Island, The (1980) [VHS]
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Michael Caine plays Blair Maynard, a New York journalist determined to get to the bottom of a rather shocking number of boats lost near the Bahamas in the last three years. As fate would have it, his son Justin (Jeffrey Frank) turns up in his office unexpectedly (the ex-wife having forgotten to even let Maynard know he was coming), so the two of them jet off to Florida for the weekend. In case you have any doubts as to the age of this movie, just watch a gun shop sell Blair a handgun for his twelve-year-old son upon their arrival. Anyway, the two take a most memorable air jaunt to a remote island, head out to do some fishing, and discover that being a Good Samaritan is rather highly overrated. Before you can say Yar, matie! the two of them find themselves captives of a rag-tag bunch of filthy pirates - actually, they prefer to be called buccaneers. Their archaic culture, which is a really weird mix of religion, ritual, and savagery, has survived for three hundred years out there in the middle of the Caribbean, hidden from the eyes of modern man (except for those they kill, of course).Read more ›
In 1980 long before cable and satellite television would come to Windsor, we had decoder boxes hooked up to our televisions so we could receive the signal from ON-TV via WXON out of Detroit. Believe it or not, ON-TV was also the first network to broadcast the uncut version of the original "Dawn of the Dead" Thanks to ON-TV in 1980 I was able to see " The Island" starring Michael Caine and I've waited a long time to see this film again.
Thanks to Universal Studios a legitimate DVD is finally available for fans via their MOD program. The disc is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media, so it's not the factory pressed DVD with the protective coating were used to buying. I'm not a big fan of the MOD disc program but this is the only way to get "The Island" on DVD until a proper release from Universal Studios takes place.
Some fans will be upset that the disc is bare bones. There isn't a fancy menu at the beginning of the movie or choice of sound options. I put the movie in my player and walked away for a couple minutes and when I came back the movie was already playing. Sadly, there aren't any commentaries or bonus features for fans of the movie either.
Fans will be excited when they see the video transfer that Universal Studios has given us for this MOD release. The 2.Read more ›
Yes, it's about modern-day pirates living on an uncharted island, making a living attacking and sinking passing boats. What gets missed in the spectacle is the subplot of a father's love for his estranged son, which by itself makes "The Island" worth watching.
The movie has plot holes wide enough to sail the USCGC "Dauntless" through them. Yes, this was the latter part of the last century, but hundreds of modern-day pirates supporting themselves by attacking and sinking yachts AND escaping notice for 300 years? Simple nonsense, as in all film, but it doesn't quite get over the suspension of disbelief hurdle.
It's unbelievably violent, and goes over the top (especially the rape of Michael Caine - yes you read that right.) That said, Director Michael Ritchie, while not in danger of receiving any academy awards, built up enough tension for the most satisfying climax of the decade when Michael Caine finally emerges victorious over the bad guys.
As Michael Caine himself has said, he saw the final film product, and it was terrible. However, he saw the house that it bought, and it is terrific! I wish I could say it was campy, in a "so bad it's good" kind of way, but it's just depressing.
OK, there is one very compelling reason to purchase: Ennio Morricone's score. It has the 1980s "slasher" motif for danger sequences, but it has an uplifting maritime symphonic theme for seagoing parts of the film. (We'll ignore that this happy music is juxtaposed with throat slashing violence). It is a surprisingly listenable score, given the crappy film.
But unless you like film scores, you should probably avoid.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good Movie. It didn't get great reviews when it first came out. I liked it then and I like it now on Blu Ray. It is a good story line and Michael Caine gives a good performance.Published 8 days ago by D. Coleman
Weird story line, but very well done - typical Peter Benchley story - lots of action and Michael Caine, as always, comes through as an excellent actor!Published 1 month ago by john
Great movie from the 70s. Not romanticized pirates, but dirty, dangerous, and full of mayhem. Michael Caine—brilliant.Published 4 months ago by Chris Yates
I remember this film being much louder and robust sounding in the theater I saw it in back in the 80s. I also remember it being more entertaining then too. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Harrison Y. Shinn
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