The Island of Dr. Moreau (Blu-ray)
A tropical paradise, untouched by man... where a bizarre civilization exists.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: June 23, 2015
- Originally Released: 1977
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Burt Lancaster & Michael York|
|Performer:||Barbara Carrera, Nigel Davenport, Richard Basehart, Nick Cravat, Fumio Demura & David Cass|
|Directed by||Don Taylor|
|Edited by||Marion Rothman|
|Screenplay by||Al Ramrus & John Herman Shaner|
|Original story by||H.G. Wells|
|Composition by||Laurence Rosenthal|
|Produced by||John Temple-Smith & Skip Steloff|
|Director of Photography:||Gerry Fisher|
|Executive Production by||Samuel Z. Arkoff & Sandy Howard|
This adaptation features moments that are truly unsettling, which is one of the few achievements of this type of cinema. Burt Lancaster is convincing in his role of the complex Dr. Moreau. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Rating: 2.5/4 -- feels more like a made-for-television film than a theatrical feature, despite the lush widescreen cinematography and relatively large-scale action sequences, Full Review
Q Network Film Desk
Rating: 1/5 -- Miscast Lancaster fails to be a compelling figure - either tragic or malevolent - and the entire film collapses around him. Full Review
Only Michael York's metamorphosis into a beast has any impact, and the film predictably fails to follow through even on that. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- Less an exercise in stark horror and moody ambience -- the defining traits of the classic 1932 adaptation Island of Lost Souls, starring Charles Laughton as Dr. Moreau -- and more a straightforward adventure yarn with a sci-fi bent. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- A quietly durable interpretation of Wells' classic, and a big step up from the Brando version.
Flipside Movie Emporium
The performers display a kind of disciplined intelligence that keeps them from bursting through the style of the film into comic limbo. Full Review
New York Times
Lancaster gives a memorable performance as the demented Doctor Moreau who performs bizarre genetic experiments on animals--turning them into man-beasts known as humanimals. His experiments continue uninterrupted until a mariner named Braddock shipwrecks on Moreau's island. Shocked by the immoral nature of Moreau's work, Braddock tries to stop the mad Doctor but finds that he has an army of humanimals to reckon with first. Based on H.G. Wells' 1896 novel.
- Remake of the 1933 film "Island of Lost Souls" directed by Erle C. Kenton.
- Produced by Cinema 77.
- Shot in Movielab color on St. Croix and the US Virgin Islands.
- Additonal cast: John Gillespie (Tigerman) and Fumio Demura (Hyenaman).
- Animals provided by Enchanted Village, Inc.; Titles and opticals by Pacific Title.
- Distributed on video by GoodTimes in their Platinum Series.