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Cutthroat Island on Blu-Ray

Published December 22, 2009 in DVD News
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
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I never minded Cutthroat Island, as I usually don’t mind the widely trashed films. It’s big dumb action. It wasn’t my money. I get to see what $100 million looks like for about 10 bucks and no risk on my part. They gave the film a solid Blu Ray transfer that highlights the film’s lavish spectacle, and also reveals the flaws of its fiasco

Cutthroat Island on Blu-Ray


Many of the shots are out of focus. Like just plain not in focus. Some of the vistas are so muddy, even Blu Ray can’t pull color out, and these are tropical paradises here. Some scenes are just unlit or underexposed. Sometimes the corners of shots are blown out with overexposed light. Sometimes the color timing just doesn’t match from shot to shot and the skies are beige.

When it’s good, it looks like standard Blu Ray. The scenes are crisp in the full scop frame with sweaty, grizzled pirates, detail in the overblown sets and costumes and bright colors. It’s no Pirates of the Caribbean but for forgiving fans, it’s a good presentation. Any flaws are the cinematographer’s own fault. That’s vital history and there are a lot of lessons to be learned.


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