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The Island Blu-ray

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A Ilha / L'île sanglante / Blu-ray + DVD Shout Factory | 1980 | 114 min | Not rated | Dec 11, 2012

The Island (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (20.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
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Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 0.8 of 50.8
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Thriller30%
Mystery10%
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The Island

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The Island Blu-ray offers decent video and solid audio, but overall it's a mediocre Blu-ray release

David Warner leads a band of modern day pirates who raid yachts and sail boats of people on vacation out in the Caribbean. Michael Caine is a reporter who goes out there with his son to investigate the mystery of the disappearing boats. He runs across the band of raiders and they decide to induct them into their tribe.

For more about The Island and the The Island Blu-ray release, see the The Island Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Michael Caine, David Warner
Director: Michael Ritchie

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The Island Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

After a rather dismal open in which title colors bleed and the image appears worn down and dim, The Island reveals a rather pleasing and consistent but not perfect high definition transfer. The transfer produces bright, bold colors in daytime scenes, a little worn perhaps and certainly not with the sort of balance and accuracy enjoyed by newer, more polished productions. Nighttime affairs, of course, hide colors where applicable but the transfer does fluctuate a bit with its black levels, which appear across a rather wide spectrum of appearances, from deep and natural to washed out and perhaps even a touch red and purple whether in nighttime backdrops or on dark business suits and furnishings. Additionally, many darker scenes are awash in unsightly noise. Details are adequate; the image benefits more from the uptick in resolution than anything else. There are no strikingly complex textures to be seen, for the most part. Some edges go a bit soft and the image sometimes appears to be the victim of light noise reduction. However, grain does remain; it spikes here and there and sometimes goes practically invisible from normal viewing distances. All told, this is a serviceable catalogue image, one that's not particularly offensive but, on the other side of the ledger, hardly memorable.


The Island Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The Island's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack proves a little more fulfilling than the merely passable transfer. There are some nice spacial elements throughout, whether a wavy radio broadcast that lingers off to the sides in one early shot or the general din of pirate chaos as ships are boarded, goods are swindled, and people are killed. The surrounds are used to good effect, at times, and the track makes use of strong directional elements, also only at times. Maynard's office place din doesn't stretch beyond a rather puny front-side effort, but big action scenes enjoy more pronounced and invigorating surround and multidirectional elements. A gun range segment doesn't inspire the sonic senses, but heavier blasts on the island do. Though there are certainly some wishy-washy contrasts, the track's more aggressive elements usually dominate when necessary, particularly during the most intensive moments in the final act and at the big finale. Even gentle rain and lingering thunder claps are pleasantly natural and immersive. Most musical cues seem a bit sharp, but the heavy notes and aggressive spacing and volume make for a satisfying overall presentation. Dialogue is clear and accurate up the middle. While not a classic track, The Island's lossless presentation serves the movie quite well.



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Shout! Factory December 11th Blu-ray Releases Detailed - October 2, 2012

Shout! Factory will be releasing Death Valley and The Island on Blu-ray later this year. Each cult horror films will be brought to stores in a BD/DVD Combo pack and will make its debut on Blu-ray December 11th.

The Island and Death Valley Coming Up - July 26, 2012

Independent distributors Shout Factory have revealed that they will release combo pack editions of Michael Ritchie's The Island (1980), starring Michael Caine, David Warner and Angela Punch McGregor, and Dick Richards' Death Valley (1982), starring Paul Le Mat, ...


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