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Lost Horizon [DVD] [1937] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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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: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Aug 1999
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305416222
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,298 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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4.3 out of 5 stars

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew P. Williams on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David J. White on 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.

MVH

D.J.Weiss
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Philip Parttom on 3 Aug 2006
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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 By Mrs. Hilary G. May on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Willy on 5 Sep 2010
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Sullivan on 27 Oct 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DavyG on 9 Oct 2014
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"Lost Horizon" seems to been left in some neglect over the years, to the extent that sadly, some minutes have been lost for ever.
Thankfully then, Columbia has now produced an excellent restoration of this classic for us to savour. The film is based on James Hilton's fantasy novel, and marked a bit of a change of direction for director Frank Capra, who is best remembered these days for smart comedies such as "It Happened One Night". It was a massive financial gamble for the (then) tiny Columbia to take, but thankfully for us, the studio's faith in Capra overcame any reservations which might have existed. It stars the effortlessly elegant and charming Ronald Colman, playing a diplomat who leads a group of refugees out of a war torn China and into a Himalayan kingdom of seeming peace and enlightenment. Colman's diplomat must make a choice between staying in Shangri-la with his new found love (the ethereal Jane Wyatt) or returning to so-called civilisation, and this conflict gives the film its dramatic "heart".
It's very much a product of its time, with highly stylised sets and plenty of naive sentiments, but it also possesses a timeless, surreal beauty and quality which transcends the mere run-of-the-mill. Happily this "Golden Age" classic will now entrance and delight not just this generation, but those to come too.

Health Warning!!
Unless you're an absolute glutton for punishment, do not under any circumstances confuse the original Capra-Colman version with 1972's disastrous, unwatchable "musical" remake.
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