DVD Talk
Release List Reviews Shop Newsletter Forum DVD Giveaways Blu-Ray Advertise
Reviews & Columns
Reviews
DVD
TV on DVD
Blu-ray
International DVDs
Theatrical
Adult
Video Games

Features
Collector Series DVDs
Easter Egg Database
Interviews
DVD Talk Radio
Feature Articles

Columns
Anime Talk
XCritic.com
DVD Stalk
DVD Savant
High-Def Revolution
Silent DVD

discussion forum
DVD Talk Forum
Resources
DVD Price Search
Customer Service #'s
RCE Info
Links

DVDTalk Info
Review Staff
About DVD Talk
Advertise
Newsletter Subscribe
Join DVD Talk Forum
DVD Talk Feeds


Special Offer

Search: For:
Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Bellydance Fitness for Beginners: CE
Bellydance Fitness for Beginners: CE
Tango // Unrated // December 11, 2001
List Price: $19.95 [Buy now and save at Amazon]
Review by G. Noel Gross | posted January 29, 2002 | E-mail the Author
Buy from Amazon.com
C O N T E N T
V I D E O
A U D I O
E X T R A S
R E P L A Y
A D V I C E
Recommended
E - M A I L
this review to a friend
P R I N T
Printer Friendly
CineSchlock-O-Rama

Our survey of fitness sleaze continues after a rather exhausting debut with Anna Kournikova: Basic Elements. Raven-haired identical twins Veena and Neena Bidasha take their love of dance and meld it with their daily maintenance routine as stunning babes to create Bellydance Fitness for Beginners: Arms, Abs, Hips, Buns & Thighs (1999, 65 minutes). The gals rose to international mini-stardom via their hiply gyrations, bright personalities and penchant for draping their bodies with one or more of TWELVE pet boa-constrictors. In fact, CineSchlockers who were not completely hypnotized by Salma Hayek may remember the Belly Twins' sensuous stage work in From Dusk Til Dawn. Few such shenanigans punctuate this shiny, happy guide for house fraus anxious to undulate those superfluous curves away. The instruction is divided into two 30-minute parts beginning with Arms & Abs followed by Hips, Buns & Thighs with voiceover narration while the twins gleefully demonstrate isolated, and often drool-worthy, bellydancing moves again and again. They're a positively dizzying spectacle! But the real fun follows after each workout, as Neena or Veena (one's never sure which) treats us to a special dance in full regalia, not that their matching sports bras and tights aren't delish. CineSchlockers anxious for MORE should check out Bellydance Fitness for Beginners: Basic Moves & Fat Burning.

Notables: No breasts. Rapid buttocks squeeze and release. Gratuitous bellybutton closeups. Suggestive "cat stretches." Chest and shoulder rolls. Staccato hip thrusts. Light swordplay.

Quotables: Girls with yummy tummies have more fun, "Conventional abdominal workouts can be extremely strenuous and uncomfortable, but our program will teach you moves that are easy, sensual and fun!" More Olive Oyl, less Popeye: "Toned, graceful arms are meaningful in projecting an image of feminine beauty."

Time codes: Part one ... Veena and Neena shadow dance (:30). Exercise like an Egyptian (15:00). End-credit dance sequence (31:05). Part two ... Assume the position, ladies (27:00). Second performance (28:10).

Audio/Video: Presented in crystal-clear fullframe with both Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 tracks. Each showcases Ron Wagner's original score of peppy Arabic/New Age riffs.

Extras: The Belly Twins provide intermittent commentary for both programs, usually stressing the importance or benefits of certain moves, but they also break from the script to compliment different aspects of the production. It's truly freaky when they say goodbye in unison! Those with "alternative viewing" interests will especially appreciate the multi-angle feature popularized by the adult industry. Choosing this alternate angle provides a closer shot often perfect for protracted navel gazing. But the best feature is a spectacular 13-minute performance reel with five different dances and costume changes. Disappointingly, sans snakes. Bullet-point listing of bellydance benefits. Animated menus with audio.

Final thought: Far from sleazy, these graceful dolls move in delicious ways and generate many ogle-friendly moments. Let's hope their six-foot pythons make the next edition. Recommended.

Check out CineSchlock-O-Rama
for additional reviews and bonus features.

G. Noel Gross is a Dallas graphic designer and avowed Drive-In Mutant who specializes in scribbling B-movie reviews. Noel is inspired by Joe Bob Briggs and his gospel of blood, breasts and beasts.
Popular Reviews
1. Godzilla (2014)
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Classics
3. Eraserhead
4. Night Moves
5. Lolly-Madonna XXX (Warner Archive Collection)
6. Chef
7. Stagefright
8. Hannibal: Season Two
9. Any Given Sunday: 15th Anniversary
10. The Moonshine War (Warner Archive Collection)


Special Offers
DVD Blowouts
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Alien [Blu-ray]
Buy: $19.99 $9.99
8.
9.
10.
Special Offers
Release List Reviews Shop Newsletter Forum DVD Giveaways Blu-Ray Advertise
Copyright 2014 DVDTalk.com All Rights Reserved. Legal Info, Privacy Policy, Terms of Use