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Paradise

Willie Aames , Phoebe Cates , Stuart Gillard  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Willie Aames, Phoebe Cates, Richard Curnock, Tuvia Tavi, Neil Vipond
  • Directors: Stuart Gillard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 ES Matrix)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: Region 3 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Panorama
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A2WAII
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,415 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Asian pressing DVD (All code, NTSC) of 1982 film directed by Stuart Gillard (Taking Liberty, Rocket Man), starring Phoebe Cates & Willie Aames. David and Sarah travel with a caravan from Baghdad to Damascus. At an oasis the white-slave agent 'Jackal' raids them, mainly to add the beautiful young Sarah to his harem. Only David and Sarah can flee, all the others are killed. Their flight leads them to a beautiful oasis - their paradise - where they discover love and sex, however the jackal has not given up on Sarah yet. Original English dialogue with optional English & Chinese subtitles. This film will be released domestically in March 2005. Panorama. 2004.

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127 of 140 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting, touching, and satisfying December 1, 2005
Format:DVD
People who say that this movie is a ripoff of Blue Lagoon either haven't seen Blue Lagoon or haven't seen this movie. I suspect that they are merely quoting Leonard Maltin or some other uninformed source who doesn't bother to watch movies before reviewing them.

The only thing this movie and Blue Lagoon have in common is atrocious dialogue. But whereas Blue Lagoon is atrocious dialogue all the way, in this movie the idiot-level talk occurs only in certain scenes. If you copy the scenes that are NOT idiotic onto a blank videotape, you'll have a five-star movie that is one hour and twenty-three minutes long with no story elements left out, no love scenes left out and no nudity left out. The stupid scenes are brief but numerous, so fast-forwarding over them is tedious.

The story of this movie is actually pretty good. It contains action scenes, love scenes, playing scenes, scenes of people being human. And all of it is quite credible, given the time and society. The nude scenes are also done quite naturally. There is no teasing, no three-second breast shots, and no shoving in the nudity for its own sake. Also, there is a fair amount of nudity, not the usual throwing in a single shot to get the R rating. And it is not drenched in hostility like the so-called "art" movies or other pretentious fare. The crisis and resolution are believable and satisfying. The music is far above average.

As to versions, if you have the videotape, there is little to be gained from buying the DVD. It's semi-widescreen, but that adds little. Both are mono, even though the DVD claims to be stereo. The sound and picture quality are quite decent on both media.

Bottom line: with the idiot-talk scenes cut, this is a rare movie, exciting, touching, and satisfying.
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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst movies of all time! April 15, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
There are 3 ways to enjoy this movie. Either you love bad movies, want to see one of the most beautiful girls to ever walk the earth naked, or both.
This movie is so awful that I could just as easily have given this movie 1 star instead of 5 stars. The acting, dialogue and plot are so embarrassing that you will be blushing and groaning while watching it, realizing that you are of the same species as the people who created this piece of trash.
If you just want to see Phoebe Cates naked and scantily clad, turn down the sound and put on some music (preferably 70's porno movie music), and have your remote control at the ready. The shower scene alone is worth the price of admission although it would be nice to have it on DVD with an AB repeat. Quite frankly, even if you also love bad movies, you'll want to have the remote at hand for subsequent viewing.
It is a "must-see" for lovers of bad movies, but I would recommend renting it rather than buying it if seeing Phoebe Cates naked at her most gorgeous doesn't appeal to you. But if you want the definitive "Phoebe Cates naked" movie, it's worth buying even if you don't like bad movies.
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64 of 74 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Paradise NOT Uncut September 10, 2005
Format:DVD
Several images are blurred out. Do not purchase this unless you want a censored version. The VHS version from Astro Video is uncut with no images blurred and has the original music.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puh-lease! March 23, 2000
By glenn
Format:VHS Tape
Okay. Let's be real for a moment. This movie was made and watched for the same reason--cheap titilation--and to review it under other pretenses, with any other value system in mind, is ludicrous. This is a five star film because it accomplishes what it sets out to do...give you Phoebe Cates--proof of God's existence if there ever was--NUDE. She is absolutely lovely. She is showering naked in a waterfall! And keep in mind she was only 17 when she did it. This is what these movies are made for--the budget, the script, the cast were all assembled to achieve one goal and one goal only: Get this gorgeous teen to strip and get wet for all of us to view. They did it. We watch it. We ought to love it and be thankful. Five stars, gentlemen.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Technical review January 26, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having been fooled by the so called Korean "unrated" yet blurred out censored import DVDs before I was very apprehensive. Thankfully the only thing blurred out in this was Willie Ames' "willy" when swimming. We are left to see the beautiful angelic Phoebe Cates totally nude including full frontal with no censorship. The sound/video quality was excellent so I can only assume this version was remastered unlike another reviewer who claimed it was barely above a VHS quality. This was an excellent nostalgic movie from my childhood that I'm glad was brought back on dvd.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for Phoebe! February 17, 2006
Format:DVD
But it's downgraded to four becuase the movie itself is very ordinary.

