Have not been here for quite a while - but the main reason for joining once again are loss of former material - due to external breakdown.
Generally the ups here are the different way of shooting vids - compared to most other main sites - it's got a certain touch of libido and foreplay that a lot of those other top/mainsites miss - and there are some not so well known French models with a different attitude.
And a large number of material.
The downs are too many models that would (probably) not turn your head in the street....
BTW: The join gets you to some French billing co. - not comfortable with that - but after a couple of hits I got to Epoch - and just cancelled the rebill - and got a corfirmation after a couple of minutes......
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
-Some old John B Root films are also available on the site. French Beauty and some others are really top class
-French models you cannot find elsewhere. Also many videos and photosets from the big names from France in their early days
-Mostly exclusive content. Some released as DVD's. They claim to have 750 original videos but quickly looking I'd say there's well over 1000 videos although the early ones are almost unviewable by today's standards
-Newer videos are very good looking 720p (.mov) available in multiple formats in lower res too
-Photos in up to 3000x2000 resolution with kind of amateurish and artful feel. Available as zip archives (the actual files are sometimes 9 folder levels deep inside the zip!)
-Good variation between soft and hard content. From solo posing to anal fisting, dap and such
-Compilation videos are good idea. They are like film releases made from scenes of a same theme. Easier downloading
-Reliable billers and no regional pricing
-Videos and photosets are separately listed. You have to do some searching to find the matching one if there is such
-Streaming player isn't very good. I couldn't skip forward to parts not yet loaded
-Somewhat mediocre download speeds at little over 3MB/s, sometimes lower, still tolerable. I had some larger 3-5GB compilation type best of files grind to halt or timeouting requiring restart as the downloads are apparently not pauseable
-Site navigation can be a bit clumsy at times, returning blank pages, requesting resending data when navigating with back/forward after filtering and sorting scenes and so on
-Videos can be quite short and skip right into action. Some might consider it a pro
-Condoms. I understand the need but would rather have my porn without
-Compilations feature duplicate content between each other and single scenes (obvious)
-Photos are probably taken during video shoots as they look like they could use more flash light
John B Root is a French pornographer of some fame and prestige, or so I think. This site is dedicated to his productions with various models and genres. The sortiment is really wide indeed as the site ranges from soft glamour and casting photoshoots to the most hardcore sex imagineable (DP, double anal, fisting all imaginable orifices), often with the very same girls at some later time. The whole site manages to capture sort of classy feeling that has both glam appeal but also sort of amateurish feeling you get with less used models who seem more confortable and often also seen having honest good time with each other. Mostly it's songle shoots but also complete John B Root films are avialable for download. The single scenes are often released at different times as photosets and videos while the full films come with very large attached photosets and usually a making of kind of film as long as the title itself and photosets from that too. The makin of pieces are necessarily not that sexual in content themselves but interesting watch nonetheless when you can see a small team of mostly actors and actresses travel to an exotic spot and shoot a movie filming each other and working as lighting assistant and such in each others scenes.
Photography is obviously in equal role on this site with videos. The photos are large and quite sharp with kind of amateurish but artsy feel to them. Pictures in zips lack on processing and they could be brighter to begin with. Also the are bit lowish on saturation when compared with leading photo sites and the likes of 21Sextury.com and DDFProd. That's partly post processing issue but the photoshoots could be bit better lit. No such issues with videos, they are bright and crisp. Only complaint is that they are bit on the shorter side and you can often see one cameraman in the picture of another camera. Photos are available as zips but even that could have been executed somewhat better. Some zips have 9 levels of loders before you reach the files while others have the file names start with "\" character making them invisible in Windows until extracted with some app like WinRAR.
Video offerings are top class in quality and 720p .mov has reasonable file sizes although it'd be nice to have 720p also in some streamable format. Besides normal single scene or half a scene videos, they also offer compilations that are videos put together from a number of scenes with similar content or same actress. The idea is good since these are easier to download than individual scenes although it's often hard to preview what you'll get. They obviously have duplicate content with the single scenes but sadly also with other compilations so you end up wasting some hd space. The bigger scenes also seem more likely to timeout while downloading. Some feature films are also available for download, and of course few dozen old John B Root classics directed for Marc Dorcel and others.
