89 English Lads Review
With over 720 excellent quality videos and superb digital photography, English Lads is the premiere site for British amateurs.
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MP4 (stream/dwnld); 960x540; 2000k (35% of videos)
WMV (download); 1440x800; 6000k (25% of videos)
Flash (stream); 960x540; ?_k (35% of videos)
Review date: January 2013
English Lads has been in relentless pursuit of perfection during the nine years since its launch, showcasing fit and handsome English men week after week, year after year. Among the more than 400 models featured in over 700 very high quality videos and almost 300,000 digital photos, odds are you'll be impressed most of the time. Almost every one of the videos is in a high quality, high bitrate format, meaning the much of the back catalog has been re-mastered to current top standards, something few big sites bother to do. The site also has navigation that works flawlessly, regular updates and -- of course -- sexy men who enjoy what they do. All that being said, you can download videos only after you have started your second month as a member.
As you scroll down the non-members homepage you'll find that the graphics for video updates alternate with those for photo updates, all in reverse chronological order, 15 episodes per page, for close to a hundred pages. To about halfway back in the catalog, you can pick any one of the video episodes and you'll be taken to a page that contains a preview clip and links to the model's pages, along with a description of what happened on the day of the shoot. For the older half of the catalog, there are no preview clips available to watch, but there's still lots to look at.
When you click to a page for one of the photo updates you'll find find four high quality images; these do not open to larger sized images. There's also a link to the model's own page, giving you a little gallery of nine images that do open to larger pics. On this same page there's also a few stats on the guy, and links to the videos and photo shoots he's performed in.
English Lads has a pleasant blue, white and red color scheme. On the homepage are preview photos for the most recent video and photo updates and some drop-down menus for sorting the image galleries, videos and models by various criteria. In the right column, throughout the site, you'll find a rotating list of members' favorites. The site has many search options, but they appear in different formats in different places on the site. The horizontal toolbar across the top of almost every page on the site will always take you back to the homepage if you want, but there are also buttons for the model roster and for the updates, which are divided into tabs for videos and photos.
The Men and the Action
The over 420 models range from twinks, to collegiate guys, to sporty guys in trackies, to muscular top-lads, ages 18-26. Along with miles of foreskin and some truly enormous wieners, you'll find dreamy solo videos, fun with toys, hot duo, three-way and group videos -- and great foot-shots. Those English accents can be boner-inducing too, whether they're from Lancashire or London. Click on the "Top Lads" to see the 25 guys that members go nuts about. In the latest twist, the camera is turned over to the model, who films himself. In the finished video you'll see a cool split screen effect.
The viewing quality of the videos ranges from good to excellent. Even the oldest videos have a professional quality of lighting, sound and composition. The camera moves fluidly around the model's body and pulls in tight on details and body parts. But at times the model interviews run a bit too long and the videographer tends to chat with the object or our affection throughout the video. We're not blown away by the "helping hand" and "helping mouth" that appears in a number of video segments, though this can play to some viewers' fantasies. Some vids are also also punctuated by camera flashes and pops. All of the above can be partly fixed by skipping the full-length video and watching the shorter version instead.
The site boasts over 720 exclusive videos, and English Lads has a frequent update schedule of six new video segments per month, plus a couple of bonus behind-the-scenes shoots. The videos are offered as shorter versions of around 16 minutes and full length versions of up to 30 minutes.
Video is offered Windows Media, MP4 and, more recently, Flash formats. You are also given a choice of two to four sizes.
The most recent 25% of Windows Media videos have true high-definition playback with a bitrate of 6,000 kbps, sized at 1440x800 pixels. Moving back in the catalog the top bitrate drops to 1900 kbps. The majority of these play at a size of 960x540 pixels, but the very oldest ones are a bit smaller at 756x428 pixels. Note that for videos older than five years the largest size is only available to 120+ day members.Mac note: Most of the MP4 videos (labelled 'Quicktime') are smaller, at 540x300 pixels and a bitrate of 875 kbps. However, the more recent 25% are much larger, matching the Windows 960x540 size, with a bitrate of over 2,000 kbps.
Mobile note: The MP4s will play on iPhones or iPads , but the site does not have a version that is set up for easy mobile navigation.
Image and Other Content
If you're into sexy photos, you'll be impressed. There are almost 290,000 crystal-clear digital images on English Lads. Every body part is lovingly photographed. You have the option of two photos sizes and there's a great slide-show option. But you have to be a member for 120 days to access zip files of the photos, though as an added incentive you also get access to supersized versions of the pics at that point.
There are a few additional bells and whistles on English Lads, including a newsletter, a blog, a voting system for rating your favorite lad, and lots of behind-the-scenes videos.
English Lads' fulfills the most important conditions of gay porn: lots and lots of hot guys in spectacular quality videos and beautiful digital pictures, all featured in a site that looks great and has good personality. While you must be a member for over 30 days to download, the amount and quality of content is well worth remaining a member for many months.
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English Lads is operated by Zone 8 Media Ltd. and has been online since 2004.