The title "Carmen Electra's Aerobic Striptease" is guaranteed to sell a few copies to folks more interested in the actress than any actual exercise. The latest editions (available separately) of the program are entitled: "In the Bedroom" and "Vegas Strip". However, those looking for Electra to do any actual stripping are going to be disappointed. On the other hand, those who shy away from these titles for that reason are missing out on a pretty good exercise program that combines basic exercise and dance.
Throughout "In the Bedroom", Electra stands in a bizarrely gaudy bedroom set and demonstrates the exercises in front of the bed. Once you can get over the feeling that the whole thing seems like "Red Shoe Diaries: The Exercise Tape", it does actually present an entertaining body sculpting workout that one could do on a lazy Sunday morning after waking up or in the bedroom on a chilly afternoon. Overall, the tape provides a fine low-impact workout, but also offers some moves that could be used on a romantic evening. The second half of the tape randomly jumps to another bedroom that has the same floor, but different everything else (weird.) This second, hair-twirling half of the program goes for much more sensual exercise moves and is meant for either those who want some hotter exercise moves or those who are preparing for a career as a background dancer in music videos.
For even more music video-style moves, there's "Aerobic Striptease: Vegas Strip", a hip-shaking workout that has Carmen Electra backed up by a pair of dancers, doing the workout video in what appears to be the empty dance floor of Studio 54. This was the more disappointing program of the two, as the moves on display seemed to be a little more repetitive, and the program was only 30 minutes (including credits.)
Technically, the two productions are pretty good, with a backing beat that's sufficiently motivating and reasonably good camerawork. The set of "In the Bedroom" is a little over-the-top, but I guess I wasn't expecting any less from the actress. Electra is a good host, remaining positive, but still providing a straightforward, no-nonsense guide throughout the exercises. Those who are tired of overly chirpy, cheery hosts will likely appreciate Electra's work here.
VIDEO: The program is presented by Paramount in 1.33:1 full-frame. The picture quality, aside from some noticable shimmering on a couple of occasions, is very good. Sharpness and detail are first-rate, as everything remained bright, crisp and well-defined throughout, with no inconsistencies. No edge enhancement or pixelation was spotted, and colors looked vivid and vibrant, with nice saturation and no smearing.
SOUND: The 2.0 soundtrack was fine, offering enjoyably dynamic, pumped-up music and clear dialogue from Electra.
EXTRAS: The "Vegas" DVD has three interviews with the back-up dancers and behind-the-scenes talent, but this seems largely included in order to pad out the running time of the title. There are no extras on the longer "In the Bedroom".
Final Thoughts: "In the Bedroom" is a sexy, sensual exercise program that fans of Electra's previous "Striptease Workout" titles will enjoy. However, I wasn't as impressed with "Vegas", which offers some moves that seemed a tad repetitive throughout the brief running time. The DVD presentations on both offer fine audio/video quality, but minimal or no supplements. "In The Bedroom" gets a mild recommendation, but I'd skip the thinner "Vegas" volume - these two titles should simply have been combined instead.