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5 Films 5 Years Volume #1: Prisoner of Paradise – Vinegar Syndrome (BluRay) 
Written by: on January 25th, 2018


Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1980
Director: Bob Chinn
Writer: Jeffery Fairbanks
Cast: John Holmes, Seka, Sue Carol

BluRay released: January 1st, 2018
Approximate running times: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: XXX
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $39.98


Prisoner of Paradise was one of the many adult film collaborations between director Bob Chinn-here co-credited with Playboy centerfold Gail Palmer, although in recent years it’s been asserted that Palmer was actually used as a ghost front for most of her productions by her distributor boyfriend-and triple X legend John Holmes.

The film benefits from a lush sense of scenery and mood, bolstered by a funky library score which wouldn’t sound out of place on a 70’s T.V. show, a la Charlie’s Angels and does a good job at telling its tale of a shipwrecked sailor (Holmes) during World War II and is held prisoner in a remote island Nazi outpost. Chinn’s direction is solid, as always, providing a brisk sense of pacing while Ken Gibb’s cinematography gives Prisoner of Paradise a vibe of being a much larger picture than its budget.

This always seemed to be the focus of Chinn’s collaborations with Holmes, many of which managed to cement the actor’s reputation as adult film’s leading male star, while Chinn himself is remembered as a director whose productions were amongst the most visually impressive and enjoyably entertaining examples of adult cinema. Prisoner of Paradise is also notable for featuring Holmes’ female counterpart (in terms of popularity) Seka in one of her first adult film roles, doing her best Dyanne Thorne impression as a sexy Nazi guard named Ilsa.

The BluRay:

Note: The Blu-ray portion of this review was written by Cliff Wood

To celebrate their fifth anniversary, Vinegar Syndrome are releasing limited edition 2-disc Blu-ray collections, that have five films that they had previously released only on DVD.

The five films are spread over two 50 GB dual layer Blu-ray’s. All of the films are presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen and all of the film’s have been scanned and restored in 2k from various film elements. And all five films are given solid audio / video presentations.

Though, English SDH subtitles are listed, on this release’s back cover. It should be noted that this release does not come with English SDH subtitles.

Disc A (44.8 GB), contains the following films, Dixie Ray Hollywood Star and The Ribald Tales of Canterbury.

Disc B (44.8 GB), contains the following films, Hot & Saucy Pizza GirlsPrisoner of Paradise and To Naughty to Say No.

The focus of this release are the films and none of the extra content from these films previous releases have been carried over for this release.

Overall another exceptional release from Vinegar Syndrome, highly recommended.

Note: This set is limited to 2,500 units.

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