Written by: Cliff Wood on October 2nd, 2007
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1960
Director: Doris Wishman
Writers: Eugene Fernett, Doris Wishman
Cast: Earl Bauer, Dolores Carlos, Greg Conrad, Richard Falcon, Walter Film
DVD released: October 30th, 2007
Approximate running time: 70 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Retro Seduction Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis:Two bank robbers kidnapped a woman and force her too hide them at an exclusive resort where she works at.Having only seen a few of Doris Wishman’s later films like Let Me Die a Woman, The Amazing Transplant and A Night to Dismember I went into Hideout in the Sun with a certain expectation. Sure Hideout in the Sun is Doris Wishman’s first film as a director and yet its tameness really caught me off guard when compared to what other films of hers that I had seen.
The story starts off simple enough as your typical bank heist scenario and then when you think things are running smoothly their car has a dead battery and they are forced to take a hostage. The abduction of this hostage leads to one of cinema’s greatest plot twists where the woman being held prisoner leads her captors to the nudist colony where she works.
The story once we arrive at the nudist camp really comes to a stand still as one bank robber Duke can only think about leaving and his partner in crime Steve falls for the girl they have kidnapped. Besides these two side stories most of the film is spent showing off naked women and men as they hang out at the resort. This footage of showing of naked flesh is done tastefully as most of the naughty buts are conveniently covered. Ultimately this is an average debut film which shows hints of things to come from Doris Wishman a filmmaker who would hone and refine her style in latter films.
This release allows you two view the film two ways 1.33:1 Full Frame & 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen. The source material used does have some mild damage and the overall quality at times varies.
This release comes with one audio option English and the audio mix is in good shape with only some minor issues with background hiss.
Extras for this release include a audio commentary with director Doris Wishman and Biographer Michael J. Bowen, interview with Doris Wishman (7 minutes), interview with exploitation filmmaker David Friedman (6 1/2 minutes), Retro Seduction trailer vault, a previews vault, news reel: the Year was 1960 (8 minutes), a bonus featurette: “Postcards from a Nudist Camp” (27 minutes) and a collectible booklet with liner notes by Michael J. Bowen and a interview with Doris Wishman. In the extras department is where this release really excels with its abundance of extras which are highlighted by the excellent audio commentary with director Doris Wishman and Biographer Michael J. Bowen. Retro Seduction Cinema’s Hideout in the Sun is one of their most impressive and comprehensive release to date.