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Cutthroat Island (Lionsgate DVD-Video)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Film: C-



Lionsgate has a new version of Renny Harlin’s epic bomb Cutthroat Island (1995) that helped to kill the underrated Carolco production company and did not help MGM at the time either.  Unfortunately, this Geena Davis/Matthew Modine adventure is a recycle of the now ancient letterboxed first-issue DVD from about ten years ago and except for being more mature than the Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy, is still bad.


It has a cult following too, but the Robert King/Marc Norman script is obnoxious in its own way.  One thing that is better 12 years later are all the sets the money bought versus tiered digital effects.  Unfortunately, that changes little else and is a curio at best as Davis is the pirate and Frank Langella is the villain.  Lionsgate wanted to have this out in hopes Pirates Of The Caribbean who have never seen it might add to the cult.  I say skip it.


The film was shot in two anamorphic 35mm 2.35 X 1 scope formats: Panavision and Technovision, the latter an Italian format that has a good look.  Too bad you cannot see that here in the work of cinematographer Peter Levy’s (A.C.S.) work as Director Of Photography.  Though this has a great DTS mix and was issued as such elsewhere, the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix here is compressed and weak.  John Denbey’s score cannot save the film either.  Extras are lame to with text production notes, text cast/crew bios and both the theatrical teaser and trailer.  Hope the Blu-ray is enough of an upgrade to get a good second look at what did work.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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