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Directed by Martin Scorsese,
USA 2010

 

Martin Scorsese puts Leonardo DiCaprio through the wringer again in Shutter Island, a gothic adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel. Leo's character, a Federal Marshal named Teddy Daniels, is first seen vomiting and jittery aboard a ferry; he and his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) are being taken across the water to investigate an escape from a prison for the criminally insane, located on a forbidding rock called Shutter Island. From the first, Scorsese treats the place as though it were Skull Island in King Kong, worthy of ominous music cues and portentous camera angles. This might not be an easy assignment for the sweaty, anxious Daniels, who is haunted by his memories of German concentration camps and the loss of his wife (Michelle Williams, appearing in ghostly hallucinations).

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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for a fourth time for this adaptation of Shutter Island, a novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River). The film opens in 1954 as World War II veteran and current federal marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), ferry to Shutter Island, a water-bound mental hospital housing the criminally insane. They have been asked to investigate the disappearance of Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), a patient admitted to the asylum after she murdered her three children. As Teddy quizzes Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley), the head of the institution, he begins to suspect that the authorities in charge might not be giving him the whole truth, and that a terrible fate may befall all the patients in the spooky Ward C -- a unit devoted to the most heinous of the hospital's inmates. Complicating matters further, Teddy has a secret of his own -- the arsonist who murdered his wife is incarcerated on Shutter Island. Driven to confront his wife's killer, and stranded on the island because of a hurricane, Teddy must unravel the secrets of the eerie place before succumbing to his own madness. Max von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, and Jackie Earle Haley round out the supporting cast.

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Theatrical Release: February 13th, 2010

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Runtime 2:18:04.776         2:18:04.776       
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2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,568,635,960 bytes
Feature Size: 37,700,308,992 bytes
Video Bitrate: 27.62 Mbps

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 4725 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4725 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 640 kbps 5.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4725 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4725 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Czech 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 640 kbps 5.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Hungarian 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Polish 640 kbps 5.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 640 kbps 5.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Thai 640 kbps 5.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Turkish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles English, English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish, none English, English (SDH), Arabic, Malay, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Greek, Spanish, French, Hindi, Icelandic, Japanese, Korean, Hungarian, Dutch , Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romany, Slovak, Finnish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, none
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Disc Size: 44,568,635,960 bytes
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Edition Details:

Featurette: Behind the Shutters (17:11 in HD!)
Featurette: Into the Lighthouse (21:11 in HD!)


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 8th, 2010
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Paramount 

 

2.35:1 2060P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 62,854,684,037 bytes

Feature: 61,183,555,200 bytes

Video Bitrate: 39.35 Mbps

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Disc 1 –(4K Ultra HD)
 No Extras
 

Disc 2 - the 2010 Blu-ray

Featurette: Behind the Shutters (17:11 in HD!)
Featurette: Into the Lighthouse (21:11 in HD!)


UHD Release Date: October 8th, 2018
Standard Black UHD case

Chapters 22

 

 

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ADDITION: Paramount Blu-ray (June 2019): Paramount have transferred Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island to 4K UHD available worldwide but as a UK release (they are all Region FREE, regardless).

Firstly, Shutter Island is a very visuals and atmospheric movie and even these 4K UHD captures don't do the presentation justice. It looks even better on my system. It's a beautifully dark, moody viewing experience but while the image is brighter it is also darker having a far wider range of contrast in 4K (see the last capture with the fire - blown out on the Blu-ray. Colors become richer and flash tones advance. Detail rises and grain is fine and gives the film an impressive but subtle texture. The 2 1/4 hour film is filled on a 62 Gig disc with a high bitrate. The HDR does wonders for this image - the flowers in the courtyard and the pitch-level blacks are sumptuous..

It is likely that the monitor you are seeing this review is not an HDR-compatible display (High Dynamic Range) where each pixel can be assigned with a wider and notably granular range of color and light. This is the first where our capture software if simulating the HDR (in a uniform manner) for standard monitors. This should make it easier for us to review more 4K UHD titles in the future and give you a decent idea of its attributes on your system.

