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Welcome to Mykonos, the holiday destination of choice for sun, sea and slaughter. Arriving on an idyllic Greek island, Christopher and Celia appear to be every inch the perfect handsome young couple. Little do the welcoming locals realise that they are in fact a pair of murderous degenerates, determinate to spread their own particular brand of perversion across the island. DIY crucifixions, opportunistic bestiality, sexual peeing and murder by all conceivable forms ensue! {From the official Arrow Video Synopsis}

 Island of Death
Island of Death feels extremely odd from the off. Dialogue seems read and unnatural for the most part and it isn't clear what's going on, beyond this (not so) normal-ish couple taking a break and loving to snap photographs. Things initially turn a little more extreme when the couple, in broad daylight start having sex in a phone booth. Of course that’s not quite extreme enough, so Christopher has his mother on the line and tells her what he's actually up to during the sexual encounter. Yep, this couple aren’t right.
 
Then there's a lot of Christopher losing his mind about women being whores, which he follows up by having sex with a goat and stabbing it to death before setting up a house painter to have sex with Celia, that ends with the both of them deciding to kill the painter. Then it’s just a case of working their way through the locals with much the same sexually driven perversions ending in a killing. Quite honestly before half an first hour is up here, there's so many deranged killings and frankly more deranged reasoning for doing them you can't really help but start to wonder where else this has to go. Of course there’s plenty left for the couple to do and we also get the couple getting off on their acts too while looking at the photographs of their many acts of killing. Gay, straight, black, white, old, young, male or female,  Christopher and Celia are about to ruin a perfectly good holiday destination for a lot of people.

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Video


This brand new 2K presentation comes with a warm, bright and colourful image. It may be a mixed bag in terms of sharpness and clarity at times but it rarely slips into anything that isn't still impressive to look at. The natural lighting in this scenic setting with its deep blue sea and crisp white painted stone walls looks like those European holiday destinations that spring to mind when you think about a quaint break on a Greek island and they glow here in warm sun and cool off behind closed doors and shuttered blinds.

Reds are particularly strong, especially against tanned skin tones and warm bright light sources add some sharp edges and a great deal of natural looking detail whether in day or night time settings. This is a pretty great video presentation for an old video nasty.

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Audio


The audio is a bit of mix. Dialogue is either seemingly added in post production and it gives it a disconnected feeling or it’s very natural and recorded on location. Either way it often battles to fight chirping birds or the wind through the nearby leaves and it can often provide a hiss or even a buzz to some elements but even with that said, it's never overbearing and always remains clear and everything is fine to hear.

The film's score and songs are probably the best all round elements. Lively instruments and almost gooey love songs make this a generally great sounding presentation. When the music and the dialogue are at their best the track shines but the hiss built into the spoken or sung elements never take too long to remind you of the limitations here and stops the audio presentation from really showing off.

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Extras


‘Exploring Island of Death’ (38:26 HD) is a thorough overview of the film's history, it's multiple titles, it's evolution from horror to sex film and it's infamous legacy of battling the BBFC ratings board by trying to sneak into release by mixing up its titles, some of which are pretty humorous. We also get some in depth background on director Nico Mastorakis and his road, via The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Island of Death.

‘Return to the Island of Death’ (16:57 HD) sees Nico Mastorakis return to his original locations.

‘Nico Mastorakis Interview’ (23:44 HD) has the film's history from the director himself and he shares his thoughts on his film.

‘The Film's of Nico Mastorakis’ This four part documentary ranges from 20 minutes chapters to an around an hour and covers the director's other works. Thorough is not a strong enough word for all these combined as the director narrates us through his career.

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‘Alternative Opening Titles’ is for other the titles the film went under Island of Perversion and Devils in Mykonos.

'Island Sounds' has a selection of four songs and score from the film.

Then there's the 'Original Theatrical Trailer' and a 'Nico Mastorakis Trailer Reel'(34:16 HD).

Lastly there’s a nice booklet inside with more details on the film , a reversible sleeve and the DVD copy.

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Overall


Island of Death was a genuine shocker in terms of it's clearly out to offend plot but one that dare I say it, entertained while it was getting progressively more deranged. Christopher and Celia never cease to outdo themselves as this holiday gets more and more messed up and I have to say they feature pretty high on my gruesome twosome list of killer duos after seeing this old video nasty for the first time. Full of sex, perversions and general murderous nastiness Island of Death comes with a pretty great video presentation, a solid albeit hissy audio track and some fantastic extra features that cover the film and director Nico Mastorakis’s career in some real depth.

* Note: The above images are taken from the Blu-ray release and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer.


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