Bel Ami Online
Reviewed by GayDemon on 6 Dec 2013
Bel Ami Online is one of the landmark producers of high quality gay porn specializing in twinks and jocks from central Europe. The website began in 1998 and is now at version 4. The site has an eye-catching tour offering hot scene previews and the promise of a huge amount of material. Bel Ami's high-production standards result in some stunning material. Over time, the scenes have become much more explicit, and now feature great close-ups of the penetration, breeding and cream pies, and a couple years ago they started filming barebacking, which they call condomless.
The core of the site has always been its collection of gorgeous Slovak, Hungarian and Czech models from 18 to 25. Many could rightly be called sex gods. The European focus means lots of uncut cocks, some of which are very big; Trevor Yates has one that should have its own zip code. More recently, performers from other countries, including the US, have been added. All are generally smooth, slim to well built but not over muscled and tattoos are a rarity. The Models pages feature 360 guys, but the list is incomplete; Bel Ami must offer over a thousand models.
The home page is attractively presented opening to the latest updates and the model of the week; it's topped by a menu bar which provides links to all the main content areas. Bel Ami currently offers 1426 videos - 648 sex scenes, 480 solos, 150 flashbacks, 27 3D vids and 121 backstage videos. The site usually adds 3 new videos per week, but this December (2013) they're adding a hardcore scene every single day. Although the updates, like most things on the site, are undated, the date of the first comment for each is a good guide as to when it was released.
Many new scenes premiere here before being released on DVD, and these scenes are among the most expensive gay porn produced, often filmed in exotic locations with the most beautiful models anywhere. The site concentrates on newer material; scenes over 5 years old are rare, except for unreleased ones from the archives. There is a constant churn of scenes. Scenes added in 2010 have been removed already.
The videos are DRM-free and most are offered in MP4 and WMV, the more recent sized at 960x540 at good quality. The older WMVs are still sized at 960x540 but instead of MP4s, they're offered in smaller M4Vs and QuickTime videos, except for a few that aren't offered for download. Most of the videos are downloadable full scenes, each of which has at least 1 mobile format that should play on most cell phones and portable devices including iPhone and iPad. All videos are available as streaming full scenes.
Bel Ami offers 604 exclusive pic sets, up from 577, and these are divided into 7 categories: Pin-Ups, Couples, Snapshots, Action Pictures, Art Collections, An American in Prague and Specials. These digital stills are beautifully posed and lit, and show off the models to absolute perfection. Over 1000 sets of screencaps are found not only on video pages, but also on the models' pages. All sets can be downloaded, and individual images can be saved with a right click.
The main extra is the site's engagement with its members. Updates and models can be rated, and comments left about new material. The forum is a fairly active, and BA staff, including supremo George Duroy, contribute and take notice of what's said. Some members on the forum have made friends there, and there's a lot of talk about the site's models and content. There's a link to the forum on the top right of the member home page; the link to Extras is a link of ads with a single link to the forum.
I was surprised that some of the oldest videos aren't available for download. The site's organization and removal of videos are the 2 other issues worth mentioning. It can be hard to find what's there; a search function is needed so if you're looking only for redheads or outdoor scenes, you don't have to browse through over 1200 scenes to find them. There is also no information on the process of moving videos to the VOD site, but while the site is still large, it's smaller than it was on our last visit.
Bel Ami Online leads the way in premiering high quality gay porn on the web with a great looking site and some of the hottest jocks and twinks anywhere. So many guys, frequent updates, so much sex, over 1400 downloadable videos, and being DRM-free, you can keep most of vids forever. And there's plenty of member interaction due to the forum and many comments on the videos. Bel Ami is one of our favorite sites due to their gorgeous college-aged European boys in some of the best hardcore and solo action ever filmed. While nothing in life is perfect, this site comes close!