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Island of Lost Souls [Masters of Cinema] (Ltd Edition Dual Format Steelbook) [Blu-ray] [1932]

Erle C. Kenton    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Erle C. Kenton
  • Writers: H. G. Wells
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00719FVRA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,130 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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SYNOPSIS: Originally rejected by the BBFC on its original release for being "against nature", this first and best screen adaptation of H. G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau is a taboo-flaunting, blood-curdling spectacular, and one of Hollywood's wildest, most notorious, pre-Code pictures.

Shipwrecked and adrift, Edward Parker finds himself a guest on Dr. Moreau's isolated South Seas island, but quickly discovers the horrifying nature of the doctor's work and the origin of the strange forms inhabiting the isle: a colony of wild animals reworked into humanoid form via sadistic surgical experiments. Furthermore, Parker quickly begins to fear his own part in the doctor's plans to take the unholy enterprise to a next level.

Featuring a peerlessly erudite and sinister performance by Charles Laughton as the diabolical doctor, a sterling appearance by Bela Lugosi as the half-beast-half-man "Sayer of the Law", and sensationally atmospheric cinematography by the great Karl Struss (Murnau's Sunrise, Mamoulian's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), Island of Lost Souls now returns to claim a central position among the most imaginative and nightmarish fantasies from Hollywood's golden age of horror.

Unbelievably, this is the first-ever Blu-ray or uncut DVD release of this Universal horror classic in the UK, finally released in time for its 80th anniversary. A true classic of horror cinema from the early 1930s alongside Dracula, Frankenstein, Freaks, The Invisible Man, Vampyr, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Island of Lost Souls on Blu-ray and DVD, available in the UK in a standard Dual Format Edition & Limited Edition Dual Format Steelbook.

  • New high-definition restoration of the uncut theatrical version, officially licensed from Universal Pictures
  • Newly created SDH subtitles on the feature for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Uncompressed original monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • An exclusive video piece in which horror critic and historian Jonathan Rigby discusses the film and its source novel
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A lavish booklet featuring rare production imagery, and more!

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Island Of Lost Souls (Blu-Ray+DVD) [Steelbook]

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the long wait 30 May 2012
By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I ordered this last September (at a much lower price) and was disapointed when the release was put back by 7 months or so. Also, most if not all the "reviews here are "In anticipation" rather than an actual viewing of this Eureka Release. Well worry not everyone. This Dvd comes with a Blu Ray disc, excellent booklet (with full cast list) and extras with Simon Callow, and other items. Given this film was made in 1932 the restoration is superb (this is the DVD not Blu Ray - I don't have a player), sound and picture quality no problem at all. The photography is so classic 1930's B/W -moody and magnificent. The acting is of the period too, but don't let that put you off. Laughton is hugely creepy and very effective. The Makeup for the man/beasts is as good as many a CGI of today (well, I think so). It all moves along at a spanking pace and conveys the Horror perfectly. Highly recomended to lovers of good serious cinema (Does that sound pompous? - I do hope not). I loved it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is one of those films I have wanted to see since as long as I can remember and it does not disappoint. The furore around this production was as much the attraction as the ghoulish tale itself. Based on the classic novel, `The Island of Doctor Moreau' by H.G. Wells, who was pleased when this was banned in the UK as it `vulgarised' his book. This was made in the pre censor era of Hollywood, when almost anything could be tried. As such the dark creeping horror of the subject matter was not seen as an issue - the British film sensors banned it as being `against nature'. Australia banned it to be seen by Aborigines.

It tells the story of Edward Parker, who has been shipwrecked, he is picked up by a boat bearing a strange cargo bound for an un named and uncharted island, that has a reputation the causes it to be the stink of the Pacific. He then gets marooned there by his unwelcoming Captain. At first his host, the evasive Dr. Moreau wants nothing to do with the uninvited guest, but then he remembers `The Panther Woman' and the possibilities of more interesting, furry progeny.

The jungle on the island is teeming with manimals, of varying levels of hairiness and decrepitude. Moreau wanders around king of all he observes carrying a bull whip to maintain discipline. Once the true horror of Moreau's experiments are realised by Parker he just wants to escape.

