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rearadmiral (376) 11-17-11  04:37pm
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Status: Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: - Large site
- One of the better studio sites on the internet
- TBP/PU discount
- Offers both video and pictures
- Videos usually offered in multiple formats
- Pictures available in multiple resolutions
- Pictures available in zips
- Updates daily
- Supports download managers
Cons: - Navigation is fairly basic for such a large site
- Models seem to be removed from the site occasionally
- Heavy reliance on girl-girl (unless you like that, of course)
- Not all new videos are offered with HD
- A bit Ďsoftí for someone who prefers Ďhardí
Bottom Line: Usually when I join a site itís because itís a site Iíve looked at and thought that it has material that Iíd like to download and view. If the site does the technical stuff well and they deliver what they promised then Iíll probably recommend the site.

Things are different for Viv Thomas though. This wasnít a site on my radar until tangub noted that they were offering an additional discount beyond the normal TBP/PU discount. Based on the reviews here and on TBP, and a quick scan of the site I signed up. I donít regret taking a membership, but Iím fining this review difficult to write just because Iím so ambivalent in my reaction to the site. I should point out that my review follows on the heels of tangubís excellent review and you need to read that because he has a lot of important information in there.

I have no idea how many picture sets and videos there are on this site, but it is quite large. Tangub has some figures in his review that seem accurate.

The site doesnít appear to favour video over photos or vice versa: both seem well represented.

Videos are usually offered in both WMV (Codec 9) and mp4. When HD is available it is usually offered only in mp4 though I did see and download some in WMV. I never saw a scene where HD was offered in both formats. HD isnít available with every scene, and oddly it doesnít even seem to be offered with each new upload. I prefer WMV format, so I canít comment on the quality of the mp4 files. The highest resolution available for WMV videos is 1280x720 at 4000kb/s, which is HD, but remember that WMV HD is rare here. More common are 720x526 at 2200, 640x360 at 2200 and 512x384 at 1550 with the latter resolution appearing to be the most common. These are lower resolutions than Iíve seen at comparable sites.

Photos are available in multiple resolutions with the highest being 2400x1600. Photo sets are available as a zip and the sets can have as few as 30 or over a hundred photos in them.

Subjectively, this is a pretty good site, and it is one of the better studio sites that Iíve seen. It seems that many studios treat the internet as an afterthought, but Viv Thomas does seem to understand the importance of the internet.

My biggest complaint about the site is the navigation. This might be different if youíre a fan of Euro porn and know the models, but for someone who is relatively new to Euro porn the site can be difficult to use. Using the navigation tools to go to boy-girl videos, for example, youíre offered several pages of thumbnails, which will lead you to a particular scene. My beef is that there is little information given apart from the title of the DVD that the scene is from. You actually have to open the link to find out whoís in the scene. You can search by model too, but I didnít find that to be of much help either since all you have is a small thumbnail to go by. You might open the link only to discover that the model is nothing like what you expected from the small thumbnail. I may be nit-picking here, but I prefer as much information as possible before I have to click on another link. At a bare minimum I like to see DVD name and star. A bonus would be a few tags.

It appears that as much as, and maybe more than, half the site is girl-girl material. Thatís great if youíre looking for girl-girl, but it limits the siteís appeal to others. The odd thing is that there are models who do boy-girl elsewhere who only have girl-girl on this site.

There are also a lot of BTS scenes available, which can be good or bad depending on your interest in those.

I have no idea how often the site might get cleaned up, but when I joined I noted that they listed both Ariana Jollie and Desire Moore as models on the site. By the time I went back to download some of their material neither were to be found on the site. I donít know if this happens to other models because I donít know Euro models that well. Just be mindful Ė if you see a model you like, get her material right away. Just in case.

Even though Iím somewhat indifferent to this site I do recognize that it is still a good site. It just isnít what Iím into. It is more Ďsoftí than I usually buy. I should add, though, that in a link for Ďbannedí video they have some scenes from ďDirty Dog 4Ē which has some girl/girl anal fisting with some A-list girls (Angel Long and Ariana Jollie among them, but uncredited in the description.)

So would I recommend this site? Absolutely Ė as long as you like what they have to offer. For someone like me who thinks Kink.com is the best studio on the planet, and regularly signs up at Evil Angel, Viv Thomas is a bit soft for my tastes. Viv Thomas has lots to offer in pics and video, in resolutions that are average. There are some hot European models here with an emphasis on girl-girl. If this is what you like, youíll probably like Viv Thomas.

