Summary: Blu-Ray Review: Eureka release another high quality instalment of The Masters of Cinema series with Erle C.Kenton's 'Island of Lost Souls', a controversial adaptation of H.G.Wells' novel 'The Island of Dr. Moreau'.
Conclusion: Eureka Entertainment's release of Erle C. Kenton's Island of Lost Souls is an excellent alternative for folks residing outside of Region-A territories who could not take advantage of Criterion's release. As far as I am concerned, the the technical presentation is just as impressive. Eureka Entertainment have also included two exclusive new interviews. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
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.
Conclusion: The folks at Criterion have once again put together a tremendous package for a truly inspirational classic horror film - Erle C. Kenton's Island of Lost Souls . Not only does the film look the best it ever has, but there are some outstanding supplemental features on the disc as well. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?