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Shutter Island UHD Review
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Neil M. writes in his excellent review:

"Every element of Shutter Island is of the finest quality, from the seamless and subtle visual effects work melded with Robert Richardson’s glorious cinematography (Richardson served as Director of Photography on greats such as the Kill Bill films, JFK, Inglorious Basterds, Platoon, and a number of Scorsese’s films, like Casino and Hugo ), to the eccentric and often somber tenor of the music (supervised by Robbie Robertson). The music in particular stands out with selections from Brian Eno, ‘Suite for Symphonic Strings: Nocturne,’ ‘This Bitter Earth’ performed by Dinah Washington, and Max Richter’s emotional ‘On the Nature of Daylight.’

Shutter Island is alive with characters who become increasingly complex, in a tale paced with urgency, with cleverly veiled elements in the nooks and crannies of the aged and storm-battered facility. Shutter Island is glorious filmmaking and a delightful and somewhat unusual project in Scorsese’s filmography."



This is one of my favorite films by Scorsese. My 20-year old daughter has for the last couple of years been getting into horror movies, mostly watching with friends franchises like Halloween, Scream, Nightmare on Elm St., etc., and so I thought she might appreciate this quality horror-suspense movie. She did. Last night we watched my ten year old blu-ray, which still looks good, but perhaps I'll upgrade to the 4k uhd someday. Watching it for maybe the 4th time since it came out, I was impressed yet again by the quality and precision of the editing by Thelma Schoonmaker.

My daughter said that...
she started guessing when he was interviewing that prisoner in Ward C that he might be a patient too. But she said she never guessed that the ending would be a lobotomy, which was something of a shock. We agreed that the last line is haunting, which is something like: "Is it better to live as a monster, or die as a good man?"



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Yes, I absolutely love this picture and think it is one of Scorsese's best. Oddly, to me, a lot of people do not like it. I think many people are confused by the film probably because it is meant to be watched twice. The first time as a mystery/horror film and the second time as and even more intense story.

For some it is too overbaked but to me it is a masterwork.
 

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Looking back at my list of favorite movies for 2010 it's at the top of my list....

2010
Shutter Island
Toy Story 3
Robin Hood
The King’s Speech
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I
True Grit
Love and Other Drugs
Megamind
Despicable Me
Tangled
Inception
Winter’s Bone
Black Swan
 

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