The Lost World
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Stupendous Story
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- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: June 29, 2017
- Originally Released: 1925
- Label: Film Detective
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Bessie Love & Wallace Beery|
|Performer:||Lewis Stone & Lloyd Hughes|
Rating: 7/10 -- It is hokey but it feels fresh and it feels exciting. Full Review
Rachel's Reviews (YouTube)
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
It built the mold for much of what came afterward, and those of us who enjoy fantastical films have much to thank it and Willis O'Brien for. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Highly entertaining, if somewhat clumsy, silent special effects film.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Rating: B -- The tremendous special effects of Willis O'Brien, who later did the same for King Kong, make this film essential viewing for film historians. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It takes a lot of time and love to make a stop-motion movie, and it shows. Full Review
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
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!
A zoology professor leads an expedition into the jungles of South America to find a lost world of prehistoric beasts. In order to prove his claims, he transports one of them, a brontosaurus, to London, where it breaks loose from its cage and terrorizes the city.
Animation | Prehistoric | Stop-Motion Animation | Science-Fiction | Silent | Vintage | Dinosaurs | Silent Cinema
- THE LOST WORLD was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1998.
- In 1960, Irwin Allen directed the remake, also entitled THE LOST WORLD. It starred Michael Rennie, Jill St. John, David Hedison, Claude Rains, Fernando Lamas, and Richard Haydn.
- Joseph Plunkett was responsible for the film's special prologue.
- Additional cast members: Bull Montana (as Apeman), George Bunny (Colin McArdle), and Charles Wellsley (Major Hibbard).
- Original running time: 108 minutes. Many later versions of the film run only 60 minutes. This record is for the restored Lumivision laserdisc/Milestone VHS versions, which feature a new musical score by R. J. Miller and supplementary material, including production stills arranged to re-create the legendary missing scenes.