The Island

Overview

The Island, a turgid action drama directed by Michael Ritchie, revolves around the adventures of Maynard Michael Caine, a newspaper reporter who tries to solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. Maynard, and his son crash-land on a remote island ruled by a gang of pirates who kill anyone who intrudes there. From beginning to end, The Island is slow, uninvolving and very bloody. The terrible script by Peter Benchley, who also wrote Jaws, is jagged and the dialogue is cliched. The film was an economic disaster ...
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Overview

The Island, a turgid action drama directed by Michael Ritchie, revolves around the adventures of Maynard Michael Caine, a newspaper reporter who tries to solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. Maynard, and his son crash-land on a remote island ruled by a gang of pirates who kill anyone who intrudes there. From beginning to end, The Island is slow, uninvolving and very bloody. The terrible script by Peter Benchley, who also wrote Jaws, is jagged and the dialogue is cliched. The film was an economic disaster and is only of interest because of a good score by Ennio Morricone.
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Editorial Reviews

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It's easy to see why this eccentric hybrid of horror and adventure fare confounded audiences when it was released. The Island is a very bizarre proposition, a sort of riff on the 'Bermuda Triangle' mystery that is done on a big-budget Hollywood scale but also includes an occasional lashing of the nastiness one associates with grindhouse fare. Peter Benchley's script is both dark and witty, offsetting some gruesome acts of violence and a morbid take on how pirates really operate with oddball bits of humor (like one of the pirates' victims attempting to fight back by using the martial arts on them!) and plenty of sarcastic dialogue. Director Michael Ritchie plays up the odd, dark humor of the piece, adding touches like underscoring the scenes where the pirates attack unsuspecting innocents with rousing orchestral fanfares. The cast, led by strong performances from Michael Caine and David Warner, keep their heads down and play the material straight. It's tough to say exactly what audience the often-surreal end result was intended for but The Island is strangely watchable for those can keep up with its oddball whims: Henri Decae's photography is lovely, the production values are lavish, the cast all fit their roles nicely and Ritchie brings the same flair for action he showed in Prime Cut to the setpieces here. In short, The Island is not for everybody but fans of big-budget oddities are likely to be fascinated by the well-funded eccentricity at play here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2012
  • UPC: 826663137545
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: Bonus DVD
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 13,752

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Blair Maynard
David Warner Nau
Angela Punch McGregor Beth
Frank Middlemass Windsor
Don Henderson Rollo
Zakes Mokae Wescott
Dudley Sutton Dr. Brazil
Colin Jeavons Hizzoner
Brad Sullivan Stark
Jeffrey Frank Justin
Hugo Arana
Susan Bredhoff Kate
Alicia Bruzzo
James J. Casino Doctor
Graciela Dufau
Reg Evans Jack the Rat
David Hart Attendant
Robert Hirschfeld Cook
Gary Hoffman Mr. Burgess
John Macchia Seaman #2
Bruce McLaughlin Doctor #2
John O'Leary Doctor #1
William G. Schilling Baxter
Stewart Steinberg Hiller
Bob Westmoreland
Technical Credits
Michael Ritchie Director
Peter Benchley Screenwriter
David Brown Producer
Robert de Vestel Set Decoration/Design
Henri Decaƫ Cinematographer
Richard A. Harris Editor
Dale Hennesy Production Designer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Westmoreland Makeup
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
Richard D. Zanuck Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Island
1. Chapter 1 [11:44]
2. Chapter 2 [6:21]
3. Chapter 3 [11:30]
4. Chapter 4 [4:55]
5. Chapter 5 [8:35]
6. Chapter 6 [4:36]
7. Chapter 7 [4:35]
8. Chapter 8 [7:02]
9. Chapter 9 [6:34]
10. Chapter 10 [10:34]
11. Chapter 11 [7:49]
12. Chapter 12 [8:18]
13. Chapter 13 [10:11]
14. Chapter 14 [7:45]
15. Chapter 15 [3:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Island
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      The Island
      Death Valley
      They Live
   Audio
      5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
      2.0 Dolby Digital
   Subtitles
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   The Island: Chapters
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