Shutter Island is Scorsese’s Underrated Horror Masterpiece 10 Years Later (4K Steelbook Blu-ray Review)

by | Feb 20, 2020

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of director Martin Scorsese’s atmospheric thriller Shutter Island, arriving for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on February 11, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  Debuting just prior to the film’s original release date (February 19, 2010), the 4K Ultra HD will be available in a Limited Collector’s Edition Steelbook.

Leonardo DiCaprio Stars in the Suspense-Filled Drama, Arriving for the First Time on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ in a Limited Edition Steelbook February 11, 2020


Based on the best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane, SHUTTER ISLAND follows U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he navigates what appears to be a routine investigation that quickly turns sinister.  The film is the fourth of five collaborations (to date) by Scorsese and DiCaprio.  Featuring an all-star cast, including Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Syndow, and Michelle Williams, SHUTTER ISLAND “sizzles with so much suspense that it’s hot to the touch” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).


Here’s an embarrassing admission – I have never seen Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island until popping in this beautiful 4K Blu-ray. This movie is a horror masterpiece. It is Scorsese’s most underrated film and it’s one that I think people should study in filmschool (or whatever the Hell it is future filmmakers do now). Holy shit people this film goes for the throat and does not restrain itself. There’s a scene with Leonardo DiCaprio where he’s in the water during a flashback that almost killed me emotionally forever. It was so hard and so difficult to endure and his performance that is overflowing with this awful guttural agony might be the best acting he’s ever done in his entire career. Shutter Island has a twist that I was once told years ago, but the twist had nothing to do with what I was about to behold here and how it unfolds negates any preconceived notions I may have had going into the conclusion.

I won’t spoil what happens in Shutter Island, but I will confirm 100% that even if you do know how the movie ends, watch it anyway because it will absolutely hold up a second time. This is Scorsese unleashed and he’s crafted something that is godlevel madman brilliance. I’m so pissed off that I waited this long to see Shutter Island. Happy 10th Birthday you brilliant piece of twisted crazy shit.

Special Features (on Blu-ray Only)

“Behind the Shutters” and “Into the Lighthouse”

The special features are what I’m told to be the old ones that came out before, but it’s nice to have them here too. I’m getting to the point now though where I’d just like the bonus features on the 4K Disc as well to save manual effort. I don’t want to leave my couch to see how they made the movie people. Just combine that stuff at some point. The film looks incredible in 4K and sounds even better though. The score is some of the best and most profound shit I’ve had struck into my eardrums and it pounds hard just like Mad Max Fury Road (I’m curious if there’s overlap but not curious enough to research it). This steelbook is an essential add to any Scorsese fan’s collection. Buy it.

Rating: 5/5