88 Randy Blue Review
A frequently updated collection of more than 1260 exclusive videos, excellent digital photo galleries, and a large archive of live shows. Upsells to live chat.
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MP4 (download); 1280x720; 3400k (70% of videos)
WMV (download); 960x540; 2000k (70% of videos)
Flash (stream); 960x540; ?_k (70% of videos)
Review date: April 2015
We've been keeping track of Randy Blue for almost 10 years, since Randy decided to take his professional photography career into the world of gay porn. He has never looked back: Randy Blue showcases the hottest models in the biz in a site that offers 1400 high quality videos and three weekly updates that you can stream or download.
Our recent concern has been with the amount of space in the members' area that is devoted to up-selling the chat features of the site. At the same time, live chat is very popular with some members who love the chance to chat with their favorite models. Other members can easily ignore the upsells, instead focusing on the huge number of high quality, DRM-free videos and professional grade image galleries, all for less than $20.00 a month.
Randy Blue's tour is very thorough. There are links on top for the most important areas: Models, Videos, and Photos. Mouse over these and a partial inventory of the contents will pop up; actually click the link to see the entire index and a preview clip from any of the many episodes.
Throughout the tour you'll find that the right side of the page is dominated by ads for the live chat feature. This is indicative of what you'll find inside the members' area.
Given that the right 40% of the page is dedicated to live chat upsells, the recent redesign attempts to pack as much as it can on the remaining 60% of real estate. Much of the content, including the video text description and download options, is found within drop down sections and hover-over pop-ups, and there is still a preponderance of icons.
Video, Photo, and the Model buttons are across the top of each page. The models in a video are still not cross-referenced to their other videos; you'll have to go to the model index for that. But in the Tags area you'll find 124 video tags, 89 photo tags and 57 model tags. These take the place of a comprehensive search function but the intention is the same: to bring up similar types of videos, photos and models for members.
With streams, there is an option to expand the size of the screen in the upper left corner of the video; or you can go full screen. Downloads are offered from a dropdown menu, and arranged by type of device you are using.
The Men and the Action
Randy attracts very good looking models in the 18-30 age range from all over the United States, including many of the top porn stars. The majority of the guys are Caucasian, and there's also a healthy share of Latinos, African-American and Asians. The most popular models have appeared in a number of videos over the years, particularly some of the lavishly produced epics that were released with much publicity and fanfare. There have now been more than 650 guys starring in solo and hardcore scenes shot indoors and out, in all sorts of locations around Southern California.
The viewing quality of Randy Blue videos is generally very good, especially those rendered in HD. Camera work, light and sound are topnotch throughout -- and the money shots are never missed.
At review time there were 650 models appearing in almost 1400 videos. About one third of the videos are duos or groups, pairing up the models in often highly anticipated combinations. This huge site is updated with exclusive video three times a week and it is now all DRM-free.
There are numerous options for viewing videos. The following specs apply to the most recent 70% of videos, which have been upgraded to true high-definition.
You can stream in Flash, choosing from three different qualities and viewing at three different sizes (contracted, expanded and full-screen). The "expanded" size is 960x540 pixels;
Download in MP4 format in four sizes, the best of which is 1280x720 pixels, 3400 kbps.
Download in Windows Media format in four sizes; the best of which is 960x540 pixels; 2000 kbps;
The older 30% of videos are available in the same formats, but max out at 1,000 kpbs, playing in a 836x470 or 640x480 window.
Screens: There is now a full mobile version of the site, and the videos will still stream nicely on your phone or tablet. The high-definition versions look good on the big screen.
Image and Other Content
Some websites don't put much care into photos, but Randy Blue is different. Because his background is in photography his professional quality digital image galleries - almost 1780 - are second to none. They can be viewed in three different modes, and either one at a time or in slideshow mode. But they still can't be downloaded in a zip file.
The free, no holds barred live shows used to be a regular feature of Randy Blue, but this has evolved into "RB Live" chat which only gives you very tame content until you pony up chat credits. There are no recent shows in the "Archives"; as far as we can tell the most recent is from 2012.
Randy Blue is a treasure trove of handsome, masculine men in very good quality exclusive videos and photos. For those who like to chat with models, the options is there for a price; if you just want some great porn, Randy Blue still delivers.
30 day: $24.95 $19.95 (rebills @ $19.95) Conditions
Some recent videos are bareback.
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30 day: $24.95 $19.95
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Randy Blue is operated by Max Pixels LLC and has been online since 2002.