I'm old enough to remember Jean-Daniel Cadinot in real time and there was always such excitement surrounding the release of one of his new video tapes - yes, we used to watch porn on tapes and played them on VCRs. This French director was well known for creating plot-driven sex scenes that were gritty and true to life. And his catalog of work is now available on Studio Presse's Cadinot website.
Cadinot was French and so are the guys in his films. Cadinot filmed in a much different time in gay porn, and he was much more interested in creating realism than pumping out porn stars like we see today. As a result, the guys in his films are the type of everyday guys you might see walking down the street; they're horny twenty-somethings with lean, smooth bodies, lots of dark hair, and uncut cocks. The guys generally aren't particularly muscular, but sported regular, athletic or gym-fit bodies. Cadinot's guys are the antithesis of the typical Euro porn performers we see today with all those pumped and pretty Czech boys. And if you like Arab guys, there are a fair number of them here.
A lot of Cadinot's videos were plot driven and based on real-life encounters. In one video, I watched two guys cruise and size each other up outside a bus station. It was exciting to watch and I could feel the tension rising along with my cock as these two paced around each other, getting ever closer with each pass until they finally exchanged a few words, then headed into a toilet to fuck. I watched another where three guys were doing chores at a military academy and carting firewood; two of the guys turned on the third and roughed him up, slapped his ass, and force fed him their dicks. There's so much variety with Cadinot videos that it's impossible to encapsulate it in a paragraph.
But the sex is real and dirty, packed with guys grunting it out wherever they can in duos, threeways and larger groups. There's lots of dick sucking and ass fucking, but heaps of edgier stuff, too, like schoolboys fucking in the dorm room after lights out, soldiers forcing themselves on prisoners and each other, or street thugs initiating new guys into the gang.
Cadinot is a part of Studio Presse, a network of 21 theaters that feature mostly European content. To watch the movies you purchase ticket packages, and tickets can be redeemed to watch or download the videos. Even if you buy tickets on Cadinot you can use them anywhere in the network. There's also an unlimited streaming membership that's a bit pricey, but if you think you're going to be watching a lot of videos, it could be the better way to go. Watching movies will cost you around four to eight tickets per scene, and downloading a video 10 to 30 tickets depending on whether your purchasing a scene or a whole DVD, although not all videos in the network are available to download.
The site features scenes from 73 Cadinot DVDs, which is 13 more than there were three years ago. In total there are 541 scenes that stream in MP4 format, the latest ones displaying at 1020x546 and older ones at 856x480 or smaller. The quality varies as Cadinot's directing career spanned many changes in filming technology. If you're looking for crisp, HD video, this isn't it. But that's not to say that this stuff is unwatchable - quite the opposite, as it reminded me of the days before we became obsessed with guys with ripped abs, make-up, perfect manscaping, lighting and film sets. The sex feels and looks real. When available, the downloads come in MP4 format and play at 640x360 to 852x480 depending on the age of the video.
There are no photo galleries at Cadinot, or at least not ones with pics that can be enlarged, but each scene has six medium-sized screencaps that give you a look at the guys and the action. And if you find a pic you like, you can right-click and save it.
When it comes to site updates, there are 187 more scenes than there were two years and seven months ago, which averages about six updates per month. Since there are no dates on the videos nor is there a schedule listed, there's no way to know whether every month adds six videos or some months add three and others nine. The site says they add 80 new videos monthly, but this refers to the entire 21 theaters in the Studio Presse network, not this site in particular.
My biggest problem with Cadinot is the lack of consistency. Some scenes can be streamed but not downloaded, and even when they can be both downloaded or streamed, the number of tickets required varies from scene to scene. Some movies cost four tickets to watch, others are five or seven, and I couldn't really figure out the difference. Likewise some movies cost eight tickets to download, others were ten. Sometimes a full DVD is available in the regular video section and you can use your tickets to watch or download these, but if you go to the actual DVD section on the navbar, you'll be sent to a biller to pay extra for those. It's confusing.
Cadinot doesn't offer the typical studio porn that we're used to seeing today, but I think this is its strong point. The scenarios are raw and gritty just like sex often is. Guys don't fuck standing for two minutes, then flip into doggy style, then lie back in missionary position until they shoot their loads. Cadinot's videos are much more realistic and I like that a lot. And it's exciting to find a director's work all in one place where you can enjoy it in gulp-sized moments at your leisure and horniness. I liked the offering of 541 videos at Cadinot a lot. And don't forget, there are thousands of other videos in the network from many different European studios.