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Hardcore devotees of primo amateur footage owe it to themselves to checkout this unique & exclusive, authentically "homegrown" collection of amateur movies and galleries.
Complete review published on 09.07.2012
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Homegrown Video isn't some hastily thrown together mishmash of amateur content that you can find on any old tube site. No, it's an exclusive collection dating all the way back to the early '80s — a virtual treasure-trove of homemade goodies the tour page claims is the "World's largest collection of authentic amateur XXXX since 1982!" It's not often a site can boast over 30 years worth of content, let alone exclusively compromised of the authentic amateur variety. To be more specific, they guarantee over 5,000 scenes, 10,000 amateur models, and all on the "friendliest amateur porn community" on the web.
[v]Content Amount(5)Last updated on August 04, 2014.
Over 6825 videos about 15 minutes each (download and stream)
DRM: No restrictions
+ Full Movies, Multi-Bandwidth
WMV (2120kb/s, 720x480)
WMV (1700kb/s, 640x480)
MP4 (3000kb/s, 1024x768)
MP4 (1300kb/s, 640x480)
Over 1434 galleries about 50 pictures each
+ Video captures
Over 844 stories
Message Board, Live Chat
[v]PricesLast updated on August 04, 2014.
$4.95 / one day (non-recurring)
$19.95 / one month (recurring)
$59.95 / three months (recurring)
$119.88 / one year (non-recurring)
$99 / six months (non-recurring)
It's not uncommon or all that surprising for an amateur site to have an amateur design, so I was naturally pleased when greeted with a very professional, well put together page. This is far too clean looking for "rank amateurs." You might even say the layout sports a megasite-esque style, but with just enough of that slightly outdated, quirkiness for it to maintain that all-important amateur "street cred." Which, by the way, is most notable in a lack of powerful browse-tools.
Scenes and sets can be browsed by series(amateur, vintage, homegrown-all-stars, classic streams, pro-am videos — there's even one called "Homegrown Office Workers," where sex tapes — only two have volunteered thus far, sadly — featuring site staff can be ogled at. In fact, Homegrown Video founder and president Tim Lake can be seen here, as can his swinger wife, Lani Brooke. My favorite, though, would be "Before They Were Porn Stars" category, which actually has footage of some pretty huge names doing seedy, early amateur work. Or, if you'd prefer, a list of over 60 niches.
Just in case you're wondering if those 8 categories and 60 niches/fetishes are justified, they are. As I said, this isn't your typical amateur site, and this is a fact that's reflected by its numbers. By my count there's 6825 home movies and 1434 authentic amateur sets. Also, content comes in at a daily rate, so I expect those numbers will have changed dramatically by the time this review is published.
Perhaps even more impressive is their large and loyal fanbase. They've wisely taken advantage of this, sprinkling in social networking features throughout the site and simultaneously creating a very tight-knit community. Members can create public profiles, exchange private messages, favorite, rate and suggest, even submit videos of their own. There's also a pretty active discussion board, and the main page even features a news feed with the latest comments. The community aspect isn't going to be for everyone, obviously, but I think it's a great extra. Especially for an amateur site. I'm into some pretty kinky stuff, and it's always nice to meet men and women of similar ilk.
On that note, if you're looking for balls-to-the-wall hardcore from authentic amateur channels, you've come to the right place. That list of 60 niches contains swingers, threesomes, double penetration, creampies, and interracial. Do you see a pattern emerging? Yep, there's some definite cuck action in the midst, which I'm sure is no coincidence since Mr. Lake himself has been known to dabble in the dark art of wife swapping. And why not? But if swinging doesn't sound like your cup of tea, no worries. They've also supplied numerous fetish oriented vids, as well as BDSM, first-timers, "pros vs joes," and loads of exhibitionism.
What's more, making your selection is made even easier with long, well written synopsis letting user know precisely what they're in store for. Throw in the often amazingly accurate user comments, and you've practically viewed the smut before you've downloaded it.
I didn't expect stellar video quality, which is a good thing, because in all honesty quality is average at best. The best you can expect at the moment is a 640x480 Windows Media file with an okay bitrate and play-back quality. In their defense, they do supply multiple resolutions and even a mobile file in the latest updates. However, if you go too far back into the archive you'll find fewer, less consistent choices.
If I were pressed to say what Home Grown Video's Achilles' heel was, as much as I wanted higher quality video, I think I'd still have to go with speed (or lack thereof) download times and otherwise. Video downloads are, at best, around the 400 kilobytes-per-second range, but I once sat through a painstaking 120kbps download of a 270 MB file. It's bad enough when download speeds are slow, but I feel there's cause for concern when these problems manifest themselves on the simple loading of a page. A simple gallery consisting of no more than 25 images can sometimes take a full 5 seconds to load. They make the best of it with humor, though; as the page loads and the progress doohickey spins, you're informed: "Get the lube — your page is loading!"
Cute. And I suppose you could also chalk it up to the authentic amateur nature of the site. Hell, some might even say it adds
I'd have to say the photo galleries were a low point, too. Pedestrian resolutions, average image counts, and a real lack of options(not even a ZIP) are disappointing even by amateur standards. However, the images actually do look quite nice are totally devoid of any pesky watermarks.
Also, with so many categories(many of which are overlapping) and so many scenes, browsing outside of the advanced search function feels daunting, and at times, downright confusing. Perhaps condensing the categories or some small tweak in the layout would fix this. As is, I'm afraid it might be a little intimidating for less savvy users.
Homegrown Video might best be described as an amateur site on steroids. With megasite stats, daily updates, social networking features, and the unique claim of 30 years worth of user-submitted movies, it's hard not to stand up and take notice — particularly if you're a true fan of homemade smut. Factor in the retro appeal of those '80s scenes, and this one becomes a real no brainer. I just can't recommend this one enough.
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