The Island (1980) (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review)
Director: Michael Ritchie
Where to get it: TLA Cult
David Warner leads a band of modern day pirates who raid yachts and sail boats of people on vacation out in the Caribbean. Michael Caine is a reporter who goes out there with his son to investigate the mystery of the disappearing boats. He runs across Warner and his band of raiders and they decide to induct them into their tribe. But more so than that they try to brain wash his son and turn him into a son of their own.
The Island is a hard movie to describe to people. It is another film based off a novel by the same man that wrote JAWS, Peter Benchley. If you don’t know the ins and the outs heading into it you might find yourself a little uncertain on how things are going to end up when things kick off like a slasher at sea and then go into a whole other direction with pirates and such. It is almost as if the film goes into a bit of a drama/action adventure later with our leading lad using his military knowledge to fight out of this situation for him and his son. It has a few minor dragging areas but it stay interesting enough and is a well-made film overall. And it does accomplish the most important thing a film like this can accomplish, to makes you care for the characters in it enough to care about how it ends.
A movie like this probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and it does stand out a bit on the lesser end of horror when compared to the other Scream Factory releases that has come out already. As far as it goes in the HD transfer area it looks spectacular in most areas, it just seems to get a little clumped up in the darker scenes that the film presents. That is a more good than bad situation and I can’t see anyone else being disappointed by what they end up with in regards to that. We have a solid film with a bit more than solid average in the transfer. If you are a fan of JAWS and most are, it is worth checking out something else that writer wrote.
The Movie: (7/10)
The Transfer: (8.5/10)