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Cybertoad (Disabled) Awesome review there Rearadmiral !
11-17-11  04:50pm

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rearadmiral (376) REPLY TO #1 - Cybertoad :

Thanks for the comment, cybertoad. I really think this is the weakest review I've done in a long time. I just didn't have any 'connection' with this site. You might have had the same thing where you take a membership without really knowing what you're getting. This is an great site (not excellent) but just not for me.
11-17-11  06:26pm

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Denner (235) Have to second Cybertoad....GREAT and very helpful review.
Have always been a little disappointed with the quality of those vids you also can watch as bonus material at many sites - and for quite a few years now.
Then found some new trailers in top quality - so it's a bit sad to learn this:

"... but remember that WMV HD is rare here."

But hope that will turn to the better in the future....
Thanks, rearadmiral!

11-18-11  02:55am

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rearadmiral (376) REPLY TO #3 - Denner :

Thanks Denner. I appreciate your comments.

As for wmv HD, it really looks like they've decided that HD material will be in mp4 only. Those of us who prefer wmv are out of luck.

11-18-11  03:58am

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Denner (235) REPLY TO #4 - rearadmiral :

Oh,oh...does that mean, that the amount of vids in HD or 1280x720 is considerably higher in MP4??
11-18-11  05:20am

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rearadmiral (376) REPLY TO #5 - Denner :

Yes. It was pretty rare to see an HD scene in wmv format. I didn't download a lot from this site, but I only managed to get one HD scene in wmv. Most of them are mp4 and it looks like all new HD material is mp4 only.

Maybe tangub can add to this as he's got a membership here too.

11-18-11  05:47am

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Nick Spillum (13)
Thanks for the review rearadmiral. I have taken your points on the navigation to heart as they provided some good constructive criticism there. Thanks for that!

Just a quick point on the models - we don't actually remove content from the site as all. I'm not sure what happened with Desire Moore (maybe you mean Jessica Moore?) and Arianna Jollie http://www.vivthomas.com/models.php/1982 but I am checking that out for you.

11-18-11  07:18am

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Nick Spillum (13)
Just another quick point. We started our HD tests in WMV and then quickly converted to MP4 as the compression ratios were much better. All newly shot scenes are available in MP4 HD.
11-18-11  07:19am

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tangub (155) REPLY TO #5 - Denner :

Denner there are currently 253 vids with an HD option on the site, doing a quick count up i found 106 with the HD WMV option, as far as i can tell everything released in HD since December 2010 has had the MP4 option.
11-18-11  08:00am

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tangub (155) Great review rearadmiral. I agree with you that this site appeals most to those who have a liking for soft erotic lesbian porn and there's probably not many better sites in that niche however it wasn't really my thing either. The thing that surprises me is that TBP don't even list lesbian as a secondary niche for this site so maybe they should consider recategorising as lesbian porn has certainly become rhe dominant feature here. Anybody searching for a good lesbian site on TBP could easily miss this one.
11-18-11  08:11am

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Denner (235) REPLY TO #9 - tangub :

Thanks a lot!!! tangub - for this fine info/update...it's almost like:
Now, your're talking!
This was what I was waiting for - concerning a join...

11-18-11  08:37am

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Denner (235) REPLY TO #8 - Nick Spillum :

Great to get your input on this one, NS.
I really do not care that much if the HD-vids material is WMV, AVI or MP4 or whatever - as long as it is in great viewing quality and like 1280x720 (or even better).
You say:
"All newly shot scenes are available in MP4 HD."

From what date are "newly shot scenes" - and HOW many can we see at the site?

11-18-11  08:47am

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rearadmiral (376) REPLY TO #7 - Nick Spillum :


Thanks for taking the time to reply. I really enjoyed your site and I hope I made it clear in my review that of the few things I didn't like all but one was purely subjective. Even my issue with navigation probably isn't an issue for members who know the models. The fact is that I probably wouldn't have seen it as much of a concern if I knew the models. I hope that's clear to prospective members.

I must be confused about the Desire Moore thing... Middle-age is creeping in. That's my excuse and I apologize for the error.

As I said in my review though, one thing that I found amazing on your site were the 'banned' videos. Thanks for posting those. I like your site and would definitely recommend it (actually, I already did to a porn buddy who would really love your site) and for me those fisting videos alone were worth the membership fee!

You have a great site and thanks for offering the discount.

11-20-11  06:28am

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rearadmiral (376) REPLY TO #8 - Nick Spillum :


Thanks for providing this information. I've noticed the same thing on other sites so now I won't complain so much when I can't get wmvs in HD. I don't have much technical knowledge and hadn't thought of compression issues.

11-20-11  06:30am

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rearadmiral (376) REPLY TO #10 - tangub :

I agree 100%. The site should be tagged as lesbian because that's a strong part of it and they do it really well. It reminds me of when I was pleasantly surprised to find so much public flashing and exhibitionism on FTV Girls.

So let it be known through these comments: if you like lesbain material, you need to seriously consider a membership to Viv Thomas.

11-20-11  06:33am

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