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TrashMan (103) 04-04-09  01:18pm
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Pros: +Very big library of movies
+Their movie viewing system is similar to VideoBox - click images of where to start and end clip, then generate a download of the clip.
+Site search...but (see cons)
+Like all DVD sites, there are some additions which they do not add actor/actress tags either because they got lazy, or there is no information, or whatever reason, but at least 899movies tags those movies with either "various", "various performers", etc. I mention this because these particular tags show up in the actors list. So its pretty easy to find the DVDs which have not been tagged. Untagged DVDs really shouldnt be a pro, though.
+They routinely add bonus disks, unlike other sites. Case in point: Kelly the Coed. This series routinely put out a bonus DVD with solos/interviews, and not even VideoBox added this content!
+There are bonus sites, but I'm pretty sure that they are archiving the same content as 899movies, similar the bonus sites offered by AdultMovieClub.
Cons: -Pretty piss poor addition rate (1 DVD per day)
-Unlike VideoBox or the sort, there are no premade clips to download. You have to generate your own download links by using the clip generation system (as mentioned above) - if you want the full scene just click the first image and the last. Problem is that you have to do this every time, and if you refresh the page you have to do it again. Too many clicks.
-No previewing available. Yes you can stream the WMV in your browser but its not as good as a flash driven system.
-Watermarked videos
-Rather high overlap, as is the nature of these sites, but more expensive than the competition.
-899 in the name refers to $8.99 movies, but the monthly price is $24.95. Someone wish to clarify?
-Site search sucks. Only good for searching movie titles, not actors. Actor driven browsing done using actor list page, which is long and takes a while to load.
-Download choices are terrible (see bottom line)
-Some downloads failed to work in WMP
Bottom Line: Overall 899movies is a site you should probably pass on. Most of the content they have added is duplicated on the better run sites (VideoBox, VideosZ), their update rate is terrible, the price is higher, and so on and so forth. There are so many negatives that they outweigh the positives, whatever positives there are. I can't stand the site search - you can't even search for actors because it fails. I keep forgetting this simple fact and continue to have failed searches...lol.

The other thing which makes the site worthless is the downloading system. I have never seen a site (up until now) that does not provide static download links providing premade clips of scenes, in other words when you go to VideoBox you get download links for DVD quality, High, Low, iPod, etc. This doesn't exist at 899movies; it is all user generation based - you select the parts of a clip you want to generate a download link using the same system as found on VideoBox. Nothing is wrong with this system, however this system should not stand alone without static download links. It is a royal pain in the ass to have to generate the link several times either because I accidentally single-clicked the link (making it stream in my browser) instead of saving the link thus forcing me to click the BACK button, or because of refreshing the page for whatever reason. So far, two clips I have made do not work in Windows Media Player. Yes, they work in VLC because VLC is more robust, but I can't even use the program VideoFixer to fix these files to make them work in WMP, it just crashes while trying to fix.
On a related note, the download resolutions are not constant. The highest quality, 800kbps, sometimes is 480x352 and other times it is 400x300, and then other times it is 320x240. At least with VideoBox and the sort, every movie is the same resolution for the same download quality. Thats another thing I meant to point - I think this download system that was first employed by VideoBox is made by some company. I originally thought that VideoBox was imposing the 480x352 resolution as their way of watermarking, but after seeing 899movies use the same exact system and spit out 480x352 resolution I am somewhat convinced that a third party coded the system to do this intentionally. Pretty stupid if you ask me.

One last point:
The site has some fuzzy math. When you view their DVD archive (the "ALL MOVIES" link at the top of the page) you will see 143 pages, and when you click page 143 it says above the page links "Items 2273-2288" (the number will be different for you since they add movies on a daily basis) while the box to the right of it says "Movies: 3,416". The correct number is the one in the box. The DVD listing thinks there are 16 items per page when in reality there are 24 if you count them.

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