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Ambush Bay [Blu-ray]
(Ron Winston, 1966)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Courageous Films
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,153,761,557 bytes
Feature Size: 21,318,045,696 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.84 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 16th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1669 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1669 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
•Trailers (Ambush Bay - 2:44, The Secret Invasion - 3:11, Beachhead - 2:08, The Train - 4:36)
Description:General MacArthur doesn't know it, but he's headed for an ambush. Hugh O'Brian (Ten Little Indians), Mickey Rooney (The Secret Invasion) and James Mitchum (Trackdown) star in this top-notch WWII nail-biter that'll keep you on the edge of your seat with consistent excitement right until the explosive end. A marine patrol secretly lands on the Japanese-occupied island of Siarago. Their mission: to locate a Japanese-American girl with vital information concerning General MacArthur's pending Philippine invasion. What they uncover instead is a Japanese plot to detonate underwater mines as the US fleet enters the bay. Cut off from outside communication, these brave marines must find a way to prevent what could be the worst naval tragedy from ever happening.
In this WW II drama, a unit of Marines have 96 hours to make it through the dense Philippine jungle and locate a Japanese-American girl who has information needed to plan the invasion of the Japanese-occupied island.
During World War II, a nine-man platoon of U.S. marines
is sent on a secret mission to a Japanese-held island in
the Philippines. Their sole imperative, within a
ninety-six hour time frame, is to make contact with a
female spy named Miyazaki who has intimate knowledge of
the enemy's defenses, information that may affect
General MacArthur's planned invasion of the islands.
Except for a phony heroic postscript, "Ambush
is a very good little picture. Here is a war movie that in some form or
other everybody has seen at least once. It's the one about the tough
American sergeant prodding his patrol through a Japanese-infested
jungle, their brief encounter with a pretty and helpful spy and that
final sabotage triumph by the few patrol survivors. Mission accomplished
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Ambush Bay looks thick and film-like in 1080P. The lush Philippines jungle colors are vibrant with some richness (greens). Contrast is quite strong but detail a little wanting with the films heavily textured appearance. The film's almost exclusive outdoor sequences can tend to support the visuals well. The early, very dark, scenes didn't exhibit any noise. The source is reasonably clean and it looks quite acceptable in-motion. This Blu-ray gave me a very watchable HD viewing in regards to the picture quality.
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Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1669 kbps (16-bit) in the original English language. There are war effects in the film - shooting, explosions etc. and some depth in the score by Richard LaSalle (The Night the Bridge Fell Down, Twice-Told Tales, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Wonder Woman). It all sounds fine with clear consistent dialogue and some snappy effects. There are optional subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
February 1st, 2016
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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