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pat362 (375) 09-03-12  07:14am
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Status: Current Member for over 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: +A gigantic library of content with over 76000 scenes.
+They update with 5 new movies each day.
+They have a wide selection of mnovies from many top studios.
+Multiple download options and some of the scenes can now be downloaded in HD.
+All scenes can be streamed online.
+Each scene is tagged with multiple keywords to help narrow searches.
+They offer multiple search option like name of performer, name of studio and keywords.
Cons: -The site has a huge library but a good part of it is either junk or the same scene repeated multiple times.
-You can't dowload an entire dvd so you are limited to downloading only the scenes which isn't bad on a gonzo style movies but ruins a scenario driven movie.
-Their scene breakdown is sometime be badly done so you get only part of the scene.
-Too many improper tags are assigned to scenes and therefore the results you get in a serarch will be wrong.
-They have many studios to choose from but a lot of their library is not availabe.
-The quality of the vids varies a lot from studio to studio and it's not always good.
--Am I the only one who found very loud soundtracks on movies that shouldn't have had them?
Bottom Line: *I know there are a couple of similar sites but this is still the leader when it comes to downloading porn dvd's and unless something changes then it will remain the leader for years to come. That's the good news but the bad one is that I was pretty disapointed with my last visit. I may be in the minority because of my porn tastes and expectation but a large part of the scenes I recently downloaded had some loud annoying soundtrack that masked the rest of the sound.

*They offer some great stuff and they keep adding new studios which in turn adds more movies to their already huge library but it would be amazing if they instead of adding new studios. They would instead concentrate on getting the entire library from their existing studios. I don't know the reason why they haven't done that yet. Maybe the owner of the library is asking for too much money but it would be nice if they got that done. Mind you if they do add older movies from existing studios. Then please don't add the annoying soundtrack because if you have to do that then don't bother because they certainly won't be seeing me as a futur customer.

*This is a great site for anyone just starting to surf for porn or someone looking for dvd's from dead studios because there is so much stuff here that a month will never be enough to find and download all that you want and staying long term may well be worth it. I find that it's a lot less worth it for a repeat member like myself because a lot of the stuff they added since my last visit was simply repeat stuff under a different studioo name, crap that I would never download or movies that has that annoying soundtrack added to it.

**I'm giving the site a much lower score than it might deserve but that's because I'm a returning customer who sees that they haven't fixed issues that were there the last time I visited and who's disapiinted in a good part of the content that he likes. The score would have been much bigger if I weas a new member.**

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TheSquirrel (53) Good review, I see you scored it very close to my mark. This place could certainly do with more quality over quantity, but maybe in the current climate, that's all they can do on the budget. Many videos and scenes listed as new, are just old ones which have been repackaged, which is often noted by members.
09-03-12  09:06am

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pat362 (375) REPLY TO #1 - TheSquirrel :

I was really tempted to match your score but I gave them a couple of extra points because what annoys me about the site may be more of a personal nature. I do agree that quality vs quantity would be a much better approach. There is way too much repetition. Mind you I can appreciate their budget restraints because I don't think they charge enough. It's strabge to think that a site I scored in the high 90's a few years ago has dropped to barely above 80.
09-03-12  10:19am

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rearadmiral (388) Great review pat. Regarding your comment that you might be in the minority since you don't find VB all that great, I think you're both right and wrong. As you say, VB is an excellent site for someone who is just starting to collect porn so you'd be in the minority among most people. But here at PU, I suspect that you're in the majority. I like VB and I'll keep going back, but I really wish they'd make it a better site and concentrate more on quality than quantity.

I also strong agree with you that it is frustrating that studios on VB don't make more of their catalogue available.

09-03-12  05:01pm

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pat362 (375) REPLY TO #3 - rearadmiral :

I have a very good memory so I know that the soundtrack on some of their newer and older videos wasn't on the original one but have you noticed that as well?
09-03-12  06:20pm

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rearadmiral (388) REPLY TO #4 - pat362 :

I didn't, but I do watch a lot with the sound off too so I'd be less inclined to notice that.
09-04-12  05:15pm

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pat362 (375) REPLY TO #5 - rearadmiral :

I wih I could but I can't. The sound is an integral part of the scene so if there is music than it has to be either unoticeable or not too loud to overshadow the action betwen the players.
09-04-12  06:07pm

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rearadmiral (388) REPLY TO #6 - pat362 :

I think we're mostly in agreement. I have to have the sound off a lot of times for 'strategic' reasons. But when I am able to listen to the sound too I prefer no music at all. I'm so used to no music in much of what I watch that it seems obtrusive when it is there - even if it is subtle.

One possible exception is the original music that X-Art uses. I don't necessarily like it, but I will admit that it adds to the mood that the site is trying to create.

09-05-12  04:11am

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Monahan (44) Excellent review.

My adds:

A big uptick to VB for its continuing effort to list the cast for most of its material.

A big downtick for its incorrect spelling and/or identification of the cast names which, with the size of their catalogue, makes it impossible to find all of the material for a specific performer.

A big uptick for the quality of member commentary. Many members are true pornophiles who know their stuff and are willing to share.

A big downtick for VB's laziness in making corrections in cast member names that are identified by members in their comments.

I've been a member since 2005 and it's still my favorite source for my stash, especially when they exploded from one update a day to 5 or more a day. But I do agree with the score for all of the reasons cited.

09-05-12  09:17am

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pat362 (375) REPLY TO #8 - Monahan :

I suspect that they are a victim of their popularity so satisfying such a large group of members is an impossibility. I'm glad that people like you still enjoy the site and I'm also glad that their join price is ridiculusly low so no one can complain that porn is too expensive beause this site proves them wrong.

It's too bad that the few studios that I love don't have a lot of content and aren't updating anymore and those that are tend to have the annoying added loud sountrack.

09-05-12  06:28pm

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Schirm (3) Hi Pat

I noticed you put a remark about video quality in the cons list. Would you mind elaborate on this a bit?

Taking aside newer hd scenes, would you say that files suffer from too hard compression, low bitrates etc? What filesize would a typical 30 min full frame (4:3) scene be, roughly?

I figure the main alternative would be Videosz, where I found the quality to quite satisfactory overall. Is Videobox on the same level?

03-23-14  02:42am

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pat362 (375) REPLY TO #10 - Schirm :

The bulk of the content on VB and VideosZ is many years old and it's not getting any younger. The quality of the print the sites used was not necessarily the best and they never bothered to remaster them so the final product is often of passable video quality. Their problem is compounded by the fact that so many studios have died in the last 5 years that it's getting harder and harder for them to find new material to update on a daily basis. In fact the bulk of the new stuff is actually content taken from porn sites as opposed to actual porn studios. The rest is a mixture or older titles and content from the few remaining active studios but that last one now means that it's not exclusive to VB and/or VideosZ.

That doesn't mean that both sites aren't worth joining because they are if for no other reason than they have such a huge library of content that it's well worth a month long membership. Likely longer if you want o truly find everything that you want.

The bulk of the content on both sites is best appreciated if the video resolution is 640x480. I wish I could say the newer stuff can be downloaded and viewed in 720p or 1080p but stated above that both sites still update with older content so no way of telling you which new movie is actually recent and which one isn't without seeing their library.

03-23-14  07:41am

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