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Old 12-01-2014, 12:53 AM   #61
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Blu-ray.com review: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Shock-.../93237/#Review
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Old 12-07-2014, 05:43 PM   #62
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For some reason, I had never gotten around to watching this one, but was finally able to rectify that last night. That DVDTalk reviewer needs to be fired, because this was fantastic! Reminded me a little of Anthropophagus meets Just Before Dawn. Very creepy, unsettling, atmospheric horror film. The underwater photography is beautiful. That nighttime scene early on where they almost hit the freighter gave me the chills. Most impressive is that it captured those feelings without any blood or gore, which seems to be a sore point for that review. He can keep his modern day torture porn.

I thought the blu-ray looked pretty stunning too. Sharp and detailed with a nice layer of grain, it was almost like watching a film print in my living room. The only fault I saw with it is a flickering that pops up during a few scenes, especially early on. The interviews are great too, most notably the one with the cinematographer Reuben Trane, which is not to be missed. He has a terrific memory of the shoot, and the interview is overflowing with great stories.


Although Jennifer keeps the top spot of my favorite first-time viewings this year, Shock Waves is definitely up there.
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:09 PM   #63
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Jennifer didn't do much for me. My best blind buy this year has been Island Claws.
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:40 PM   #64
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Jennifer didn't do much for me. My best blind buy this year has been Island Claws.
Why have I not heard of Island Claws before? I have to check that out.
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:56 PM   #65
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Jennifer didn't do much for me. My best blind buy this year has been Island Claws.
I got a kick out of Jennifer - though mostly because of the climax. On what level is Island Claws enjoyable? Is it on a so-bad-it's-good level, or is it actually effective in terms of B-movie horror?
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:00 PM   #66
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I got a kick out of Jennifer - though mostly because of the climax. On what level is Island Claws enjoyable? Is it on a so-bad-it's-good level, or is it actually effective in terms of B-movie horror?
If you enjoy the atmosphere of Shock Waves or Humanoids From the Deep, you might enjoy Island Claws. Plus it's got a touch of post-apocalypse goodness towards the end
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Old 12-07-2014, 07:12 PM   #67
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If you enjoy the atmosphere of Shock Waves or Humanoids From the Deep, you might enjoy Island Claws. Plus it's got a touch of post-apocalypse goodness towards the end
Thanks - I love Shock Waves, and I kinda like Humanoids from The Deep, so maybe I should give Island Claws a chance.
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:50 AM   #68
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If you enjoy the atmosphere of Shock Waves or Humanoids From the Deep, you might enjoy Island Claws.
Never saw Island Claws...but it sounds like fun. I'll add it to the list.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:21 PM   #69
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Very creepy, unsettling, atmospheric horror film. The underwater photography is beautiful. That nighttime scene early on where they almost hit the freighter gave me the chills. Most impressive is that it captured those feelings without any blood or gore, which seems to be a sore point for that review.
Shock Waves is a really good example of how a soundtrack can impact the viewing experience of a film. Same with Halloween '78 and Phantasm '79.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:29 PM   #70
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Shock Waves is a really good example of how a soundtrack can impact the viewing experience of a film. Same with Halloween '78 and Phantasm '79.
For sure. Even the tittle sequence. When that booming, distorted low synth note hits as the films' title pops up - pure doom.
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