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5.0 out of 5 stars Shutter Island on Blu-Ray, 1 Aug 2010
This review is from: Shutter Island [Blu-ray] [2010] (Blu-ray)
"Shutter Island" ticks all the right boxes as a new BD release. Picture quality is very high with excellent sharpness and fine detail in shots of all focal length. But, as so often, it is particularly the close-ups that fascinate with depth and plasticity. Colours and contrasts are spot-on, with colours only appearing unnatural, and clearly intentionally so, in certain exceptional sequences: whether they are to be described as dreams, flash-backs, hallucinations or something else, is very much part of the film's narrative secrets, and not to be stated in advance!

Sound quality is excellent, with immersive use of surround effects. Generally the balance of dialogue to louder FX is well achieved, although dialogue is sometimes a little quiet, but this seems part of an intention to build atmosphere through whispered dialogue and so forth, and the 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack establishes the movie's sinister atmosphere very well from early on right up to the conclusion.

The film itself has received some criticism for being "predictable". I must admit that having seen a film based on a similar twist many years ago (I won't say which one :-)!) its power to surprise me was somewhat hamstrung. It probably is fair to say that it is not that hard to guess the approximate nature of what is going on, but to guess the precise nature is not that easy, and I think this allows the film enough of a twist to prevent an anti-climax. Predictable or not, the plot is a compelling and interesting one, and never lagged or allowed any hint of boredom, as far as this viewer was concerned. The acting is terrific, with Von Sydow, Kingsley and DiCaprio the true heavyweights, although Mark Ruffalo also makes a good job of his somewhat straight-mannish role.

For me, this film was one of the absolute cinematic highlights of 2010 so far. A clear recommendation on Blu-Ray. Don't miss it!
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Initial post: 3 Aug 2010 16:35:02 BDT
L. RYMOND says:
Great review. Cheers!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 16:14:21 BDT
Mr. Blu says:
L.Rymond - Thanks, glad you liked it!

Posted on 18 Aug 2010 02:05:34 BDT
Sam says:
What was the film with the similar twist-in the sanctity of the comments board-do tell!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2010 10:34:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Aug 2010 10:36:21 BDT
Mr. Blu says:
SPOILER +++++++ SPOILER ********* SPOILER

Angel Heart, first and foremost. But actually there's also an older one, can't remember the title, where it seems that everyone is conspiring against the main character, who turns out to be mentally ill.
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