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Shutter Island (2009)

Leonardo DiCaprio , Mark Ruffalo  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (672 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (672 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GCUO5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Academy Award® winning director Martin Scorses once again teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio in this spine-chilling thriller that critics say “sizzles with so much suspense that it’s hot to the touch.”** When U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) arrives at the asylum for the criminally insane on Shutter Island, what starts as a routine investigation quickly takes a sinister turn. As the investigation unfolds and Teddy uncovers more shocking and terrifying truths about the island, he learns there are some places that never let you go. **Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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). The audience will likely feel just as unnerved as Daniels, given the destabilizing nature of Robert Richardson's swooping cinematography and Thelma Schoonmaker's crazy-making editing scheme (it feels as though fractions of seconds have been removed from the timing of simple conversations, giving the movie a strung-out edginess--it's like watching Ray Liotta's cocaine meltdown sequence from GoodFellas for 138 minutes). Ben Kingsley and Max von Sydow are staff psychiatrists, suspiciously eager to talk about lobotomies, and Ted Levine and Patricia Clarkson appear for small but potent turns. Scorsese appears to be "doing a genre picture" here, borrowing happily from influences such as Val Lewton and Samuel Fuller, and the film has a resultingly put-on atmosphere: a great deal of old-dark-house Sturm und Drang whipped up in service of a gimmicky little premise. The fade-out achieves some measure of real eeriness, and the whole shebang is certainly a kicky night out at the movies--if you can shake the sense that a talented filmmaker is working a couple of rungs beneath his level. --Robert Horton

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147 of 159 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enigmatic, Powerful and Disturbing March 15, 2010
I tend to look for movies that draw me in and that provoke an emotional response. Martin Scorcese's "Shutter Island" did indeed draw me in, even though I found the film disturbing. Scorcese explores difficult questions of guilt, personal identity, and mind control.

The movie takes place in 1954 on a craggy, remote and forbidding island off the coast of Boston. (I have some familiarity with a United States possession called Navassa, an uninhabited, little-known island in the Carribean surrounded by steep, inaccessible cliffs and was reminded of Navassa by the movie.) Shutter Island serves as a hospital and prison for the criminally insane operated by the United States government. A United States Marshall, Teddy Daniels, and his ostensible partner, Chuck Aule, who calls Daniels "boss", are ferried to Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a female inmate who has apparently escaped. The inmate is said to have drowned her three children before her incarceration. Daniels himself carries with him many emotional issues. He witnessed the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp and has had problems with alcohol. His wife died in a fire set by an arsonist. Daniels sought an assignment to Shutter Island because the arsonist and another individual from Daniels' past are incarcerated there, and Daniels wanted to see for himself what was going on.

At the hospital, Daniels meets the head psychiatrist, a bearded, crafty and intelligent individual named Cawley, and his sinister German assistant, Nehring. He meets with staff, with prisoners, both male and female, and with inmates of the "C" ward, used to house the most dangerous prisoners.
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Better to live as a monster or die as a good man?" June 12, 2010
I think that some of the mixed things I'd heard about it come from the fact that some audiences were a) expecting something different and b) don't like to think. To be fair the studio mislead them by selling Shutter Island as a fun, edge of your seat, thrill ride. It's really a psychological drama disguised as a B grade horror movie. It indulges in all the gothic tropes: the isolated mental hospital, the hurricane that cuts everything off from civilization, hints of Nazi experiments, even the music plays into it. But really that's just the setting. If you take it as the whole thing, that's where you'll run into disappointment. It's more about what's happening in the mind of the main character- which is a puzzle in itself- than the big twist ending. I think that The Sixth Sense and others of it's ilk did a disservice to audiences in a sense. People look for the "trick" in movies, studios advertise the "big twist ending". But this isn't a movie about a twist. Yes, there's a big reveal in the end, and the "what" of the reveal is fairly obvious. It's the "how" and the "why" that we should be thinking about. These are the answers to the psychological puzzle of the film. People get so into the "what" after being groomed on twist endings that they forget there is a "how" and a "why". When the big reveal comes it's more about the catharsis, the coming full circle, the emotional confrontation, than the twist itself.

