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Cutthroat Island (L'île coupe-gorge) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Aug. 11 2009
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DU39OO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,259 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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This mega-budget action epic flopped at the box office with a resounding thud, and it probably deserved that fate for not living up to its lavish potential. But Cutthroat Island has had a healthy shelf life on video, and digital video disc can only improve the film's potential as a spectacular guilty pleasure. Geena Davis plays Morgan, the swashbuckling daughter of an aging buccaneer who inherits one-third of a map to a secret pirate treasure. But the map is in Latin, and she needs a lowdown thief and scoundrel (and presumably a Latin scholar), played by Matthew Modine, to translate the map when they obtain the other two pieces. That's when the mayhem begins and the dashing duo race for the treasure against Morgan's scheming uncle (Frank Langella) and a hoard of greedy pirates. With wall-to-wall action ably handled by Davis's then-husband Renny Harlin, Cutthroat Island is more fun than its box-office performance would indicate. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stafford on Aug. 7 2002
Format: DVD
When the piratess Morgan Adams (Geena Davis) loses her father, she becomes captain of his ship and crew. As her first act as captain, she decides to search for the treasure on Cutthroat Island. But the actual map for Cutthroat Island is in three pieces, one of which she got from her father. The other two are with her uncles, the cowardly Mordachai (George Murcell) and the evil Dawg Brown (Frank Langella). So Morgan, with the help of her crew and the somewhat untrustworthy thief, William Shaw (Matthew Modine), she sets off to take all the maps and find the treasure of Cutthroat Island.
A very entertaining movie filled with action, adventure, and piracy on the high seas, "Cutthroat Island" is a pure adventure movie. The plot is pretty mediocre, allowing as much action and suspense to be put in the story. It's your typical pirate story though, pirates must find, understand, and figure out the map leading to a mysterious island with hidden treasure of unthinkable riches. But throwing in a tough, hard-bitten, and beautiful piratess was a pretty nice touch, including a thief to provide some comic relief.
Geena Davis surprises me again with her talent in being able to play many different roles from a ghost in "Beetlejuice", a baseball player in "A League of Their Own", a mother full of heart in the Stuart Little movies, and now a piratess in "Cutthroat Island". She gets to give plenty of punches plus handle the cutlass with ease as she fights pirates, the military, and her uncle. She's definitely very cool! As for Matthew Modine, I had never seen him in any movies before but I found him astoundingly funny though he gets plenty of action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott in Vermont on Sept. 20 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This is not really a movie. It's a cartoon. You know: where Wily Coyote gets a 500 lb weight dropped on him or gets flattened out by steam roller and then gets up and goes on to the next episode. Okay, it's a pirate movie, an entertainment so I wasn't expecting "realism" or believability throughout. However, there's a limit to the suspension of disbelief. When the stunts get too ridiculously outlandish, as in the carriage chase scene when Geena Davis goes over the awning and lands perfectly back in the driver's seat, the movie ceases to entertain. Also ridiculous: when Mathew Modine pulls a bullet out of Geena Davis' midsection and they immediately indulge in a bit of kissy face. It's so over the top I began to lose interest.
On the plus side: great scenery, lavish period costumes. A 'fifties-era pseudo-Copeland, pseudo-Stravinsky sound track. Best performance by far is that of Frank Langella. What a great bad guy! He did a superb job. And if you like things that blow up and go 'boom' there's enough to wet the most adolescent appetite.
What else makes this one such a dud? The insipid, post-modern dialog and sarcastic one-liners, especially out the mouth of the
insufferable Matthew Modine. Geena Davis' not inconsiderable acting ability is obliterated by the god-awful script.
SPOILER ALERT: In the end, when the 'good' pirates get the treasure and Morgan (Geena Davis) tells them they're all rich men and can retire in luxury, they all choose to follow her in pursuing a life of piracy, bad food and all. Yeah, right! (I'd have been up for a bit of wenching and carousing, myself). But since everything that preceded it is so totally preposterous, I suppose one more stupidity doesn't matter. And to top it off, no good sex scenes!
Avast, mates; go to the library and check out those old Erroll Flynn flicks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 26 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Before Disney's Carribean series, there was this overlooked pirate action-adventure. There are some gorgeous sets and scenery that deserve to be seen on blu-ray, and the plot keeps moving so there is always something fun to watch. Unfortunately the audio is compressed (which is a pain for those of us lacking an elaborate home theatre system), and John Debney's score sounds fab, when not overwhelmed by loud sound effects. As extras, there is a director's audio commentary, plus featurette, trailers, and a bookmark option which I discovered too late. (3 1/2 stars)
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Format: DVD
Cutthroat Island may not be the best movie ever made, but I really feel that it was judged too harshly. The few who went to see it were expecting a serious, melodramatic action/adventure. When that wasn't presented, it was deemed a dismal failure. The advertising might be to blame for this, but whatever the reason, this film has to be taken with a grain of salt. I could tell from the start that it wasn't meant to be taken all that seriously; it was more of a tongue and cheek endeavor. The screenplay clearly shows a sense of humor, and personally, I thought it worked well.
In addition, it should be noted that it has an impressive number of action scenes that are quite entertaining, and despite what the critics may have said, there is a solid storyline. I never once felt that the story was lacking, and it remains true to the spirit of pirate films. While there are details that make the story unique, the basic structure is typical: a dueling group of pirates on a treasure hunt. That leads me to this question: Why did people think it would be totally different? If you're going to see a pirate film, expect to see swordfights, sailing ships, and a treasure hunt.
If nothing else attracts you to this film, you should see it just to hear the music. The soundtrack, composed by John Debney, is wonderfully lush and exciting. Each note brings the film to life if only a little bit more, and it really conveys a swashbuckling theme. There have been so many soundtracks that have failed to highlight the tone of the films they were scored for; this is not one of them.
If there are any drawbacks, I guess it would be that in some scenes the acting is not what one would call "surpurb." But, there are only a few moments like that, and the other scenes make up for them.
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