Written by: George Pacheco on September 16th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1980
Director: Bob Chinn
Writer: Jeffery Fairbanks
Cast: John Holmes, Seka, Sue Carol
DVD Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Approximate Running Times: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
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.
Vinegar Syndrome presents Prisoner of Paradise in an anamorphic widescreen presentation which preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors are saturated nicely, and the location shots look absolutely stunning here on the label’s 2k scan from the original 35mm negative. Sound is equally solid, while extras include the film’s original trailer, alongside other features from the Caribbean Films production line of adult feature films. Overall, Prisoner of Paradise receives a fine presentation from Vinegar Syndrome.