Yes, it can be confusing not to know whether the main character is dreaming or hallucinating, or really seeing what is. But with patience that becomes clear and the beautifully photographed, eerily haunting dream sequences are worth watching without trying to "figure them out".
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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It goes without saying that Martin Scorsese is an incredible filmmaker. He has added another classic to his resume with the mind-bending thriller, "Shutter Island". The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a federal marshal who is investigating the disappearance of a patient / prisoner from a mental institution for the criminally insane. DiCaprio shines in his part, perhaps brighter than he has in any other Scorsese film. He is accompanied by Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, Max von Sydow, Ted Levine and Jackie Earle Haley, amongst others. "Shutter Island" does a great job of playing mind games with the viewer. This film makes for a great DVD to own, because you can watch it as many times as you would like and you can discover new clues in the plot over and over again. Also, after viewing the film the first time, once you know the outcome of the plot, subsequent viewings are really terrifying if you put yourself in the main character's shoes, knowing the ending. That's what I do when I watch the film now, and I think it's genuinely scary because it is so competently written. Scorsese's direction is excellent, as are all the actors' performances in the film. The film is a dark noir styled trip down the rabbit hole that is frightful and tense throughout. Definitely a modern Scorsese classic here, folks. Well worth checking out, multiple times. Highly recommended! 4.5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Screws with your head in a good way February 17, 2010
Shutter Island is a difficult film to review. The way the film unfolds is an interesting one, but is difficult to put into words without spoiling everything from the film. It strings you along so many different paths that guessing how the film ends is nearly impossible. While watching the film, however, nothing really made sense until the last twenty minutes or so. Between Teddy's hallucinations and what's transpiring on the island, it's almost exhausting trying to grasp what's actually happening in the film and what's occuring in Teddy's head. The finale to The Departed, another Martin Scorsese/ Leonardo DiCaprio pairing, was (and still is) one of the most talked about endings when it comes to recent films. Shutter Island doesn't necessarily top The Departed, but is along the same lines. Its ending gives new meaning to at least one repeat viewing of the film.

There's no denying that I've been a fan of Martin Scorsese's films for quite some time. Films like Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Casino, and Gangs of New York are prime examples of some of the best films ever. I can't say the same about Leonardo DiCaprio. While I can't argue the fact that I enjoy quite a few films he's been in, he didn't really do anything for me as an actor. I didn't see this potential or charisma that everyone else seemed to. Until now. His work in Shutter Island puts his acting skills on display for the world to see. His devastation towards the end of the film is not only believable, but absorbing as well.

The cinematography is on a level you'd come to expect from a Scorsese picture. The way Ward C, the ward built during the Civil War that contains the island's most dangerous prisoners, is filmed in particular may be the high point as far as cinematography is concerned.
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Published 1 day ago by Cheryl L. Nevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome suspenseful movie that leaves you guessing. Leonardo DeCaprio was excellent.
Published 3 days ago by Carol P. Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love purchase!!
Published 4 days ago by Melissa Pipkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Just when you think you have it figured DON'T!!! Great...
Great movie. I had already seen it, but I bought it because it is one of those films you can see over and over and pick up littlie things each time. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Stephen Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cool movie.
Published 8 days ago by Robin Haspiel
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a good movie. A reeeaaaallly good movie
Aside from the VERY DRAMATIC MUSIC DURING SCENES WHERE very little of import is actually happening....
It's a good movie.
A reeeaaaallly good movie.
Published 9 days ago by Tony Sanchez
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good One
Well done. Acting, directing, and atmosphere were all great. Reminiscent of Jacob's Ladder in some respects. I always like Scorsese's films.
Published 9 days ago by A Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Shutter Island is awesome. The watcher has no idea what is going ...
Shutter Island is awesome. The watcher has no idea what is going on until we are blown away at the end when we find out that he is the mental patient, not a coop/detective.
Published 10 days ago by Katy J
1.0 out of 5 stars Really dislike movies that are cluttered with flashbacks which...
Really dislike movies that are cluttered with flashbacks which interrupt the flow of the movie. Place them at the beginning and let the movie flow. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Larry M. Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Great thriller, well directed and the acting is superb. The mystery keeps you guessing until the end.
Published 13 days ago by William Brooks
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Shutter Island Ending (**Warning Spoilers**)
I believe that Leo's didn't relapse at all....he just couldn't live with murdering his wife and the loss of his pretending to have relapsed, he would be taken wherever and basically be turned into a vegetable so he wouldn't have to deal with his feelings
May 23, 2011 by M. Pendergraph |  See all 8 posts
English subtitles?
Yes and it also has English closed-captioning.
Jun 13, 2010 by Zachary Pryor |  See all 3 posts
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features?
There are some interesting things, but not quite enough in my opinion. There are two behind-the-blahblahblah features that are probably about 15 minutes each and are actually quite interesting. For me, the replay value of this Blu-ray is the film itself; but I really wish there was at least a... Read More
Mar 23, 2011 by JJohnson |  See all 3 posts
According to Movietyme, yes :-)
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