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Actor, Producer, Director — Jules has done it all. But can he run a killler website? Well, yeah, actually he can and he's pretty good at it, too.
Complete review published on 09.26.2011
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Jules Jordan has been known in the biz for a while as a serious actor, producer, and director, as the tour of his official website rightly points out. There's a shot of him holding up a chess piece, a King, proudly and smiling a shit eating grin. Indeed, to call this former multiple AVN, XBIZ, F.A.M.E., and XRCO award winner a King wouldn't be overstating things. Hell, since his site launched in 2007 alone he's produced tons of films with some of the hottest stars in the biz. Want more? No problem. Members get access to the Premium Pass network which has enough dirty sites to keep you masturbating for weeks on end — not that you need the encouragement, you animals!
Over 546 videos about 35 minutes each (download)
DRM: No restrictions
+ Full Movies, Multi-Bandwidth
WMV (2030kb/s, 720x480)
QuickTime (1400kb/s, 480x360)
MP4 (1000kb/s, 480x360)
MP4 (865kb/s, 480x270)
MP4 (2080kb/s, 720x400)
Over 289 galleries about 100 pictures each
+ Video captures, Zip archives
Bonus Sites, Live Chat
Often times when signing up for a niche specific site, for example, you often don't know what to expect. With a site focused around a known director, however, you can at least go in with some of idea of what's in store for you — at least if you're familiar with their work. I've seen plenty of Jordan's, both behind and in front of the camera, and I've always been pleased with his obvious preference for overtly hardcore scenes. It seems he's stuck with what he loves, because there's plenty of hard stuff. I also noticed there seems to be a heavy emphasis on role-playing. Those into cos-play will appreciate the awesome costumes and, and those into BDSM will appreciate the rough bondage scenes. For those whose tastes run a little more tame, there's are some light-hearted solo sets sprinkled throughout that are right up your alley.
Once you login and get passed the network portal, which, incidentally, had refreshingly in-depth and energetic site descriptions. Hat's off to whoever cooked them up! Anyway, the actual home page itself is rather simple, and by that I mean both in terms of layout design and features. The main menu does offer all the things you need to find your way around, though. There's the usual links to videos, pictures, and support. But there's also a search engine which allows you browse specifically by porn star or niche. Unfortunately, however, there's not much room in between to work. Making ultra-detailed searches pretty much out of the question. With the numbers on this site alone, I'm sure members would appreciate having a more intricate search tool at their disposal. I also found it a tad peculiar that they had no true model index, what with so many big name stars here. Nevertheless, the members area as a whole is pretty clean and functional.
In addition to the menu, the main page also has several with links to the latest updates accompanied by steamy stills and descriptions. It would seem that you can count on weekly updates at minimum — though they often go as far as to update every 2 days several weeks in a row. One disappointment I had, though, was that the deeper I dug in the archives, both video and picture alike, I noticed updates from other sites on the network creeping in. On the last pages of the video section, for example, there are no Jules Jordan exclusive scenes at all.
I did some counting and, so far, there are 546 scenes and 289 photo sets, matching up precisely with the numbers on display on the main page. My only gripe would be, as I mentioned earlier, the number of scenes and sets from other sites grow rapidly the further back you go in the archive. However, at least some of the scenes I did checkout Jules actually had a hand in, be it acting or producing, so perhaps it's not all bad. It is odd, though, when niches change and shooting styles suddenly change dramatically. I was confused at first, before I noticed the sites sneakily added in, to find grotesque — but hot — facial scenes in the mix. Turns out it was from Cum In Face, one of the many sites on the Premium Pass network. I did a little counting and out of the 546 videos, 288 were exclusive to the site. Out of the 289 photo galleries, roughly 122 were original. Not so bad, really.
As you've probably noticed, they've paid quite a bit less attention to the photo galleries than the the videos, with updates of the latter come in far more frequently. I understand that most fans are into live action as opposed to freeze framed pussy, but I think they're doing themselves a disservice as these actually show a great deal of potential. Especially the newer shots which are offered in a very high resolution with a level of clarity unsurpassed by most other sites on the network. One minor annoyance is that the photos in the gallery can only be viewed in a sub-par resolution. If you want the high-res images you have to download the entire thing in a ZIP. I don't know about you but I often just pick and choose which images I want. Having an entire gallery forced on me for the sake of one image is silly.
It seems they abandoned the Windows Media format, which made up a high percentage of their older scenes, and have instead opted for the MPEG format served up in two options with two separate bitrates and resolutions. To be honest, the quality wasn't what I had hoped for and less than I'd expect from a site of this stature certainly. Worse yet the natural quality drop with the older videos, even some more recent updates, is more than I'd expect to see. Especially with content of the quality Mr. Jordan is known for. It's a shame really. Of course, the the further back you go quality drops, but that's a natural ailment of every site out there. But the newer updates can only be called average. Footage like this deserves nothing less than HD quality, if you ask me.
As I've mentioned already — probably numerous times — this site is part of the Premium Pass network. Premium Pass currently houses 30 different sites. There are several niches covered and also quite a few porn star sites. It's the ideal package, really. I mean, Who doesn't like Jenna Haze and interracial bukakke?
Jules Jordan's site offers a wide range of well produced scenes and galleries. What's more, would-be members are offered the added incentive of tons of bonus sites thanks to the site being pat of the Premium Pass Network. Sure, content could be a little better organized and the search engine could be a little stronger, but in the face of all the aforementioned advantages, I think I can live with that.
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