Our next review is of Naughty Flipside. This is an anti-reality hardcore site. What does that mean? Well, that it's a porn site that takes cheesy reality-site concepts like "we caught this girl stealing from our store and made her fuck us so we wouldn't call the cops" stuff and play on them by ramping up the fantasy of the setups, then get down to the porn. It's a little high-concept to get just by reading, but if you see the trailers on the tour I think it'll make more sense. The site promises high-quality movies in both clips and whole versions, "stunning" photos, and access to 17 other sites in their network.
The members area is very simple and direct, the main page is just the bonus sites and then the main content links, and at the bottom a support link. There's no navigation links or ads or any distractions. The only issues I have are the photo gallery pages' nav links are hard to see due to their color, and there's no link from them back to the main page.
All the models are on the tour with trailers, so you know what they look like. They're fairly attractive porn actresses. The movies are done like porn-movie-style campy versions of reality site concepts, shot in surprisingly solid sets and locations. Videos run about 25 minutes each.
The site is brand new so there are currently 10 exclusive videos here. Since it's a new site, there seems to not yet be a regular update schedule. The episodes are dated but 5 were added just over 4 weeks ago, and 3 were added 2 weeks ago. Next 2 updates were last week.
Videos are offered in WMV, MPEG, QuickTime MOV, and iPod MP4 formats. The largest are the "DVD" size WMVs at 720x540 and 2112kbps bitrate, the middle WMV is the same physical size but a bitrate of 1088kbps, and the smallest is 480x360 at 576kbps. The QuickTime vid is 640x480, and the MPEG is 320x240. All the formats are offered both as a single movie and in clips except for the MP4 which is just the full movie. There's no DRM and playback is smooth.
These are shot with more of a porn movie look in mind rather than a shitty made-for-web look, so the cameras are nicer for a richer image. That said, these do look pretty nice, but they're slightly interlaced (liney), sometimes a bit dark, and a little digitized so they're not as good as they could be - but they're still better than most reality sites. Audio quality is very good.
Each episode has a still photos gallery and a video captures gallery, so that's 8 of each. The stills galleries have about 80 pics each, the pics are around 669x1000 and 150k a piece. The photography on these looks great, and there's a lot of thought going into the composition and poses, I just wish they used a slightly higher quality compression as these are the tiniest bit grainy. The vidcap galleries have about 550 pics each, the vidcaps are around 652x492 and 75k a piece. The vidcaps are decent quality for vidcaps, but a lot are interlaced. Each photo set has a zip file to download all the images, and the galleries' picture pages are a slideshow until you turn that off.
Bonus content is access to the other 17 sites on the Naughty America network. These are all of similar quality, most update weekly, and they've been around longer so they have lots of content. The sites are various hardcore niches - there's a few MILF sites, a few latin sites, a bookworm site, college girls, that sort of stuff.
Negatives starts with the movie and photo qualities, they're on the edge of being too compressed which is a real shame because they do look quite good. I also don't like having to enter my password in Media Player to start streaming a movie. The only other issue is the lack of a homepage link on the galleries pages and the gallery navigation link graphics are hard to see on the gray graph background.
Naughty Flipside is a new site and there's not yet that much content, but I applaud them for trying something different and bringing a little higher quality to the internet porn game. The videos are big and look good and there's a lot of format choices, the photo sets are great, the members area doesn't treat members like chumps, and there's access to a good number of other sites. Video compression could be a little better, it does hamper the image slightly. Ultimately, Naughty Flipside gets a lot right. The models are sexy and the video quality isn't perfect but it is huge, I'd say this is a site definitely worth checking out.