Shutter Island 4K Ultra HD 10th Anniversary Steel Book

Featured In Issue 250, June/July 2020

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Disturbing violent content, language and some nudity
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Martin Scorsese
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Based on the best-selling novel by celebrated writer Dennis Lehane, "Shutter Island" tells the story of two U.S. marshals investigating the mysterious disappearance of an inmate from a hospital for the criminally insane. But as their investigation proceeds, they uncover an intricate web of deception, where nothing may be as it seems. (Gary Reber)

Special features include two featurettes: "Behind The Shutters" (HD 17:10) and "Into The Lighthouse" (HD 21:11).

The 2.35:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on Kodak Vision2 and Vision3 film stock in Panavision Super 70 and Super 35 using the Arriflex 765, Arriflex D-21, Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Panaflex System 65 Studio camera systems and sourced from a 2K (not 4K) master Digital Intermediate format. As the 2K Digital Intermediate has been upconverted to 2160p, there is no real gain in native resolution. The picture is very stylish in character and color filtered to suggest a dated period. As such, fleshtones appear slightly sepia hued. Colors are slightly desaturated but at times hues are rich, warm, and vibrant. HDR contrast is manipulated to create suspense and tension, but blacks are deep and solid and shadow delineation is well resolved. Whites are crisp and nicely illuminated. Resolution overall exhibits sharp and finely detailed imagery and is extremely filmic in texture and grain structure. Closeups of the period attire, including twill suits or police uniforms, exhibit impressive fabric clarity and seam definition. The locales exhibit divergent colors. The use of green screen techniques is quite noticeable, as are the warm rendering of interiors and gray and bleak prison locales. The overall visual character exhibits a dark presence throughout, which fits the mystery suspense storytelling. While not always a visually stunning picture, the presentation quality is pleasing and is the best presentation of Scorsese's film to date. (Gary Reber)

Rather than reconfigure to Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, Paramount has retained the existing Blu-ray's DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1 lossless soundtrack for this release.The soundtrack features a modern classical music score that is well recorded, with at times, a wide and deep soundstage. Instrumental timbre is clearly discernible, and Gyorgy Ligeti's "Lontano" is powerful! The music, when dramatically used, has a strong surround presence that enhances the sense of holosonic® envelopment. Dialogue is generally well integrated spatially, but not always, with poorly executed ADR. Dialogue during hallucinations is spread effectively to all channels. Atmospheric sound effects are dynamically presented with excellent impact, especially the thunder storms, which are often pronounced. Unfortunately, much of the soundtrack is frontal focused and deprives the listener of an aggressive holosonic presence, even though numerous scenes lend themselves to such envelopment. Extended low-frequency impact is limited as well, with sparring use of the .1 LFE channel. Overall, the soundtrack has its dynamic moments, with storms and flashback war scenes that are aggressively enveloping, but these are limited and the soundtrack retracts to a frontal soundstage presentation during much of the storytelling. Still, the aggressive soundfield moments are wonderful to experience. (Gary Reber)