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Blue Underground's DVD of Shock Waves presents this cult fave in a nicely assembled edition guaranteed to please both novices and the film's old fans. The video transfer isn't the best it could be because it was done using one of the few existing prints (the negative disappeared long ago), but still delivers a sharp, frequently colorful image despite minor print damage and a few poorly color-timed night shots. The mono audio lacks the frills of a stereo mix but sounds nice and sharp, especially during the moments...
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Blue Underground's DVD of Shock Waves presents this cult fave in a nicely assembled edition guaranteed to please both novices and the film's old fans. The video transfer isn't the best it could be because it was done using one of the few existing prints (the negative disappeared long ago), but still delivers a sharp, frequently colorful image despite minor print damage and a few poorly color-timed night shots. The mono audio lacks the frills of a stereo mix but sounds nice and sharp, especially during the moments featuring Richard Einhorn's shivery synthesizer score. This disc also delivers plenty of extras, the most interesting one being a commentary track featuring writer/director Ken Wiederhorn, makeup man Alan Ormsby, and the set photographer (and B-movie mogul) Fred Olen Ray. All three men offer the wisdom and grizzled wit of true genre veterans as they reveal all the complications of shooting a film with a heavy amount of aquatic locations on a low budget and share plenty of fun anecdotes about the amusing eccentricities of their beloved star, Peter Cushing (he was apparently obsessed with the idea of going to the International House of Pancakes to have "buckwheat cakes"). This disc also throws in a nice eight-minute interview with Luke Halpin that features him discussing his fellow cast members fondly and presenting a few insightful thoughts on how the acting profession has changed over the years. The extras area is rounded out by a pair of trailers, a nifty gallery of stills and promotional art (including a great ad that pairs the film with Tentacles), and two amusingly hyperactive radio ads. In short, this edition of Shock Waves is the ideal edition of this film and a great way for curious film fans to get acquainted with it.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with co-writer/director Ken Wiederhorn, make-up designer Alan Ormsby and filmmaker Fred Olen Ray; From Flipper to Shock Waves: An Interview with Luke Halpin; Theatrical trailer; TV spot; Radio spots; Poster, still, & production art gallery
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This moody creep-fest doesn't quite live up to its cult reputation, but offers enough atmosphere and chills to make it worthwhile for horror buffs. Shock Waves' best element is its consistently creepy atmosphere. Ken Wiederhorn's direction downplays cheap shock effects in favor of slowly building a atmosphere of dread that is enhanced by the film's picturesque yet scary seaside locale and a nerve-jangling synthesizer score. This approach gives the film a dreamlike feel reminiscent of Carnival of Souls, especially in the strangely lyrical scenes where the zombified soldiers rise from the water and calmly stalk their prey. However, Shock Waves has trouble maintaining this feel because the script loses steam about midway through, devolving into a series of disjointed set pieces that fail to realize the promise of the first half. It also suffers from inconsistent performances. Luke Halpin and Brooke Adams make likable, low-key leads, but the other supporting performances are often amateurish and Peter Cushing's otherwise professional work is hampered by a German accent that comes and goes. As a result, Shock Waves is frequently compelling, especially during the eerie first half, but never truly satisfying. That said, it is quirky and compelling enough to make it worth a look for horror buffs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • UPC: 827058102797
  • Original Release: 1977
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  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Cushing Scar
Brooke Adams Rose
John Carradine Capt. Ben
Fred Buch Chuck
Jack Davidson Norman
Don Stout Dobbs
Luke Halpin Keith
Gary J. Levinson
Bob Miller
Bob White Death Corps Member
Tony Moskal
Technical Credits
Ken Wiederhorn Director, Screenwriter
Richard Einhorn Score Composer
Norman Gay Editor
John Kent Harrison Screenwriter
Jacquie Kabelis Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Matee Set Decoration/Design
Alan Ormsby Makeup
George Richmond Art Director
Jessica Sack Production Designer, Production Manager
Reuben Trane Cinematographer, Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Introduction [1:03]
2. Main Titles [:53]
3. Sole Survivor [3:21]
4. Captain Ben [3:37]
5. Nervous Passengers [5:54]
6. Nightwatch [5:34]
7. Island of Fear [4:26]
8. Jungle Sanctuary [4:12]
9. Trespassers [5:49]
10. Scarface [2:47]
11. The Death Corps Awaken [4:05]
12. "There Is Danger in the Water" [3:52]
13. Remnants of the Reich [4:16]
14. Super Soldiers [2:56]
15. Death from Below [4:38]
16. Overboard [4:21]
17. Onslaught [2:59]
18. Safehouse [3:52]
19. Panic Attack [2:58]
20. No Escape [3:31]
21. Zombies on the Prowl [3:32]
22. Lifeboat [4:55]
23. End Credits [:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      From Flipper to Shock Waves: An Interview with Luke Halpin (8 mins.)
      Commentary
         Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Ken Wiederhorn, Make-Up Designer Alan Ormsby and Filmmaker Fred Olen Ray: Off
         Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Ken Wiederhorn, Make-Up Designer Alan Ormsby and Filmmaker Fred Olen Ray: On
      Trailer
      TV Spot
      Radio Spots
         Spot #1
         Spot #2
      Poster, Still and Production Art Gallery
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic Nazi Zombie Fright Flick!

    A Cult Classic, and one that gave me the creeps! Based on the general Nazi/Aryan Super Soldier Occult beliefs, and taking it a step over the edge! A movie I can enjoy more than once. Some good frights, a memorable performance by Brooke Adams and the great Peter Cushing. A low budget movie more frightening than the multi-million dollar productions made today...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Interesting Film, Although Definately Not the Best

    A friend of mine recommended the movie 'Shock Waves' to me. Evidently, it was his father's favorite film, and his father watched it over and over and over again. I was intrigued at the notion that there was someone in America who received great solace and comfort from watching an obscure Nazi-zombie-castaway film from the seventies that no one else had heard of, so I searched in vain to obtain a copy of this film (Thank you Barnes and Noble for carrying this title and making it more widely available!) Boy, was I not disappointed when I watched this film! This film is a hidden gem in American cinematography. It was made on a budget of $50,000 in the early 1970s (according to the director's commentary on the DVD), and it is probably the creepiest Nazi-zombie flick I have ever seen (granted, I haven't seen that many Nazi-zombie flicks in my lifetime, but that is beside the point). The acting is first-rate, although everything else about this film is total cheese worthy of rebuke and ridicule by the fine folks at Mystery Science Theater 3000. Peter Cushing has an incredible acting performance in this film in the role of the creepy Nazi, a role he also played with great success as Governor Tarkin on the Death Star of 'Star Wars'. If you are into cheesy Nazi-zombie films where innocent idiots get stranded on an island with runaway Nazi eugenics experiments, then this is your film!

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