Fantasy Island appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered pleasing visuals.
Sharpness worked fine. Some low-light shots could come across as a little soft, but most of the movie offered nice delineation,
I saw no shimmering or jagged edges, and edge haloes failed to appear. As for source flaws, the image lacked specks, marks or other issues.
Colors appeared fine for the desired palette. Despite the tropical setting, the film opted for the usual orange and teal. Within stylistic choices, these worked well.
Blacks looked dark and deep, and shadows were smooth. The image was good enough for a “B+“.
I also felt positive about the pretty good DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Island. Given the various fantasies, we got a fair amount of action to add to the experience.
These elements filled out the speakers in a fairly involving manner. The movie didn’t enjoy enough of these to become a constant whiz-bang mix, but it leapt to life with reasonable frequency.
Audio quality was fine. Speech usually seemed natural and concise. Effects depicted the elements with acceptable accuracy and boasted pleasing low-end when necessary.
Music showed positive clarity and range, and they also packed solid bass response at times. This was a perfectly positive mix for the material.
This disc includes both the film’s theatrical version (1:49:06) and an unrated cut (1:09:24). Wow – a whopping additional 18 seconds of footage!
Obviously, no narrative or character elements receive expansion in the unrated cut. Instead, we just get a little more violence and some light nudity. There’s no reason not to pick the slightly longer version, but viewers shouldn’t expect much from it.
Only available alongside the unrated cut, we find an audio commentary from co-writer/director Jeff Wadlow and actors Michael Peña, Portia Doubleday, Ryan Hansen, Lucy Hale, Jimmy O. Yang, Austin Stowell, and Maggie Q. These come from three sessions.
One involves Wadlow with Peña, while another brings a literal phone call between Wadlow and Q. The other becomes a traditional track that combines Wadlow with the other actors. The Q track may not be running and screen-specific, but the other two work that way.
Across this commentary, we learn about story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, visual effects, stunts/action, editing, and connected scenes.
Though the track stems from three separate sessions, the disc’s producers blend them well – at least in the way it combines the large Wadlow/actors chat with Peña’s part. Because of the quality of the recording, it becomes obvious Q doesn’t join them, though even there, the producers sort of try to make it sound like she’s involved with everyone else.
In terms of content, this becomes a pretty good chat. It avoids the chaos that sometimes ensues with multi-participant discussions, and we get a fairly useful view of the movie. While not a great commentary, this one seems mostly engaging.
Six Deleted Scenes fill a total of eight minutes, 56 seconds. One of these seems interesting, as it expands on Melanie’s fantasy, but the rest provide fairly minor additions or expansions.
We can watch the scenes with or without commentary from Jeff Wadlow. He tells us background for the clips and why they got the boot. Wadlow offers useful notes.
The disc opens with ads for The Grudge (2020), Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Bloodshot, Zombieland: Double Tap, Escape Room and Holly Slept Over. No trailer for Island appears here.
As an update of the campy 1970s TV series, Fantasy Island comes with some interesting twists. However, it suffers from clunky execution and seems too overwrought to really connect. The Blu-ray boasts very good picture and audio as well as a smattering of bonus materials. Though not an awful horror experience, Island struggles to overcome its weaknesses.