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My take: Shutter Island (2010)

HD Goofnut
06-11-2010, 08:13 AM
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Title: Shutter Island (2010)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc
Video: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (2.39:1 theatrically)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese
Run time: 138 minutes
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rating: R
Region Coding: Region Free
Equipment used for review: Sharp LC-46SB57UN 46" 120Hz 1080p LCD (24fps), Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver, Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1, & LG BH200 Super Blu

Cast/Crew Info:
Leonardo DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels
Mark Ruffalo as Chuck Aule
Ben Kingsley as Dr. Cawley
Max von Sydow as Dr. Naehring
Michelle Williams as Dolores Chanal
Emily Mortimer as Rachel 1
Patricia Clarkson as Rachel 2
Jackie Earle Haley as George Noyce
Ted Levine as Warden
John Carroll Lynch as Deputy Warden McPherson
Elias Koteas as Laeddis
Directed by Martin Scorsese

My take: (the breakdown)

I have been a Scorsese fan ever since I saw Gangs of New York several years ago. Since then I have gone back and watched many of his titles because I like his work that much. Shutter Island is his latest film that is truly captivating from beginning to end. Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule are U.S. Marshals that have been assigned to investigate the case of a missing patient at a federal mental institution of the Boston coast known as Shutter Island. On this island the most dangerous and unstable mental patients are housed because no other institution wants to deal with them. As Teddy and Chuck begin asking questions about this missing patient they begin to discover important clues that something more sinister is going on at Shutter Island. Teddy is also set on finding the murderer of his wife, which he is sure is being housed on the island. Will Teddy be able to find the missing patient and resolve his own personal vendetta concerning his wife's death? Well, you'll have to watch this one from start to finish to figure that question out. Due to some disturbing images, profanity, and brief nudity this one is certainly not for children.

You'll notice from the onset that the film has a slightly darker appearance, as if a filter was placed over the lens, which is fine because it works rather well to create a dreary atmosphere. Colors are muted slightly, but still retain their saturation and are at times quite vivid. Splashes of color are noticeable from the blue of the ocean, the green of the grass, or the earth tones in Dr. Cawley's office. I did notice a few brief instances where contrast seemed to run slightly hot early on the film and it was slightly distracting, even though it was probably intentional. Grain is light and consistent throughout the entire film giving the presentation a rather natural look. There are several scenes containing many dark areas, but rest assured that all of the blacks are just as they should be without any hint of noise or crush.

Shutter Island is a drama so you know right away that high speed chases and explosions are going to be absent, but that's fine because the film doesn't need any of that. Dialogue is the main feature to this 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track and it is virtually understandable from start to finish with well done prioritization in the center channel. The musical score is what makes this film tick and it is well balanced between the front and surround channels without any major issues. However, there were some times when the music was so overbearing that dialogue was drowned out. Additionally, there are some soft spoken lines that require a slight boost in volume. There are many discrete sounds that make their presence known in the surrounds as well, such as birds, distant conversations, water sloshing, and many other effects. There's not to much for your sub to do here, but there a few brief moments when you feel the LFE come to life and when this happens it will certainly catch you off guard in a good way.

Considering this is one of Scorsese's films I expected a larger supplemental package, but at least the minimal material we do get is noteworthy. We are supplied with two making of features: The first is a 17 minute look at the film's cast, crew, Scorsese's involvement, and the author of the book; the second is a 21 minute look at the actual making of the film and at 1950s psychiatry medicine. Both of the above features are definitely worth watching and presented in 1080p.

Movie: 8/10
VQ: 9.5/10
AQ: 9/10
Supplements: 2/10
Final word: A Must Own

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sigill
06-12-2010, 04:59 PM
Nice review Goofnut. I am really looking forward to this, i haven't seen it yet but i'm a Scorsese fan so this will be a blind buy.

HD Goofnut
06-12-2010, 06:28 PM
Nice review Goofnut. I am really looking forward to this, i haven't seen it yet but i'm a Scorsese fan so this will be a blind buy.

Thanks sigill. If you liked The Departed, The Aviator, and Gangs of New York then you're sure to like this one.

ZoSo
06-16-2010, 11:56 AM
This is my first review that I have read on here, well done. You give all the important information in a concise manner without giving away any plot details. :yippee:

I have this coming in the mail today on BD from BB online.

Scorsese is one of my favorite directors and I own most of his films even the few that I haven't watched yet. He is indeed a legend. The last one I bought is The Departed on HD DVD. I still haven't opened it yet. :)

Thanks.

HD Goofnut
06-16-2010, 12:08 PM
This is my first review that I have read on here, well done. You give all the important information in a concise manner without giving away any plot details. :yippee:

I have this coming in the mail today on BD from BB online.

Scorsese is one of my favorite directors and I own most of his films even the few that I haven't watched yet. He is indeed a legend. The last one I bought is The Departed on HD DVD. I still haven't opened it yet. :)

Thanks.

Thanks and welcome to the site.

ZoSo
06-22-2010, 06:30 AM
Finally finished watching this and I thought that it was great. It really looked and sounded as good as it could. The one thing that I noticed was when DiCaprio's character first met his partner on the boat the scenes were kind of choppy. After this things were fine but I am sure that it was just the editing that was a little off. Did anyone else notice this?

