Once he opens what appears to be a birthday card, he recites some of the scant dialogue while on the island as he reads the card: “Happy Birthday. The most beautiful thing in the world is of course, the world itself. Johnny, Have the happiest birthday in the world. Love, your Grandpa.” We hear wind rustling through the trees as he continues opening boxes. In the birthday box he finds a new Wilson volley ball in its box, and he spins the box around in his hands as we hear “thumping” sound effects as he keeps gripping and turning the box. He then rips open another box and we see a pair of ice skates. Waves crash and winds blow as he crunches the blades together and they “clang”. He then opens a box which contains a dress and has stuffing with it. The stuffing is tissue paper and makes “crinkling noise” as he bunches it up and tosses it away. He lifts one box and notices it has a paid of gold wings on it, the FedEx emblem. He rubs the emblem on the box and we hear a “rough sanding” sound as he does so. He sets this box down on the ground unopened. As he does so, we hear it hit the ground with a thud. In following scenes, Noland will use these materials to fashion a bandage for his wound, padding for his bed, cutting tools for his coconuts, netting for his fishing, and the volley ball gets a face painted on it and becomes his surrogate companion, Wilson.
The DVD version of the film contains a DTS ES soundtrack. It is amazing how much the filmmakers were able to clean up the dialog and sound effects in this film in post-production. The mixing of the sound effects is incredible, with the waves and winds being mixed with the sounds of Noland opening his packages and reading the birthday card. DTS gives such great separation of sounds with great bass that makes on feel like they are on the island from the sounds of the waves and