Third Movies (1)
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
||- Access to three studios
- Huge collection
- Good variety
- File download options
- Streaming available
- HD available in 40+% of scenes
- HD available in several file sizes
- Picture galleries (as singles or zips)
- Download manager works great
- Download links donít appear to time out
- Multiple ways to sort DVDs
||- Lots of broken links in older titles
- Even though the site has the option of remembering your username and password, that feature doesnít work
- When scenes are added to ĎfavoritesĒ they are listed by performer name only Ė itís difficult to track it by movie name
- Search function is very basic
- List of performers canít be sorted
- Video quality isnít great
- HD scene files are HUGE
- Only updates by adding a scene or two per day
-Older videos use WMV Codec 9, while newer ones use Codec 8
- As site pushes HD videos, non-HD video quality gets downgraded with newer material
||I have a love-hate relationship with studio sites. I love them because mainstream DVD porn is my preference and I give full marks to a studio that makes a large part of their catalogue available for download. The hate part is that most studios seem to treat their internet presence as a mere sideline and they donít put the effort into it. Third Movies live up to the standards of most studio sites, with the love-hate thing still going on. In fairness to them, though, they are a much better site than some other studios on the Ďnet.
While a membership to Third Movies gets you access to two other sites (Zero Tolerance on Demand and Black Ice Pass) it really canít be thought of as a network because of the way the sites are bundled. On the member page you can sort by scene or DVD but the default is that you see titles from all three sites mixed together. You have the option to sort them by site. Iíve not seen another site that does it this way and I really like it. Rather than comb through three different sites there is just one mega site. This is really convenient. Since I didnít sort by site, this review applies equally to all three sites.
The site offers access to almost 1000 DVDs (324 Third Movies, 389 ZTOD and 243 Black Ice).
The site offers multiple ways to sort the material, from DVD title, scene and general theme. The sorting options are appreciated because the search function doesnít work well. I found that it tended to be pretty generous in interpreting what you were looking for so you got more hits than needed. The list of stars is just a giant list. If youíre looking for a star whoís name begins with W, be prepared to click ahead in 3-page increments until you get there.
The site has been around since 2004 so there are obviously some changes, most notably the addition of HD material. HD material is being offered on the newly added scenes and HD is now available of just over 40% of the scenes on the site. Older videos are offered in ďAVI XvidĒ and up to three resolutions of WMV. I tried the Xvid files but couldnít play them as the codec wasnít available. Make sure to test this if you plan to download this file type. Given the size of the site, I downloaded the highest wmv available. For most files this ranged from 640x360 @ 2176kbps to 720x540 @ 3155kbps. Newer videos (starting in late 2006) often offer HD in three resolutions (360p, 720p and 1080p). All HD files are only available in mp4 format. I canít comment on the HD quality because I prefer wmv format. Newer scenes are also available for iPod and iPhone.
Two major problems with the site are that for older videos (roughly 2004 to 2006) there are a huge number of broken links. Iím guessing that up to 20% of the links are broken. The page that pops up to tell you this has a link to report the problem, but that link is broken too. (As is the link to get the AVI codec). This problem has been noted in past reviews, so Iím guessing that the site knows of the problem. The other issue is that as the site pushes HD material, it actually appears that they are decreasing the quality of the non-HD material. The first DVD posted on the site in 2004 has better resolution and bitrate than the newest ones. Also (and I donít know what impact this has) the oldest are encoded in wmv 9 while the newest are in codec 8.
Subjectively, the quality of the non-HD videos is barely average.
Pictures are available, though this really isnít a photo site. They are available in zips. The resolution is fairly low at 600x900.
Minor problems with the site are that even though the option exists, the site wonít remember your username and password. You have to enter it (twice) each time you go to the site. This may be not issue to anyone else, but Iíd select scenes for download by adding it to my favorites on the site. The problem is that it gets added under the starís name and no DVD title is given unless you actually click on the link. Iíd prefer the DVD title and star name for ID.
The site continues to update, though they only add a scene or two per day. To make that worse, theyíll have up to four DVD titles updating so you may wait a long time to get a particular scene in a DVD. At least they do tell you when the scene you want will be added.
I wouldnít hesitate to recommend this site, subject to the caveats I noted here. A membership here gives you access to a wide variety of scenes. Unless youíre into fetish material there will be lots to keep you happy here. There is a good mix of U.S. and European models too. Black-themed videos are probably better represented here than at many competing sites. These studios also have titles on sites like Videobox, but I didnít find the level of overlap to be too bad. There is lots here to keep a PU happy.
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