 

We have reviewed the following 4K UHD packages to date: The Matrix (software uniformly simulated HDR), Alien (software uniformly simulated HDR), Toy Story (software uniformly simulated HDR),  A Few Good Men (software uniformly simulated HDR),  2001: A Space Odyssey (HDR caps udated), Schindler's List (simulated HDR), The Neon Demon (No HDR), Dawn of the Dead (No HDR), Saving Private Ryan (simulated HDR and 'raw' captures), Suspiria (No HDR), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (No HDR), The Big Lebowski, and I Am Legend (simulated and 'raw' HDR captures).

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On their 4K UHD, Paramount use the same DTS-HD Master 5.1 (no Atmos) surround track (24-bit) in the original English language. It is exactly the same audio transfer as the Blu-ray (with more foreign language DUB options.) The film has effects but most notable are strong classical pieces like Orchestra of St. Lukes conducted by John Adams, Symphony #3: Passacaglia - Allegro Moderato, Music For Marcel Duchamp, Lontano, Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Claudio Abbado, Quartet for Strings and Piano in a Minor and I particularly enjoyed This Bitter Earth/On The Nature Of Daylight by Dinah Washington are many reasons that I own the CD. It sounds brilliant in the lossless. Paramount offer optional English (SDH) and standard English plus many other foreign language subtitle options, on their Region FREE 4K UHD.

There are no supplements on the 4K UHD. Paramount include a second disc though - their 2010 Blu-ray that has the two featurettes: Behind the Shutters and Into the Lighthouse running almost 40-minutes in total. These lean to production pieces with the principals giving soundbytes. No bad stuff actually but I still relish a commentary.

I am was always baffled by the critical indifference to Shutter Island. I believe I watched a totally masterful and visionary piece of filmmaking. I can only assume that some viewers didn't embrace the topic (there are harsh themes, on multiple fronts, for those more sensitive. DiCaprio, Ruffalo, Kingsley - were all magnificent, the atmospheric cinematography, the restrained style, the indefinable 'Scorsese' touches - add up to a mesmerizing presentation. In my second viewing I identified many more of the incongruous segments as being totally intentional - veering us to, and supporting, the riveting climax. The 4K UHD presentation is gorgeous and equal kudos to the art direction - extras were more limited than I would have anticipated but this is another in the director's line of enduring cinema - he continues to raise the bar. Few directors are capable of making films this... hypnotic. This has our highest recommendation. This a favorite 4K UHD package.

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ON THE Blu-ray  from 2010: Shutter Island appears visually pristine on Blu-ray from Paramount. There is a fine sheen of grain and colors, especially pastels, seems to come through very well - all this though is more the art direction, costumes etc. The Blu-ray just seems to be replicating it with pinpoint perfection. This is dual-layered with a fairly high bitrate and contrast exhibits healthy, rich black levels. The style never overtakes the scenario and this Blu-ray has nothing worthy of making issue. There are zero artifacts, depth is occasionally apparent, detail strong and I see no sign of digital manipulations. I was duly impressed with the video presentation of Shutter Island. It appears to look as good as it can in 1080P.

The DTS-HD Master 5.1 at, a powerhouse, 4725 kbps is as perfect (or more?) than the video transfer. There really is no way to critique it as it appears to be replicating the filmmakers intent with zeal. The film doesn't have a lot of aggressive moments but whenever a bass punch, range, depth or sweeping high end for the score is required - the track handles it with relative ease. Audio is a good part of this presentation and the lossless track can't be criticized. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

Unfortunately, no commentary but this may be a film that stands better by itself than an endless discussion of themes and narrative assessment. There are two featurettes: Behind the Shutters and Into the Lighthouse running almost 40-minutes in total. These lean to production pieces with the principals giving soundbytes. No bad stuff actually. I'll admit I really would have enjoyed a commentary and there are no BD-LIVE bells and whistles that I could ascertain. So, surprisingly skimpy for such a high profile film.

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