes package for $84.95).

Other options are those downloads I talked about. They are DRM protected and will expire after the chosen "rental" period (7 or 30 days), and there's additionally an "own it" option now as well I haven't tried.
In that case you almost end up paying as much as you would have for the original physical DVD though.

In terms of content differences between AEBN and eg. VideoBox. Well, they share some, possibly even a lot of content, but VideoBox "only" has a little over 5,000 videos while AEBN has a whopping 55,000+ if I recall correctly.
Which is also why I consider this the best site when I'm looking for something very specific (released on DVD), as the chances of finding it at AEBN is much larger than anywhere else.

So basically I use AEBN as a supplement to my VideoBox membership.

10-01-08  06:53pm

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Reply of pat362's Reply

I haven't gone in and counted them all to check, but hasn't it "only" been the last three months or so that they've had virtually no new HD content updates?
Except for a couple of the Summer months, I've been a member for most of the year (rejoined again in August), and I rarely found myself particularly disappointed. But granted, for some strange reason - given the popularity of the site - I only came across it for the first time back in December, so all the "reloaded" content was pretty much new to me as well, even though it is of course rather easy to tell when you're you're looking at a six year old video with one of your favourite models :).

Regarding Hands on Hardcore, my last membership to that site expired a few months ago, but up until that point at least I didn't notice any recycled content at all. But I obviously won't rule out I've missed something.

09-30-08  07:05pm

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I can confirm that the last two weeks (since September 15) they've been back to their original schedule of one brand new HD update in the morning and a "reloaded" update in the evening.
So for now at least it looks like they are back on track.

Some of the most prominent models featured in the new HD content are probably Zafira, Cherry Jul, Sandra Shine (I really much preferred her as a brunette), Blue Angel and Zuzana Z.

09-30-08  06:52pm

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