20th Century Shutter (Unrated) (Blu-ray)A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can never escape the past as aghost continuously haunts them.
Usually originals are better and here again this mantra aplies. dvd very good condition upon delivery. But one can do without this movie. But out of curiosity its fun to see the difference in between them especially when its the same director who did the american version. Probably producers got in the way i'm sure
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Tired of Horror Movie Snobs - This Movie Wasn't That Bad!!!July 15 2008
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Ok, I hesitated buying this movie because of the reviews here and from what I had heard. I own the original Thai release of this movie and love it. I decided to buy this movie and I'm not sorry that I did. It is not that bad. The photography was good, the effects were good, the actors were good...the story is not original, it is borrowed...but then again so are most the stories out there. I liked the twist on the ending that this one had. Give this movie a chance and don't listen to horror movie snobs who probably only give a 5-star if peoples limbs are hanging on by a thread and there are buckets of blood and guts. If you want a good movie about a ghost haunting someone that did them wrong, then you won't be sorry with this movie.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Check It Out!July 18 2008
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I wanted to buy this movie, so I figured I would check out some reviews here on Amazon.
After reading said reviews, I was somewhat discouraged and thought renting might be a better idea. Since I knew I would at least enjoy the location shots in Japan, renting wouldn't be a waste.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised! I really enjoyed this movie. It may well have some minor plot flaws, but what movie doesn't? All in all, I found it intriguing and pretty well-paced. To me it was as much a mystery as a horror flick. Having both those elements is what maintained my interest.
I've never seen the original Thai movie; however, now I intend to buy both versions. Even my husband and daughter liked it!
Maybe this movie isn't one everyone enjoyed, but sometimes it's a good idea to check it out for yourself.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Three-And-A-Half Stars - Underrated Movie That's Quite Different Than ExpectedApril 29 2008
Stephen B. O'Blenis
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First off, the Shutter remake differed for me from other remakes of Asian horror in that, usually, by the time there is a remake I've seen the original. I haven't seen the 2004 Shutter (for no reason beyond the fact that there's a lot of Asian horror DVDs out that aren't stocked where I live, and having to see them by buying from Amazon or someplace means it takes quite a while to catch up) so I'll just focus on this incarnation.
I really didn't have high hopes for this, but it turned out better than I thought. Its biggest weakness was that it took quite a while to get going, quite a while to start distinguishing itself from movies like the "Grudge" series, but once it did, it became highly effective.
It focuses on a newly married American couple (played by Joshua Jackson and Rachel Taylor) who move to Japan, where the husband has landed a job with a high-profile photography agency. It's actually a return for him, having worked there previously, and the first time for Taylor. Shortly after arriving they're in a car accident in which Jane (Taylor) thinks they've struck a woman, who Ben (Jackson) has no recollection of seeing; police and paramedics who arrive on the scene can find no trace that this woman ever existed either. Jane reluctantly accepts the theory that maybe she imagined the woman, but shortly thereafter, images begin to turn up in photographs Ben takes, and Jane becomes convinced the woman is haunting them. This leads into the whole world of spirit photography, a phenomena by where ghosts and glimpses of other worlds are said to be occasionally (and often inadvertently) captured on film.
The movie manages to tap into a different kind of scariness, in that it's one of the few examples of a successful 'melancholy' horror film. It's sad not in an air of big moments of grand tragedy, but in a subtle and quiet way (although the last ten minutes or so definately raises the bar in dramatic, revelatory happenings). This kind of mood is very hard to pull off, very easy to just become dull and depressing instead of moving and interesting. It really only seemed to attain it in its latter portions, although knowing what I do about the ending makes me want to see it over again once it hits DVD, see if things early on can be seen in a different light.
