New Release: The Island Blu-ray

The IslandFilmmaker Michael Bay’s (Transformers) action movie The Island, starring Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer) and Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2), arrived on Blu-ray on June 21, 2011, in the U.S. from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film was already released on the high-definition format as well as the older HD DVD in the U.K., where Warner Home Video has the rights.

The 2005 PG-13-rated movie is set in a future when people live in a confined in-door community after much of the planet is rendered uninhabitable. The residents live to win a lottery that will take them to the Island, an idyllic place with trees, sky and ocean. Two of the residents (McGregor and Johansson), however, discover the island is just a ruse, and the people controlling the community have sinister plans for its residents. (Aren’t plans always sinister?)

The Island, which grossed $160 million in theaters, also stars Djimon Hounsou (The Tempest), Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings), Steve Buscemi (The Messenger) and Michael Clarke Duncan (Armageddon).

Paramount generally treats its film’s well on Blu-ray, and this is one of those movies that should look amazing in high-definition. If nothing else, we’re sure the two stars will.

Priced at $19.99, the Blu-ray of The Island includes these special features:

  • commentary by director Bay
  • featurette “The Future in Action”
  • featurette “The Making of The Island
  • and pre-visualization featurette “Forward Thinking.”

Some of these extras are on the DVD that’s already available.

Want a refresher on the movie? Check out the trailer below. Is this on your Blu-ray must-have list?

 

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.