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The Island [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)


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  • Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi, Sean Bean
  • Directors: Michael Bay
  • Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Caspian Tredwell-Owen, Roberto Orci
  • Producers: Heidi Fugeman, Ian Bryce, Josh McLaglen, Kenny Bates
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Paramount Studios
  • Release Date: June 21 2011
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004V2S4WY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,780 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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When you add up all the best things about The Island, you might just conclude that there's hope yet for Hollywood's most critically reviled hit-maker, Michael Bay. Recruited by Steven Spielberg to direct this lavish and often breathtaking sci-fi action thriller, Bay rises to the occasion with an ambitious production that is, by his standards (and compared to Bay's earlier hits like The Rock and Armageddon), surprisingly intelligent as it explores the repercussions of cloning in a sealed-off society where humans are cultivated for spare parts, surrogate parenthood, and full-body replacements for wealthy clientele. But when two of the clones (Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johanssen) begin to question their fate and the motives of their keepers, they escape into the real world and The Island becomes just another Michael Bay action extravaganza, albeit an impressively exciting one. With elaborate chase scenes and a high-tech feast of CGI to dazzle the eye, The Island recycles much of the plot from 1979's Clonus while borrowing elements from Logan's Run, Gattaca and Minority Report, and while it's not as smartly conceived as those earlier films, there's no denying that, in many ways, it's Bay's best film to date. --Jeff Shannon

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maxime D Boisvert on Dec 14 2005
Format: DVD
This movie is a great movie, probably the best from Michael Bay. The actors are very nice and there's a great chemistry between them. I would have given this movie 5 stars but you will see why I didn't.
The canadian version of the DVD has english and french soundtrack. On the back of the dvd, it is clearly written English 5.1 and French 5.1. Though, when you start the dvd and get to the setup screen, you get English 2.0 and French 5.1. At first, I thought it was a mistake on the setup screen but when actually playing it, it's really in English 2.0... Who the hell decided that the ORIGINAL english soundtrack would be in 2.0 ??? That was my biggest disappointment ever as I was waiting impatiently for this dvd since the theater release of this movie..
So if you don't have a 5.1 theater system, disregard this, but if you do, buy at your own risks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Shikata TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 22 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
this is for the bluray, as most of the other reviews on this page seem to be for the prior dvd release.

the english dts-HD master audio track is a loud crunching affair ..... lots of fun if you're in the mood for a full bombastic experience.

the image looks great.

i have no complaints regarding the technical aspects of this disc

what i was rather shocked at, and pleasantly surprised by, was the actual story and the world that that story takes place in. (thanks to all the previous reviewers who stated this point previously) i am here to confirm that ....

if you like films like:

logan's run
moon
children of men
blade runner
soylent green
gattaca
code 46
minority report

AND

you like gratuitous action and the sound of timpani drums ...

you will definitely enjoy this film.

it's slick but done well .... take it for what it is ... a summer popcorn action flick with a relevant thought provoking story. if you judge it on that basis, you can't go wrong.
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Format: DVD
Okay, maybe a wee bit exaggerated, heh. But considering how much critics panned and otherwise tore apart this movie when it was in theaters, I really quite enjoyed the film more than I expected. Lots of great action sequences, cool visual effects and an interesting take on a future society.
Ewan McGregor was good in his dual role as Lincoln, and Scarlett Johanssen illuminated the screen as Jordan. And the supporting cast shone as well, which included Sean Bean, Steve Buscemi, Ethan Phillips, Djimon Hounsou and Michael Clarke Duncan.
Like many others, I was perplexed by the bizarre sound issue on the DVD -- the English audio track is only in Dolby 2.0, and it's the French that gets the 5.1 treatment! Usually it's the other way around. I've never seen that before, even in Canada, and it definitely is a kind of rip-off. If that's a Canada-only issue, then I'll definitely consider dropping by Amazon.COM if I decide to buy the movie.
Otherwise, it's a very enjoyable popcorn film and a great showcase for gorgeous it-girl Johanssen. If there are any other clones of her lying about, send one over!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Veilleux on Aug. 26 2009
Format: DVD
This is such a good movie! I didn't buy it off this site so I guess the quality of my movie was better than the other reviews say.. This movie had everything I enjoy, romance (great for the ladies), action (great for the men) and it's a sci-fi (great for everyone)! Makes you feel all of breath because of the suspense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taras Osadchy on Oct. 1 2008
Format: DVD
This movie has a great plot and non-stop action. Ewan McGregor, Steve Buscemi and Scarlett Johansson are excellent in their roles. THE PROBLEM WITH ALL 1-STAR REVIEWS is that people rate the DVD edition, AND NOT THE MOVIE !!! Movie itself is great and entertaining.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alexander H. Tsang on Dec 19 2005
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this movie in the theatres, but the english soundtrack on this DVD is only Dolby Digital 2.0, while the French soundtrack is 5.1. Of course now that I've opened the package, the store that I bought it from won't even let me return the disc for a refund.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bricktop TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 19 2005
Format: DVD
Please don't support Dreamworks by buying this DVD. It is a production error and it looks like they may be replacing the DVD with a cover to suggest that English 2.0 is the way the DVD was intended to be distibuted. We all know that's a total farce and that THEY screwed up by nbot including the English 5.1 audio on this DVD,
Make sure you tell your local Blockcuster, Future Shop and Best Buy and do yourself a favour if you want this movie - order it from Amazon.com or go to the US and buy it.
Canada has been ripped off here and we shouldn't stand for it.
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Format: DVD
This film was great. An interesting film with an interesting plot. The cast was pretty good, but the guy who played Lincoln Six Echo (What's his name?) was OK, but could have been better. Personally I think Tom Cruise should have got the part, but it was good.
It creeps me out sometimes thinking about this. What if we did have this type of technology? What if we did have a clone? CREEPY.
Well, all in all it was an enjoyable film but amazon has it W-A-A-A-A-Y overpriced. Over thirty bucks is a rip. I wouldn't pay more than twenty. My advice is to wait for it to come down.
Four stars.
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