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(aka "Death Corps" or "Shockwaves")

 

directed by Ken Wiederhorn
USA 1977

 

Enter the deep end of horror when a rundown boat on a diving tour of the islands crashes into the "ghost ship" Proteus resurrected from the deep by an atmospheric disturbance. When crotchety Captain Morris (John Carradine, HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES) mysteriously drowns while checking out the engine damange, first mate Keith (FLIPPER's Luke Halpin), cook Dobbs, and their passengers – contrarian used car salesman Norman (Jack Davidson, I, THE JURY), his long-suffering wife Beverly (D.J. Sidney), sportsman Chuck (Fred Buch, THE MEAN SEASON), and lovely Rose (Brooke Adams, DAYS OF HEAVEN) take the dinghy to a nearby uncharted island and seek shelter in a magnificent but long-derelict hotel. Their safe haven turns out to be not so deserted due to the presence of a German-accented hermit (Peter Cushing, ISLAND OF TERROR) who offers them no help. When he learns of the risen wreck, he adamantly warns them to leave the island since it turns out that the Proteus is not the only thing that has surfaced from the depths of the ocean: the members of the experimental super soldier SS "Toten Corps" (Death Corps), creatures not quite living nor dead have risen from their watery grave with an uncontrollable desire for violence.

Unequivocally the best of the "Nazi zombie" horror sub-genre – which includes among its ilk the bottom-of-the-barrel Eurocine pairing ZOMBIE LAKE and OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES, the fine OUTPOST (and its much lesser sequels), the middling WAR OF THE DEAD, and the over-the-top DEAD SNOW (and it's sequels) – SHOCKWAVES is an effective little sleeper of a horror film memorably promoted by theatrical distributor Joseph Brenner & Associates ("Once they were almost… human!"). Carradine and Cushing have proven dedicated even in the least rewarding guest roles and here provide the right amount of authoritative presence. The Floridian locations – including the then-unrestored Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel – are suitably atmospheric, especially when combined with an alternately ethereal and jangling electronic score by Richard Einhorn (who also scored director Ken Wiederhorn's EYES OF A STRANGER) and the wanderings of some truly unnerving zombies (the creations of Alan Ormsby of CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS and DEAD OF NIGHT). The grainy Super 16-35mm blow-up photography – by producer Ruben Trane (who also produced Wiederhorn's dire PORKY'S rip-off KING FRAT) – lends an amount of dreaminess to the film, but one cannot help wish that the production had the extra funds to shoot it in 35mm.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 15 July 1977 (USA)

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Runtime 1:24:30 1:24:40.742
Video

1.80:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.18 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,687,840,197 bytes

Feature: 24,740,843,520 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1889 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1889 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary: DTS-HD Master Audio English 1829 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1829 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles none English SDH, French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Blue Underground

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.80:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by director Ken Wiederhorn, make-up designer Alan Ormsby, and filmmaker Fred Olen Ray
• 'From Flipper to Shock Waves' interview with actor Luke Halpin (4:3; 7:44)
• Theatrical Trailer
• TV spots
• Radio spots
• Still and production art gallery

DVD Release Date: 30 September 2003
Amaray

Chapters 20
 

Release Information:
Studio: Blue Underground

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,687,840,197 bytes

Feature: 24,740,843,520 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
•  Audio Commentary by director Ken Wiederhorn, make-up artist Alan Ormsby and filmmaker Fred Olen Ray
• 'From Flipper to Shock Waves' interview with actor Luke Halpin (7:45)
• 'Nazi Zombies on a Budget' interview with producer/cinematographer Reuben Trane (21:14)
• 'Notes for the Undead' interview with composer Richard Einhorn (13:46)
• 'Sole Survivor' interview with star Brooke Adams (7:18)
• U.S. Theatrical Trailer (2:52)
• TV Spot (:32)
• Two Radio Spots (:32 + :31)
• Photo & Still Gallery

 

Blu-ray Release Date: November 25th, 2014
Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

Chapters 18

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: (November 2014) Blu Underground - Region FREE - Blu-ray: We get a new 1080P transfer of the cult classic 'Shock Waves' - a limited budget fusion of Zombies and Nazis on a deserted island with a shipwrecked yachting party. And the cast has some names; Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Brooke Adams!

Blue Underground came out with their DVD back in 2003 and it looked weak - from both the standpoint of the SD format and original production limitations. Now the new 1080P still shows the source inferiorities but is a grand step beyond the over-10-year-old DVD. The new Blu-ray image exports consistency in the rich grain textures, brightens the visuals considerably and shows more information in the 1.85:1 frame. Colors are richer and contrast shows pleasing layers for the black levels. There are many more details apparent in the HD presentation - some important to the film experience.

Blue Underground use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1889 kbps. Effects have some intense depth but the score by classical music composer Richard Einhorn - most notable for Voices of Light used in The Passion of Joan of Arc - but also many other effective 70s, 80s horror scores such as "Don't Go in the House," "Eyes of a Stranger," "The Prowler," and others but Shock Waves is quite unique with a blistering high-end giving it a very memorable edge and sounding quite impacting via the uncompressed. Dialogue belies the weaknesses inherent in the production, but generally sounds acceptable with speech being audible. There are optional English, French and Spanish, yellow, subtitles on the region FREE Blu-ray disc.

Extras mimic some of the older DVD with the audio commentary by director Ken Wiederhorn, make-up artist Alan Ormsby and filmmaker Fred Olen Ray, as well as the 8-minute 'From Flipper to Shock Waves' interview with actor Luke Halpin, a trailer, TV and radio spots and a gallery. But Blue Underground add some new, highly interesting stuff including the 21-minute 'Nazi Zombies on a Budget' interview with producer/cinematographer Reuben Trane, a 14-minute 'Notes for the Undead' interview with composer Richard Einhorn and 8 minutes with the lovely Brooke Adams in another Red Shirt Production - entitled 'Sole Survivor'. Quite stacked and some real effort put in by BU - much appreciate by the fans.

Blue Underground continue to impress producing outstanding product. Those keen on this sub-genre should certainly indulge. I liked it a lot - probably for Brooke Adams and Cushing who add the much-needed class to Shock Waves. A super Blu-ray with plenty of good supplements - thumbs up!

 - Gary Tooze and Eric Cotenas

 


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