Excerpt: Been decades since I last saw this film. A decent job has been done with the restoration...considering what looks like pretty ropey source material, visually its not bad at all for a film of its age. There are in various places throughout the film scratches, strobing light level changes, grain, dirt ...but it looks OK.
Excerpt: As much as I love the sprawling epic films in The Criterion Collection, such as Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Luchino Viscont's The Leopard, and the televised version of Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander, the prospect of enjoying a shorter fast-paced Criterion title is always quite refreshing. Erle C. Kenton's 1932 film, Island of Lost Souls, the first adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel, The Island of Dr.
Excerpt: Island of Lost Souls represents the Holy Grail of pre code horror films on home video. Upon it's theatrical release, IoLS was banned and censored all over the world. The film was outlawed in England for almost thirty years. During the 80 years since the films production the original camera negative was lost causing a digital restoration to be extremely difficult. Criterion has performed yet another minor miracle in brining this classic to the HD home video market.
Excerpt: I liked “Island of Lost Souls“, but at the end of the day I think James Whale’s “Frankenstein” is the better horror movie from the 30’s. It’s interesting then, that “Island of Lost Souls” in it’s current form is in much the same state as the monster from Whale’s movie. For some time it had been thought dead, never to appear complete on home video.