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S.O.S. Tidal Wave [Blu-ray]
(John H. Auer, 1939)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Republic Pictures
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 15,658,600,125 bytes
Feature Size: 15,463,766,016 bytes
Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 31st, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1771 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1771 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core:
2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Description: Stalwart Republic contractee Ralph Byrd wades through a sea of stock footage in SOS-Tidal Wave. Byrd is cast as Jeff Shannon, a hotshot television commentator who goes after a corrupt political machine. When Shannon refuses to be dissuaded by bribes or threats, the villains promise dire consequences for his wife Laurel (Kay Sutton) and son Buddy (Mickey Kuhn) if he doesn't lay off. As a last-ditch measure, the head crook (Marc Lawrence) uses TV technology to scare away voters on election day by faking a devastating tidal wave which supposedly engulfs the city. The spectacularly soggy special-effects climax of SOS-Tidal Wave was lifted in toto from the 1933 fantasy feature Deluge.
S.O.S. Tidal Wave is both a political thriller and one of the earliest
examples of the disaster film genre. The corrupt Clifford Farrow (Ferris
Taylor, A Man Betrayed), his sights set on winning the New York
City mayoral race with backing from the nefarious political boss Melvin
Sutter (Marc Lawrence,
Flame of Barbary Coast), sees the world as his oyster.
In more distress than it realizes, the Criterion is hammering out "S O S Tidal Wave," a synthetic quickie produced in a flash by Republic Pictures. We have a vague recollection of seeing the destruction of New York by earthquake and flood once before. The shots of the Empire State Building crumbling, a liner piling up against the Subtreasury walls, Times Square melting away—these all have a familiar look.Excerpt from The NYTimes located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
S.O.S. Tidal Wave arrives on Blu-ray from Olive Films. This is only single-layered but it has a high bitrate. Actually the main feature is quite strong in appearance but the infused Deluge footage is significantly grainier. The Blu-ray is kind of faint but contrast helps exports some depth and detail is at pleasing levels. This 'B' effort must have had a decent source. The image quality is solid.
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Audio is transferred to a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1771 kbps (24-bit). Effects of the dister lack depth but have some impact in the lossless - dialogue is clear. The score uses segments compsoed by Cy Feuer (Republic serial's Adventures of Captain Marvel and Jungle Girl, 1939's Sabotage), William Lava (War Arrow, The Night Riders, Retreat, Hell!), Joseph Nussbaum and Paul Sawtell (Another Man's Poison,Silver City, The Fly, Denver and Rio Grande). The music is fairly generic but is supportive. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with the majority of their releases.
November 1st, 2017