Review date: July 2016
[Note: This site was known as First Auditions until July, 2012]
In almost 1100 bare bones casting videos you'll see young men from 60 countries (mostly the U.K.) strip and jerk off for the unblinking eye of The Casting Room's camera. It is a ritual of mild humiliation that is repeated so many times it becomes almost mesmerizing -- and a bit repetitive. However there's now a new twist that livens things up: a handful of guys move to "The Fucking Room" where you get to watch careful match-ups of those willing to take things further. Although the cost of your monthly membership is high there is a massive number of videos here, with updates at least once weekly.
The tour of The Casting Room is not a mirror tour of what you'll find inside. The preview page includes a short video montage of some of the men. You will also find several scenes listed, with a detailed scene description and 12 teaser photos for each one.
The site used to include a second page of preview images, but this is no longer the case. Any link you click will take you to the sign-up page.
When you go to sign up, you'll notice that the price is $39.95 PLUS a processing fee of $1.95, for a total of $41.90. This is very unusual, kind of like airlines charging for checked bags.
The site's design, navigation and usability is a dog's breakfast to say the least; it could use a face-lift. You can browse the model indexes chronologically by "Latest Updates", by "All Men" (large images), by "All Men: (small images), by "All Men" (alphabetically) and that's about it. There is no search option, and the scenes do not include any useful category tags for finding similar men on the site.
The Men and the Action
The Casting Room offers a large and varied array of mostly uncut straight men who come from 60 different countries. These are not guys that usually pose for porn sites; the look of the models varies widely but the men are real. Body types range from slender to beefy, and there is an interesting variation in looks, dick size and attitude; no two men are exactly alike.
The site plays up the fact that it is pushing the models beyond their comfort zone, promising a level of humiliation during their “auditions.” However, in reality the videos are rather tame and no verbal or physical abuse is featured. The guys do as they are told, at times reluctantly; some of them even agree to be fondled and fucked with a dildo, but it’s more like they’re being "tricked" into it than forced. In the end, they are asked on camera if they feel embarrassed by what they’ve done, even though they've just spilled a huge load.
There is also a section called "The Fucking Room" -- with almost 40 videos -- in which the men get to go even further, exploring man-on-man sex.
The site's videos are somewhat repetitive as they never stray far from the same formula: cocks are inspected, heights and weights measured, sometimes a dildo is shoved up somebody’s ass, but all done in a detached way that never takes full advantage of having these studs at the mercy of the camera. Shot like procedural videos, they are mostly voyeuristic and distant, keeping the viewer at arms-length from the action, as if you're watching from across the room.
The videos look very good in the 640x360 default size, with some loss of quality when upsized. But while many of the movies are shot in high definition they are not offered with high-def specs and would benefit from higher bitrates and larger sizes. Sometimes the videography is borderline amateurish, with the camera being blocked by the cameraman, jerked around and sometimes almost missing the cumshots. Watching these studs jerk off can be a real treat, but even voyeurs may want to see more camera angles. Surprisingly, some of the older videos seem better shot than the newer ones.
There are close to 1100 15-minute videos, usually divided into 3 parts, documenting the interview, physical examination and masturbation test. The site updates about once a week. There is no DRM, so you can keep these videos as long as you like.
Videos can be streamed/downloaded in Windows Media with most having a top speed of 800-1200 kbps and a size of 640x360 pixels. The most recent ones are now offered at 960x540 pixels, 1600 kbps.
About 25% of the videos are available to stream in-browser in Flash format. These are 700x400 pixels in size, but there is no option to upsize them and they are not true streams so you cannot skip forward until the background download is complete.
Mobile note: There's no mobile version of the site, but videos since listed from 2013 include a mobile-friendly MP4 file for download. Most videos do not have the specs for play on extra-large screens.
Image and Other Content
Almost every model on the site has a set of images accompanying each part of each video. The size of the images and the number per set varies a lot. The scenes, angles and types of shots are invariably the same, often over-lit, far away and rarely featuring hard cocks. In older sets there are photo studies of the models, simple front-back-side shots that could be from a medical text book, except for the extreme closeups of assholes, cocks and balls. There are no zip files or slide-show options.
The Casting Room succeeds in exposing a massive number of mostly UK amateurs as they play along with the scenario of being "forced" and "humiliated" by doing porn for the first time. All in all it's harmless fun and the sheer number of videos is impressive. The high price (especially with the processing surcharge), incomplete tour, inelegant design, and inconsistent video quality are minuses -- but not deal breakers -- if reluctant amateurs are what you're looking for.
30 day: $41.90 (rebills @ $34.95)
Mostly solo action.
[safer sex in porn]
30 day: $41.90
(rebills @ $34.95)
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The Casting Room is operated by O and C Entertainment and has been online since 2005.
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