C1R, short for Channel 1 Releasing, is a large and well-known site which has been around since 1999. Owned and operated by gay porn director and drag queen ChiChi LaRue, it not only offers C1R releases but videos from other directors and studios. Since 1988, ChiChi LaRue has filmed all the biggest porn stars in hundreds of movies under Rascal Video; LaRue now owns the entire catalogs of All Worlds Video, Catalina Video and Dirk Yates, which all appear on the site. So let's take a look at what's new at C1R.
Since the DVD collection at C1R is so big, there's something for almost everyone's tastes. You'll find smooth twinks, athletic jocks, mature daddies, hairy bears, hunks and more, and the performers come in all sizes, shapes and colors. The guys are mostly professional porn stars, so expect a lot of models with well-defined bodies and big hard cocks. The men are very passionate and they sure know how to use their dicks, mouths and asses. And you won't just find Channel 1 Releasing productions but DVDs from studios like William Higgins, Cocky Boys and many others.
When it comes to action there is tons of variety from cock sucking and hardcore fucking to extreme fetishes, BDSM, group sex, interracial action and lots more. I found outdoor action, scenes in locker rooms, showers, garages and dungeons, and just about anywhere guys can jerk off or fuck. I found some large group scenes with five to over 10 guys, and there's also some bisexual and tranny porn. C1R has a pre-condom category that takes us back to the days when we fucked without rubbers and there's a good selection of vintage porn. Funnily enough, while the site now includes modern bareback scenes from companies like William Higgins, there's no bareback category and even the free-form search nets no results for bareback.
If you click the "start watching now" button on the tour, C1R offers an unlimited streaming membership in monthly and 90-day options, and there's also a three-day trial that allows you to test drive the site for $3. But there are other options, as well. If you browse through the movies on the tour, you can stream them using a pay-per-minute option, you can buy DVDs or you can rent the DVDs for seven days. Really, I think your best bet is signing up for the unlimited membership, which gives you full access to all the content on the site.
You'll find videos in two sections called Movies and Scenes. The first lists the full DVDs available on the site, and you can stream them in a player at 640x360 using your monthly membership. But I was confused to find the pay-per-minute and seven-day online rental options on the left side of the page, because I already have a paid monthly membership, so why are these there? The short answer - I don't know.
Under Scenes, you can watch individual scenes from various DVDs, and these are also included in your unlimited membership. I selected the third scene from the DVD "Sucked Off in Weird Places" starring Tony Orion, Mario Costa, Brett Bradley and Sam Truitt. It can be streamed in a player at 640x360 and comes in nine different speeds (most scenes offer eight speeds). The player defaults to the highest speed, and while the viewing screen is on the small side, there is a full-screen option (which gives varying results depending on the scene you're watching). The scene's page also has thumbs of the models that are clickable so you can find more of their movies. There are also a few medium-sized screencaps from the scene highlighting the action; these can't be enlarged, although you can save them but they're only 315x286.
At the bottom of each scene's page is a section offering the scene's entire DVD, and if you click the play button in the streaming player you can watch the entire DVD, but curiously, there are again those options on the sidebar to pay per minute to stream it as well as buying the DVD or renting it for seven days. Having them there makes no sense at all, as members already have full streaming access.
The C1R tour says that it offers 10,000 scenes from 2,500 DVDs, which is entirely possible because a year ago our counts were 6,128 scenes from over 1,200 DVD titles; I can't tell you for sure because C1R uses a single never-ending scrolling page that adds more scenes or movies when you reach the bottom. As there are thousands and thousands of videos listed on one page, there's no way to count either scenes or DVDs, and neither are dated, so I can't tell you how often the site updates. The tour says they update daily, and it's certainly possible, there there's no way to confirm that.
There are also 1,734 recorded live shows from Live & Raw (897 shows) and Dirk Yates (837 shows). These The quality of the live shows varies since they took place over a period of years; the newer ones are pretty good, but the oldest are average with no sound.
Let's talk about issues. The site used to have photo galleries, but aside from those few screencaps on the episode pages, I didn't find any actual galleries. I found the quality of the videos disappointing, as I expected better than average quality from such a well-known company. And the embedded player at 640x360 is pretty small for this day and age; even if the vids were shot at 640x480, they would have looked fine in a player sized at 848x636. There are no downloads offered; you can't even pay extra to download the scenes you like.
I have already gone over my other biggest problems with the site - it's confusing. How many DVDs are on the site? How many scenes? How often does it update? Why are they pushing members to pay-per-minute stream or rent movies for seven days when you can already watch them under your membership? And why did C1R dump good old fashioned numbered pages for inconvenient never-ending scrolling pages?
C1R has a huge collection of gay porn DVDs from the past and the present. Many of the men starring in these movies are true porn stars with well-defined to muscled bodies, and they know how suck and fuck on camera. You'll find gay porn stars from now and then including Adam Killian, Michael Brandon, Tom Katt, Steve Hurley, Trenton Ducati and Fred Faurtin, to name just a few. The streaming membership is unlimited, but there are no downloads even if you're willing to pay per scene, so the only way you can get a copy of each scene is to purchase the DVD. Still, there's lots of content here plus those 1,734 recorded live shows, so you'll get good value for your membership, but it may take you a couple of hours of clicking around to understand how the site really works.