Summary: Erle C. Kenton's "Island of Lost Souls" (1932) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Eureka Entertainment. The supplemental features on the disc include the film's original theatrical trailer, exclusive video interview with biographer Simon Callow, and an exclusive video interview with film critic and historian Jonathan Rigby. The disc also arrives with a lavish illustrated booklet featuring rare production imagery, and more.
Conclusion: By today's standards, Island of Lost Souls is a tame B-movie and its artistry truly is limited. That doesn't, however, render this old horror flick any less than engrossing, fascinatingly distant from modern fare but also entirely entertaining in the narrative way intended. Criterion's Blu-ray does not surmount all the obstacles an 80-year-old movie presents, but this long overdue official disc debut highly satisfies with its nice, dramatic restoration and a sturdy two...
Conclusion: A mostly forgotten horror gem , which is quite unfortunate, 'Island of Lost Souls' remains just as effective and creepy as ever, featuring one of the best performances of the great Charles Laughton. This 1933 adaptation of H.G. Wells's sci-fi novel, The Island of Doctor Moreau , is marvelous classic of filmmaking technique, displaying an expressive use of light and shadow while the camera skillfully establishes an air of foreboding.
Excerpt: There’s a dirty little secret that classic horror fans don’t like to talk about or even admit. We try valiantly to keep the legacy of the Universal monsters and other classic horrors from yesteryear alive and well. But the truth is that a lot of horror movies from the 1930s are a little creaky.
Summary: Erle C. Kenton's "Island of Lost Souls" (1932) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion. The supplemental features on the disc include the film's original theatrical trailer; conversation with director John Landis, award winning makeup artist Rick Baker, and horror film aficionado Bob Burns; video interview with historian and documentary filmmaker David J.