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directed by Ryan Gregory Phillips
USA 2016


After the abduction of their daughter, scientist Josh (Cristobal Tapia Montt, THE STRANGER) and his traumatized wife Isabel (Juanita Ringeling, THE ABCs OF DEATH) retreat to the countryside and a high-tech house in the woods where Josh and partner Thomas (Kyle Davis, RESURRECTION MARY) can continue their research into the origins of shortwave radio signals. They not only discover that the origins of the signal are in outer space but that another signal is being bounced back from their very location. When Isabel starts experiencing hallucinations and starts to behave more erratically than usual, Josh and Thomas try to figure out whether she is suffering another nervous breakdown or whether the signal has tapped into her brain and allowed her to tap repressed memories and unprocessed data in her memories that might help her find their daughter. The more they experiment, however, the more it becomes apparent that entities are able to use the tapped signal to enter their dimension with malevolent intent. While SHORTWAVE has an intriguing concept - coming across somewhat like a cross between the superior THE BANSHEE CHAPTER which also dealt with shortwave signals and WHITE NOISE which explored electronic voice phenomenon - the execution is poor. Ten minutes of set-up are stretched to nearly forty-minutes of emotionally numb wandering before we even get any expository dialogue about the nature of the experiments and then more major developments conveyed solely through dialogue at the forty-five minute mark. The second half of the film, however, is better paced and more intellectually stimulating until the climax which at first seems to arrive at a emotionally resonant conclusion ten minutes or so before the total running time only to introduce another ending which provides some additional layers. Had the film not been so self-indulgently "indie" during the first half, SHORTWAVE might have been a more consistently thrilling experience since the setting is novel, the extremely wide photography eye-catching, and the actor certainly seeming capable of giving more than the script allows.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 4 June 2016 (USA)

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Runtime 1:28:36

2.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.3 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English HoH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Vega Baby

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.66:1

Edition Details:
� Start-up Trailers

DVD Release Date: October 3rd, 2017

Chapters 6




Photographed on the Arri Alexa with Kowa anamorphic lenses, SHORTWAVE is framed at a wide 2.66:1 and the single-layer, progressive, anamorphic widescreen encode looks deliberately soft due to back-lighting and heavy lens-flare while close-ups sport fair detail for standard definition. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is front-oriented but makes good use of the surrounds to suggest the presence of the unnatural in strange noises and the omnipresent shortwave signals. Optional English SDH subtitles are also provided. The only extras are start-up trailers.

  - Eric Cotenas


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