+ Viv Thomas Photos/Videos, Solo, Lesbian, Hardcore & Fetish.
+ Large Collection, Daily Updates, Years of Total Archives.
- Video Options Vary, Most Not HD, Older Scenes in Parts.
- Model Bios are Hit-and-Miss, No Date-Stamps on Content.
User Reviews (9)
User reviews consist of pros, cons, and other thoughts.
Was a member approx. 1 month prior to this review.
09-29-1211:49pm (Update History) Reason: Changes were made to the site in response to this review; I updated it to reflect both the site's improvements and the site's response to feedback.
-well directed; slants more toward erotica than porn
-high production quality
-downloadable films in 3 file formats
-respectable number of HD films
-photo sets are downloadable as zips
-large collection of material
-Staff responsive to reviews on pornusers.com
-Misleading links to "Site Extras" (one of those annoying complimentary memberships to livejasmin affiliated site misleadingly marked as "vivthomascams".)
-Poor search engine
-No way to mark favorites for later
-Streaming begins automatically (problem if you don't have the bandwidth to spare).--fixed.
-Some full-length films are "preview-only"--fixed
You cannot, cannot go wrong with Viv Thomas. His work is easily my favorite stuff on the market today. Some of the hottest girls on the internet can be found in his movies and photo-sets.
Vivthomas.com has a wide assortment of videos, which are the individual scenes of DVDs. There is also a vast library of photosets (though they are not necessarily related to the films; they're usually stand-alone). Viv Thomas' material is well directed and has a high production value--no shaky cameras or cameramen who get so distracted by the action that they forget their camera's been focused on a kneecap for two minutes. Instead, each scene is carefully crafted and well filmed.
Addendum to original review: I was incorrect about several things in my first review, I have endeavored to correct it. Vivthomas.com updates daily and my criticisms here have either been fixed or were a result of a misunderstanding on my part. Moreover, the VivThomas team responded very quickly to the criticisms I leveled at them in the original review. I've indicated the criticisms I had of them that they have since fixed and have adjusted my score accordingly.
All in all, you cannot go wrong with Viv Thomas' sites; you won't be disappointed. However, as a flagship website, vivthomas.com has a long way to go before it's on par with other sites out there.
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
- 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
- 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
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.
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
TBP/PU discount offered
Independent payment processor, easy cancellation
Huge archive with over 10 years of updates online, 622 models, 1400+ videos and 157,000+ photos
Good variety of solo, lesbian and hardcore
Updated daily 7 days a week, usually photo set one day and video the next.
Most recent photo sets (since November 2009) can be browsed in 2 sizes, 533 x 800px and 1600 x 2400px. Older sets have 4 size options maxing at 1280px.
Zip downloads available but only in the largest size.
Choice of download options for the videos usually 640x360 wmv and mp4 plus an hd 1280x720 mp4 for the latest updates. Streaming also available
File sizes and run times displayed for videos
Good download speeds
Some non exclusive content
Recent video updates donít always come with an HD option
Site design/navigation seems rather basic for such a large site with limited search capabilities.
Small thumbnail previews in photo galleries
No zip downloads for the smaller photo size might be a con for some (if anyone still uses a dial up connection and 12 inch CRT monitor)
Models virtually all white Caucasian with no ethnic diversity.
Many models donít have any background info
I got tempted back here for my first visit in over 5 years due to a recent half price special offer. As a fan of solo glamour photo content I found this a great site back in 2006 with the photo quality as good as or better than most other sites around at that time but today however I do feel the quality is lagging a little behind other similar sites. It wasnít until the latter end of 2009 that the photos finally got an upgrade in size to 2400 pixel resolution and whilst these photos look good itís still below what many other sites are offering these days.
The navigation is fairly basic here with the usual options to browse the content by updates calendar, photos, videos or an A-Z model index. You then have further categories such as lesbian, boy-girl, solo girl, busty big tits, leg sex etc and then each photo set or video comes with a further range of clickable tags to help you find other similar type content. One thing that does stand out here is the huge amount of lesbian content, in fact the lesbian category under videos is much bigger than any of the other categories.
Within the collection of over 600 models here you will find many of the big name Euro models, names like Eve Angel, Sandra Shine, Sophie Moone, Sandy, Peaches and Jo and they all have an absolute shed load of content here. Whilst Iíve loved all these models and always collected their photo sets theyíve been around virtually ever since I first got the internet nearly 10 years ago so for me Iím afraid a boredom factor started creeping in as I worked my way through the collection. I found myself waiting for some hot new fresh young faces to come along and excite me but for me it never really happened.
The video collection here has come a long way since my last subscription and now includes over 250 videos in HD quality. A new video is added every other day and these are usually full length scenes between 20-30 minutes long. This guy has been making porn movies for years and certainly knows what heís doing, camera work, lighting and everything are all top notch. Watching some of the movies here kind of reminded me of how porn used to be before the internet came along where you actually have a bit of a story line and see the models attempting to do a bit of acting before they get down to action. I also found the movies to be a lot more erotic and passionate than much of the gonzo style porn around these days.
