Review date: May 2015
Director Dirk Yates is a military porn legend, the first to film and widely distribute videos of real military amateurs fresh from bases near his home. The journey from military camaraderie to having a buddy's dick up your butt was not a very long march at Dirk's place. While some of the videos have regular porn models in them, most still cater to the military man seduction fantasy and they have a distinct air of reality to them.
The Dirk Yates site includes streaming access to 500 of his movies, most under the All Worlds label. Many of the videos were filmed years ago with a single camera in less than ideal conditions, so the quality is variable.
The Dirk Yates tour gives a good idea of the content of the site, but it doesn't provide any sample videos, large images or even in-depth text descriptions. You can readily browse through a graphic DVD title index, live show index and model index; however clicking in any further takes you right to the signup page, rather than a sample clip and scene description.
The site has changed its color palette, but usability could still be improved. Basic navigation between sections of the site is easy enough, with the content divided into the major sections of "Titles," "Shows" and "Models." But we're not sure what to make of the "Scenes" index; it is an incomplete subset of just some of the scenes found in "Titles" -- and they don't tell you which title a scene is from. The "Models" index is not much help either as the majority of models don't have a picture, just a name. No general search box or categories for types of sex or guys, either, although the model names in the title and scene description do cross-reference to other titles he appears in.
Most irksome is that for most of the content, the full-length movies streams from beginning to end as a single file and you often never know how many scenes there are or where one ends and the next begins (or who's in each one). Some do have scene dividing marks, but the majority do not.
The Men and the Action
The formula is straightforward: serve up fresh 19- to 26-year-old marine meat. If you have an appetite for straight, unaffected guys with buzzcuts, you'll like this crew. Some of these guys are veteran jarheads, some are just fresh-faced boys from the mid-west. You do get the feeling they are for real, but when you see them with their heels over their shoulders, or earnestly following Dirk's direction to: "get your ass a little higher in the air" it's hard to imagine them fighting alongside their buddies in Iraq.
The sessions are almost always indoors in a very basic living room, bedroom or hotel room. Quite a few are solo sessions and there are lots of buddy jerk-off scenes. There is usually a little conversation between Dirk and his finds. For example, the guy will spout about all the girls he's fucked - just before getting plugged by a big dick or a large, firm dildo.
There are plenty of archived live shows, too. At up to two hours, these can be very long and most users will not find them as appealing as other content, especially when the camstud is tapping away on a keyboard for long periods.
Dirk Yates, and his trademark style have been around for a long time. We respect his longevity, and we totally get why he shoots with the look and feel of amateur video. However, in this era of high-definition amateur productions, many of the older titles have a dated, murky look to them. In many of the movies there's a lack of angles, close-ups, and poses. Too often, in an otherwise acceptable video, we have no evidence that the model has cum, because even when warned by the model, the videographer doesn't move into position to capture the shot properly. However all of this can actually make a scene hotter if it's the sort of thing you are looking for.
There are 500 Dirk Yates full-length releases on the site, adding up to (we estimate) around 1500 scenes (though in the scene index only 568 scenes are presented). In addition there are 840 archived live shows from when Dirk used to broadcast live shows. Additions are not dated in any way so, but it according to our count, 15 new DVD titles were added in the past year.
All video can be streamed in an embedded 640x480 Flash player at up to 1750 kbps.
Screens: When accessed with a mobile device, the videos stream in MP4 (H264) format, compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android-based devices.
Image and Other Content
There are no screen cap or digital image galleries on the site. Screen cap galleries would be very useful for surfers to preview the content of a title.
There is a large archive of Dirk Yates Live shows (there are no new live shows being added). Some of these are military amateurs and others are porn stars.
Dirk Yates houses an enormous collection of his famous amateur military videos. The videos stream only, quality varies, and the model and scene indexes are incomplete. Even so, these trademark videos will provide many hours of enjoyment for fans of military amateur video and the horny young military guys that perform in them.
14 day: $9.95 (rebills @ $29.95)
30 day: $29.95 (rebills @ $29.95)
Some older, pre-condom scenes.
[safer sex in porn]
14 day: $9.95
(rebills @ $29.95)
30 day: $29.95
(rebills @ $29.95)
Dirk Yates is operated by Channel 1 Releasing and has been online since 2003.