Island of Lost Souls News

Are we not men?

Island of Lost Souls (1932) has been out of print for years and has never received a good dvd release; an intolerable state of affairs given that the films star the legendary Charles Laughton as the deliciously evil Dr. Moreau.  If that wasn’t enough, the always emotive Bela Lugosi has a small but intense little bit as the Sayer of the Law, Arthur Hohl as Montgomery and Kathleen Burke as Lota the lovely Panther woman.  Any movie with a panther woman is total gold.

Criterion aims to remedy the situation by releasing a restored version of this excellent film on October 25, 2011.  Here are the features:

New high-definition digital restoration of the uncut theatrical version (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)

Audio commentary by film historian Gregory Mank, author of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff and Hollywood’s Maddest Doctors

New video conversation among filmmaker John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Videodrome), and genre expert Bob Burns

New interviews with horror film historian David J. Skal (The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror); filmmaker Richard Stanley (Hardware, original director of the ill-fated 1996 remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau)

New interviews with Devo founding members Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, whose manifesto is rooted in themes from Island of Lost Souls Theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Christine Smallwood

Go here to Pre-Order from Criterion or here to get dibs at Amazon or here at Barnes & Noble

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