Overall a fine site and well worth a monthís subscription Fans of lesbian erotica will surely love it here as will those who enjoy seeing the models dressed up in stockings and high heels. In the glamour niche personally I prefer the style and creativity of Holly Randall and the selection of fresh young models and ethnic diversity at Digital Desire. As I primarily joined here for the photos the fact around 80-90% of what I downloaded had a maximum resolution of 1280px was also somewhat disappointing.
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
09-21-1101:12pm (Update History) Reason: There are 155369 pictures to be exact.
Very High Quality.
Updates Very Often.
Decent Pricing $24.95
Navigation is ok.
Not Really Hardcore, as more Erotic then Hard Core.
Although there is Full Sex, Anal etc.
Very Much Like X-Art !
Good Site, Lots of stuff. The quality alone is worth a peak at this site.
Will I rejoin? Not sure as some stuff becomes semi-repetitive, this may appear this way to the lighter type of hardcore. Very hard site to review. Because its great in many areas, but hard to grade it.
Over 1300 videos about 30 minutes each (download and stream)
DRM: No restrictions
+ Full Movies, Multi-Bandwidth
WMV Flash (640x360)
Most photo sets contain 80-90 individual pics and each one is perfect ó great lighting, excellent composition, and showing you exactly what you want to see in long shot and closeup.
Over 15000 ( correction 155369 ) pictures " wow"
+ Fullscreen pictures, Zip archives
3rd Party Feeds, Model Index, Message Board, Blog, Interviews, Live Chat.
If you like girl/girl, you are going to love Viv Thomas. This site has a huge amount of girl/girl scenes, but more than just volume, they just know how to do lesbian sex right. The winning formula seems to be: find two hot girls who like each other and let them enjoy themselves.
Boy/Girl. Erotic hardcore,straight and anal.
both types start off light and then get down to business.
Beauty of this site is it is 100% original stuff.
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User Comments (8)
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I received a 1/2 off offer to vivthomas.com expiring on August 15th. I tried the link several times and it always came up full price. I tried contacting web support for vivthomas.com to no avail. I love this site and wanted the half-off offer to join, but I don't like getting jerked around by false advertising either. It's a shame. They have great content, but this is a terrible business practice.
Update--The vthelpcenter had replied promptly. I simply have not received the email. Mia culpa. Their customer service was on the ball. Thanks Nick!
Just a quick reminder to anyone who is interested in this site that there's a half price halloween offer on today but be quick because it's only valid for 24 hours. Click the banner on the sign up page to see the reduced price.
Half price rugby world cup offer this weekend only
Found an email advertising a half price offer this weekend only at Viv Thomas. I originally wrote a comment about this because i wasn't seeing the half price deal on the sign up page but i've since discovered you have to click the banner on the sign up page to get the special offer price.
This site simply does not work for me.After about 2 minutes Downloads freeze ,the website freezes, every link I click on says there's a connection problem,server timeouts etc.
And this happens to me only on Vivthomas.com no matter what browser I use.
Maybe its only users from Japan that have this problem.
I WANT A REFUND!
Their support sucks I did not see any contact info for the few minutes I could logon there.Just a help desk with some ticket system and since I can't login there I have not been able to use it.
I found PU only after joining this site, otherwise I would've gone for vivthomasvideo. However, this site has a lot of video content now as well. Some newer videos are available in 720p wmv format. Videos are divided in to clips one scene each. I'm somewhat a newbie on porn so I can't estimate if all of viv's videos are there, but probably most of them are.
Viv Thomas has just come out in a new site design. I thought that might also entail photos larger than 1280 pixels. After all, 1280 is on the small side these days, and there is VT content available at some other sites in much larger dimensions.
But all I see is 1280 as the max size in the new site tour. Too bad.
I joined Vivthomas (I did not join the video site) in 11/07 on a TBP trial of $9.99. If you don't pay for the video site, you do not get to download the vids although there are some streaming vids so if you join you are joining for the pictures.
The pictures are well done and come in several different sizes going up 1280 pixels. There is a zip option.
If you join, you have to realize that a lot, but not all, of this material is old and is not exclusive. Viv sells a lot of his material to other sites and some sites also offer a Vivthomas section as part of their bonus material. I checked out the Vivthomas tour today and noticed that some of the newer postings are recycled shoots that I have had for years.
However, old does not necessarily mean bad. When I was a member I found some hot older series of Nella and Sophie Moon that I had not seen before. There is a fair amount of content but nothing you can't easily see in a month. Most of the content is softcare but there is a good amount of hardcore (about 200 sets) with most sets having 25 to 80 pics.
If you are newish to porn surfing and like quality photography, then this site is well worth the trial rate of $9.99 for a month but then leave and scratch it off your list.
I have been made aware that there is a little mistake in my review of VivThomas.com, as I said that streaming videos are offered as a separate website. What I should have said is that the streaming videos offered at VivThomas.com are ALSO offered at VivThomasVideos.com, where you can also download them. You CAN'T download videos at VivThomas.com, though.
That's what I should have explained in the first time. Apologizes for my mistake.
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