'VIP - The Complete First Season'
(Pamela Anderson, Molly Culver, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / (1998) 2006 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: A campy syndicated series about Vallery Irons, a girl working at a hot-dog stand who accidentally saves a celebrity and is mistaken for a bodyguard. She and a team of beautiful bodyguards form a bodyguard agency called V.I.P. which stands for Vallery Irons Protection.
When Vallery Irons first comes to California, she has no idea that her big break will come from a date with a famous action star. While attending a Hollywood premiere, a crazed fan pulls a gun - but her movie hunk turns into a coward, and it's Vallery who becomes the hero. Suddenly, she's thrown into a world of action and danger as owner of a Hollywood protection agency (V.I.P. or Vallery Irons Protection), taking the risks to protect others at a price few are willing to pay.
DVD Verdict: Talking about Pamela Anderson and a quality TV show in the same sentence cold get you locked up for a very long time in this business! That said - and 'Stacked' aside - the cartoonish, glammed up 'VIP' was the perfect vehicle for Anderson, in all truth. The premise, what there was of one, was simple on a weekly basis and it featured a bevy of also-hot leading ladies: - Tasha and Nikki (played by Molly Culver and Natalie Raitano). Having purchased Colt Arrow Security, a leader in the celebrity protection business, the new owners quickly discover that the prior owners ran off with everything, leaving them high and dry. Ladies and Gentlemen, please allow Ms. Anderson to save the day - in more ways than one! In a simple twist of fate, L.A. newcomer Vallery Irons (Anderson), on her first celebrity date, protects her escort from a shooter on the Red Carpet by knocking the gun out of his hand with her purse. The incident gets a lot of press, accidentally identifying Val as the hottest new celebrity bodyguard in L.A.! In an attempt to save their company and drum up some business, the Colt Arrow guards approach Vallery for assistance. Knowing she is a fake, they ask her to join their team as their figurehead, changing the agency name to VIP (that's Vallery Irons Protection - V.I.P., get it?). Though VIP is about as low-brow you can get, and extremely high on the cheese factor, it is incredibly fun and succeeds as topnotch, mindless entertainment. And, let's be quite frnak here ... if watching half dressed, super buff villains, celebrity bodyguards and real guest celebrities chase each other down the beaches of Los Angeles riding Quads and zipping around in cigarette boats with Uzis blasting is your idea of entertainment, look no further! On that note, 'VIP’s first season includes guest appearances by Jay Leno (TV’s “The Tonight Show”), Pauly Shore (TV’s “Minding the Store”), singer Marie Osmond, Jerry Springer, Morgan Fairchild (TV’s “But Can They Sing?”), Erik Estrada (TV’s “Chips”), Ian Ziering (TV’s “Beverly Hills, 90120”), C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders), Robin Leach (TV’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”), Sherman Hemsley (TV’s “The Jeffersons”), magicians Penn & Teller, singer Sheila E, and more! The video is given in its original television aspect ratio of 1.78:1 full frame color with some 1.33:1 full frame segments matted in widescreen. The picture quality looks pretty good and offers a fairly clean picture. There are traces of edge enhancement and compression artifacts. Colors usually look good, but there are occasions when they are slightly off. The first set of extras is three episode introductions. The introductions are short clips with various cast members introducing the episode. They include "Bloody Val-entine" with Molly Culver, "Diamonds Are A Val's Best Friend" with Natalie Raitano, and "Three Days To Kill" with Leah Lail. The next item is the behind the scenes featurette. It features executive producers J.F. Lawton and Morgan Gendel, along with composer Frankie Blue. The featurette last nine minutes and covers discussion about the series including the guest stars such as Jay Leno, Eva Mendes, Ice T, and Pauly Shore. The last item is an episode commentary for the season finale "Val The Hard Way" with J.F. Lawton, Morgan Gendel, Natalie Raitano, and Steve Kriozere. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) and comes with the Special Features of:
Contains all 22 first season episodes on 5 discs
Trivia track for pilot episode "Beats Working at a Hot Dog Stand"
Filmmaker and cast commentary on season finale "Val The Hard Way"
All new cast introductions to select episodes