Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (April 4, 2007)
If timing is really everything, then what should we make on Playboy’s Girls of World Soccer DVD? The magazine ran a pictorial with the same models in their July 2006 issue, a release that intentionally coincided with that summer’s World Cup. So why didn’t the DVD come out around the same period to connect to World Cup fever?
I have no clue, but as far as I’m concerned, hot naked women are timeless, so I don’t mind the odd release date. Soccer features 14 models from various international locations. In addition to Tiffany Selby of the USA, we meet Britain’s Kate D’Arcy, Germany’s Janine Habeck, France’s Ophelie Marie, Japan’s Christina Linehan, Ukraine’s Natasha Kasakova, Romania’s Oana Bercaru, Korea’s Pa-Ni Lee, Russia’s Anna Starykh, Brazil’s Estella Pereira, Hungary’s Hajnalka Hornyak, Croatia’s Maja Herdoman, Mexico’s Andrea Parolo and the Netherlands’ Olga Urashova.
Like many recent Playboy videos, Soccer follows a semi-documentary format. We get various soundbites from the models about their experiences and their backgrounds, and we see aspects of their photo shoots. That means we also hear remarks from folks like Hugh Hefner, photographer Arny Freytag, and photo editor Marilyn Grabowski.
Other aspects of the program show the models at play. They romp and party at the Playboy Mansion, the location used for the photo shoots. This puts them in spots like the grotto, the pool, and among various exotic animals.
I can never quite decide how I feel about the semi-documentary format. On the positive side, it’s more interesting than the silly scenarios often forced upon Playboy models. If you check out older Playboy shows – or the Playmate Calendars - we see the women act out premises and get stuck in glorified music videos. I prefer the sense of reality that comes with the modeling shots or the “slice of life” segments we often see.
On the other hand, the format means less nudity than usual. I may not like the goofiness of the calendar skits, but at least they give us plenty of skin. That’s the reason we buy these DVDs, and it comes in shorter supply during Soccer and its ilk. I don’t really want to hear from the photographers or see anything other than hot, unclad women when I watch these DVDs, so those moments act as intrusions. Many other Playboy DVDs compensate with supplements that focus on the women alone. Since that doesn’t happen for the extras-free Soccer, the format becomes more annoying.
Still, I think it works fine for the most part, so Soccer will live or die with its models. With 14 to choose from, we get a lot of variety, and we find a few true winners. Germany’s Habeck is the clear cream of the crop. She also appears in the US magazine as the September 2006 Playmate, and she’s simply amazing. She boasts a perfect natural body, a great face, and a general sense of sex appeal. I’d love a full DVD of just her – she’s a winner.
Other great models include Britain’s D’Arcy as well as Ukraine’s Kasakova, Brazil’s Pereira, Romania’s Bercaru, and Croatia’s Herdoman. All are gorgeous but also all look like real people, not plastic lab creations.
Disappointments? Both Hungary’s Hornyak and France’s Marie stand at the top of that list, primarily due to their terribly overinflated implants and artificial Barbie appearance. Couldn’t we Americans get somebody better than another fake blonde like Selby?
Japan’s Linehan also suffers from crummy fake breasts, though she’s less plastic looking in general. Unlike the other models, however, she doesn’t actually seem to come from the country she represents. Oddly misidentified as “Christine” Linehan, she’s apparently from Hawaii. She may have some Japanese heritage, but my Mom was Irish, and nobody from Lucky Charms has recruited me for the cereal box.
Despite these less appealing models, Soccer include so many women that you’re sure to find your own favorites. That definitely helps make this a decent program. It packs a lot of hot women into a small space, and it could use greater time to show them to us. Still, Soccer is a reasonably satisfying sampler of international babes.
Odd footnote: when you watch this program, it’s titled Girls of World Football. Yeah, I know that’s the name people outside of the US use for the sport, but it seems strange to find on the DVD here. We also find a mix of typos among the onscreen text, such as when we’re told a model is from “Hungry”.