- Street Date:
- August 13th, 2013
- Reviewed by:
- Bryan Kluger
- Review Date: 1
- February 12th, 2014
- Movie Release Year:
- Starz/Anchor Bay
- 89 Minutes
- MPAA Rating:
- Release Country
- United States
The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take
And we're back with another glorious disaster flick from the SyFy network. This particular bundle of mayhem is called 'Super Storm', or as it was called before it was released, 'Mega Cyclone'. Unfortunately, there are no sharks, polar bears, robots, or giant crocodiles flying through the air with these storms. It's just a plain and simple storm with a bunch of cyclones. A much more fitting title would be 'Mild Storm'. And as always with these SyFy original films, you can expect a good amount of freshly sliced cheese, sub-par special effects, and a plot that implodes on itself. But hey, it's fun isn't it? Heck yes it is.
'Super Storm' is directed by Sheldon Wilson, who made the recent SyFy original film Snowmageddon, which was about an evil snow-globe that killed people in a small town. So with knowing that bit of information, you kinda know what you're in for here. In a small town called Heartfield, we follow a cast of characters (all of who are recognizable from other television shows), who are tasked with defending Earth's survival from a deadly storm.
There is a cool science project going on at the local school that is triggered some big attention from across the nation, but it also triggers something called a destruction particle. This particle makes Jupiter's giant red spot disappear, and basically appear on Earth, as that giant red spot on Jupiter is big 24/7 storm that never stops fighting the fight. And since every major city is taken out by this big bad storm, the small town of Heartfield is Earth's last hope to save its occupants.
What I love about these SyFy movies, specifically the natural disaster ones, is that these storms, tornadoes, cyclones, and avalanches only seem to kill certain people. Sure, a lot of people might die if they get in the way, but these natural disasters seem to be after certain people in the film. And when the said storm viciously kills a human, things settle down for the time being. It's as if the natural disaster is a sadistic killer on the loose. You can apply this theory to 'Super Storm'.
The pacing is fairly slow throughout its 89 minute run time, but when the cheese hits the fan, you'll muster up a few laughs and eye rolls. The actors in this flick, who we've seen in many other better projects before, do a decent job here with what they are given, as they know exactly what type of movie they're in. The special effects aren't top notch here, but they get the job done too. I've definitely seen worse. But when it comes down to the bottom line, 'Super Storm' is best served with friends, drinks, and midnight. If these ingredients aren't available, find something else to watch.
The Video: Sizing Up the Picture
'Super Storm' comes with a decent 1080p HD transfer presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The detail is mostly sharp throughout the film. During some of the lower lit scenes and heavier special effect moments, things get a little soft. But other than that, there are well-defined textures in costumes and props, as well as some vivid detail in the actor's faces.
The colors are well-saturated here too, but never seem to pop right off the screen, as most of the time, there aren't a lot of bright primary colors. The black levels are deep and inky with the skin tones running natural and smooth. There is some motion blur and some light banding, but other than that, there are no other compression issues.
The Audio: Rating the Sound
This release comes with a lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio mix, and sounds loud, thrilling, and fun. I wish the movie was as good as this audio track. The dialogue is always crystal clear and easy to understand. There are no pops, cracks, or hissing during this feature. The ambient noises and numerous sound effects light up the surrounds often with loud and robust sound.
The directionality is quite nice here too. The bass kicks into high gear when the heavier action scenes take place and will rumble the walls a little. The dynamic range is wide and the score offers some good suspenseful cheese, while never drowning out the dialogue or sound effects. Solid audio presentation.
HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?
There are no HD exclusives.
'Super Storm' offers nothing original, but it does serve up something fun, if you're into the whole B-Movie craze. Sure, you won't get sharks or giant dinosaurs here, but you get a ridiculous enough plot with plenty of cheesy dialogue and deaths. The video is decent and the audio is top notch. I only wish SyFy would add some sort of commentary track or extras to their films. If you're in the mood for the next 'so bad it's good' movie, give this a rent.
- 25GB Blu-ray Disc
- "1080p"/AVC MPEG-4
- English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
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