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- Apr 4, 2017
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Paramount has been on a string of re-releasing catalog titles in steelbook collector’s edition form for the last 4-6 months, but this time it’s a bit different. We get a catalog title in a nice new shiny steelbook, but it’s also the 4K UHD release at the same time. Meaning, we get a bit of BOTH types of collecting going on here. A little steelbook love and a little 4K UHD love all mixed together. To kick off this new trend (at least HOPEFULLY it’s a trend, I want more catalog Paramount movies in 4K UHD) we start with the 10 year anniversary of one of the best Martin Scorsese films to never win an Oscar, Shutter Island.
I remember missing this in the theater back in 2010, but VIVIDLY remember blind buying the film on Blu-ray and being blown away by the twists and turns of the psychological mystery. It was a drastic change of pace from the typical crime thrillers that Scorsese was so famous for, and had me guessing that there was going to be another double take, another twist, another mental “gotcha!” up until the very end. Sure, it doesn’t have THAT much suspense as you can guess some of the twists coming, but the film is so superbly acted, so incredibly crafted in terms of set pieces, and so meticulously directed that I was honestly expecting another twist and turn to completely subvert my guess work. Even when that didn’t play out I didn’t feel let down at all, as the film was so lovingly created and so powerfully and forcefully acted that it was perfectly alright to accept the journey as the prize.
U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) have been called into Shutter Island, a mental institution for the criminally insane, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a patient who murdered her three children several years ago. However, something doesn’t seem right. The head psychologist, Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley), seems nice enough, but the entire demeanor and careful deliberation of the staff puts Daniels on edge. He knows there’s a secret that they won’t tell him, and every gut instinct he has tells him that there is something going on. The more he digs, the more he finds what he doesn’t want to know. A conspiracy where the staff is experimenting on patients, turning them into something they’re not, and he and Chuck very well may be the next “patients” to occupy Shutter Island as part of the insane.
Martin Scorsese expertly handles all three phases of the film, guiding us through the typical mystery first act, a chaotic conspiracy theory second half, and finally ends it on a somber not with the introspective and highly emotional 3rd act. Each act acts as a chapter or phase of the film, allowing the viewer to see another facet of the insanity going on, and ultimately coming full circle and completing the arc that it started on the boat into Shutter Island. The visuals themselves are haunting and melodic, filled with flashbacks to Teddy’s mind. His experiences in the great world war, his dead wife, and all of these done in a sort of surreal and esoteric way so the viewer is absorbed straight into the fantasy world of the film. It’s artful, beautiful, and horribly tragic, but ever so effective at keeping the viewers attention.
Rated R for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity
4K Video: Video:
• Into the Lighthouse
I always say to friends that Shutter Island is probably the most bizarre Martin Scorsese film that he’s ever made. Not in a crazy sort of way like Terry Gilliam or Takashi Miike, but definitely more intellectually artistic than any of his previous films. The movie is a tough film to do properly, as the material and acting strains are massive according to the interviews I’ve read. DiCaprio completely absorbed himself into the role of Teddy, and his intensity and sheer ferocity seeps through from every fiber and pore of the film’s essence. It was the film that I felt SHOULD have won the 2010 Oscar for Scorsese, but sadly went unawarded that year. Paramount’s 4K UHD disc is stunning, with a picture perfect 4K encode and the already great audio mix from the Blu-ray (along with the same meager extras from the Blu-ray as well). Definitely worth the upgrade.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Written by: Laeta Kalogridis (Screenplay), Dennis Lehane (Novel)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 HEVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, Czech, Spanish, French, Japanese, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Thai, Turkish DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Malay, Mandarin (Simplified), Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Runtime: 138 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: February 11th, 2020.
Recommendation: Good Buy