It starts off interesting, and the first half isn't bad, but it gets more boring as it goes along, and the ending is a bit of an anti-climax.

I have the Korean import, and the only thing censored is Aames's genitals, which concerns me little, and probably doesn't concern you.

It only actually runs for 90 minutes, but there's already plenty of nudity and sex in it (more than I expected), so I'm personally not too fussed about the 'uncut or not' issue...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable Story, Breathtaking Debut June 22, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Simply stated, this is a makeout movie. An attractive couple are brought together in a romantic setting in hopes of appealing to hormone-driven young people of both sexes. The problem is that Willie Aames is not attractive and charismatic enough (or a good enough actor for that matter)to make his target audience swoon. No such problem with Phoebe Cates. SHE IS GORGEOUS...RADIANT...ANGELIC!! The details of how these 2 got stranded, then escaped from the slave trader to get back to civilization are of secondary importance. Phoebe is the entire movie. Without her, this is an unremakable retread of "The Blue Lagoon". But just as she makes being stranded on a desert oasis not merely bearable, but highly desireable, so she raises this otherwise pedestrian effort to a true aesthetic experience. The stoyline gets 2 stars, but Phoebe gets 5 stars for the most breathtaking debut in movie history.
P.S.--According to THE BARE FACTS a body double was used for the love scenes, but it is Phoebe everywhere else--including the underwater scenes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good
very good movie
Published 4 days ago by roscow
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I've already rated this DVD for you...not what I expected!!!
Published 5 days ago by Michael Nilles
3.0 out of 5 stars Naked Phoebe Cates versus Jungle Critters in the Desert. Wait, what?
This is a fairly absurd, geographically impossible, low-budget version of THE BLUE LAGOON, which is all of the above as well but better at them. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Konrei
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a bad movie with no real plot
I'm not sure what the heck this director was supposed to do but this movie sucked! I love Phoebe Kates as I think she is adorable and I loved her in all her 80's and 90's movies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Islandgirl369
5.0 out of 5 stars PARADISE
I was in Korea when this movie was released. And I had never heard of it. But I am really surprised how good it is in spite of very little publicity. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bernard
3.0 out of 5 stars Phoebe Cates must have!
The movie itself is weak, but if your a fan of Phoebe Cates from "Fast Times...", you need this for your library. Read more
Published 2 months ago by IFUBIOK
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice, adult fairy tale
Before the Middle East blew up into a major war zone, this movie was a very nice adult fairy tale. No Academy Award, but entertaining nonetheless. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Overall
5.0 out of 5 stars PHOEBE CATES IS SEXY AS HELL IN THIS ONE....
Phoebe cates is the reason I purchased this movie from amazon and I got my moneys worth, the plot is interesting as well, sad in the begining, some times cute and sometimes funny. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mann
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok quality
Should be cheaper for the quality of the video. It doesn't stop Phoebe Cates from being beautiful as always. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JRL NY
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Times At Ridgemont may be High school but this is adult...
This is what i refer to when someone refers to Phoebe Cates Topless scene in Fast Times At Ridgemont High,this movie makes that movie look like a Disney Cartoon.
Published 7 months ago by James Jose
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