Shutter is well made for the most part, although there are unfortunate glitches. For example, certain scenes are played very well by the cast whereas others, often featuring the same players, perhaps could have benefitted from a do-over. Nothing terrible, and it's not as much of a hinderance as the fact that it took things so long to hit their stride. For the first two thirds of the film it was good but not really anything more, picking up a lot in the last half-hour. If it managed this just a little bit earlier it probably would have gotten a four-star rating, but I think I'll put it at three-and-a-half. It was much better than people are saying, and, contrary to its reputation, isn't just copying all the same moves that something like The Ring (Widescreen Edition) so successfully made. Its atmosphere is very different, but it works. I'd reccommend giving this one a chance.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Closest American remake to an Asian original since Ring, but still lacks the atmosphere to pull this off.March 30 2009
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Shutter (Masayuki Ochiai, 2008)
You know, it's funny reading IMDB commentary on remakes of Asian horror films; it often seems like half the commenters are unaware the movie is a remake, and the other half are attacking the movie for things that are identical to the original film and talking about how bad they're messed up in the remake. It makes you wonder if anyone has seen either version. Well, I have. Both of them, in fact. And for an American remake, Shutter is actually not awful. Like most American remakes of Asian horror films, however, it is entirely unnecessary.
Ochiai, whose last film was the highly underrated Infection, comes eastward to direct this remake of the 2004 Thai film of the same name. In this version, which is relatively faithful to the original, a photographer named Ben Shaw (Fringe's Joshua Jackson) and his new wife (Transformers' Rachael Taylor) go back to Ben's old stomping grounds in Tokyo for Ben to take a photography assignment. On the way to the cabin where they're going to spend their honeymoon, Jane sees a woman in the middle of the road and hits her. When the police come, however, they can find no trace of her. Soon she starts turning up in every photograph the two of them take, and Jane realizes she has to figure out who the woman is and why she's stalking them before things turn fatal.
Ochiai is a very competent director, as Infection showed, and unlike many imported directors, being in Hollywood seems to have done nothing to suppress his abilities; Shutter is a well-executed movie in almost every regard. (There will be some scenes that people who have seen the original will understand better than people who didn't; the movie's shorter running time is to blame, given that otherwise the film is almost slavishly faithful, save a change of location and a change in the ethnicity of the main characters.) The only problem? Trying to figure out why Roy Lee, the entrepreneur behind at least a quarter of the remakes (both Asian and non-) to come out of Hollywood in the seven years since the Ring remake, persists in not understanding that simply releasing the Asian films theatrically in America will make him just as much money. Probably more, given that in most cases, the original films are far better than the remakes. (And yet when we do get foreign horror films theatrically released in America, we get such overrated and undertalented crap as Haute Tension, one of the worst movies of the past decade, and Darkness.) Sure, there's the small subset of the moviegoing populace who won't sit still for subtitles. (That's why there were so many dubbed films in the seventies; really, you could release it both ways, given how many movies play on multiple screens in the same theatre these days, and let the customer choose.) But just skimming the reviews for these movies, and reading what people have to say about them on message boards all over the Internet, should be telegraphing to Roy Lee and his compatriots that most of us would much rather have a chance to see the originals on the big screen. And really, are you going to tell me the twenty-five mil Shutter made in America during its theatrical run even came close to covering production costs?
Please, sir, just give us the originals. I bet you'd make a lot more money that way, and really, isn't that what you're all about? Masayuki Ochiai could have been working on another movie all this time, and it would probably have been better. **
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I shuddered, but for the wrong reasons.July 19 2008
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First off, let me say that I love horror films and remakes as such, but this has to be one of the most horrific movies I have viewed recently (ironic, isn't it). The plot is uninteresting, there's too much of a gap between the "scary" scenes (which aren't even scary, just laughable), the casting is poor, the acting is below average, and that's just to say a few things. I'm glad that I got this as a free rental because I wouldn't have wanted to waste any money on this. It's bad enough that I wasted an hour and a half of my time watching this garbage. I kept waiting for something to happen and it never did. I wouldn't recommend this under any circumstances. They ought to be ashamed of themselves creating this because The Ring was a fantastic movie and The Grudge was a decent movie. If you want to see a movie of this type that's done well, try The Eye with Jessica Alba. I was interested the entire time and the characters were believable.