If you’re not able to attend a competition, another way you can support flair bartending is by watching flair DVDs. As part of our mission to educate the masses, we’ll be doing a monthly review of some of the best flair bartending DVDs available.
Most flair bartending DVDs are instructional or competition related. For our first monthly DVD review, we’re featuring a savory production that anyone will enjoy. “Area 51” not only showcases flair bartending at its finest, it gives a real look into the lives of six well-known flair bartenders in Las Vegas: Vache Manoukian, Dario Doimo, Tom Alley, Justin Keane, Behnam Gerami and Vladymyr Buryanov.
Area 51 DVD Trailer / Running time: 103 minutes
A Little Background
The Area 51 team began at the Legends 8 competition as Behnam, Vache, Tom and Justin. Since then, the group has grown to include Vladymyr and Dario who both moved to Las Vegas for (what else?!) flair.
Steve Rad, director, is most well known in the flair world for his work with Christian Delpech’s Working Flair Training Series. However, Rad’s company Infiltration Pictures has a little more history behind it. A graduate of Chapman University, with a BFA in Film/TV (emphasis in writing and directing), Rad won the “Marion Knott” award for Creative Direction in 2002. From twisted thrillers like “Exit Interview,” to mafia-based action films like “Loaded,” his raw and uncensored writing style has brought him to the forefront of screenwriters. Rad is currently working on the feature film “Guys,” that is scheduled to release sometime in 2010, a raw and untold story of how “guys really are.”
Rad’s passion for film definitely comes through in “Area 51” by giving these flair bartenders their much deserved spotlight. We can only imagine how entertaining it must have been to spend this amount of time shooting the best flair bartenders in Las Vegas.
Overall, the DVD is organized into chapters by bartender. Each has his own segment of “at work,” “at home,” and “in the garage.” We won’t go into a ton of detail with this review and spoil all the secrets…instead, we’ll give you some highlights:
- Vache showing off his $1,000 Valentino wallet and Barley the dog’s flair trick
- Dario, the loveable Italian, only says one word on the entire DVD: “Ciao!” However, his flair speaks for itself.
- Tom Alley’s personal putting green and his Madden cover story. His advice: “Don’t be on the cover!”
- Justin Keane shows off his wine collection, “non-plasma” TV and the 15 other “ballerific” items in his house
- Behnam’s commissioned artwork was neat, but we really loved the 12 name drops. He even sneaks in Kobe Bryant due to his fanaticism for the Lakers.
- The vast array of trophies Vladymyr and Terri share is quite amazing. We’re disappointed Terri didn’t make the DVD, but Vlad certainly held his own in the garage.
Select the “Pure Flair” option to play a looped video of only flair moves, rotating seamlessly from bartender to bartender. This might be especially useful for bars and/or featuring in the background at your next party!
What DVD is complete unless it has a bloopers reel? “Area 51” doesn’t disappoint. Our favorite “Gag Reel” moment was during Tom Alley’s Cribs feature when an unmentionable video was playing on his “really big plasma” TV. We also liked Vladymyr’s first explanation of his kitchen….probably just a language barrier, being pure Ukranian and all. :)
Finally, the original teaser and trailer are also options on the Special Features menu…just in case you missed them before purchasing this unique montage.
How to Get It
To purchase the “Area 51” DVD, visit www.barproducts.com. They’re a huge supporter of flair bartending, so tell them we said “hi.” And, after watching, we encourage you to come back and post your feedback in the comments section.
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