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The Island [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Scarlett Johansson , Ewan McGregor , Michael Bay    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Canadian version: Beware the english soundtrack Dec 14 2005
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
4.0 out of 5 stars first off, i am definitely NOT a michael bay fan June 22 2011
By Paul Shikata TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
children of men
blade runner
soylent green
code 46
minority report


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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good movie but disappointing DVD Dec 19 2005
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
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack issues? Dec 17 2005
This isn't a review, but rather a cautionary note: I just rented this DVD at my local shop (Queen West Video) and there was something odd with the soundtrack - Soundtrack 1 was French 5.1, and Soundtrack 2 was Englich 2.1... No 5.1 English soundtrack. The store said this was the regular release of the movie... so I would be careful picking this up. I mean, what is the point of a Michael Bay movie if you aren't listening to it in full surround!?!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movie Aug. 27 2013
By Mathieu
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Great movie. It's always great to have a movie in the highest resolutions available.

It's easier to see the video editing tricks and mistakes.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE!!! It's in 2.0 Dolby Digital English! Jan. 5 2006
By A Customer
The package says it's in 5.1 Dolby Digital English but it's 2.0 Dolby Digital English. According to the returns policy I'm stuck with it since I opened it. I have had good luck ordering online until now.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the audio Dec 14 2005
I will not be reviewing the movie here - it is a shallow popcorn movie that some will like and some will hate.
However, it seems that a good portions of the region 1 Canada dvds are missing the 5.1 English audio even though the box/case says it has it. When you run the movie, the only options available are English 2.0 and French 5.1 - great for Quebec and some of New Brunswick - the rest will suffer.
Check yours immediately when you get home - return it immediately if it is 2.0 only. Maybe then we can get Dreamworks to re-produce this DVD properly.
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The reason I loved this movie so much is because I felt as though there was a hidden meaning that the film makers were trying to reveal. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's this thing called? Love
The story is a hodgepodge that resembles "Logan's Run," "Running Out of Time," "Anna to the Infinite Power," and a tad of "Coma." I am sure you can think of others. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2011 by bernie
1.0 out of 5 stars New re-release June 21st 2011
This is about the 2nd release of the Island, I'm still skeptical about this release after consulting a few sites there is still no mention anywhere of an English 5. Read more
Published on May 2 2011 by Denis Lemay
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1.0 out of 5 stars Think twice before buying this disc
I don't know what it is about this movie that I like so much, but I can't stop watching it. Sadly, after picking up the DVD from Amazon, I discovered that there's only a Dolby 2. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2008 by Steve Johnston
1.0 out of 5 stars CRIA pirates at work in Canada
I saw this movie on sale at Costco today.

The movie is available everywhere else in English DD 5. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2007 by HT Luver
4.0 out of 5 stars drama,action suspense.this movie has it all
i enjoyed this movie quite a bit.the 1st half or so is very
dramatic,while the 2nd half is action packed and suspenseful. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2007 by falcon
2.0 out of 5 stars promising but does not deliver
This movie had potential to be a real blockbuster but has extremely poor plot development and unrealistic scenarios give it a low-budget feel despite the special effects . Read more
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