Review of Dr Hardcore:
Dr. Hardcore makes some pretty big promises to bring in the new members: "If your Favorite Model ever did Hardcore, then you find it in Dr. Hardcore's Archives." It's not great English but, hey, I'm much more interested in these archives. In fact, it didn't take me long to decide that Dr. Hardcore has a weakness for overstatement. There are a lot of attractive young Russian and Eastern European models featured at the site, but many of my favorite adult stars don't even have entries in the archives, let alone their own content. Okay, all this proves is that Dr. Hardcore isn't, say, the biggest porn stash online. In truth there isn't even any video as of the first week of September, 2004. What Dr. Hardcore does seem to do quite well, however, is present a regular flow of top quality photo spreads. If that sounds worth checking out, read on.
There are several ways to search Dr. H's content, though I don't particularly recommend doing it through the models' headshots. Problem is, most of the models with entries in the archives don't yet have any content yet, only a promise that it's "coming soon." When you go through the complete list of photo galleries you'll find around 130 galleries to browse. Don't get me wrong, that ain't bad. Then again, it isn't exactly a huge amount of content for a full priced adult site. Several visitors have already made this complaint in the site's forum, so I don't have to feel like the bad guy. To Dr. H's credit, the archive is growing at the rate of three new pictorials per day, 75% of which is supposed to be produced in-house.
For largely original content, the quality of the photos is remarkably good. Some of the models are much more conventionally attractive than others, which is to be expected, but the production value throughout is fairly consistent. Some of the older spreads have resolutions around 600X400, but a lot of the newer material is around 1000X600 or even a bit better. Gallery size does vary a lot, with some spreads as small as 20 pics or so while others feature 100+ shots. Overall, the settings are nice, the lighting good, and the sex looks quite hot all around, at least for glossy photo spreads. The icing on the cake is the inclusion of .zip folders for nearly every gallery in the collection. There are some dead links in there, but I found downloading to be quite easy as Dr. H seems to fully support the multiple connections used by download manager applications.
At this point, I'm a bit at a loss for more to say about Dr. H. When in doubt talk about the web design, I guess. Actually the photo interface is fairly advanced and warrants mention. Thumbnails are nice and bit and feature a cool mouse-over lighting effect in Flash mode. When using the Flash-driven interface, slideshow and zoom features are also available. There's no control over the time between "slides," but the whole site looks great all around. Generally speaking Dr. H deserves kudos for his site design. The little bios on all the stars featured in the archives are nice as well and will surely be better appreciated once there's more content to fill it out.
I feel rather bad about having to give this site a less than glowing review. In truth, though, the posts to Dr. Hardcore's user forum complaining of too little content are justified. Dr. H promises video in the near future, but at present you're looking at a site with 130+ high quality photo galleries, growing at a rate of three galleries per day. It's an ambitious update schedule, and once video is added (hopefully at a quality similar to what they've maintained with the pics) this may very well be an outstanding site. As it stands, as of early September 2004, there's just too little content to justify the $30/month being asked. It's understandable that the site's owners want to rush the site to the market, but the decision to launch a less-than-complete site should involve promotional membership rates for those willing to sign on "at the groundfloor." No doubt Dr. H is going to keep building, and from what I've seen this is definitely one to watch. Not highly recommended at the moment, but check back soon.
Photos: 600X400 and better
Videos: none currently
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