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rearadmiral (388) 10-09-10  08:42am
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Pros: - Itís Videobox, dammit!
- HUGE collection of DVDs
- Probably the largest DVD site on the internet
- Excellent value
- Wide variety of material available
- Premium (extra cost) channels are worth the price
Cons: - Selects for quantity, not quality
- Heavy reliance on European videos
- A lot of Grade-B, C and D material
- A lot of B/B/G scenes
- Heavy reliance on compilations where the original is also available
- Poor search function
Bottom Line: Yes, I realize that this is probably the most reviewed site here at PU, and yes, I also realize that this is the third time Iíve reviewed this site, but I wanted to update my opinion of the site and I figured that a comment wouldnít suffice. I also added the premium channels this time too.

Iím a big fan of Videobox. Iíve had friends whoíve asked for recommendations on porn sites and Iíve sent them to VB. VB is an excellent way to build a large, good quality porn collection. It has enough variety to satisfy all but the most unusual tastes, though the search function (or lack thereof) makes finding what you want more difficult. A site this large needs a better means of searching.

VB is big enough and well known enough that one bad review wonít hurt it. Iím still a fan, but less of a fan than I have been. The thing I think that is dragging VB down is, ironically, what is one of their big selling points: five updates a day. The problem with having five updates a day is that this emphasizes quantity over quality. When theyíre putting five new DVDs up per day, every day, regardless of your tastes there will be an awful lot of crap being uploaded.

To fill their daily quota VB relies heavily on European porn. I prefer American porn, but thatís not my motivating point here. There is good European porn and there is bad European porn. (Same with the U.S.) The problem is that VB seems to rely on more bad European stuff than good stuff. Take Private Ė they are (or at least used to be) a high-quality studio. I only learned that they also crank out complete crap thanks to VB. This is grade-B and C Private stuff.

Another pet peeve of mine that is also caused by the daily update schedule is the use of a lot of compilation DVDs. The problem is that with many of the compilation DVDs VB has already posted the original. Luckily someone usually points out the duplication. But VB gets to count another update without really updating anything.

On the plus side, VB has recently been adding older Seymore Butts titles. These are great to see again.

Theyíve also started adding some Diabolic titles too. There arenít many up yet, but these certainly move the quality balance in the right direction.

For the first time, I also added the Ďpremiumí channels. These really add to the value of the membership now that they are bundled for the fee. They are a bit pricey, but they do offer good value with both channels having just under 400 titles posted now. A new title gets added to each channel every two or three days.

Is VB still a great value? Definitely. But they should modify their business model now that their so far ahead of the competition and focus on quality rather than quantity. Iíd be satisfied with one update a day to have better quality.

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messmer (137) Excellent review, rearadmiral. Right on the mark!
10-09-10  09:08am

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RustyJ (145) REPLY TO #1 - messmer :

Thanks for the review.

What are these grades B and C you (and others) refer to about DVD's? Just a subjective definition of quality or some PU scale?

Personally I think those old Private videos they have are great. I own many on DVD's from time when you could order them for five to six euros a piece with free shipping.

10-10-10  02:12am

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RustyJ (145) My meaning was to reply to the reviewer, not comment #1, sorry.
10-10-10  02:13am

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rearadmiral (388) REPLY TO #3 - RustyJ :

RustyJ - the B C and D thing is just subjective. Many of the posts at Videobox just aren't Grade A material. I also agree that much of the older Private stuff is excellent. I'm a big fan of Private and have been for a long time. The stuff that gets posted to Videobox isn't very good though. This is certainly a personal thing, but I really don't like boy-boy-girl scenes and those seem to be more common than boy-girl in a lot of the Private titles that get posted on Videobox.
10-10-10  05:47am

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messmer (137) REPLY TO #2 - RustyJ :

Yep, the mention of grade B or C DVDs is mostly subjective (as are all reviews) and not an official PU thing. Some scenes might be very much enjoyed by others while, for me, they are spoiled by poor lighting, incredibly poor acting and editing and most importantly lack of imagination, and it indicates to me, as is also the case with main stream Grade B movies, that they were made on a shoestring budget.

Oops, sorry Rusty (and rearadmiral,) I got a notice that you had replied to me and answered accordingly not realizing that it was the "rearadmirals" review.

10-10-10  09:45am

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