Forty Deuce (2005) Review
(More customer reviews)This short reality show appeared in a few episodes on Bravo TV and then promptly fell off of the radar. If you have ever been to either of Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce clubs (LA and Vegas) then you know that there is something exciting going on.
In the past few years Burlesque has experienced a revival and Forty Deuce has been at the front, leading the revolution. The dancing at the clubs is not quite as kitschy as some Burlesque can be, but is just as startling, graceful, exciting and beautiful.
When this show aired, I made sure to have my butt on the couch for each episode and watched eagerly for re-runs. When the show stopped airing and running, I visited the club to see if they would be releasing a DVD of the shows run and was told that it was unlikely. In my opinion, this was a huge shame. The show manages in its few short episodes to draw you into each dancers story and the life of the club. It takes you through the headache, heart ache and excitement of opening a new club in Las Vegas, sprinkled along the way with drama and gorgeous dance sequences that leave you wanting more and maybe even checking online for the cheapest tickets to Vegas.
When I found out that they had decided to release the DVD after all, I grabbed it up as quickly as I could and curled up on the couch for the ride. The show is just as fun to watch as it originally was, although for the DVD release they have added a few stripper-feeling segments that do nothing for the show. Except for these few additions, this DVD is a great addition to any Burlesque fans library and I would highly recommend it, and the Forty Deuce Club itself, any day of the week.
And if you happened to order this DVD expecting something different, rather than opening and watching it, I would recommend returning it to Amazon for the right thing.
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For those in the know, there is a walk-on-the-wild side burlesque club tucked away in Hollywood called Forty Deuce: its name and style pay homage to the glamour days of New York's 42nd Street. The women are sexy, empowered, and their energy is impossible to resist. These are not the performers of modern-day clubs, but trained, professional dancers from a bygone era. In a four-part original series is directed by Zalman King ("Nine 1/2 Weeks," "Red Shoe Diaries"), enter the exclusive world of Ivan Kane and the private lives of this nightlife visionary, his wife and business partner Champagne Suzy, and his dancers - including popular headliner Carolina Cerisola - as Kane aspires to open a new club in Las Vegas' celebrated Mandalay Bay.