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Shutter (2008)

Director: Masayuki Ochiai     Starring: Rachel Taylor Joshua Jackson
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Format: DVD
Sku: 208111371
UPC: 024543523772
UPC 14: 00024543523772
Rating: Game Rating Code
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From the Executive Producers of The Grudge and The Ring.
A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.

"Surprisingly effective supernatural tale in which there's more to fear from the living than the dead.  Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide
"...has the look and feel of a proper J-horror film...the acting is more subdued than in Hollywood horror movies.  Stephen Cole, The Globe and Mail

Editor's Note
Treading territory similar to JU-ON: THE GRUDGE (2003), RINGU (1998), and ONE MISSED CALL (2003), all Asian horror films remade for American audiences, SHUTTER is the first English-language film for director Masayuki Ochiai, whose career has been primarily within the horror genre. The result is another potent ghost story able to conjure up feelings of dread through a single longhaired, poker-faced female apparition.

Newlywed New Yorkers Ben (Joshua Jackson, THE SKULLS) and Jane Shaw (Rachael Taylor, TRANSFORMERS) have traveled to Tokyo, where photographer Ben is investigating a potentially lucrative job opportunity. While driving on a dark road at night, the couple runs over a mysterious woman who seems to appear out of nowhere and can't be found after the accident. Over the next few days, Jane goes sightseeing while Ben works, only to see strange apparitions that also appear on the photos she takes. After Ben's photos show the same ghostly forms, he confesses that he knows something about the woman they ran over, but it may be too late to stop her trail of terror. Another Hollywood remake of an Asian horror film, SHUTTER has a tricky lineage: the 2004 original was made in Thailand, while this version is U.S.-financed, but shot mostly in Japan. By setting the film in Japan, director Ochiai retains an element of exoticism for American audiences, which also allows Ben and Jane to be out of their element, à la DON'T LOOK NOW. As the menacing spirit, Megumi, Megumi Okina is adept at conjuring fear with a simple glare in a minimal but effective performance. SHUTTER doesn't stretch the boundaries of horror cinema, but it provides a handful of decent shocks and a couple of crowd-pleasing gross-outs, all within the limits of a non-restrictive PG-13 rating.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/19/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 86 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2008
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2252377
Video UPC UPC: 00024543523772
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info John Hensley
Video Cast Info Rachel Taylor
Video Cast Info David Denman
Video Cast Info Joshua Jackson
Video Cast Info James Kyson Lee
Video Cast Info Nathan Barr - Composer
Video Cast Info Gloria Fan - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Roy Lee - Producer
Video Cast Info Arnon Milchan - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Katsumi Yanagishima - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Sonny Mallhi - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Doug Davison - Producer
Video Cast Info Taka Ichise - Producer
Video Cast Info Luke Dawson - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Masayuki Ochiai - Director

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"There are competently atmospheric chills, a few decent scares and one or two coups: a scene lit entirely by flashbulb blasts is genuinely panicky and suspenseful." 07/01/2008 p.73

ReelViews 5 of 10
The original Shutter is a Thai film, not a Japanese or Korean concoction, but there's nothing to differentiate it from all the other movies where spirits have pasty faces and fail to recognize the value of the slogan "rest in peace." Ghost stories are to the 2000s what slasher films were to the 1980s. There are only so many interesting ideas one can apply and, after a while, they all seem the same. What makes it worse with Asian horror is that most of these are re-makes of somewhat better foreign language entries, so they literally are the same...If a viewer wanted to argue that Shutter was the worst of all those to reach the market so far, I would have a hard time countering him...Asian horror remakes are typically not screened for critics, and Shutter is no exception. The studios know what they have: watered-down, lifeless shells of motion pictures devoid of characters, drama, or anything remotely resembling horror. The PG-13 rating, while opening the gates to bored teenagers, will turn hardcore horror aficionados in the other direction. The novelty of these low-gore ghost stories has long since worn off and audiences no longer care. It's time for this critic to realize that the time has come to give up on the subgenre and leave the viewing of these disappointments to those few hearty souls who still care. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Jackson,Joshua
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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