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RustyJ (145) 01-08-13  08:02am
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Status: Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: -Some old John B Root films are also available on the site. French Beauty and some others are really top class
-French models you cannot find elsewhere. Also many videos and photosets from the big names from France in their early days
-Mostly exclusive content. Some released as DVD's. They claim to have 750 original videos but quickly looking I'd say there's well over 1000 videos although the early ones are almost unviewable by today's standards
-Newer videos are very good looking 720p (.mov) available in multiple formats in lower res too
-Photos in up to 3000x2000 resolution with kind of amateurish and artful feel. Available as zip archives (the actual files are sometimes 9 folder levels deep inside the zip!)
-Good variation between soft and hard content. From solo posing to anal fisting, dap and such
-Compilation videos are good idea. They are like film releases made from scenes of a same theme. Easier downloading
-Reliable billers and no regional pricing
Cons: -Videos and photosets are separately listed. You have to do some searching to find the matching one if there is such
-Streaming player isn't very good. I couldn't skip forward to parts not yet loaded
-Somewhat mediocre download speeds at little over 3MB/s, sometimes lower, still tolerable. I had some larger 3-5GB compilation type best of files grind to halt or timeouting requiring restart as the downloads are apparently not pauseable
-Site navigation can be a bit clumsy at times, returning blank pages, requesting resending data when navigating with back/forward after filtering and sorting scenes and so on
-Videos can be quite short and skip right into action. Some might consider it a pro
-Condoms. I understand the need but would rather have my porn without
-Compilations feature duplicate content between each other and single scenes (obvious)
-Photos are probably taken during video shoots as they look like they could use more flash light
Bottom Line: John B Root is a French pornographer of some fame and prestige, or so I think. This site is dedicated to his productions with various models and genres. The sortiment is really wide indeed as the site ranges from soft glamour and casting photoshoots to the most hardcore sex imagineable (DP, double anal, fisting all imaginable orifices), often with the very same girls at some later time. The whole site manages to capture sort of classy feeling that has both glam appeal but also sort of amateurish feeling you get with less used models who seem more confortable and often also seen having honest good time with each other. Mostly it's songle shoots but also complete John B Root films are avialable for download. The single scenes are often released at different times as photosets and videos while the full films come with very large attached photosets and usually a making of kind of film as long as the title itself and photosets from that too. The makin of pieces are necessarily not that sexual in content themselves but interesting watch nonetheless when you can see a small team of mostly actors and actresses travel to an exotic spot and shoot a movie filming each other and working as lighting assistant and such in each others scenes.

Photography is obviously in equal role on this site with videos. The photos are large and quite sharp with kind of amateurish but artsy feel to them. Pictures in zips lack on processing and they could be brighter to begin with. Also the are bit lowish on saturation when compared with leading photo sites and the likes of 21Sextury.com and DDFProd. That's partly post processing issue but the photoshoots could be bit better lit. No such issues with videos, they are bright and crisp. Only complaint is that they are bit on the shorter side and you can often see one cameraman in the picture of another camera. Photos are available as zips but even that could have been executed somewhat better. Some zips have 9 levels of loders before you reach the files while others have the file names start with "\" character making them invisible in Windows until extracted with some app like WinRAR.

Video offerings are top class in quality and 720p .mov has reasonable file sizes although it'd be nice to have 720p also in some streamable format. Besides normal single scene or half a scene videos, they also offer compilations that are videos put together from a number of scenes with similar content or same actress. The idea is good since these are easier to download than individual scenes although it's often hard to preview what you'll get. They obviously have duplicate content with the single scenes but sadly also with other compilations so you end up wasting some hd space. The bigger scenes also seem more likely to timeout while downloading. Some feature films are also available for download, and of course few dozen old John B Root classics directed for Marc Dorcel and others.

You can find many models on this site not really found elsewhere. They also have many bigger names that either started here or did scenes with John B Root at some point of their careers. Famous names include Angell Summers, Liza Del Sierra and some really early scenes by Melissa Lauren. Then there's many hot French actresses who probably never made it ouside France or had longer lasting careers in adult entertainment, personally I recognized Mathilda and Ally but if you've seen early 2000's Marc Dorcel DVD's, you'll likely find other familiar faces too.

Technical side is bit shaky here. The download speeds can vary a lot. I never got anything higher than 3,5MB/s when downloading a single file with DL manager but especially with the bigger files the rate may vary a lot, even stopping at timeswith restart needed so prepare with some time before starting download them. The site design is good looking if not so functional, it might be bit hard finding what you are looking for. The embedded streaming viewer is not that good for previewing, especially the big files as you can not skip forward to what has not yet been loaded. When you sort videos or photosets and try to browse back and forth between them, you often get blank (expired) pages sent to you with need to resend data or have your sorting preference disappear. Using right click and open in new tab helps a lot like it did with 21Sextury when they had similar issues.

All in all it's a bit hard to give rating for this site. Content is great in my opinion but the technical side could use some work, especially the slight download issues. Technically I would have rated this site 80 tops but the content is just great and unique and overweights the issues. Most of my cons are just minor nitpicking after all. French porn is sadly quite limited these days and this site is probably the strongest contender at the moment. Personally I wish Marc Dorcel launched a site in English that qualified for TPB.

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arnaud (17)
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Hi Rusty,

Regarding your download speed/issue (although 3,5mb/s seems quite good to me), you should see improvement in few hours as i'm currently upgrading the download server for a better quality of service.

I'm planning to add real streaming, so you will soon be able to browse the videos with the embedded player.

About blank/expired pages when you hit "back" after sorting sets, that's because of how HTTP protocol works, but i'm going to look into this and try to make things work differently in order to avoid the "resend data" thing.

For all other "artistic aspects", i don't really have influence on them but you may want to email John and tell him what you think.

Regards.

Arnaud

01-09-13  08:05am

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RustyJ (145) REPLY TO #1 - arnaud :

Good to hear from webmaster again. Actually, when it comes to artistic things, I'm very happy with this site.
01-09-13  11:45am

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rome476 (0) I share your frustration over the lack of French and other euro quality sites available in English, especially the lack of a Marc Dorcel site that is reasonably priced and reliable (although I donít know why it has a bad reputation). There are high-end euro features , available on English sites but it is mostly to be found as small numbers of DVDs available on vb and videoz . I would however point out that Private has really improved. Please see my comment under Private .
01-10-13  06:48pm

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