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Island of Lost Souls

Genres: Horror, Sci-fi / Fantasy, Based on Book, Mad Scientists / Deadly Doctors, Criterion Collection

Cast: Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams, Bela Lugosi, George Irving

Director: Erle C. Kenton

Synopsis: A twisted treasure from Hollywood's pre-Code horror heyday, ISLAND OF LOST SOULS is a cautionary tale of science run amok adapted from H. G. Wells's novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. In one of his first major movie roles, Charles Laughton (The Private Life of Henry VIII) is a mad doctor conducting ghastly genetic experiments on a remote island in the South Seas, much to the fear and disgust of the shipwrecked sailor (Richard Arlen) who finds himself trapped there. This touchstone of movie terror, directed by Erle C. Kenton (House of Frankenstein), is elegantly shot by Karl Struss (The Great Dictator), features groundbreaking makeup effects that inspired generations of monster-movie artists, and costars Bela Lugosi (Dracula) in one his most gruesome roles.

Language: English

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1932

Reviews:

  • "There are some horror sequences which are unrivaled.", Variety
  • "A remarkably powerful film. Laughton is magnificently repellent as the fiendish doctor.", Time Out Film Guide

Island of Lost Souls

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  • Release Date: Oct 25th, 2011
  • Catalog Number: CC2069DDVD
  • UPC: 0715515088114
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 70
  • Color Format: Black & White
  • Audio: PCM Mono
  • Language: English
  • 16:9: No
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Closed Captions: No
  • Subtitle: English
  • Special Features:
    • New high-definition digital restoration of the uncut theatrical version

    • Audio commentary by film historian Gregory Mank, author

    • New video conversation among filmmaker John Landis and more

    • New interviews with horror film historian David J. Skal

    • New interviews with Devo founding members Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh

    • Theatrical trailer

    • Subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

    • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Christine Smallwood

  • Release Date: Oct 25th, 2011
  • Catalog Number: CC2068BD
  • UPC: 0715515088015
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 70
  • Color Format: Black & White
  • Audio: PCM Mono
  • Language: English
  • 16:9: Yes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Closed Captions: No
  • Subtitle: English
  • Special Features:
    • New high-definition digital restoration of the uncut theatrical version

    • Audio commentary by film historian Gregory Mank, author

    • New video conversation among filmmaker John Landis and more

    • New interviews with horror film historian David J. Skal

    • New interviews with Devo founding members Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh

    • Theatrical trailer

    • Subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

    • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Christine Smallwood