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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OHCQJK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 826 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Drama is set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for t he criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 19 May 2015
Format: Blu-ray
It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital.

He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister.

Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open.

This has to be the most non-Scorcese Scorcese movie ever made, and it shows that he can master any genre he tackles. From the upstart, the film is startlingly grim and has a cold, dirty feel to it, and you immediately know from the mood the film exudes, something isn't right.

Dicaprio proves again he is a magnificent actor, moving further away from his teen heart-throb status he once had, to becoming a convincing leading man. Gone is the boyish charm he had in recent movies.

The sets of the movie are fantastical and do sometimes hint to the shining in places, and the subliminal hallucinations Teddy has, are as unnerving as any conventional horror. The trailer did look like this was going to be some sort of psychological horror, but this could not be further from the truth.

This is a film about wanting to forget past traumas, and putting on a facade when you cannot face reality, and this is intricate to the films plot.

As the film progresses, you get a claustrophobic feel, and begin to empathise with Teddys helplessness, as he and his world begin to spiral out of control.

By the end, you realise that Teddy takes the ultimate sacrifice by wanting to forget something that affected his life so much.

All of the cast are splendid, and although some of the editing is dire, this is still a must see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Baseley on 7 May 2013
Format: DVD
I can't recall if I knew there was a twist in Shutter Island or merely suspected it, so it's hard to know how much enjoyment is spoiled by going in with that presumption versus not. However I would say that I correctly guessed the twist in the first 5 minutes and then spent a good 30 minutes being convinced I was wrong by the narrative. See, the thing with twists is that since films are not real, the clues and misdirection don't need to be plausible anyway. For example - character A did the murder, but the film shows you that character A was (i) nowhere near the crime scene (ii) not motivated to kill (iii) didn't have prints on the murder weapon... and then in the final 5 minutes the director shows why they did it all along.

And so my review of Shutter Island is irrespective of a twist which for me did nothing other than end the film. The real joy was everything else. The film is a cheesy b-movie made by very talented people. It's over the top, almost silly, like an incredible X Files episode. The music is bombastic, the sound effects (particularly the very deliberately deployed thunder storms) are outrageous. It feels old fashioned, yet fresh. And we are taken along a fun journey with our main character.

Inception is an appropriate companion piece, and there, in contrast to it, I find all of the things I love about Shutter Island. It doesn't take itself seriously. It's well edited and to the point. It's highly efficient in its use of set piece and scene. It's unpretentious. It makes sense in its own world. It's not trying to be clever. It's characters are memorable.

Shlocky but great fun. It's 5 stars from me because it's a great way to spend a couple of hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Meadows on 13 Dec. 2010
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Shutter Island is very much the modern equivalent of One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. The film covers a wide variety of themes. Most prevalent is the question, "How do I know I am not insane?" But there are also plenty of other areas covered including, inter alia, murder, justice, medical ethics, the Holocaust, McCarthy-eque paranoia and responsibility for one's own actions.

The film is relatively complex and certainly requires a second viewing in order to fully grasp the plot's twists and turns. It all begins straightforwardly enough, though there is a slow descent into a place where things just don't quite add up. The mixture of hallucinations and real life action may be off-putting for some viewers, but not for me. The fact that they are confusing scenes only conveys the confusion in the mind of the protagonist, and not any form of fuzzy thinking on the part of the director.

The casting of the film is very good, as is the acting. DiCaprio's performance is very similar to that which he had in Inception, which I understand was filmed around the same time as Shutter Island. But DiCaprio is only one actor, and one good performance doesn't make a great film. Ben Kingsley's portrayal as a psychiatrist trying to be a pioneer in his field is highly noteworthy, though not in the same league as his acting in Gandhi or Schindler's List. The film is given a sombre gravitas from the presence of Max von Sydow and a rare return to limelight from Ted Levine was most welcome.

So why give this 4 stars instead of 5? Well, the stylisation didn't feel right. Set in the 1950s, it just didn't feel authentic.
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