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Rock of Love: Season 1

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UPC: 013131587098

Format: DVDMultiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC

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Flush with the runaway success of Flavor of Love, in which a platoon of women try to win the heart of Public Enemy's manic hype man Flavor Flav, VH1 apply the same reality show/spectacle formula to another chart topper gone south of the pop culture radar: Poison singer Bret Michaels. The result, dubbed Rock of Love, essentially follows the same format as Flav's show: The allegedly lovelorn Michaels cohabitates in a fantasy playground house with a cross-section of wild and wanton women, each of whom are put through salacious challenges (the most appalling of which is a bout of improvised phone sex, with Michaels' ardor measured by a sort of blood pressure cuff attached to his manhood) in order to win the right to call him their man. There's no point tuning in to Rock of Love if you're easily offended or find reality shows debased entertainment; the consistent leering tone and barnyard behavior of some of the contestants will simply confirm your opinion that shows like these contribute to the decline of Western civilization. All others may be surprised to note that despite his inability to conclude a sentence without using the word "awesome" (and his curious bandana-dependent hairstyle), Michaels makes for an ingratiating star; he's wholly aware that he's in the center ring of this circus, and his comments occasionally display a dry and even self-deprecating wit. The show also has a terrific "villainess" in Lacey Connor, who understands that she's playing a game and gleefully wreaks psychological terror on her opponents by (gasp!) strategizing her next moves. Having said that, no one should mistake Rock of Love for clever or even partially thought-out entertainment, but the presence of Michaels and Connor do set the show a step or two above the out-and-out sideshow that is Flavor of Love. All 13 episodes (including the reunion show) are included in this three-disc set, which also includes several extended and deleted scenes. Those seeking the real raunch that was trimmed for broadcast will find a more graphic version of the phone sex competition and several scenes featuring the contestants in their birthday suits; given the tone of the entire series, it seems odd that the bare flesh in this set would remain pixilated. -- Paul Gaita
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List Price: $34.98
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Actors: Bret Michaels 
Size: 7.6000" x 5.4000"
Weight: 0.6000 lbs.
Language: English, English