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Award-winning directors, high caliber porn stars, and a unique feminist perspective come together, giving this site a flavor all its own.
Complete review published on 04.24.2013
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Sick of the mainstream porn? Then you might want to give Lust Cinema a try — especially if you like a little romance with your smut. Because in addition to giving you first dibs on two new features each month, they also pledge to "create new waves in adult cinema" to help maintain their claim of "one of the most unique online cinemas offered today." Bold claims, but after watching a flick, I'm starting to believe them.
Over 71 videos about 30 minutes each (download and stream)
DRM: No restrictions
+ Full Movies
MPEG-4 (2100kb/s, 720x406)
MPEG-4 (3000kb/s, 1280x720)
MPEG-4 (7000kb/s, 1920x1080)
Over 7 galleries about 30 pictures each
+ Fullscreen pictures, Zip archives
The members' area sports a very straight-forward design, so finding your way around is ridiculously simple. The main menu has links to all the essentials — movies, chapters, directors — and they've also thrown in links to a slew of new releases, tantalizing cover art and all, to get you started. But if you're looking for something really specific, you can always filter your search by date, performer, or using a list of 47 different niche tags, ranging from "sensual" to "fisting." Quite a lot of range.
But they have the content to back it up. At one point during my stay, I watched a racy romcom and a tutorial that broke down sex during the advanced stages of a pregnancy, back-to-back. And don't let the tour promises about the "feminine viewpoint" or "love and intimacy" scare you off; they've done their share of kinkier work, and even have a series called Expert Guide To Rough Sex. Likewise, don't think that just because these movies are advertised as not "mainstream" that they're going to look like third-rate student films. In all actuality they're professionally shot and edited, and have a surprisingly slick, cinematic look.
I suppose this should come as no big surprise, though, since the folks at Lust Cinema obviously take the craft quite seriously. Hell, there's a whole section dedicated to the site's stable of 20 directors, most of whom have the experience of dozens of features under their belts. Also, most of them are female, so you're almost guaranteed a unique perspective right out of the gate.
Another bonus is, all their scenes can be streamed or downloaded in great looking 720p and 1080p MPEG-4s. Makes sense .... I mean, there's no point in going to such great lengths to shoot a quality film if you're just going to release it with crappy encoding. Unfortunately, download speeds are often quite slow(at one point I had a 500mb file downloading at 80kbps), so these high-quality, usually quite large, files often take a considerable amount of time to download. If you ask me, they're worth it.
Also, unlike the "chapters" section, not all of the feature-length films are available in high-definition. Fortunately, this seems to be only as temporary problem. Currently over 20 of the films are HD, and it seems most of the newer releases are following suit. Now, if they'd just add some timestamps to 'em ....
The only other major "flaw," if you can call it that, is that they've neglected to add a model index. It seems a strange oversight — especially if you take into account the level of babes they've been casting. Hell, one flick alone had Dana Dearmond, Lexi Belle, and Natasha Nice. I mean, the directors got nice biographies, and every flick was accompanied by a lengthy, well written synopsis. Can't they show the performers a little love, too?
The really not a lot in the way of bonuses here, aside from the News section of the site. On the bright side, unlike the blogs at a lot of sites, this isn't a mindless plug-fest. The entries are actually well crafted and occasionally include a little bonus content.
Going in I was a little skeptical given the large claims they made for themselves on their tour page. In the end, though, Lust Cinema won me over by, time and time again, delivering. These films should more than suffice for those looking for an alternative to the more mainstream material out there. The craftsmanship, unique style, and, more importantly, careful attention to sensuality and eroticism, all come together for and end product that's like nothing you've seen before. All in all, highly recommended.
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