Review date: January 2017
William Higgins first made a name for himself as arguably the most talented gay pornographer of the nineteen-eighties, directing numerous classics during his California period. He then moved from the US to Prague, and ever since has been making eye-popping videos of gorgeous young European studs. Since mid-2014, William Higgins has offered video downloads in cutting edge "Ultra HD" (2560x1440; 4,000 kbps). While we find some of the navigation and content display to be quirky, there's no doubt this is a technically brilliant site featuring very hot and hung Czech amateurs.
Just take a random swing through the many categories and sections of the site and you'll be impressed. The content is divided into the "Updates" -- housing all the new HD videos -- and the "Archives" -- housing "legacy" material (i.e. older and smaller video clips and photos); however, the latter can only be previewed and viewed by active members. The "Updates" section is a mirror of the membership site complete with full technical information, but a limit of five hardcore preview clips.
The site is packed with great content, but can seem a bit crowded at first glance. The homepage has buttons for the "Updates" (where all the newest videos are located), "Categories" (for more specific content like group action and solos), and "Castings" (with first timers). A search option allows users to quickly look up content more specific to their personal tastes.
The "Models" index page is designed to help you find the man of your dreams, allowing you to filter models by penis size, body type and even haircut style!
The site also contains a massive "Archives", where all the older videos are. Clicking on "Archives" will launch a new page and requires you to log-in again, using your regular William Higgins user name and password. The design of the "Archives" site has never been updated and has a very retro feel.
The Men and the Action
What's in the water in Central Europe? Even with a quick glance at the site's model inventory it becomes clear that the smooth, masculine, muscular, young looking guy is the standard. These striking men are a variation of the guys from William Higgins' California days, but with a laid-back boyishness that feels new. The guys play alone, coupled, and occasionally in trios or "wank parties" on impeccably art-directed sets or in idyllic natural landscapes. The action is intense, but tender, and even the "fetish" scenes (read: prop chains and harnesses) have a playful vibe. It's well cast, well made, refreshingly hot yet wholesome porn.
The video content is divided into several types:
Session Stills - 707 scenes taken during photo sessions. Lots of posing; there are hard
cocks, but often no cumshots.
Erotic Solo - 669 solo scenes.
Full Contact - 463 hardcore scenes.
Wank Party - 132 orgy scenes.
Cherry Busting - 8 scenes
Kink - 32 light bondage scenes
Czech Up - 46 medical fetish scenes
Wrestling - 61 nude wresting scenes
Gonzo - 19 self-made scenes
Helping Hand - 47 scenes: mystery hands jerk off the model. Massage - 203 erotic massages, to full release.
Soft Duos - 42 hardcore scenes (not sure what makes them 'soft')
Backstage - 77 behind-the-scenes videos, with sex.
DVD Scenes - 60 remastered scenes from previously released DVDs.
In our video count, we don't include these sections, which have tons of content:
2000-2010 archives - over 6,000 exclusive videos archived in the previous version of the
site, in clip form and at lower qualities.
Casting - over 1700 five-minute videos of potential new models getting undressed and posing while photos are taken; sometimes there are hard cocks and a bit of wanking, but no cumshots.
The videos have excellent viewing quality. Shot by carefully trained videographers and by Higgins himself, the videos go beyond professional to become artful. The composition, lighting, editing and sound are all top notch.
The new William Higgins hosts over 2500 videos with an average length of about twenty minutes. New content is released daily, but there is a download limit of 7 GB per day for the first 30 days of your membership (after that there are no limits). The Higgins archive site, covering older videos, has thousands of clips and galleries, although the videos are smaller in size and shorter in length.
Videos added since June, 2014 (about 40%) are available as MP4 downloads in four qualities, including what they call "Ultra HD" (2560x1440 pixels, 4,000 kbps), perfect for large screen viewing. Videos previous to then are available to download at up to 1280x720 pixels with a bitrate of 2,000 kbps, in both Quicktime (MOV) and Windows Media(WMV) formats.
Videos will also stream in MP4 in an embedded player. Those added since June, 2014 are 960x540 pixels; older ones are smaller.
Screens: While the site design isn't optimized for mobile viewing, newer videos are in MP4 format and will stream readily on mobile devices. The Ultra HD videos are best viewed on extra large screens.
Image and Other Content
Even if you spent every waking hour for a month looking at the image galleries on William Higgins, you probably wouldn't make it through all of the photos. Every video is accompanied by a gallery with between 150 and 600 pictures, many available at HD sizes (archive content is smaller, around 400 x 600 pixels). The galleries can be downloaded as zip files and they can also be viewed as slideshows.
At William Higgins the legendary director continues to prove he's a master of gay porn, offering the very best with sexy Euro-guys. This is definitely a site to check out if you can't resist the lean muscles, big hooded dicks and cute smiles of Central European men in excellent quality video.
30 day: $29.95 (rebills @ $29.95)
30 day: $39.95 (no rebill)
(Frequently prices are lower)
Some fuck scenes without condoms.
[safer sex in porn]
30 day: $29.95
(rebills @ $29.95)
30 day: $39.95
(Frequently prices are lower)
William Higgins is operated by WilliamHiggins.com and has been online since 2000.