You can find many models on this site not really found elsewhere. They also have many bigger names that either started here or did scenes with John B Root at some point of their careers. Famous names include Angell Summers, Liza Del Sierra and some really early scenes by Melissa Lauren. Then there's many hot French actresses who probably never made it ouside France or had longer lasting careers in adult entertainment, personally I recognized Mathilda and Ally but if you've seen early 2000's Marc Dorcel DVD's, you'll likely find other familiar faces too.
Technical side is bit shaky here. The download speeds can vary a lot. I never got anything higher than 3,5MB/s when downloading a single file with DL manager but especially with the bigger files the rate may vary a lot, even stopping at timeswith restart needed so prepare with some time before starting download them. The site design is good looking if not so functional, it might be bit hard finding what you are looking for. The embedded streaming viewer is not that good for previewing, especially the big files as you can not skip forward to what has not yet been loaded. When you sort videos or photosets and try to browse back and forth between them, you often get blank (expired) pages sent to you with need to resend data or have your sorting preference disappear. Using right click and open in new tab helps a lot like it did with 21Sextury when they had similar issues.
All in all it's a bit hard to give rating for this site. Content is great in my opinion but the technical side could use some work, especially the slight download issues. Technically I would have rated this site 80 tops but the content is just great and unique and overweights the issues. Most of my cons are just minor nitpicking after all. French porn is sadly quite limited these days and this site is probably the strongest contender at the moment. Personally I wish Marc Dorcel launched a site in English that qualified for TPB.
I've joined this site twice. First time was maybe 4 years ago. Then I joined it again back in December of 2008. I was very disappointed both times.
I guess I should have done a review the last time, but I'll tell you from my experience back then, I would have rated this site in the mid-sixties range.
Their navigation is horrible, or at least it was in late 2008. And their camera work is awful, practically all they show you is close-ups of either the girls face or her butt ... and that's it.
They do have very good still photos, but the site price is way too high for just photos. If they would greatly improve their navigation and especially their video camera work, then maybe it would deserve a "90," but it sure didn't deserve anywhere near that the last time I checked.
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Beautiful, natural looking Euro women, with a variety of different looks and ethnicities, though mostly French-speaking. I view this as a nice change from the sites that have gorgeous but exclusively Eastern European women. A few women have some pubic hair left, which I view as extremely sexy, but most are shaved.
The photography and filming is top-notch.
The scenes are staged somewhat more naturally and are more varied than many porn sites, even though most of them are still in-studio under strobes. I liked seeing the studio set-up.
Performances also seemed somewhat more natural and hotter than on other sites. The men and women seemed less detached than in the Eastern Euro sites like teensexmovs etc.
No ability to save to Favorites.
Very limited search capabilities.
Many of the films come in two parts and need to be downloaded separately.
No streaming video.
No vidcaps, though virtually all of the films have a corresponding HQ photo shoot.
Way too much extreme HC for my taste. Most of the shoots end with anal. There is also peeing, fisting, and enormous dildo use. Maybe this is all now mainstream, but I find it a turn-off and sad. I hate to think that my kids, let alone my daughter, may come to think that these behaviors are a "normal" part of the sexual repertoire
Explicite has no lack of beautiful women and original high quality content in terms of production values. However, the site needs work in terms of navigation options.
As for the content, it certainly lives up to its name. A little too well for my taste.
I thought this site to be the very peculiar one.
I think that the impression changes greatly by the person.
Therefore, I stopped grading it.
I became a member for three months.
And, I saw all works. There are very a lot of movies and photographs. However, the movie has some very short things.
There are quite a lot of works of anal sex.
I wanted you to teach that beforehand.
I do not like anal sex. However, it might be happy for a favorite person. One woman disliked anal sex, and there was a crying movie. I was not able to enjoy the movie quite.
