Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 6th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2008
Director: Hisaaki Nagaoka
Writer: Hisaaki Nagaoka
Cast: Yuka Rikuna, Shihomi, Serina Ogawa, Noriko Ikemi, Toru Amamiya, Midori Tahara, Sayori Shiozaki, Ryousuke Watabe
DVD released: June 15th, 2010
Approximate running time: 65 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
DVD Release: Cinema Epoch
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: A group of teenagers travel to a remote island and precede to be knocked off one by one by a unseen monster.
The film opens with a attractive young woman in a bikini being chased by a unseen attacker. This brief tease is a glimpse of what is yet to come. After this opening murder. Ten additional victims (5 girls, 5 boys) arrive on the same cursed island. And from there the film follows your standard murder by the numbers plot. Every so often another person is knocked off until there is only one person left. The film’s underwhelming conclusion tries to put everything that just happened into perspective. Also violence wise the bulk of the carnage is off screen. With the aftermath of the bloodshed being the extent of what is shown on screen.
Another area where this film is lacking is that the characters which populate this film are all bland and by the time their fates are sealed. Little if anything about each one of them is ever revealed. They are all essentially blank slates. The one area where this film kind of works is its attractive cast which often wear revealing outfits like bikini’s for the majority of the film. A little bit of eye candy never hurts. Ultimately Slaughter Island is at best a mildly entertaining horror film that is rarely frightening and often short on logic.
Cinema Epoch presents Slaughter Island in a letter boxed widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. The source used for this transfer is in very good shape. With colors and flesh tones looking accurate. Details and black levels also fare well. This transfer has not been flagged for progressive playback. And there are some very mild instances of combing.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Japanese. The audio is clear and balanced throughout. The special effects and more ambient sounds benefit most from this audio mix. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free have been included.
Extras for this release include trailers for Slaughter Island (1 minute 33 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), The Roommate (1 minute 45 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), Killer Car (1 minute 26 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles) and Scream Girls (1 minute 29 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles). Other extras include a stills gallery and a behind the scenes documentary (19 minutes 35 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles). Outside of a few brief comments from the cast. The bulk of documentary is on the set footage. Also included with this release is a promo image gallery of titles that are available on DVD from Cinema Epoch. Overall Slaughter Island gets a good DVD release from Cinema Epoch.