HD Goofnut
06-22-2010, 07:06 AM
Finally finished watching this and I thought that it was great. It really looked and sounded as good as it could. The one thing that I noticed was when DiCaprio's character first met his partner on the boat the scenes were kind of choppy. After this things were fine but I am sure that it was just the editing that was a little off. Did anyone else notice this?

I felt that was intended due to choppy seas caused by windy conditions. Remember, the hurricane was approaching. If you've ever been on a smaller boat on the ocean and it's windy you'll notice that each person's voice seems kind of broken.

dsskid
06-22-2010, 07:51 AM
Thanks for the review HD. It is in my BB que.

Are you planning on reviewing From Paris With Love?

MOD
06-22-2010, 08:11 AM
I felt that was intended due to choppy seas caused by windy conditions. Remember, the hurricane was approaching. If you've ever been on a smaller bought on the ocean and it's windy you'll notice that each person's voice seems kind of broken.

Must be early huh, I'm assuming you meant boat ....lol, nice review, I'm looking forward to this one.

HD Goofnut
06-22-2010, 08:29 AM
Thanks for the review HD. It is in my BB que.

Are you planning on reviewing From Paris With Love?

You're welcome ds.:thumbsup:

According to Netflix I am getting this one tomorrow.

HD Goofnut
06-22-2010, 08:32 AM
Must be early huh, I'm assuming you meant boat ....lol, nice review, I'm looking forward to this one.

Yeah, my brain does not fully wake up until around 10 or so.

dsskid
06-22-2010, 08:53 AM
You're welcome ds.:thumbsup:

According to Netflix I am getting this one tomorrow.

Thank you, I anxiously await your review.
-John

HD Goofnut
06-22-2010, 09:33 AM
Thank you, I anxiously await your review.
-John

You're welcome.:)

TwoPlusTwo
06-22-2010, 10:33 AM
Thanks for the review...I was curious about this movie. Definitely gonna get put on my Netflix queue. :)

HD Goofnut
06-22-2010, 12:29 PM
Thanks for the review...I was curious about this movie. Definitely gonna get put on my Netflix queue. :)

It's downright difficult not to like this one in my opinion.

GLOW
06-22-2010, 01:24 PM
I always thought this looked kinda dumb from the trailers but I was pleasantly surprised when I got it from Netflix last week. Good movie. Scorsese is really the master. My least favorite movie of his is The Departed and that won an Oscar. Pretty much sums up how awesome he is. ;)

Thanks for the review, Goofnut. :hithere:

HD Goofnut
06-22-2010, 02:00 PM
I always thought this looked kinda dumb from the trailers but I was pleasantly surprised when I got it from Netflix last week. Good movie. Scorsese is really the master. My least favorite movie of his is The Departed and that won an Oscar. Pretty much sums up how awesome he is. ;)

Thanks for the review, Goofnut. :hithere:

No problem GLOW, glad you liked it.:D

tvine2000
06-22-2010, 02:25 PM
I picked this one up to.I liked it very much.Your review summed it up just fine.This was a perfect movie for LEO. He's really come into his own as an actor.

TwoPlusTwo
06-25-2010, 12:02 PM
Nice review Goofnut...I just finished this one and am going to buy it for sure..."A Must Own" is a huge understatement IMO.

I would have actually given the film itself a 10/10...I thought it was incredible.

At any rate, this is well worth watching! :D

HD Goofnut
06-25-2010, 12:42 PM
Nice review Goofnut...I just finished this one and am going to buy it for sure..."A Must Own" is a huge understatement IMO.

I would have actually given the film itself a 10/10...I thought it was incredible.

At any rate, this is well worth watching! :D

Thanks very much Two. I think Shutter Island is right up there with The Aviator, which used to be my favorite Scorsese film. Now I think it would be a tossup between the two.

oblioman
06-25-2010, 02:26 PM
Looks as if it be one for the que! Thanks for the review Goof!!

HD Goofnut
06-25-2010, 02:36 PM
Looks as if it be one for the que! Thanks for the review Goof!!

No problem.:hithere:

PFC5
07-11-2010, 01:09 PM
I just made this blind buy of this with my BB Reward certificate. Hopefully I will like it although several people I know who saw it said it wasn't very good.

HD Goofnut
07-11-2010, 01:39 PM
I just made this blind buy of this with my BB Reward certificate. Hopefully I will like it although several people I know who saw it said it wasn't very good.

Other than District 9 I've haven't let you down yet and you should have liked that one anyway.:p

TwoPlusTwo
07-11-2010, 06:09 PM
I bought it after I rented it, P.

I really can't imagine anyone not enjoying this film...

PFC5
07-12-2010, 03:16 PM
Other than District 9 I've haven't let you down yet and you should have liked that one anyway.:p

:lol:

And I am never gonna let you forget about D9. :p

HD Goofnut
07-12-2010, 03:18 PM
:lol:

And I am never gonna let you forget about D9. :p

You just have to get with the program.:p