- Actors: Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor, David Denman, John Hensley, James Kyson Lee
- Directors: Masayuki Ochiai
- Format: PAL
- Audio Description: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: 8 Sept. 2008
- Run Time: 85 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001BADMVW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,732 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Shutter [DVD] 
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Chilling horror remake starring Joshua Jackson. Photographer Benjamin (Jackson) and Jane (Rachael Taylor) are a newly-married couple who travel to Japan for a promising job opportunity. While driving along a dark forest road, they hit a local girl with their car, but when they regain consciousness, find no trace of a body. When the couple arrive in Tokyo, they discover a number of disturbing, ghostly images in a set of photographs that they get developed. Jane believes that the images are spirit photography of the girl they hit on the road, and that she may be seeking vengeance.
Based on a 2004 Thai horror flick, this surprisingly effective Hollywood remake is actually set in Tokyo. That's where newlywed hubby Joshua Jackson has taken bride Rachael Taylor (Transformers) for an ill-advised honeymoon. They hit a woman standing in the middle of a spooky road, after which all sorts of ghosts seem to emerge from Jackson's camera (he's come to Japan for a fashion-photography gig). Can our plucky heroine, a fish out of water in a confusing city, find the answer to this haunted puzzle? Well, yes, but she won't like what she finds.Shutter is distinguished by director Mayasuki Ochiai's compositional eye, which favours the empty, creeped-out spaces in which ghosts might dwell. The movie also gets into the phenomenon of "spirit photography," which suggests that the dear departed make their presence known as white flashes in snapshots. That stuff's kind of fun; unfortunately, Ochiai's ear for dialogue is as clunky as his eye is sharp, and Jackson and Taylor are saddled with some truly unfortunate exposition. The actors don't leave much of an impression either, although Megumi Okina (leading lady of Ju-on: The Grudge) is sufficiently spooky as a woman who will not be ignored. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com
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There's a EURO alternative (Region B) available on Amazon that will work without playback problems - but at present it has a significant cult price tag.
Region Coding crap again I'm afraid...
Don't be under any illusion - there's nothing original here. OK, so there wasn't anything new in the original, but I felt the execution of the original was much slicker. One example being that the conclusion in the original was reasonably unexpected. In the remake, the ending is setup from very early on.
This movie is okay if you want to crash in front of the TV and watch something you don't need to follow too deeply, but I'd highly recommend the original version over this one.
I found Shutter to be much like how I found The Ring, the Naomi Watts starrer from 2002, a very effective chiller with a solid mystery to be unravelled at the core. The ghost is creepy - as are the various photographic links, the scares handled professionally by the makers, and the finale pays off with a startlingly chilling revelation that freaked me out; and I'm a middle aged man!
It's far from perfect, the pace is a bit haphazard, logic goes out the window often, and cast performances are only adequate in the absence of "A" list stars to propel the story onwards. While it's tough to hang your hat on the two principal players since the emotional empathy hasn't been earned by them, courtesy of the writing. Yet with no frame of reference to raise expectation levels - or down them as well, this is a safe and sturdy spooker that does its job well enough. 7/10