Written by: Cliff Wood on August 5th, 2014
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1979 (Both Films)
Director: Bob Chinn (Both Films)
Cast: Georgina Spelvin, Jesie St. James, Kitty Shayne, Starr Wood, Dorothy LeMay, Mandy Ashley, Susan Nero, Jon Martin, Ken Scudder (Tropic of Desire), Laurien Dominique, Jesie St. James, Sharon Kane, Jon Martin, Jesse Adams, James Price, Liz Eldridge, Valerie Darlyn, Michael Morrison, Cheryl Carson, Paul Thomas (Fantasy World)
DVD Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Approximate Running Times: 80 minutes (Tropic of Desire), 80 minutes (Fantasy World)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $17.98
Both of these films were directed by Bob Chinn who is most known for his collaborations with John Holmes for a series of films about a private detective named Johnny Wadd.
Tropic of Desire: American sailors visit a whore house in Honolulu while on shore leave.
From a production stand point the direction is rock solid, the production value is firs rate and all of the sex scenes deliver and then some, especially the scene where one of the call girls services a virgin sailor. Another stand out sequence is the scene where the Madame who is portrayed by Georgina Spelvin (The Devil in Miss Jones) auditions a young woman who wants to work at her brothel.
Though the premise is fairly basic and it suits very well adult cinema’s need for a sex scene after each exposition moment. The end result is a film that has a very satisfying balance between the more dramatic and humorous moments.
Fantasy World: While on vacation in San Francisco six friends bored with the run of the mill nightlife find the pleasure they seek at an underground sex club.
Though the locations are different the premise for this film and Tropic of Desire are similar. Also the majority of the cast appear in both films and the same cinematographer was also used for both films. From a visual stand point the two films could not be more different where Tropic of Desire has a vibrant / retro look to it, there is a fare more sinister vibe going on with Fantasy World.
Content wise, Fantasy World is series of erotic vignettes that revolve around each characters fantasies and once they experience sad fantasies they are never heard from again. A few of these fantasies include an Adam and Eve scenario, a ménage à trois, a scene where Paul Thomas serenades a song called ‘If Wishes Were Horses’ and a little bit of S & M to wrap things up nicely. Overall another superbly acted film and all of the sex scenes serve up an ample amount of heat.
Both films are presented in anamorphic widescreen presentations that preserves their original aspect ratios. Also both of these new 2k scans were sourced from each film’s original 35mm camera negatives. Tropics of Desire has nicely saturated colors, black levels fare well and details generally look crisp. It should be pointed out that there is stock footage used and it tends to not look as good as the bulk of this film transfer. Fantasy World has accurate looking flesh tones and colors, black levels fare well, details generally look crisp and there is very mild instances of print damage. Both are well authored transfers and there are no issues with compression.
Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly, everything sounds and though there is noticeable hiss in the background of both films it is never too intrusive.
Extras are limited to a trailer for each film. Overall another strong double feature release from Vinegar Syndrome.