Sunday, April 19, 2015
Blu-ray Review: SHOCK WAVES (1977)
Directed by: Ken Wiederhorn
Distributed by: Blue Underground
"Beneath The Living... Beyond The Dead... From The Depths of Hell's Ocean!"
As much of a fan of zombie movies as I am, I am even more a fan of Nazi zombies. There is something about these two evils that come together into one truly barbaric monster. SHOCK WAVES is one of the earliest of the Nazi zombie sub-genre. It is also one of my all time favorites as well. Here is the synopsis of the SHOCK WAVES blu-ray courtesy of the Blue Underground website:
In the dark days of World War II, the Nazi High Command ordered its scientists to create a top secret race of indestructible zombie storm troopers - un-living, unfeeling, unstoppable monstrosities that killed with their bare hands. They were known as The Death Corps. No member of this horrific SS unit was ever captured by the Allied Forces - and, somewhere off the coast of Florida, they have survived...
Peter Cushing (STAR WARS), Brooke Adams (INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS) and John Carradine (THE BOOGEY MAN) star in this suspenseful and genuinely creepy shocker co-written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn (RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II). One of the great horror "sleepers" of the 1970s, SHOCK WAVES has been freshly transferred and fully restored in High Definition from the only known surviving materials!
One thing you'll immediately notice with this film is the lack of gore. Unlike a lot of the zombie films of this time period, this film does not rely heavily on the blood and gore. In fact, most kills are very tame, especially by today's standards. What the film lacks in gore is completely made up by the film's creepy vibe. There is something about seeing these zombies rise from the water after being down there for who knows how long, that is very frightening. The film is very atmospheric and is perfect viewing for a dark, rainy night.
The new 1080 HD transfer looks extremely good, especially since the last time I watched this film was back on VHS! The film is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is an ALL REGIONS disc.
SHOCK WAVES is available now on Blu-ray from Blue Underground and contains the following special features:
* Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Ken Wiederhorn, Make-Up Designer Alan Ormsby and Filmmaker Fred Olen Ray
* Nazi Zombies On A Budget - Interview with Producer/Cinematographer Reuben Trane
* Notes For The Undead - Interview with Composer Richard Einhorn
* Sole Survivor - Interview with Star Brooke Adams
* From FLIPPER To SHOCK WAVES - Interview with Star Luke Halpin
* Theatrical Trailer
* TV Spot
* Radio Spots
* Poster & Still Gallery
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray