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Terminal Island (1973)

Don Marshall , Phyllis Davis , Stephanie Rothman  |  R |  DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Don Marshall, Phyllis Davis, Ena Hartman, Marta Kristen, Barbara Leigh
  • Directors: Stephanie Rothman
  • Writers: Stephanie Rothman, Charles S. Swartz, James Barnett
  • Producers: Charles S. Swartz, Lawrence Woolner
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TX8QA6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,478 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Terminal Island" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Tom Selleck, Phyllis Davis, Marta Kristen. Four women convicted of first-degree murder are condemned to a government-designated dumping ground on San Bruno Island-where they will be free to do anything they want except to leave. But with no laws and killers all around, they will be forced to commit extreme acts of violence and depravery. 1973/color/89 min/R/fullscreen.

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Edited Down Terminal Island April 7, 2005
By G. Helm
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a good movie in it's original form. The movie for sale is edited down and not worth buying. Back of package shows R rating and then in small print tells you they have edited it. Putting R on package is fraudulent. Do not buy this DVD until they get unedited version.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Edited Version March 30, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD has been edited down to the point it could have a "G" rating. After they finished chopping it up, there isn't much left.

As of September 10, 2010, there is a new version of this movie available (I haven't seen it). From the dreadcentral web site:

Terminal Island will sport a brand new 16x9 widescreen master taken from UCLA/the director's archived print.

Play with Inmates: audio commentary with Sean Kenney and Don Marshall moderated by Scott Spiegel and Bill Olsen.
Introduction by Mickey Zide of Dimension Pictures
On camera interview with Sean Kenney
On camera interview with Don Marshall
Phone interview with star Phyllis Davis
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed September 16, 2005
Format:DVD
there are two versions of this movie - one is edited and one is not - do not buy the edited one - it is not worth it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I was duped with the editing too January 3, 2006
Format:DVD
I was fully expecting to replace my VHS tape from the 70's. Our cult following this movie was severely disappointed to find it was edited and still contained the R rating.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TERMINAL ISLAND January 10, 2006
Format:DVD
PURCHASING THIS DVD WAS A BIG DISAPOINTMENT! I WISH I HAD READ THE REVIEWS BEFORE BUYING IT!

I SAW THIS MOVIE BACK IN THE MID-1970'S,AND I HAPPEND TO BE A LOVER OF B-MOVIES BUT,THIS MOVIE WAS EDITED FOR TELEVISION SO THE BAD WORDS AND THE NUDITY WAS CUT OUT OF THE MOVIE! I WAS A FAN OF MISS PHYLISS DAVIS AND TO SEE HER SCENES OF NUDITY CUT OUT PISSED ME OFF!

IF ANYBODY HAS A VERSION THATS UNEDITED,PLEASE EMAIL ME!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not "R" rated copy MAYBE "PG" August 17, 2006
Format:DVD
Information on this item shows it as being rated-R. However the box shows R rating with this addition. "Some scenes of violence and language have been edited" This also includes all nudity. To watch this copy is like watching a "edited for television" cut. I returned my copy....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Monty
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Thank you Code Red for finally releasing this drive-in classic in widescreen on DVD. It is great that Code Red and Scorpion Releasing are releasing these classics. These cheapo movies hold up really well after all these years. They just don't make cheap bad movies anymore. Now they make expensive bad movies. Terminal Island was made in 1973 by an up and coming female director Stephanie Rothman. She would eventually make several drive-in classics in the '70s. Too bad she didn't work much with Roger Corman (look what Corman did with Joe Dante, Jonathan Demme, and many others). This version of Terminal Island is anamorphic widescreen 1.85 and looks ok for being s verrry low budget film shot in a few days. Cannot wait for Code Red to release the 1972 classic The Roommates. It was to come out years ago, who knows. Hopefully after releasing Terminal Island on DVD, maybe that will inspire them to release more drive-in classic s from the '70s unedited and anamorphic widescreen. Stephanie Rothman films especially! Thanks again Code Red!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars terminal island, great prison flick January 31, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I remember seeing this movie at the now gone Embassy Theatre in San Francisco. This woman gets convicted of a crime she did not commit, and gets sent to Terminal Island where she is dumped off with just a couple of cans of food, and you are expected to survive. This movie is pure camp, with Judy from Lost In Space that plays a prostitute, to Tom Selleck, who was the island doctor, that sniffed homemade drugs and stayed stoned all the time. Great 70's fun that has never been shown on paycable since The Movie Channel in 1982!. Great Fun
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Turdminal Island
Tom Selleck and Roger ("TC") Mosely of Magnum P. I., turn up in this seductively dull women in prison exploitation exercise. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bartok Kinski
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Seventies Exploitation Well Presented
Code Red's DVD (now sadly OOP, I think, but available from Amazon Sellers) is definitely the version to get. This is the uncut movie in a decent 16x9 widescreen transfer. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matthew
4.0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for a good Tom Selleck movie, there are better.
I am a big fan of Tom Selleck, but almost all of the other ones I can think of are better than this. Actually, Tom is hyped for a movie in which he's not much of a presence. Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. Wahl
4.0 out of 5 stars terminal island
this, i believe was closer to the original version i saw way back when.....i also own a "tamed-down" version that was really a disappointment.....
Published 15 months ago by Lance K. Hironaga
1.0 out of 5 stars it was cut up too much
I have some clips from the movie that I got from other sorces, and the were cut from the movie, the way this movie was sold left out so much that it should have been rated pg-13. Read more
Published 15 months ago by davidphelps
1.0 out of 5 stars Terminal Island VHS
Rating is applicable to the qualty of the movie AND quality of the tape. The continuous squeal of the tape was quite annoying. Made it hard to enjoy the gawdawful movie.
Published 15 months ago by mark247
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE the Legacy DVD version Terminal Island
The Legacy Entertainnent version of Terminal Island is an edited TV print minus all nudity. Do yourself a favor and get the Code Red release.
Published 23 months ago by Peter Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest release - very nice transfer
I notice that most of the negative reviews for this film reflect the poor standard of the quality of lack of in previous releases. Read more
Published on October 16, 2010 by William Edwards
1.0 out of 5 stars Edited version - 85 vs 88 minutes!
This (Legacy) version is the EDITED version, and the runtime is only 85 minutes vs the 88 minute unedited version released by Code Red on September 14, 2010. Read more
Published on October 7, 2010 by joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviews for WRONG release!!!
The negative reviews here are for the old public domain DVD release (Synergy, Mill Creek, one of those cheapo outfits), the new Code Red releaselooks terrific, AND is unedited. Read more
Published on September 30, 2010 by BronzeHorse
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