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The Kansan - Newton, KS
by Garon Cockrell
31 Days of Scream-O-Ween! - The Island
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Oct. 6, 2013 5:25 p.m.

By Garon Cockrell















Michael Caine versus Pirates.   What else do you need me to say about it?



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The Island







The Film:<>






The Island is a movie that has been in my mind for years and

years.  I remember seeing it on the video

store shelves when I was a kid browsing the horror section even though I knew

my mom would not rent me any of the films. 

It has an almost iconic cover that I never forgot and this is the first

time I’ve had the chance to see it. <>






Michael Caine plays a reporter who investigates a series of

missing persons in the Caribbean.   He

drags his son along to after promising to take him to Disneyworld.  Spoiler: 

They don’t make it.  Instead they

fly to an island in the Caribbean where Michael Caine investigates and they get

kidnapped by pirates.  Honest-to-goodness,

straight-out-of-the-17th-century, no-idea-modern-life-exists pirates.<>






Here’s the weird thing about The Island.  It’s not a horror movie.   Sure it has some gore but that doesn’t make

for a horror movie.  It feels more like a

dark adventure movie or even a drama.  

There are no scares and it doesn’t even make an attempt to be

scary.  It’s just a weird situation where

this group of people have lived as pirates and by pirate code for centuries and

fair warning, they talk like it and it’s very hard to understand them most of

the time.<>






If you are looking for a horror movie, don’t look here.



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The Disc:




This is a barebones release as far as Scream Factory

releases go.   Short on features means

the movie has to stand on its own.  Of

course we have a great transfer but I think people coming to this expecting a

horror film are going to be disappointed.




Still, as far as the disc is concerned, it really does look

great.  The beautiful scenery is

wonderfully displayed with sharp colors and a really crisp picture.<>






The Features:






  • Trailers








The Specs:




Blu-ray




  •       1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)




  • DTS HD Master Audio 2.0






  • English-only Audio & Subtitles.






  • Original Release: 1980






  • Runtime: 109 minutes






  • Rated R<>












DVD







  • Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) (DVD)










  • Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0<>










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Final Grades:




Story:  B / There

aren’t many murderous pirate films out there and The Island is a pretty good

one.




Presentation:  B /

Great picture but feature light. 




Scare Factor:  D / No

scares because despite being categorized as one this is not a horror movie.




Gore Factor:  B / I

think the murders are why this is called a horror film.  They’re not overly gory or scary but they are

there. 




Repeat view-ability: 

B / Michael Caine is great as usual and that and the unique pirate

element might be enough for multiple viewings. 













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