I do not understand the reason to stick to anal sex.
Next, there are a lot of very beautiful photographs. Because other seniors also are commenting about this, it doesn't write a lot. However, there were some things that I did not have in the favor either.
The woman is a heavy make-up, and it poses unnatural.
i read otto's rather upset, (more like pissed off, when Otto's says he would rather get this money back), so Armaud, my question to you is, as much as i like EA and want EA to be a pay site that i would buy, what kind of of hopes can you, Armaud, give me that the DL speed has been fixed, and since i am in Canada, and use Vuze for DL, that 5 days after i hear back from you, Armaud, regarding these issues and this email, that i won't be "wishing and wanting" to get my money back like Otto?
Current Member for over 2 months (at the time of review).
The videos are available in several formats at good resolutions - no fuzzy edges or blurring. The performers are generally good-looking. Download speeds are generally good.
On several occasions the site was unavailable or key features of sign-in or download did not work. There was no response from site management to my repeated concerns.
The camerawork can obtrusive and offputting, and emphasizes the feeling that it is all staged.
Last - and maybe a matter of personal taste - very much a French site. I can't get excited about a guy named Titof, or a video named Youplaboum... and in these minimalist times, I prefer girls with visibly pussies, not Afro-style growths between their legs.
If you like girls with funny names, overgrown pussies, and oversized cameras, go for it. I decided not to renew my subscription because the site owners were not concerned about performance issues.
I tried to sign up for this site recently and for some reason it didn't let me do it. The payment page kept going inactive. I tried several browsers and two different connections (work and home) Maybe it's just a fluke, but I thought I should point this out. Looks like a nice site, though.
Was a member approx. 5 months prior to this review.
+ 100% exclusive content
+ nice looking European (French mostly) models
+ variety of actions (soft/hardcore, straight/lesbian, masturbation/peeing/fisting/etc)
+ high res pictures (up to 2000*3000 for newer content) and video (1280*720) with a range of formats (including iPod version)
+ Downloads in zips
+ no DRM
- continuous condom use
- original French content (with only further translation to English)
- some scenes are too short to focus on them
- pricing for Europe (€30/month)
Explicite Art is a collection of nice looking French models (currently 362) in a variety of situations and actions: soft and hardcore; solo, straight and lesbian; masturbating, peeing, fisting and so on, both in pictures and video, with updates coming almost every day (they have explicitely excluded only Sundays). Immediate drawback is that the original language is also French, which only then translated to English (subtitles here are, probably, the best solution as they allow keeping intact the emotional component of sounds).
EA's attention to technical quality results in pictures up to 2000*3000 px, which is more than necessary for just full screen viewing, with smaller versions of each picture for sorting/previewing, and true HD video (1280*720). Pictures can be loaded in zips; video is in a range of formats (MP4, MOV, ...) with a special version for iPod.
With all the above $24.95/month is a quite reasonable expense. European customers have to pay more: €29.95/month recursively. It looks like the "special offer" does not work or has its very specific meaning to the east of Atlantic Ocean.
Overall impression: site really deserves attention.
Camera Work/Direction Needs Improvement On Newer Videos
I rejoined this site after a couple years (and giving a very good review). I think Monsieur Root thinks of himself as an "artiste". For porno, the camera work and direction is not proper to the genre. It seems that every view of the "action" is limited to 2 or 3 seconds before you get a cut or edit to something else---very often a close up of a stunt cock's face. I feel like I'm back in the 1970s when directors were afraid of showing too much sex lest they be charged with obscenity,so they did quick cuts and plenty of male facial closeups. We don't need to worry about that anymore. Consumers want to see the sex, and they don't want to see male faces.
Both paysitediscounts and TBP have a special price of $24.95 listed for this site, but repeated attempts from different links from those sites always bring up a join page with ccbill that lists $29.95.
What's the deal? (I mean, if there really is one ...)
