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Directed by Marleen Gorris
Netherlands 1900

 

In a brilliant, modern version of the classic shipwreck tale, director Marleen Gorris manages to capture both a gay males and feminist perspective. After a large airliner crashes on a deserted island killing most of the passengers, two women, five men and a dog survive: an Eastern European, a Canadian lawyer, a French biologist, a prosperous Scottish financier, a young American, an extrovert Australian and a major in the British army. Hopes of rescue fade as the survivors come to realize that the world may have suffered a major disaster. They have to rely on their own resources and at first manage to live harmoniously. But gradually tensions rise after a failed attempt to escape. Intolerance threatens their very existence as one of the men begins to put himself forward as the leader of the group.

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Five men and two women, who survive an airplane crash, discover that they may be the only survivors of a world disaster. The question arises: whether the human race can survive, or will man kind destroy itself. Cult Epics presents The Last Island, a futuristic drama featuring Paul Freeman (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Shelagh McLeod, Kenneth Colley (The Empire Strikes Back) and British stalwart Patricia Hayes (Willow). The third film in a trilogy of Marleen Gorris, produced by Laurens Geels and Dick Maas (Amsterdamned, The Lift).

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Theatrical Release: November 16th, 1990

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Review: Cult Epics - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Also available on Blu-ray in Cult Epics' Marleen Gorris Trilogy with A Question of Silence, Broken Mirrors and The Last Island:

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Distribution Cult Epics - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:40:52.880         
Video

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,503,590,450 bytes

Feature: 26,966,808,576 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.03 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1595 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1595 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
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Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -31dB

Subtitles English, None
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1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,503,590,450 bytes

Feature: 26,966,808,576 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.03 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio Introduction by Dick Maas (0:28)
Audio Commentary by Film Scholar Peter Verstraten
Behind-the-Scenes of The Last Island (16:51)
Interview with Politica Columnist Annemarie Grewel (Cinema 3, 1990) (11:37)
Original Dutch Theatrical Trailer (3:06)
Promotional Gallery
Reversible artwork


Blu-ray Release Date: October 10th, 2023

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Chapters 11

 

 

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Cult Epics Blu-ray (October 2023): Cult Epics have transferred Marleen Gorris's The Last Island to Blu-ray. It is cited as being a "New 2K HD Transfer (from original 35mm print) & Restoration". An opening text screen states "This film has been restored from the only existing English-language 35mm print, which had heavy scratches and dirt. As a result, be aware there may be some imperfections in the image and sound due to the condition of the original source." There is some frame-specific damage (see HERE), but overall the 1080P image quality is quite decent with some color depth and pleasing detail. It is on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The film has some appealing cinematography by Marc Felperlaan (Black Book.) 

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On their Blu-ray, Cult Epics offer the option of DTS-HD Master or linear PCM dual-mono tracks (both 16-bit) in the original English language. The Last Island has few demonstrative effects - an intentionally lit fire/explosion, a sea storm, some gunfire but the plane crash is only seen afterward. The score was by Indonesian-born Boudewijn Tarenskeen, adding some atmosphere to the island and ocean front survival as well as the interpersonal conflicts. Yes, that is Glenn Miller & His Orchestra playing Moonlight Serenade as they celebrate Joanna's birthday. Cult Epics offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Cult Epics Blu-ray offers a commentary by Peter Verstraten, Assistant Professor in Film and Literary Studies at Leiden University. He is the author of Humour and Irony in Dutch Post-War Fiction Film. He remarks that it is a Dutch film but not shot in Holland (set and shot on a tropical island in Trinidad and Tobago.) He covers the cast and crew, Gorris, Dick Maas, the film's deliberate mismatch of sound and images, the production history and much more. It is quite good. There is a brief audio introduction by producer Dick Maas and 17-minutes of behind-the-scenes footage of The Last Island. I was keen on the dozen-minute interview with the openly lesbian politician and Politica Columnist Annemarie Grewel from 1990. Lastly is an original Dutch theatrical trailer with burned-in Dutch subtitles and a promotional gallery. There are five other Cult Epic trailers. The transparent case packaging has reversible artwork.

Marleen Gorris's The Last Island has an interesting feminist subtext much in the same way as her A Question of Silence. It is psychologically thought-provoking and I have always loved the 'stranded on a deserted island' premise - from Lord of the Flies to Cast Away. It allows for so much unique expression. There is another layer to the film with the idea of the apocalyptic genre may be a part of their reality. Personalities shift when the survivors are not immediately rescued and they must broach the harsh concept that the existence of the species relies on them! Fascinating. It's another valuable piece of, lesser seen, world cinema from Cult Epics Blu-ray. I was very keen and we can absolutely recommend.

Gary Tooze

 


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