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atrapat (112) 03-07-09  10:21am
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Status: Was a member approx. 4 months prior to this review.
Pros: -Will reach 6,000 DVDs next week.
-5 new DVDs every single day.
-Simple, informative, easy to use website.
-Useful personalization: favorites, custom lists, ratings.
-Great downloads: no limit, top speed, links are valid for weeks.
-Easily create custom clips from any scene.
-Various resolutions. Max: 720x480, around 4000kbps.
-Great streaming: trend-setting flash player with thumbnails.
-No watermarks on videos (except for some studios).
-Free tour shows all the available update info.
-Good percentage of fairly recent releases.
-Great series locator.
-No need to login every time.
-ccbill. TBP discount.
Cons: -Regional pricing.
-No divx video option. Only WMV.
-Weak star naming: missing or partial names abound.
-Star list doesn't list all available performers.
-Does not tell apart stars with same name (Lucy Lee, Cherokee).
-Categorization is too broad: only 40 possible keywords.
-No info on directors or male performers.
-Movie production date is not listed.
-Some repeated scenes: original movie and compilation.
-User comments rarely bring anything new.
-Transsexual or hentai DVDs released as regular updates.
Bottom Line: I wasn't aware that VideoBox existed a year ago when I came across Porn Users. At that time, I believe it was the top 1 site among PUs but its popularity has recently been dwindling. This is the only DVD site I've ever joined but I believe they do lots of things right. Every PU should join VideoBox at least once.

I've got basically one con: VideoBox metadata is crappy. Google wouldn't be so successful if they indexed the whole Internet but you could only enter a limited set of keywords to find documents or if they left out half the words when indexing. VideoBox should be looking into this because some competitors have also realized that VideoBox metadata and search engine is its weakest asset.

Despite this fact, VideoBox was close to a dream come true for me. During the last couple weeks I decided to look for scenes where the model kept the panties on until the end. Unfortunately, Fetish was the only somewhat useful keyword among the 40 categories. Panties or Clothes keywords would certainly have been welcome because Fetish gave me lots of BDSM which wasn't exactly what I was looking for.

I was forced to browse through the whole collection picking titles here and there that looked promising and using the 6 thumbnails or the streaming option to see if a scene fit the profile. Jumping to other DVDs in the series was easy but director info would have for sure been useful. I eventually came across Intense Industries studio which had lots of them.

I'm no longer a member but still visit VideoBox on a weekly basis. Their free tour works almost exactly like the members area except for the video download and streaming options. I just browse the recent DVDs in my still ongoing quest. Sooner or later, I'll join back.

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ControllingMind (Disabled) I would have given videobox around the same score. There is only about 2 or 3 sites I have joined so far which I would definately return and Videobox is one of them.
03-07-09  12:46pm

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messmer (137) Good review with an appropriate rating. I've been a member on and off quite a few times but am becoming hesitant to re-subscribe because, despite their large daily updates, not enough attention is being paid to niche contents. Too bad "American Vice" doesn't update at the same rate because they do cater to tastes outside the main stream of porn and could easily become a second choice for video lovers.
03-07-09  02:42pm

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messmer (137) REPLY TO #2 - messmer :

PS. I think the full title of the site I mentioned should be "American Vice Rebel."
03-07-09  02:50pm

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Monahan (42) Great job and the review is spot on to this 3+ year subscriber.

And I agree with the need for an improved search function. There are so many videos where the pornstars are mis-identified (or their names are misspelled) and so many more where the names are simply not provided that the only good way to find a particular pornstar is to go to ifdb.com, get a title inventory and search for the title. But as atrapat says, they have a less than optimal metadata search capability so even that isn't the best answer.

The shame is with 6,000+ titles, they've got some really great stuff that will be lost to all but a very few very determined people who are willing to check out each title one-by-one.

03-12-09  06:00pm

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