4K Steelbook review by Bobby Blakey
During the early 2000s directing legend Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio were an unstoppable team with films like The Departed, The Aviator and Gangs of New York. In 2010 they took on a different kind of film with Shutter Island co-starring Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Max Von Sydow and Sir Ben Kingsley. Now to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film Paramount is bringing it to 4K Ultra HD for the first time in an all-new Steelbook edition.
Shutter Island follows up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels who is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital in 1954. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he thinks he's been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even his own sanity.
I have been a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio all the way back to the Basketball Diaries. He continues to wow audiences with interesting roles and this one was no different. Initially I was a bit worried as the opening scene comes off a bit cheesy, but once it they get off the boat and onto the island things get going. I really dug this film when I originally saw it and it holds up well. DiCaprio gives a tortured performance that feeds the tone to perfection. The rest of the cast are all great, but this is all DiCaprio runs the show with Ruffalo offering up the perfect partner for him to bounce off of.
Even as it all unfolds and knowing the ending of it all it still works well to entertain. The music and overall tone keep it intense. This works in conjunction with the varying weather and environments to make for a treat to the senses that sets the tone of the story to perfection. The 4K transfer is gorgeous and makes it look better than ever. This release offers up the same featurettes that were released previously but still worth adding to the collection for the visual update alone.
Grab your copy of Shutter Island on 4K Ultra for the first time available now from Paramount Home Entertainment.