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Rock of Love with Bret Michaels: The Complete First Season (Anchor Bay DVD) + A Shot At Love with Tila Tequila: The Complete UNCENSORED First Season (MTV/Paramount DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Episodes: C



Pimps up, Ho’s down!  Or something like that I guess?  So it seems the world has become obsessed with reality television to such an extent that they will watch anything that is thrown in front of them.  Rock of Love with Bret Michaels (Poison front man) and A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila (of Maxim and MySpace fame) use the basic premise of other dating reality series like that of The Bachelor, but with a much higher sexually charged atmosphere.  In both series ‘contestants’ face off in challenges that can range from mundane too completely insane in order to win a personal date with the shows star.  The point of the ‘single dates’ is to get more ‘one on one’ time with the star and essentially plead their case as to why they are the best choice.  Rock of Love is a bit simpler of a series than A Shot at Love, in that all it starts with is 25 woman (or groupies) that wish to win the affections of the Poison heartthrob, Bret Michaels, with not many other surprises (with the exception of the challenges) thrown on top.  A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, however, starts with 16 men and 16 women who are also ‘looking for love’ but are unaware that the ‘bisexual’ Tila Tequila must decide in the end who is the better fit for her, a man or a woman.  The fact that Tila Tequila is ‘bisexual’ is revealed to the entire cast in the first episode (not hidden from them at all), but in turn creates an atmosphere that to many extents pits men against women.  Both series use the formula that the general public loves prying into other peoples’ business, regardless of how fake or setup it seems.  The men and women on both series are often times revealed to have appeared on other ‘reality series’ or ‘dating shows’ or even slept with other celebrities.  Does this reviewer believe that some of the contestants are really looking for love?  Sure.  Does this reviewer think that 99% of the contestants are television/celebrity groupies that are there for some other self indulgent reason?  There is no doubt.  Both series are like watching a train wreck in progress.  You know you shouldn’t be watching, but you just can’t look away.


Rock of Love with Bret Michaels is definitely the superior of the two series being reviewed here; if for no other reason than Bret Michaels is more likable and has more credit to his name (credit that has been on loan since the 80’s).  To this reviewer, Tila Tequila feels like an unattractive, overpaid, prostitute the entire series that is making demands of the men and women that she is by no means worth.  A Shot of Love is also disturbing because on some level the viewer knows that Tila Tequila already knows if she wants to be with a man or a woman, but is using this series to milk her ‘confusion’ for all it is worth.  In the end, Tequila ends up having to choose between one man or one woman (go figure) in a setting that seems all too staged.  Bret Michaels’ series, whereas by no means 100% legitimate does demonstrate some higher degree of reality that the viewer could believe that this Aquanet infused, bandanna toting, rocker could actually be in it for real; all while making some nice side cash, of course.  Neither series to this reviewer is worth owning on DVD; unless you think it will look good next to you Survivor, Surreal Life, and Big Brother box sets?  You can rename it the ‘Has Been’ shelf; be sure to lock your liquor cabinet.


The technical features on both series, which were shot in HD, look quite good.  Both series are presented in a 1.33 X 1 full screen that is nothing special and at times goes in and out of focus, but this is forgivable due to the filming style of each ‘reality’ series.  The colors remain bright throughout with an occasional light/dark and contrast issue arising from time to time.  The sound on both series is presented in a boring Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo that is adequate for two series that should have never existed in the first place; though I would have really liked to hear the moans and vomiting in a solid DTS, but I will live.  The extras on both sets are unwanted and forgettable.  Rock of Love features six different extras which includes Phone Sex, Late Night Food Fight, Heather Cam, Bret’s Sexy Sing-A-Long, ‘Get it On’ Music Video, and Supertrailer; all of which are boring and left this reviewer asking, why?  Just when you thought it could not get any worse there are the extras on Shot at Love that include such gems as Extended and Deleted Scenes for ‘Foam Party’ and ‘Car Wash.’  This reviewer does not say this often, but I wanted less extras.


On an end note, not to spoil anyone’s fun, but both these series have second seasons currently on the air; which means, oh so sadly, that neither celebrity found love.  It just makes you wonder if a former rock star and walking STD can’t find love, what chance do I have?


Oh wait! I have morals and brain…



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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