||I find that studio sites can be a gamble. For every one like Evil Angel that does it well, there are ten that come up short. Club Red Light is lumped in with the majority of studio sites and continues the tradition of being mediocre.
Most people will know the Red Light District studio well since they have been around for more than a decade and their material is widely available on DVD sites. As a mainstream porn studio they cover all of the regular niches. Their offerings are almost exclusively gonzo and are harder-edged. This really isn’t couples porn.
The site markets itself as a network by creating different niche ‘sites.’ But since the scenes are all from RLD DVDs and are all available on the main page then it really can’t be treated as a network. (While CRL is the name of the network, it is also a separate site within the network.)
The sites, with some stats (number of scenes / last update date), are:
Club Red Light – 1099 / Dec. 7, 2013
Addicted to Boobs – 188 / Nov. 16, 2013
Ass Crazed – 148 / Nov. 8, 2013
Choke on My Load – 79 / Oct. 27, 2013
Cumfart Cocktails – 38 / Oct. 31, 2013
Cum Stained Casting Couch – 191 / Oct. 28, 2013
I Just Fucked My Best Friend’s Mom – 88 / Sept. 21, 2013
I Just Fucked Two Chicks – 45 / Nov. 9, 2013
In it Goes Out it Cums – 137 / Nov. 1, 2013
I’ve Been Sodomized – 265 / Oct. 18, 2013
Sluts Fucking Sluts – 72 / Dec. 26, 2012
So You Think You Can Squirt – 41 / Oct. 3, 2013
Teenage Fuckholes – 350 / Nov. 5, 2013
Throat Gaggers – 110 / Jan. 24, 2013
Toe Service – 28 / May 29, 2013
Young Tight Latinas – 104 / Oct. 26, 2013
One caveat when counting the scenes: I have no idea because they aren’t labelled as such, but some of the scenes only offer photos and no videos. Another caveat on updates: you’ll note that the last update on the entire site was three weeks ago. Many of the sites haven’t updated in months. I won’t be the one to call for last rites, but maybe we need a porn priest on speed dial.
I really can’t understand why a studio who produces DVDs wouldn’t structure their website around those DVDs. To make matters worse, while some of the sites have some RLD series names, and the sites have scenes from that series, there are additional scenes in there too making it harder to sort. For others like me who have a large porn collection, not identifying the DVD title means that I inevitably downloaded a lot of scenes that I already had.
Apart from not having the scenes associated with their respective DVDs, the site is laid out in a logical manner. The main site shows thumbnails for 24 scenes per page spanning all the ‘sites. Opening one of the thumbnails brings you to that scene’s page where you can stream, download the scene (if video is available) and the photos.
There seems to be a point in March, 2008 when they started offering higher resolutions. Prior to that date the scenes were offered as WMVs in 640x480 and lower. I realize that a lot of these scenes weren’t filmed in good resolution so I can’t fault the site for this, but they are pretty poor quality. When higher resolutions were offered starting in 2008 they were first WMVs at 1280x720 at 4000 kb/s. A problem though, is that even though some of the scenes uploaded after 2008 are labelled “HD” on the thumbnail, they still only come in at 640x480. With file data not provided the best gauge for guessing resolution is file size. The last two years saw another change with the file type switching to MP4. For the past two years the files are offered as an “MP4 High” and an “MP4 Medium.” The “High” are 1920x1080 at 5000kb/s and 29fps. They look good, but not as crisp as on some other sites. The “Medium” are 960x540 at 3000kb/s and 29fps. I know this will sound really fussy on my part, but I do wish they offered 1280x720 to bridge the gap.
While there are photos offered (and singles or zips) there are only a few low-res photos offered with each scene, and some of those are screencaps.
The site supports download managers and I had no trouble with links timing out. Download speeds were good. I experienced a problem the first few days of my membership with the site crashing and giving me an “internal server error” message. Usually going back to the site and logging in resolved it. It hasn’t happened in the past few days so it may have been a temporary glitch.
I found that I had downloaded several scenes where the video and audio were not in sync. It may have been that with bad luck I stumbled on the few like that, but it is more likely that this occurs in other scenes too.
The bottom line is that this is a site that could have been great but isn’t. RLD makes some great porn but the cons really outweigh the pros here. Add to this that the site may be dying and I am certain that I won’t be back. The only people I’d recommend the site to would be a person who is just starting to buy and collect online porn and doesn’t already have many RLD titles.