The Lost World (Silent)

Willis O'Brien's (King Kong) special effects highlight Arthur Conan Doyle's adventure in a world of prehistoric monsters.
The Lost World (Silent)
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Format:  DVD-R
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DVD-R Details

  • Special Effects by Willis O'Brien
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 3 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: November 19, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1925
  • Label: Alpha Video

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User Ratings: 3,243
The film retains a certain naive wonderment, the story (Eurocentric as it may be) still holds up, and Wallace Beery is an inimitably hirsute Professor Challenger. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
It takes a lot of time and love to make a stop-motion movie, and it shows. Full Review
Boulder Weekly
Jun 25, 2019
Rating: 8/10 -- If you can accept all that as the product of its time, The Lost World still holds up surprisingly well. Full Review
Cultured Vultures
Jan 31, 2019
Rating: 7/10 -- It is hokey but it feels fresh and it feels exciting. Full Review
Rachel's Reviews (YouTube)
Feb 12, 2019
Rating: 3/5 -- The main attraction, however, is Willis H. O'Brien's pre-King Kong stop motion monster effects. Full Review
Empire Magazine
Jul 25, 2001
As soon as the thrilling sequences are reached, where the explorers are seen in the supposed habitat of the living dinosauri, brontosauri, allosauri and other prehistoric monsters, there is no end of excitement. Full Review
New York Times
Jan 7, 2008
Harry Hoyt directed, combining incredible special effects (the monsters) and unbearable melodrama (the actors). Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jun 8, 2015

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Young and adventurous reporter Edward Malone (Lloyd Hughes) is dispatched by his editor at the London Record Journal to cover a lecture by the boisterous Professor Challenger (Beery), who is convinced that dinosaurs are still roaming the earth. While the community thinks him a crackpot, he finds a believer in the esteemed hunter/explorer Sir John Roxton (Lewis Stone), who befriends Malone. Malone is introduced to Paula White (Bessie Love), whose father was left behind in the Amazon outback to contend with the mammoth creatures; it's the father's diary, featuring sketches of the dinosaurs, that's proof positive for Challenger of their existence. Soon a rescue mission is under way and Paula, Malone, Challenger and Roxton are awestruck by the presence of brontosaurs, pterodactyls and allosaurs right before their eyes! The turbulent assaults of these prehistoric monsters, unexpected encounters and a frenzied volcano sequence make this a spellbinding cinematic experience that won't be forgotten. The spectacular animation effects by Willis O'Brien astonished audiences in 1925 and the plot which anticipates his later masterpiece, King Kong (a brontosaurus goes on a rampage through the streets of London), make this film an influential classic.

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Harry Hoyt directed the first film version of the dinosaur-inhabited land that time forgot, featuring wonderful early stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien. The silent film, based on a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, features Lewis Stone and the great Wallace Beery as Professor Challenger, as the intrepid explorers who travel to a remote jungle of Brazil to prove the Professor's theories that some prehistoric life might yet still remain. When the company is attacked by an apelike human, they begin to believe, but they have yet to meet the terror and wonder of the supposedly lost Allosaurus, Stegosaurus and Pterodactyl, sixty-five million years past their expiration date!


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Delightful and true to the spirit of the book Movie Lover: from Media, PA US -- July, 7, 2006

I truly enjoyed this movie. The characters were well fleshed out, although a little silly at times (the boy who's girlfriend wants him to risk his life for her and goes out to do it, the scientist with a face like a pushbroom). The dinosaurs were spectacular, and I had a sensation of living decades ago and staring back centuries into the past.

A great silent movie classic! Movie Lover: from Mother Earth -- March, 6, 2004

I love this movie! It was the first silent movie I ever owned, so it holds a special place in my list of great movies. I've always been a fan of dinosaur movies, and found a VHS copy of this at a local Walmart.. in ne of those cheap movie dump bins. I watched it as soon as I got home. Once DVD came around, I knew I had to own it on this great format. When I found this disc at a local Borders I was so excited. Thanks for bringing these classics to us at an affordable cost!

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