Plot: What’s it about?
A violent storm erupts out in the ocean, with such velocity that a plane passing over the waters is torn down from the skies. The plane crashes into the rough waters and most on board are killed on impact, though others drown in the torrid waves. Despite the crash and violent waters, some passengers manage to survive, though in the water, survival won’t last much longer. The few survivors happen to be in the path of a small boat however, one that is able to pull them aboard. The rescue is a welcome turn of events, but the boat itself is lost at sea, so the situation isn’t resolved. As time passes, the hope of a true rescue begins to fade, thanks to lack of food and water, not to mention the intense heat. As if those problems weren’t enough, the waters below hold a threat that could be the fatal part of the equation…
This movie would seem to have all the bases covered, with women in bikinis, killer sharks, and yes folks, even cannibalism. I’ve read reviews where critics called the film slow and uneventful, but I don’t understand that, unless it was a different version. Cyclone is not a great movie, but it isn’t slow, it moves at a good pace and can be quite intense, for what it is. As with other films by Rene Cardona, Jr., the emphasis is on survival and how far people will go in order to survive. Hence the cannibalism and intense moments, but not just the humans dine on flesh, as vicious sharks are also involved. This is a bad movie, but I like bad movies and while not as fun as I might want, Cyclone is still a decent watch. Synapse Films has offered a solid treatment, complete with the 118 minute cut of the film, plus a new high definition transfer. So if you’re a fan of bad cinema from the 70s, you’ll want to dive into Synapse’s release of Cyclone.
Video: How does it look?
Cyclone is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. As always, Synapse was able to conjure up a solid treatment here, despite the elements involved. The print seems to have been cleaned up, so debris and grain aren’t as bad as some versions. This in turn provides a cleaner, more refined visual presence, which is just great news all around. I found colors and contrast to be more than solid, but of course, not up to modern standards, though that is to be expected. The limits of the material still emerge, but Synapse has given us a fine transfer, not much else we could ask for in this case.
Audio: How does it sound?
As with most mono tracks, this one is less than impressive at times, but it does provide an adequate audio experience. I mean, any mono track is limited from the start, but this one is better than average. The usual hiss that goes along with the mono format is minimal, and the effects and music come across well. The dialogue has a minor metallic sound to it, but it’s not that distracting. Overall, a decent audio track, which does the job and little more.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes no bonus materials.