Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
+ LOTS of content going back 20 years!
+ Unique theme
+ Fully downloadable videos with no DRM
+ Absolutely authentic - these guys are amateurs, NOT professionals. No doubt about it!
+ Tour is comphrensive, and pretty honest about what you'll get, including limitations
+ Good mix of solo and duo videos
+ Genuine bi and straight men
+ Decent download speeds
+ Fair amount of info about guys, unique interaction between owner and models
+ Newer videos available in WMV and MP4 and better quality.
- Content not entirely exclusive - another site has at least some of it for the same price with access to 9 other sites. No reference to this other site on this one.
- Some technical issues with a handful of broken links
- Poor support - e-mail I sent ignored.
- I found the streaming content to be very slow and choppy - almost unusable
- Older videos are very small and low quality, though he admits this openly in the preview and it's understandable as some content is 20+ years old.
- Site is cluttered and difficult to navigate
- No real search function - videos are in date order and there are a few sections by type, but that's about it.
- Older videos in WMV format only
- Some of the comments on the video from site owner seem a bit mean!
- No photos at all - video-only site.
Workin' Men Movies is a unique site in gay porn. It's run by our host "Buddy" who has been filming mainly Southern US, blue-collar "rough" guys for over 20 years now.
These men are the real deal. They are patently not professional models and you will not see them in mainstream gay porno. I don't think any of them are younger than 30s and go up in age to about 60. All of them are billed as "never pretty" guys and that's largely true.
I don't know how this guy manages to find these men - they are blue-collar workers down on their luck, often just out of jail, often straight and/or married/divorced. Largely drifters, a lot of them seem to refer other people to the site. It did make me a little uncomfortable that the site might be a bit exploitative, but the guys all seem happy enough to be there and he treats them with real respect in person.
Having said that - he always puts his own comment on the site after it's uploaded and some of his comments seem pretty cruel! If he doesn't like a model personally he'll say so and sometimes it seems unfair, like he's been kind of rude behind their backs. It adds to the intimate feel that he knows the models, but just because a guy wasn't his type personally doesn't mean the video didn't work which is what they were hired to do. If a guy comes across as less macho than he expected he can also be pretty rude which I think is a pity on a gay site!
Content is split into various categories. The largest is probably solo content, where the guy strips off and masturbates to a cum shot. He may occasionally accept a blowjob from the cameraman or give one himself. Then you have duo shots, which include a range of still but usually including full anal sex and maybe some toys. There are also a handful of group sex shots with up to 4 guys.
There are various sections. The main one, "Whole Session Videos" as far as I can see include every video he's ever shot largely unedited, which means they are often long (1 hour+) and include some mistakes. There are hundreds of these to choose from.
Other sections seem to be edited versions of videos to suit your taste - "Buddies" includes all duo or group scenes, "Workin Men" is the edited solos, "Loads Series" is edited videos showing just the cum shots, "In Your Face" is just facial cum shots, etc.
Video quality is generally quite low. It's an amateur site and he does warn you of this in the preview and comment with an apology if a video is particularly poor - usually if it's an early one with old-tech equipment and when he was less experienced.
Older videos are WMV only and 320x240 in size, and are often grainy and poorly-lit. I got a framerate of 29fps and only 823kps bitrate. Newer videos move up to 640x480 (WMV) or 480x320 (MP4) and are much clearer though still very much amateur standard. The WMV figures here were 29kps/1064kps and MP4 was 29kps/1279kbps.
It's worth noting this is a video only site - no pics at all, not even vidcaps. Not an issue for me but worth bearing in mind.
Overall this is a hot site with unique content. The video quality is something of an issue but he's upfront about it and it goes with the amateur feel. LOTS of content too.
However various issues, not such a big deal on there own, let it down. Some links were broken. There's no search facility and the site is chaotic to navigate - it takes time to figure it out. The in-browser streaming was so choppy and slow as to be unusuable.
Each time you watch a video in-browser using WMP it asks for your username and password again in a pop-up and when you enter them it pauses then pops up again. I found if you clicked "cancel" the second time it would then play, but it was really frustrating. He asks you to e-mail him with suggestions so I sent one asking about this, but over 2 weeks later, no reply.
What also put me out is I found another site on PU called Workin Men XXX. It seems to offer the same content (if not perhaps all of it as the preview pages don't seem to update) for the same price but with bonus access to 9 others sites. Some of those other sites look hot and if I'd known I might well have joined that site instead for the same price.
Even if the video quality remained amateur the content is hot enough I think that without the issues raised above I'd have given this site in the late 80s or even early 90s. As it is, the score reflects the "great content, badly executed website" theme I find depressingly familiar in porno!
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I joined this site (review to follow soon) but when I was browsing through The Best Porn I found a very similar looking site called WorkinMenXXX.com which seems to be an identical site for an identical price, but which also gives bonus access to 8 other sites!
These sites seem to be listed seperately from each other by different companies and don't seem to acknowledge each other, but the content on them both seems to be the same from what I can see from the preview pages of WorkinMenXXX.com
I'm confused - I seem to have joined this site when I could have joined another site with the same content at the same price but with 8 bonus memberships!
Anyone at TBP or PU, or any other users, who can advise on if I have this right and why this is please?
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