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Will Peters 

By: Will Peters
Number of Reviews: 1434
Average Score: 64

In the past when I'd get a DVD site, I would often write about how convenient it was versus leaving home to visit a video store. Nowadays, though, people get their Hollywood films online and most brick and mortar locations are long gone. So the main selling point of Gay Video Base is the ability to download the scenes as well as stream them, making the site more desirable than the many video-on-demand ones.

As you might expect (and it's often true of DVD archive sites), nothing on GayVideoBase is exclusive. You also might not be surprised to learn that some of the scenes don't look like the most recent of releases. Even if they're not all circa 1980s classics, most are at least five years old. By the way, you can sort by "new releases," but that refers to when a DVD is added to the site, not its original production date.

Personally I enjoy vintage pre-condom flicks, because the pornstars back then tended to be ruggedly handsome, with bodies left in their natural state (not shaved or even trimmed), and I'm a sucker for a moustache and sideburns. There are keywords and a dropdown list of categories that help track these kinds of scenes down, or you can type "classic" into the search box.

However, I'm not sure if the more than 1,444 DVDs (over 6,432 scenes) are categorized properly. I'm probably getting accurate results when I search for "black" and almost a quarter of the flicks turn up, but other categories, like twinks or straight, aren't showing believable results based on what I'm seeing just from browsing the content on my own.

At any rate, you can stream and download the flicks in two MP4 files, the better of which consistently delivers good-quality playback. There's also a section that holds just the HD flicks (over 100 right now), so they're easy to find. You'll see a series of screenshots below the streaming player that allow you to skip to that specific spot in the footage, but those, along with the thumbnails, are it for any kind of images, as there aren't any photos.

There's certainly a lot to see here, but the cost concerns me, because it's a bit pricey for nonexclusive content. Still, Gay Video Base offers hundreds of downloadable DVD scenes and it's updated daily, making it worth checking out.

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