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Lost Horizon [DVD] [2001]

Ronald Colman , Jane Wyatt , Frank Capra    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Writers: James Hilton, Robert Riskin, Sidney Buchman
  • Producers: Frank Capra, Harry Cohn
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Hindi, Portuguese, Turkish, Danish, Icelandic, Bulgarian, Swedish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Czech, Greek
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053W57
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,280 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon proposes a perfect hidden community within the uncharted Himalayas, a land where peace reigns and the inhabitants live for hundreds of years. So indelible is this mythical land that its name has entered the culture: Shangri-La. Director Frank Capra, riding high during his mid-'30s hot streak, spared no expense in creating Hilton's paradise onscreen, taxing the coffers of Columbia Pictures and the patience of mogul Harry Cohn. The results, however, are magical: shimmering, seductive, and maybe a bit foolish, truly the creation of an idealist (understandably, the spectacular art direction won an Oscar). And Capra's hero is an idealist, too. Ronald Colman, at his most marvelously elocutionary, plays a wise diplomat whose plane crashes in the snows of Tibet. He and the other survivors are guided to Shangri-La, where they wrestle with the invitation to stay. The young Jane Wyatt plays Colman's love interest, but leaving a more lasting impression are H.B. Warner as the benevolent Chang and Sam Jaffe, in great old-age makeup, as the wizened High Lama. This version has been restored as closely as possible to Capra's original cut; the film had circulated for many years in a trimmed form. Lost Horizon was remade, notoriously and hilariously, as a big-budget musical in 1973 -- it was a complete flop. --Robert Horton

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHANGRI-LA... 1 Jan 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is a superb, academy award winning film, directed by the late, great Frank Capra. Based upon James Hilton's book of the same name, it is as fresh today, as it was sixty six years ago when it was first released in 1937.
The film opens up in Baskul, China, somewhere near the Tibetan border in 1935, where a minor revolution appears to be occuring, and foreigners are being evacuated. A world weary and dashing diplomat, Robert Conway, magnificently played by the ever handsome, melliflously voiced Ronald Colman, is directing the evacuation efforts. He, his brother George, and three others, two men and one woman, manage to board the last plane out of this rife torn area of China. Unbeknownst to them their pilot has been overcome by another person, who comandeers the plane.
They finally realize something in wrong when they notice that the plane is traveling west instead of east. Moreover, they are unable to do anything about it, as no one on board other than the pilot can fly a plane. They seem to be flying in the Himalyan region, as they are surrounded by snow capped peaks, flying at an altitude of about 21, 000 feet. Suddenly, their plane lands in the mountains, the pilot dead at the controls. Strangely enough, they are met by a crowd of people, as if they were expected. At their head is a Mr. Chang, a very dignified gentleman, masterfully played by W.B. Warner, who provides them with appropriate clothing for a high altitude climb through a very daunting and precarious mountain pass. Fortuitously for all, Mr. Chang speaks English beautifully.
After a seeming death defying trek through the mountains, in what appear to be blizzard conditions, they arrive at a beautiful and peaceful valley protected from inclement weather.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Horizon a classic Capra story 26 Sep 2010
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I first saw this film on the TV very many years ago when I was a child (I'm now 58)so I was delighted to see that a restored version is available on DVD. It's astonishing how films of this quality were left to disintegrate so that there is no longer available a complete original negative, when things which should have been chucked out at birth are still in 1 piece. Having said that, the restoration is excellent, as far as was possible to achieve. Quite possibly this was the finest thing Ronald Colman ever did, in a very distinguished career of fine performances - heroic, noble, intelligent and at times painfully poignant. They really don't make them like him anymore.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming 26 Sep 2009
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Dear someboby

I was impressed by the book and later by the film. Naturally, the book is a trifle better if not better; as books usually are. However, the film, being of typical 1930s fare, and of Frank Capra's, was most enjoyable. I saw the film many years ago and found myself impressed. Many years later, as an old codger, it moves me all the more, though it is a film about Utopia a dream.


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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie! 3 Aug 2006
I recommend to read the book before watching this movie.

The film gives the feeling as if it was a fast forward through the book (although it is over 2 hours long!). Many scenes of the book which would make the film a bit boring aren't included. In exchange there are many funny scenes which aren't in the book. Furthermore there are a few minor changes in the protagonists and there is a much more developed love story of R. Conway and Mallinson (George Conway in the film). The movie starts at Baskul and ends with R. Conway returning to Shangri-La.

Some parts of the movie (7 min) are only a slideshow of photographs with the original soundtrack because these scenes were cut out during the years and couldn't be recovered.

The Extras include the original trailer, a comparision of the restaured and the original movie, deleted scenes, an alternate ending and a commented selection of production photographs.

All in all it is a very enjoyable and exiting film you shouldn't miss!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one great old picture 5 Sep 2010
By Willy
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Many old films disapear and are gone what seems forever. this film with the great Ronald Coleman was made in 1937. Parts of the film have been lost but still film shots are included and the original sound is still available. was recently shown again on BBC TV it still holds a magic that in its day was truly the film of its time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars film, classic 11 April 2010
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I enjoyed watching this film. It combines good acting, good b&w photography, action, atmosphere, some humour (mainly from Edward Everett Horton) and a 'feel-good' factor with a perennial idea of the best way to live. I felt that it captured the best aspects of the book and I found that I had remembered accurately many images from my first viewing of the film as a young person many years ago.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgic 27 Oct 2009
Lovely old film with a great story
very old so some bits have obviously been damaged but this doesn't spoil any of the joy
If only Shangrila existed
as usual delivery was prompt
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents "LOST HORIZON" (1937) (128 min/B&W) -- Starring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell, Margo, Isabel Jewell, H.B. Warner & Sam Jaffe

Directed by Frank Capra

British diplomat Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) and a small group of civilians crash land in the Himalayas, and are rescued by the people of the mysterious, Eden-like valley of Shangri-la. Protected by the mountains from the world outside, where the clouds of World War II are gathering, Shangri-la provides a seductive escape for the world-weary Conway.

Ronald Colman's longfull heartbreak glance as he leaves Shangri-la, a soulful expression not easy to get out of one's mind.

Director Frank Capra takes us into a place of danger and turmoil and gives us a glimpse of what dreams are made of, we can all make it happen with just a little effort on our part.

'Lost Horizon' is indeed a remnant from the Golden Age of Cinema.

A truly great adventure with Colman at his best in the role of Conway

Academy Awards for Art Direction (Stephen Goosson) & Film Editing (Gene Havlick & Gene Milford)

Nominated for Oscars Best Actor in a Supporting Role (H.B. Warner), Best Assistant Director (Charles C. Coleman), Best Music, Score (Dimitri Tiomkin), Best Picture (Columbia), Best Sound, Recording (John P. Livadary)

For fans of Ronald Colman, Lost Horizon is just right for you. Highly recommend!

1. Frank Capra [aka: Francesco Rosario Capra] (Director)
Date of Birth: 18 May 1897 - Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy
Date of Death: 3 September 1991 - La Quinta, California

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