Written by: George Pacheco on January 25th, 2018
BluRay released: January 1st, 2018
Approximate running times: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
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.
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.
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.