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899 Movies Review

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Trial: $4.95 Monthly: No Option
Trial Terms: 2 Days Full Access Discount Monthly: $24.95
Quarterly: No Option Yearly: No Option

When 899 Movies first launched, it took its name from the fact that it cost $8.99 per month. It was a direct shot across the bow of Videobox. AcmeXXX at the time hailed it a new best value on the adult web. While 899 Movies continues to take direct aim at Videobox with its ever growing library and nifty new features, AcmeXXX is disappointed that the monthly price has risen to $24.95, which now stands at ten dollars more than Videobox. 899 Movies is still a decent value, just not the best anymore. It does offer a cheap two day trial, which gives you full access.

The movies are all recent DVD releases from top producers like Devil's Film, Digital Playground, Legend, and Pink Visual. Typically the scenes feature popular new starlitas like Cherry Poppens, Taylor Rain, Monica Sweetheart, Katja Kassin, Shy Love, Sativa Rose, etc., in established series like Anal University, MILF Money, MILTF, and Screw My Wife Please. Most of the material is gonzo, which refers to relatively lower budget documentary-style shooting, without elaborate sets or plots, and organized into thematically related "vignettes," or scenes. In this sense, the number of scenes in the collection (16,226) is more relevant than the number of movies (3,483).

At first, the webmasters were adding 5 DVD titles per day (which translates into roughly 125 scenes per week), but that has fallen off to only about 150 DVDs over the past year. Still, if you are relatively new to the adult web, this should not be a drawback for you, but there's a good chance recent subscribers to other video download sites will have seen many of these movies elsewhere, since they are non-exclusive.

With a database this big, and growing, organization and download speed (in addition to price) are critical differentiating factors. The good news is download speed is FAST. The highest quality version of each scene downloaded in less than five minutes. The site also provides a neat little download editor that allows users to choose a starting and ending frame for download, so you can save the all-important money shot but not all the other chit chat. Importantly, this reduces the size of download, and therefore makes downloading even faster. The site has no download limits and, best of all, there is NO DRM software attached to the movies. Once you download them, they're yours to keep forever, even after you jettison your subscription to the site. Of course, there is also a streaming option.

Organization, search, and preview of downloads are the weak parts of the site right now. 899 allows users to search for movies by genre (e.g. anal, Latina, MILF, etc.) or by studio but unfortunately there is no list of performers or series titles yet. And forget about keyword search. When you do find a scene you think you want to download, there is very little preview material other than a few thumbnail-size screen captures. Likewise, we would have liked a prose description, or reader comments, beyond the studio summary copy. There is a "top picks" button but the DVD titles presented here lack editorial or user comments, too, so we don't ever find out why, exactly, they are "picked." That's a little sloppy and lazy. In general, despite the nifty widgets and growing library, the site has an automated, budget feel to it.

Like the other adult dvd download sites that use this same material, 899movies is especially strong in the MILF category. Amateur, Anal, Shemale and Busty/Big Boobs categories are also strongly represented.

899 Movies is no longer cheap. While the size of the library has tripled since its birth, three times the movies should not cost three times the price for membership, especially in such a competitive space. AcmeXXX openly wondered if this crazy cheap price point would be sustained, and I guess we now know. Sigh.

899 Movies will still cause monkeys to be spanked the world over, just not as many as before, we fear.