TRACKER NAME: Secret-Cinema
TRACKER URL: secret-cinema.net
SIGNUP URL: Invite only
TRACKER TYPE: Obscure Movie Tracker
Secret-Cinema, previously known as Cinema-Obscure, is a ratio based movie tracker that specializes in more obscure content, including silent films, classics, arthouse, cult, etc. It falls in the same category as Karagarga and Cinemaggedon as it focuses on non-mainstream content. While its primary focus is on movies, the site also offers music (OST, Radio) and a small selection of ebooks.
Ratio is not very difficult to maintain if you pace yourself and jump on new torrents early. There is an initial grace period of 5gb before you have to worry about ratio. The PotM section (see below) is also very helpful for those who have trouble.
The tracker itself is laid out differently than most might be used to, and is primarily forum-based. If you select a torrent from the browse page it will bring you to a forum post with further information on the release, and in most cases a cover image and screencaps.
A few other noteworthy features of this tracker are:
- Roll-over cover view on the browse page
- Aid System - you can gift upload credit to a deserving user
I feel that since the tracker already has such a focus on the forum, the community is encouraged to participate and interact. The members are a close-nit group of obscure movie fans and everybody is friendly and helpful for the most part. IRC has been dead every time I join, but perhaps it is active at other times of the day?
Different parts of the site use a different layout. Basically there is the "tracker" view and the "forum" view, but both are intertwined and it can get a little confusing since the menus change. There are a few themes to choose from, but all they do is change the colors of the forums. All screenshots below were taken using the Cobalt theme.
Nothing spectacular about the home page - a few stat graphs randomly posted there. :)
When you click on one of the torrents, it brings you to a forum post with further information about the release, along with the torrent download and a link for the peer list.
This is the page you see when you click on the "peer list" link in the release description.
PILL OF THE MONTH (AKA FREELEECH)
This is a newly "remodeled" feature - formerly know as "Picks" and now as "Pills". There is a special section of the forum called the "Secret Pharmacy" where you can view current and previous monthly picks which give you 100% download refund. There is also a quick link on the top of the torrent page that allows you to view all current Pills. This feature is also used to help revive older torrents that have no seeders.
The forums are relatively active - some sections more than others - but the general mood (including staff) is relaxed and friendly... if perhaps a bit eccentric.
IRC seems to be a little deserted, but it's there.
There doesn't seem to be a specific rules page, but ratio requirements are included in the FAQ.
Donations are requested every quarter to cover expenses.
I found it difficult to rate this tracker on content, because there is a decent amount that would be hard to find elsewhere. However, the content selection is no where near as vast as Karagarga for instance. While many of the very old torrents are dead, you can easily request a reseed by simply starting the download. This will automatically pop it into the reseed list of anybody who uploaded it or completed a full download of the file.
I have found speeds to be excellent on the files I have downloaded, though occasionally you will stumble upon something that drags a little bit. Most newer torrents have at least 2 seeders.
Comments/suggestions on ways to improve this review are welcome :)