Island of Lost Souls (Criterion Collection)

TERROR! Stalked the Brush-Choked Island...Where Men Who Were Animals Sought the Girl Who Was All-Hum
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 10 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1933
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Audio commentary featuring film historian Gregory Mank
    • New conversation between filmmaker John Landis, Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker, and genre expert Bob Burns
    • New interviews with horror film historian David J. Skal; filmmaker Richard Stanley, the original Director of the ill-fated 1996 adaptation; and Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh of the band Devo
    • Short 1976 film by Devo, featuring the songs "Secret Agent Man" and "Jocko Homo"
    • Stills gallery
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by Writer Christine Smallwood
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 03/24/1995
"...A 19th-century fairy-tale engraving come to nightmarish life..." -- Rating:B
Film Comment - 11/01/2011
"Erle C. Kenton's 1932 production is an upscale creature feature with top-notch masks..."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2012
"[T]his remains by far the best Moreau film, capturing vividly the sense of the book's ominous denouement..."
Total Film - 07/01/2012
4 stars out of 5 -- "The horror is implied rather than shown, but all the more potent for it."

Product Description:

Widely banned when it was released, this horror classic features a young Charles Laughton and a wild-haired Bela Lugosi in the film based on the H.G. Wells novel THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU. After being shipwrecked, a young man winds up on a mysterious island populated by a mad scientist intent on transforming animals into men, and serving as their God, with the injunction: "What is the law' No spill blood! Are we not men'" A genuinely unsettling classic.

Plot Synopsis:

Dr. Moreau is a deranged scientist living on a remote island, conducting his evil experiments. He's attempting to transform wild beasts into humans, resulting in half-man/half-beast monstrosities. So when a shipwrecked man lands on the isle, he has no idea what Moreau has in store for him...

Plot Keywords:

Islands | Mad Doctor | Monsters | Vintage

Production Notes:

  • Copyright 1932 Paramount Productions, Inc. Renewed 1960 EMKA, Ltd.

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  • Sales Rank: 92,710
  • UPC: 715515088114
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