Probably the only movie in which you will hear the words “thoughtful” and “Michael Bay” in the same sentence, The Island is a rousing, energetic futuristic parable about clones. A massive box office failure, those going in and expecting Bay’s trademark explosions had a ways to go, as the action doesn’t kick in until after the first hour. By then, action fans are lost.
It’s a shame too, because what sets up the spectacular, well choreographed action is a unique take on the concept on human cloning, and the mystery for a first time viewer is strong along with being well written. The Island and The Rock are probably Bay’s best work.
The Island had one DVD release in the US. Extras were sparse, but the video and audio quality remain reference quality to this day (for DVD at least). A UMD release is also available. In the UK, Warner released a HD DVD and, surprisingly, a Blu-ray. Since there is no US release, we still get to complain.
Sadly, the company skimped on the audio, with only a Dolby Digital mix lifted from the DVD. The VC-1 encode was clean and sharp, but as an early format release, this could look better.
What to Expect:
Hopefully, Warner/Dreamworks who delivered the DVD edition in the US handle the release better than in the UK. A cleaner encode would undoubtedly be close to perfection, and a lossless track will make the highway chase (the film’s most spectacular and jaw dropping sequence) rumble with the best of them.