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PLAYBOY HOME VIDEO

MOVIE INFO

Director:
- Unknown -
Cast:
Various
Writing Credits:
- Unknown -

Synopsis:
Playboy magazine sent out the call for America's sexiest bartenders, and hundreds of mesmerizing mixologists from around the country submitted their hottest photos, posing on bar tops, coolers and pool tables, wearing nothing but a smile. We poured over their pictures until we found the top nine finalists and now we bring them to you as only Playboy can!

From New York to California, Ohio to Florida and points in between, these bar babes give it to you straight up, or with a twist. To that we say, "Cheers!"

MPAA:
Rated NR

DVD DETAILS
Presentation:
Widescreen 1.78:1/16x9
Audio:
English Stereo
Subtitles:
None
Closed-captioned

Runtime: 52 min.
Price: $19.98
Release Date: 12/14/2004

Bonus:
• Outtakes
• Photo Gallery
• Trailers


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Playboy: America's Sexiest Bartenders (2004)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (January 7, 2005)

Can anyone at Playboy prove that their new video truly includes America’s Sexiest Bartenders? Wouldn’t it be more accurate to call the program America’s Sexiest Female Bartenders Who Were Willing to Pose Nude For Us?

Since that’s a clunky title, I won’t complain. Bartenders presents nine drinkmistresses as they pose and chat about themselves. We begin in Manhattan with Siobhan Magee and then heads to Del Mar, California with Amy Preston. Elyria, Ohio’s Jill Christy follows and we meet Jenny Soto from Brookdale, CA. Next we watch Jeanine Haas of Las Vegas, and we go to Kingston, Pennsylvania for Heather Smith. In Toledo, Ohio, we find Beyea, and then we locate Rebecca Leigh of Newport Beach, CA. Finally, the program ends with Kara Monaco of Florida.

Most Playboy programs present a compilation of vignettes. They show the models in various scenarios. However, Bartenders follows along the same lines of recent products like Women of Starbucks and goes with more of a documentary format. We see the women in various settings such as their homes, their bars, and local hangouts. We also watch their photo shoots.

How much one enjoys Bartenders will almost inevitably depend on what one thinks of the various models. I thought the similarly-constructed Women of Starbucks was much more interesting because I liked all of the models involved; nothing about the program’s construction made it superior, but the Starbucks women were consistently amazing.

Inevitably, my own preferences influenced my enjoyment of the segments. I like women who go for a more natural look, so I thought Magee and Haas were the best of the bunch. Haas was particularly impressive because she came across as thoughtful and intelligent when she spoke. Smith was pretty but she lost points when she talked, as she didn’t seem like the brightest bulb.

For me, the others lose point due to the usual culprit: breasts implants. Christy and Leigh still come across as cute and appealing despite the plastic, but the others are too slutty to make a good impression. Playboy used to embrace the “girl next door” look, but these women look more like the “stripper next door”.

I can say that I’m wild about the program’s presentation. It’s too glossy and puffy to fare as a good documentary look at modeling, but there’s also too much of that element for it to be a satisfying view of the women. When we get the usual Playboy nudity, it’s usually appealing, but there’s just not enough of it to make the program consistently interesting in that regard.

I think a show devoted to giving us a real view of what it’s like to pose for Playboy would be interesting. In addition, a DVD devoted to video vignettes of the women seen here would also be good. The clips we get are fine, but they pop up too sporadically for America’s Sexiest Bartenders to be much more than a tease.


The DVD Grades: Picture B/ Audio C-/ Bonus B-

America’s Sexiest Bartenders appears in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 on this single-sided, single-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Because the program used a wide variety of photographic styles, it became tough to come up with a general evaluation of the picture, but it was better than usual for Playboy material.

Sharpness mostly looked good. Wide shots came across as slightly soft, and a few scenes were intentionally fuzzy due to the visual motifs. Nonetheless, the snippets mainly were nicely defined and accurate. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed only a little edge enhancement. No source flaws interfered with the presentation.

Of all the stylized elements, colors were affected the most heavily. Though the program usually went with natural tones, it occasionally went with more exotic tones. Overall, the hues came across as appropriately rendered and without too many concerns. Blacks seemed reasonably dense, while low-light shots showed good clarity. The visuals jumped around a little too much to excel consistently, but the program earned a good “B” overall.

I found little to admire from the stereo soundtrack of America’s Sexiest Bartenders. Actually, this was a stereo mix in name only, as I never heard any indications of information from the side channels. As far as I could tell, the audio stayed firmly located in the center channel.

Audio quality was acceptable and nothing more. Speech consistently came across as reasonably natural and crisp, and I noticed no problems with edginess or intelligibility. Effects were a minor component, as they had little to do in the production. They were clean and accurate when they appeared. Music played a much more active - though still background - role. The various songs ran virtually constantly through the program, but they lacked much vivacity. The music showed somewhat flat range and didn’t impress. Granted, no one watches a Playboy video for the immersive audio experience, but I still thought this track didn’t deserve anything above a “C-“.

As we head to the supplements, we find a few useful materials. A collection of outtakes includes raw footage of the participants. This section lasts 28 minutes and 10 seconds as we see all the featured models in shots taken from their photo sessions as well as the various “on location” bits. Since most of us watch Playboy videos to see good-looking naked women, the outtakes are significantly more satisfying than the main show. We don’t get any of the banal interviews or clothed segments; it’s all naked, all the time.

Interestingly, the outtakes also give us a more honest look at modeling than the glossy main program. We get a view of the nuisances involved. For example, as part of Magee’s session, she uses a drink gun to shoot water on herself. This results in sexy photos but it’s clear Magee doesn’t enjoy the experience, as the water makes her physically uncomfortable. Candid moments like this make the outtakes even more revealing than they’d have been if they just featured the standard nudity.

Next we get a Photo Gallery that presents pictures as a running video piece. We get a whopping 122 shots of the program’s models in this 10-minute and 32-second segment. I’d prefer an option to view them as normal stills, but I can’t quibble with the quality of the pictures or the number of snaps.

The set also offers some trailers. This includes promos for 50th Anniversary Celebration, 50 Years of Playmates, No Boys Allowed 2, 2005 Video Playmate Calendar and Video Centerfold: 2004 Playmate of the Year Carmella DeCesare.

America’s Sexiest Bartenders stands as middle-level Playboy product. The show includes a mix of generally attractive women in moderately interesting situations, but it suffers from a lack of focus. It can’t decide if it wants to be a documentary or the usual collection of sexy vignettes, and it doesn’t serve either side well. The DVD presents pretty good picture with mediocre audio. Not many extras appear, but the outtakes are very good and help make this a more satisfying package. It’s not one of the better Playboy releases, but it’s good enough for a rental. A purchase may be warranted if the models really suit your taste.

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