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(aka "Operazione Goldman" or "Operation Goldman")

 

Directed by Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson)
Italy / Spain 1966

 

A secret agent goes after a madman who plots world domination from his incredible underwater city. He deflects moon rockets launched from Cape Kennedy by blasting them out of the sky with laser beams, starring Anthony Eisley (The Naked Kiss) and directed by Antonio Margheriti (The Wild, Wild Planet, The Long Hair of Death).

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Department "S" of the Federal Security Investigation Commission sends Harry Sennet, an international secret agent nicknamed "Goldman" due to his unlimited expense account to investigate suspected sabotage of US space program rocket launches. Sennet, who carries a chequebook instead of a weapon and his superior Captain Flanagan discover an Auric Goldfinger type beer baron named Rehte is destroying the rockets through laser beams fired at the rockets from Rehte's beer trucks parked outside the installation. Rehte's lair is a Dr. No type underwater city off the coast of Cape Canaveral where he plans to launch a rocket to the Moon carrying a laser cannon that can target cities on the Earth for destruction.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

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Theatrical Release: April 22nd, 1966

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Review: Code Red - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Code Red - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:33:54.170        
Video

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,298,157,453 bytes

Feature: 20,057,432,064 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2008 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2008 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
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Code Red

 

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,298,157,453 bytes

Feature: 20,057,432,064 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler (in SD)

Trailer for Lightning Bolt (1:39)


Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Code Red Blu-ray (May 2020): Code Red have transferred Antonio Margheriti's Eurospy genre film Lightning Bolt (aka "Operazione Goldman") to Blu-ray. This is the English DUB'ed version of the film. It's on a single-layered disc and while far from a dynamic 1080P presentation - I've certainly seen worse. Colors are muted and there is inherent softness. It's hard to know if the source was compromised or that, as Anthony Eisley stated "the original negative of the film was lost and for its American release they had to reassemble the film from various prints that gave it a bad quality." It has plenty of frame-specific damage marks and bright green cue-blips (see samples at bottom) but, in the final tally - the HD presentation is video-ish, watchable - no more, no less - marginally superior to SD.   

On their Blu-ray, Code Red use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the English language. Despite the high-end transfer - the audio suffers - but more a function of the DUB sync and occasional background noise. The score is by Riz Ortolani (Killer Crocodile, The Pyjama Girl Case, The Valachi Papers, Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eyes, The McKenzie Break, Day of Anger, Il Sorpasso, Woman Times Seven, Cannibal Holocaust, The Voyeur, Mondo Cane) providing a fun, action-based, atmosphere. Code Red offer no subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Code Red Blu-ray offers the curious The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler with Leslie Nielsen and Angie Dickinson, in a very weak SD transfer (takes up only 3.5 Gig.) Because of the quality, it was harder to watch and aside from the unaddressed "cloning' sci-fi plot, wasn't much of a film. There are also poor quality SD trailers - one for Lightning Bolt.

A few things - I really like the, sometimes hokey (but still having moderately decent production values), James Bond-ian wave of Eurospy genre films. This includes the OSS 117 films (boxset reviewed HERE), UK flics Some Girls Do, Deadlier Than the Male, and even the American versions; James Coburn's Our Man Flint (1966) + In Like Flint (1967) as well as Dean Martin's Matt Helm series of films. I'd also like to see more of the films of Wandisa Guida (Revolt of the Slaves, The Scorpion With Two Tails) looking at the 1960's titles on her resume; Secret Agent Fireball, Giants of Rome, Hercules Against Rome, The Vengeance of Ursus, The Prisoner of the Iron Mask, and Goliath and the Dragon. Yes, please.

So Antonio Margheriti's Lightning Bolt has a few positives although purchasers should keep expectations in-check for the Code Red Blu-ray a/v quality. I'm also glad I finally saw The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler even if it has little value. For under $15 this should be considered by those who appreciate the genre.   

Gary Tooze

 


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Also included on this Blu-ray is an SD transfer of The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler

 

The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler is a 1971 science fiction film directed by Bob Wynn and starring Leslie Nielsen, Bradford Dillman and Angie Dickinson. This was one of the earliest films to depict medical exploitation of cloning, even though the term was not used. It was shot on videotape and transferred to film for theatrical and TV release.

 

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