Written by: George Pacheco on March 2nd, 2016
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1978 (Erotic Adventures of Candy), USA, 1979 (Candy Goes to Hollywood)
Director: Gail Palmer (Both Films)
Writer: Gail Palmer (Both Films)
Cast: Carol Connors, Georgina Spelvin, John Holmes, Gail Palmer, Turk Lyon, John Leslie, Paul Thomas (Erotic Adventures of Candy), Carol Connors, Wendy O. Williams, John Leslie, Richard Pacheco
BluRay released: February 23rd, 2016
Approximate running times: 86 minutes (Erotic Adventures of Candy), 88 minutes (Candy Goes to Hollywood)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC (Both Films)
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English (Both Films)
Subtitles: English SDH (Both Films)
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $27.98
This breezy adult double feature received some positive feedback when it was first released by Vinegar Syndrome on DVD a while back, so naturally it made some sense for both films in the “Candy” series to receive a Blu-Ray upgrade for the label’s “Peekarama” series.
Both films star adult pioneer Carol Connors-mother of actress Thora Birch, together with frequent co-star and husband Jack Birch-in what is essentially yet another creative riff upon the poem of “Candide” by Voltaire. In this case, The Erotic Adventures of Candy and Candy Goes to Hollywood share similarities with director Alex De Renzy’s “Pretty Peaches” series, albeit with a much more comedic and less subversive sense of tone.
Connors plays up the idea of a bright eyed but naive sexpot to the hilt as she flaunts her way through both films, with The Erotic Adventures of Candy being more of a coming of age story ripped straight from the pages of Voltaire, with Candy Goes to Hollywood showcasing a bit more worldly, yet no less trusting Candy working her way through the perilously sleazy avenues of show business.
The title cards list Gail Palmer as the creative force behind both of these films, but this was likely an advertising front for journeyman director Bob Chinn, who was known to ghost direct and write Palmer’s films behind the scenes. This makes sense, as the pictures definitely capture the sunny and sexy vibe which much of Chinn’s work possessed. There’s also an impressive cast at place here alongside Connors, including adult film legends John Holmes, John Leslie, Richard Pacheco and Georgina Spelvin. Plasmatics singer Wendy O. Williams is even featured in a cameo role during a Candy Goes to Hollywood sequence spoofing the 1970s gonzo program The Gong Show.
This second film is probably the more enjoyable and well made of the two, featuring less dubbed dialog, stronger performances and a more light hearted, self-aware feeling, right down the opening theme which blatantly rips off the Bee Gee’s theme to Saturday Night Fever. Both films are fun, fast romps, however and probably bring to mind many of the cliches so closely associated with adult cinema of this period, albeit in the best possible way.
Vinegar Syndrome have scanned both of these films in 2k from original 35mm prints, making this the best both films in the Candy series will likely ever look. The male and female cast alike are done some serious justice here with deeply saturated colors, strong skin tones with no sign of any damage or artifacts. The audio is just as strong, balancing the dialog (both ADR and live) nicely with the bouncy soundtrack. It would’ve been nice for a Carol Connors or Bob Chinn commentary track here, but fans will simply have to live with only the theatrical trailers as the sole extra. Still, this Blu-Ray is up to Vinegar Syndrome’s typically high standards, and comes recommended for those seeking out brainless, sunny fun from adult cinema’s golden age.