GayDemon reviewed Blake Mason on 13 Dec 2014
Blake Mason opened in 2005 and a year later was winning awards. Billing themselves as "amateur British men in action," they're well known for featuring sexy and horny college-aged guys. Many are first-timers to filming porn, some are repeaters returning for several appearances, and a few are straight, open minded, or exploring; most of these Brits are uncut. We thought it was time to take a fresh look at Blake Mason and see what's new, because this site just keeps on growing.
While lots of sites feature well-known porn performers, Blake Mason's draw is their amateur guys. You'll find lots of fresh faces here, guys who are making their first appearances in adult videos. Ranging from 18 to 30 years of age, they have myriad body types from slender to athletic and well-defined to moderately muscular. While some have nicely built bodies, you generally won't find guys who look like they spend their days in a gym. Blake Mason features both smooth and hairy guys, and the odd guy will have some face scruff, although very few have full beards and mustaches. And these are mostly British guys with the odd other European and so you'll find lots of uncut cocks, but recently during site changes there were more U.S. performers and the filming changed as the site changed to a new videographer.
While many of their guys are amateurs, some come back to Blake Mason repeatedly, some filming as many as 20 times or more. So at what point do you stop calling a guy an amateur? And while loads of Blake Mason's guys are fresh faces and new to the site, you will find some of these guys doing the rounds on other British gay porn sites. A few have gone on to become porn stars.
Most of the action on Blake Mason is filmed in bedrooms and living rooms, but have a multi-part series called Mating Season that took guys outdoors on a camping trip, and I also saw another series filmed inside a bath house. At least once a week the site features a hardcore sex scene and a second update each week may be either another hardcore session or a solo jack-off video. The guy-on-guy sex scenes are usually duos, but there are a few threeways. The performers get into horny suck and fuck sessions with lots of kissing, oral sex, face fucking, rimming, butt fucking, and they end by shooting their juicy loads wherever they fly - on bellies or asses, splattering through the air, and splashing across faces and hungry lips. Each episode has helpful category tags, like flip flop, doggy style, 69, rimming, foreskin play, etc., to help you find more of what you like.
There are 1013 videos inside Blake Mason. The downloadable versions are offered in between two and four different sizes of MP4s, depending on the age of the videos. The newer vids' largest size a full 1920x1080 at good quality and the oldest at 640x480 plus one smaller size at good amateur quality. The videos are well lit, and the picture quality is good to very good. My computer struggled with the very highest HD MP4; it was too big to fit nicely on my 24-inch monitor and my computer is not robust enough to handle the 7+ Mbps bitrates. But the next largest version played well and I was quite happy with it.
You can stream the videos on the site, usually in 2 to 4 different sizes depending on the age of the video. I found the smallest version (640x360) was a decent size, but it also comes in three resolutions and the highest looks very good in full-screen mode. And for those who want to watch the videos on mobiles, the videos, being MP4s, will play on a variety of cell phones, tablets and other handheld devices.
Each episode comes with a picture gallery with pics ranging up to 1000x668. Newest pictures in particular are very good quality, and although they're screen captures, they're quite clear. You can view the pictures in photo galleries with or without slideshows, and you can download them in zip files or save pics individually if you prefer.
Members get access to a member-only forum, which is worth checking out, and also get 374 bonus videos on hand from a twink site plus another site. Your membership also gives you limited bonus access to the Phoenixxx network and the Emo Network so you can watch a limited number of videos in each network before you need to upgrade to a full membership.
Are there any negatives about Blake Mason? They do have a pre-checked offer on their join page for another site. But if you're not interested it's easy enough to untick. There is an animated group of large thumbs at the bottom of every single page that are actually ads, and ads have been added to the left side of the page. Gone are the blog and the separate behind-the-scenes videos section, the behind-the-scenes videos now added to the regular video section. Also the After Dark videos are listed both in their own section and in the main Blake Mason video section, which can be confusing. And there are complaints on the board about a recent change in video style, which occurred when the old videographer left and a new one was brought in, but things seem to have improved again.
The only other problem surrounded each scene's category tags. Nit picking perhaps, but clicking "3somes" got me three scenes, while "spit roasting" got me a lot more threeways.
Blake Mason is the kind of site members really enjoy. The hot guys are definitely the first thing to catch your eye, and the over 1000 videos is also a huge plus. And I must say that Blake Mason does a really good job of helping members find exactly what they want. Every scene links the models to their other appearances and those category tags are quite helpful, but you can also do free-form searches or tick pre-selected categories to find more of what you want. With twice weekly updates - sometimes three - along with iPhone / iPad compatible videos and over 350 bonus videos, not to mention all those uncut cocks, there's so much at Blake Mason to keep members very, very happy.