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Shutter Island 4K UHD Steelbook Review


“Shutter Island” has its moments.

Set in 1954, “Shutter Island” finds a U.S. Marshal (Teddy) and his new partner (Chuck) venturing to Shutter Island (a secluded mental hospital) to investigate an escaped patient (Rachel). As the Marshals question staff and patients, it seems as if something is off about the place. It’s quite possible, however, that something may be off about Teddy himself due to his tragic past.

Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, the now 10 year old “Shutter Island” is a bit of a departure for filmmaker Martin Scorsese. While it’s always nice to see the director dabble in other genres (in this case neo-noir, horror, and psychological thriller), “Shutter Island” is far from his best work. The fault is not on him though (I’ll elaborate more on that shortly). In fact, Scorsese is in top form here as he creates a dazzling and atmospheric visual feast for cinema lovers. 

The famed director also managed to work with a stacked cast comprised of Leonard DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley, Max Von Sydow, John Carroll Lynch, Ted Levine, and Elias Koteas. Granted, most of the cast have small roles, but DiCaprio and Kingsley really go all in here with their strong performances.

On the subject of the script penned by Laeta Kalogridis, it’s undoubtedly the weak link here. The twisty psychological story relies heavily on an ending that ultimately falls flat. Without going into spoiler territory, I’ll just say it’s rather absurdly elaborate (to put it gently). The script also succumbs to the age old “what’s real and what’s not” cliches which put a damper on the story as a whole. It’s a shame because there’s a lot that does work here as the story delves into themes about sanity, the past, reality, mental illness, and trauma.


Presentation: 2.35:1 2160p. How does it look? A stunning upgrade. The picture quality is crystal clear.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Between the eerie score and the storm, this is a dynamic track.

Extras (Blu-ray Disc Only):
* “Behind The Shutters”- A 17 minute featurette with interviews, character and story discussions, and set footage.
* “Into The Lighthouse”- A 21 minute extra about the themes,  psychological aspects of the story among other topics.
* Blu-ray copy

February 8, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , ,

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