This is a classic of classics, the make up is stupendous and Bella Lugosi as `Sayer of the Law' is so well made up that I didn't even recognise him. Charles Laughton is at his swaggering and understated best, he oozes evil in such a way that even a simple phrase he utters is dripping with menace.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Island of Lost Souls (Criterion Blu-ray) 27 Nov 2011
This is the first of three adaptations of the H G Wells book, Island of Dr Moreau (the second being made in the 70s, and the third - probably not final - take being the condemned mid-90s production that Richard Stanley should have directed). Whilst reportedly not being a strict conversion of the material for screen (I haven't personally read the book), it is nevertheless a powerful film for its time that retains a twisted quality that even some of today's more open minded audiences may appreciate. The story introduces typical American hero Ed Parker, who is rescued from shipwreck but dumped again, after disagreements with the captain, with a group of odd people that inhabit an isolated island. There Parker discovers that vivisectionist experiments are being conducted to transform animals into humans, these creatures being ruled over by their creator and law-enforcer, Dr Moreau. Initially control is maintained, but soon things begin to get out of order, and the deformed inhabitants of the island gather mob-like to overthrow the crown.

Directed with a flair uncommon in the 30s by Erle C Kenton (whose other horrors include the not-so-impressive Ghost of Frankenstein, and the fun but similarly ill-fated double act that was to end Universal's more serious monster movie run, House of Dracula/Frankenstein) Island of Lost Souls is striking in its portrayal of the doomed creatures that are forcibly brought out of their natural lifestyle to adopt human characteristics for no better reason other than to prove that it's possible (and maybe to feed the god-complex of the Moreau character, who here resembles an amoral Dr Frankenstein). Bela Lugosi is amongst them, though not receiving a huge amount of screen time.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong 30s Horror on DVD at last! 10 Aug 2011
I have been waiting for the release of this 30s horror classic forever! Starring Charles Laughton & Bela Lugosi- Laughton is the mad scientist Dr Moreau living on a remote island who transforms wild animals into human abominations- it was made just before the Hollywood Code came in so remains a very strong horror even today- it was banned in the UK for 35 years. HG Wells whose novel it was based on hated the movie & endorsed the UK ban! The movie horrified 1930s US audiences due to its subjects of sadism, beastiality and vivisection & Laughton is fantastic as the sinister sadistic madman- the screams and cries of agony coming from the House of Pain (Moreau's laboratory) will horrify you! An atmosphere of lurking terror runs thru the movie & the powerful ending still frightens audiences! The movie was filmed on Catalina Island off the Californian coast so the jungle settings are real unlike most movies that were shot on studio backlots at the time- Moreau's mansion & lab were constructed on a Paramount sound-stage. Kathleen Burke is unforgettable as the panther-woman Lota (the 19 year old was selected for the part from 60,000 candidates after Paramount conducted a nationwide contest for an exotic-looking actress to play the part-she had been a Chicago dentist's assistant!) & Lugosi is very good in grotesque makeup as the weird Sayer of the Law(spokesman for the savages). This new high-definition digital restoration of the un-cut movie is worth paying the extra for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Island Of Lost Souls" on BLU RAY - Which Version To Buy...
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of the bizarre 1932 pre code-of-conduct horror film “Island Of Lost Souls”. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite amazing horror movie from pre-code 30s
The is amazing. Whilst there are some slightly better horror movies made in the 1930s (I'm looking at you, Bride of Frankenstein), this is definitely among the handful of really... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A really good film that shows that you don't need todays special effects for a film to be good. Get it, watch won't be disappointed.
Published 14 months ago by Wumpty
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare and quite brutal old horror
I can see why this got banned in the UK for about 25 years for being "against nature" as it is a rather brutal horror from the golden age, made just before the American... Read more
Published 16 months ago by filmboychris
5.0 out of 5 stars blu ray +dvd uk region.
always wanted to see this.laughton is brilliant and a total nut.surprised at the cert maybe a 12.i suppose only us old fogeys would watch and understand the under lying... Read more
Published 18 months ago by nobladeofgrass
3.0 out of 5 stars island of lost quality
Film very good, but I think the picture quality should have been improved, I appreciate the age of the film, but I expect blu ray to be better.
Published 18 months ago by MikeH
4.0 out of 5 stars The Natives are Revolting
The 'bestial' implications registered on Richard Arlen's face when he is briefly tempted by 'The Panther Woman' are still troubling as are the few moments of genuine horror around... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Are We Not Men? Island of Lost Souls blu-ray
This is not a film I had seen before this excellent release from Masters of Cinema/Eureka, so like a lot of my MoC purchases it was bought 'blind'. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bored@Work
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not play
This Blu-ray would not play on Ireland Blu-ray player. I bought it from Amazon UK so that it would be Europe compatible - but it wasn't & would not play. Read more
Published 21 months ago by G. Ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB
Great picture quality and lots of extras.If you like these 30's and 40's horrors you must get this.Just wish i had got the steelbook.
Published 21 months ago by Vlad the emailer
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