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Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates

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From Playboy's first Centerfold, Marilyn Monroe to Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield, Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy, and the 50th Anniversary Playmate, Colleen Shannon, Playmates are beautiful, sensual and remarkable women who can never be forgotten. Now, as part of Playboy's 50th Anniversary, Playboy Home Entertainment proudly presents a Collector's Edition 2-disc set that brings together for the first time 50 years of Centerfold photos; every Playmate data sheet; and interviews and video footage of dozens of the most popular Playmates. 50 Years of Playmates features interviews with Hugh M. Hefner, Playboy photographers, Playmates and celebrities including Kelsey Grammer, Sharon Osbourne, Drew Carey, Adam Corolla, Jimmy Kimmel, and many more.

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Dorothy Stratten, Terri Welles, Shannon Tweed, Marianne Gravatte, Barbara Edwards
  • Directors: David Kellogg, Scott Allen
  • Writers: Frank Martin, Christian Garton, Nancy Goodell
  • Producers: David Kellogg, Andrew Swift, Frank Martin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Playboy Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQHLG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,473 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By MediaSkeptic on April 5, 2005
Format: DVD
I rented this DVD locally, primarily for the stills of playmates over the last 50 years. Unfortunately, this is the weakest link of this project. While the stills are comprehensive (you do get a picture of every Playmate since the first issue) they are not given enough pixilation to make it possible to enlarge them with the zoom on your DVD player. Even a first level of zoom makes the picture clearly digitized, with frustrating loss of detail; second or third levels make it even worse. Also, the enlargement is often of the part of the overall photo that is least interesting to the viewer, depending on the portrait involved. To wit, you might wind up with a nicely enlarged view of some part of the Playmate that you are least interested in, while the rest of her is offscreen. Not that this matters much, because she now looks like a bad Cubist rendition anyway.

The video portion of the DVD is good, as usual with most Playboy products. No better no worse than any other Playboy DVD. But the gallery of stills is something of a disappointment, for the reasons given above.

Bottom line: rental only.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harry Young on November 5, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The main feature is okay, but doesn't really show too much nude scenes of the Playmates, more of a documentary of Playboy magazine. The bonus disc is worth having, and watch over and over, as it's special since it includes features of Playmates rarely seen, since some are before the Video Calendars era. Terri Welles is one Playmate I really enjoy, who I wasn't familar with. She was 1981 PMOY, and that was before my time. Bonus disc have '80s and '90s PMOY reviews. So we get a history lesson. That's what this DVD selection is all about, a story of the history of Playboy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Patrick Boyd on January 13, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates is one hour and twelve minutes or if you count the trailers and the Playboy's Photographers segment one hour and forty-six minutes. The main reason I bought this two DVD set is that it came with the Playmates of the Year: The 80's bonus feature. I own the VHS version went looking for a DVD version of it.
The main DVD is like a cliff note version of the history of Playboy. I own the Playboy / Playmates: Early Years, which cover the first twenty-five years and that is one hour and twenty-minutes and more informative. 50 Years of Playmates does a few quick snippets of interview with some of the modern Playmates, but none before 1999. Also I notice that some of the information on the 50 Years of Playmates looks like it was copy and pasted from Playboy / Playmates: Early Years. Yes the 50 Years does show nude Playmates throughout the history of Playboy and they do talk to some but not in great length. If they were doing a documentary DVD then they fall short. Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates gets a B-.


Disc 1

Play Feature
Scene Selection
1. Introduction
2. Cheers
3. In The Beginning
4. Playmate of the Month
5. Chicago
6. Playmate of the Year
7. The Centerfold Story
8. Age of Aquarius
9. Diversity & Power
10. Playboy After Dark
11. Dreams
12. On The Move
13. The Photographers
14. Innovations
15. My Favorite
16. The 25th Anniversary
17. The `80s
18. Playmates As Stars
19. Evalution
20. The New Millennium
21. Always A Playmate
22. Who Wants To Be A Centerfold?
23. The 50th Anniversary
24. Credits
Bonus Features
1. Playmates Centerfolds & Data Sheets
2. Playboy's Photographers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leland on May 16, 2015
Format: DVD
I really like this DVD and the bonus DVD "Playmates of the Year The '80s" and "Playmates of the Year The '90s" which is together on one dvd and hard to find. The quality of both are pretty good especially if you play it on a Blu-ray player where it can be upscaled for HD. The main feature is decent, but for the time allowed it was not near as informative as you would think. Still, Hef gives an overview basically with a few modern playmates when this was made and a few celebs that talk about how Playboy was to them when they were growing up. Hef talks about how he launched it in 1953 and what he had to do in each decade as times and styles changed.
The playmate data sheet was invented years into the publication and became a "staple" for it ever since. The menus are nice and well done with easy selections.
I love the decades of playmate data sheets! You can select what decade you want from the '50s to the 2000s up to 2003 when this was made.
You can access any playmate from that decade and basically it will show the sheet as a whole, then go down the photo up close in sections for you to read, if you like.
The bonus disc '80s and '90s playmates of the Year was fantastic, but I would have preferred them to be in order, not random. These are the ladies I grew up with when I was a teenager in 1980 through 34 in 2000. The color is good and the sound is good and when played on "todays" electronic equipment, (Bluray player and HDTV) they are even better then initially released.
All the ladies in these programs are hot, some hotter, but you can't dismiss this one in your collection. Get it if not for the main, but for the playmate of the year's disc '80s and '90s. That one is rare.
Well done program and I actually got a few of the playmates to sign my dvds. I took a few pictures below...
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