UPDATE: Thanks to Khan stepping in for my not-so-computer-savvy-this-morning brain, I got the problem fixed and the discount.
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
+ exclusive content everything from glamour shots to hardcore sex including double penetration
+ daily updates (video or picture series) from Monday to Saturday
+ pretty models that do all sorts of weird and not so weird stuff
+ quality has improved since I was there for the last time
+ pictures have 3000 pixel on the long side
+ H.264 videos with 1280x720 pixel resolution
+ no download limit as far as I can say and no DRM
- login via captcha with each new session
- download managers won't work
- navigation sometimes confused me
- some heavy and not to well done photoshoping of images can be seen
- not very much details are given about the models
- condomed sex only (a drawback for some but not for me to be honest)
- search engine is almost useless
To get an idea what this site offers let me describe the first set which is Goldie shot in 2006. This 22 yo. girl does everything a model being in front of John's cameras has to do fingering herself, double penetration with dildos, vaginal insertion of a huge dildo, peeing, blow job and anal penetration (condomed sex btw!). This first picture series has 1200x1800 pixel resolution which is very good for mateial from 2006. Her videos are of poor quality with 320x240 WMV2 no comparison to what is being offered nowadays!
The site's name pretty much explains what you will get and this promise won't be broken. Those being brave enough will also find anal fisting wile the girl fisted (Shannya Tweeks) fucks with a guy. This set from August 2008 comes as 720x576 pixel DX50 AVI (good quality I'd say) and the pictures are 2000x3000 pixel large which is standard now.
The latest videos are now 1280x720 pixel large H.264 with AVC1 codec. Strange enough most actors seem to speak french only therefore you will find subtitles in english.
This site truly does most things right. It's kind of a european version of ALS Scan with girls having pubic hair and hardcore sex. Most of the models are very gorgeous and they seem to enjoy what they are doing.
Whoever prepares the images for this site should stop with the heavy work in Photoshop or whatever the software may be. Traces of this work can easily be seen in the lesbian set of Shanis (drop dead gorgeous but overacting heavily in her solo insertion video!) and Eliska.
I'll give this site 89 points and would give a few more if the sites was download manager friendly (I lost a download I was waiting for almost an hour because of connection problems) and if they would stop this captcha login annoyance.
If you like girls from Europe and the explicite type of content then I recommend to join this site. I'm sure you will like it :-)
John B. Root (creator of Explicite site) recently received an hot d'or (=french avn awards) as best french film director. You can see diferent videos of his films on his site Explicite.
Personnaly it is not my best film director, but i must admit that his site is nice with really pretties girls inside and lot of french actress shoot or/and videos (Melissa Lauren, Yasmine, Lou Charmelle etc..)
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
-Quite high production values (lighting, sound, etc)
-Mostly beautiful French (and some other European) women
-Lots of anal (if you're into that)
-Price is reasonable ($24.95) with TBP discount
-An ocean of content
-Site is easy to navigate
-Condoms in all intercourse scenes!
-Irritating photo flash bulb use in many scenes, interrupting clear viewing
-Every single scene has about a ten second "Explicite" credit at the beginning, even scenes that are just a few minutes long.
-Feature films are broken up into ten or more parts, with each part once again having the "Explicite" credit at the beginning. It gets very annoying, and seems entirely unnecessary.
All things considered, this is an excellent and unique site. For me, the great production values and pretty nasty sex outweigh the negatives. I'm not sure I would stay a member more than a month or two, but there are almost no sites where I would do that.
I like softcore, will watch hardcore, but Explicite Art site would be an acquired taste for me. What I like best are lovely girls and women. The artsy porn here is supposed to be candy for the mind and eye, but I find it harder to digest than what met-art and similar glam photo sites offer.
I also don't like the photoflashes from a photographer who is doing a photo-shoot of a video session. That is stupidly intrusive on the action of the scene. Not all videos have the photo-flash effect, but some do. If someone decides to piss in the background, are we supposed to regard that as artistic embellishment of a porn scene?
(Sorry, maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.)
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