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2006 Playmate of the Year: Kara Monaco
Playboy // Unrated // June 20, 2006
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Review by Jeffrey Robinson | posted July 13, 2006 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie

With a smile like that, it is no wonder...
In 2004, Playboy went around the United States looking for America's sexiest bartenders to star in a pictorial set and video feature. In Orlando, Florida, a blonde beauty named Kara Monaco was found. She was the featured girl in the 2004 DVD release of America's Sexiest Bartenders. After her stint as a sexy bartender, Kara found her way into other Playboy features as Miss June 2005. And now, in 2006 she has been selected as the playmate of the year. In this DVD, Kara bares all (physically and emotionally). She gets undressed and also shared her inner self in a variety of segments hashed together.

The feature is divided into eleven chapters, which include opening and closing credits. There are also video profiles (segments with narration and nakedness) with two other playmates included.

1. You're A Dream (Opening Credits)
2. Show Me
3. Pink Motel
4. She's Not Like The Rest
5. Passion
6. Knock Knock
7. Fairytale Girl
8. Dream On
9. Playmate Profile: Christine Smith
10. Playmate Profile: Amanda Paige
11. End Credits

Thank God, she knows how to ride a bicycle
The entire runtime of the feature is under fifty-four minutes, with only thirty minutes devoted to Kara Monaco. There is additional footage of Kara (including part of her segment from America's Sexiest Bartenders) in the special features. During Kara's thirty minute profile, there are various scenes showing off Kara's physical body and also interviews intertwined. For instance, Kara reveals she is not in love, shy, unapproachable, daddy's little girl, and all business. She is, however, wild, spontaneous, vulnerable, romantic, and happy. She also loves movies and hopes to be an actress and so on.

Overall, I did not care much for this release. I think I fail to understand the excitement of thirty minutes of narration and nakedness about the Playboy's latest and hottest playmate of the year. The format and content is pretty much the same. In other words, if you have been dulled by a Playboy DVD, then Kara Monaco revealing all probably won't be appealing. However, if you find you desire to see this blonde bombshell naked and learn about her personality, give this DVD a try. But if you ask me, I suggest skipping it entirely. It is not worth the time or money.

The DVD

Video:
The DVD box cover claims the feature is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 ratio widescreen color. This is partly true. The feature is presented in both widescreen color and 1.33:1 ratio full screen color. The video jumps back and forth between the two. During the widescreen segments, the picture is letterboxed. The quality is pretty good and one of the best things about this release. The picture looks fairly clean. However, there are portions when high movement appears choppy. In general, color and flesh tones look quite rich.

Audio:
The audio is given in 2.0 Dolby digital stereo sound. The sound quality is good, except it offers very little distinction in separation between channels. There is a lot of spoken dialogue, most of which occurs concurrently with background music. Both are quite easy to hear.

Extras:

Yes, we are looking in a peep hole
If you haven't gotten enough of Kara from the long thirty minutes, there is more of her in the bonus features. First off there is a photo gallery with thirty-six pictures from various pictorial sets (it includes playmates other Kara as well). Next is a behind the scenes featurette from Playboy TV. It provides a candid look at Kara Monaco and interviews during her photo and video shoots. It runs for about eight and a half minutes. Then there are two bonus video profiles. "Kara Monaco Original Playmate Profile" is just what the title says, the original video playmate profile when she was just a lowly playmate (not playmate of the year). It is more nudity with candid interviews. The runtime is about ten and a half minutes. Lastly is "Introductory America's Sexiest Bartenders Profile", which is about four minutes of Kara from her segment in the bartenders release.

Final Thoughts:
The 2006 Playmate of the Year presents a meager fifty-four minute feature about Playboy's hottest playmate Kara Monaco (although only thirty minutes are devoted to Kara). This DVD also includes more of Kara in several different featurettes as extras. The content provides narration and nakedness, which will be appealing to you if you have a strong urge to see Kara in the buff. While I won't argue she's great looking, I fail to see the appeal of this sort of DVD. Nothing really happens and it is easy to lose interest. I suggest you skip it.

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