Review date: March 2018
[Note: This site was known as First Auditions until July, 2012]
In almost 1200 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. Although the cost of your monthly membership is high (unless there's a promotion on) there is a massive number of videos here, with updates about once weekly, and the site is posting new videos in true HD.
The tour of The Casting Room's tour is far from ideal. The main preview page displays several scenes which it says are "Recent Updates" but are really a selection of the most compelling videos on the site. It's somewhat misleading because half of them are from the section of the site called "The Fucking Room" which is hardcore; the vast majority of videos on the site are solo and The Fucking Room section hasn't updated in a while.
When you go to sign up, you'll notice that the regular 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 carry-on bags. Note that the site does have occasional promotions of half-price for the first month.
The site's design, navigation and usability is a dog's breakfast to say the least. 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.
There is also a link to hardcore scenes through "The Fucking Room" link. (Sadly, this section does not appear to be updating anymore.)
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.
"The Fucking Room" -- with about 50 videos -- allows the men get to go even further, exploring man-on-man sex. This area seems to have stopped adding new updates in 2017.
Most of 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 latest videos -- available in HD -- look very good, even at full screen. Before that (accounting for the vast majority of the scenes) videos are smaller and have some loss of quality when upsized.
Many of these movies are shot in high definition but 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.
There are close to 1200 15-minute videos, usually divided into 3 parts, documenting the interview, physical examination and masturbation test. The site updates about once a week, though sometimes the update has been a second or third part of the same video, or a scene from a different site operated by the same company, or even a recycled scene from The Casting Room itself.
As of November 2017, The Casting Room has started to provide MPvideos for download in 1920x1080p HD. The streams play in an embedded player at a default size of 700x400 pixels, which can be toggled to full screen.
Older videos can be streamed/downloaded in WMV; these are either 960x540 pixels or 640x360 pixels in size.
Mobile note: There's no mobile version of the site, but videos listed since 2013 include a smaller 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 feature 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, mislearding tour, inelegant design, some recycled updates and inconsistent video quality are minuses.
30 day: $41.90 (rebills @ $34.95)
(Pricing for first month may change)
Mostly solo action.
[safer sex in porn]
30 day: $41.90
(rebills @ $34.95)
(Pricing for first month may change)
The Casting Room is operated by O and C Entertainment and has been online since 2005.
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