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The Island of Dr. Moreau ( La Isla Del Dr. Moureau ) [DVD]

Burt Lancaster , Michael York , Don Taylor    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera, Richard Basehart
  • Directors: Don Taylor
  • Writers: Al Ramrus, H.G. Wells, John Herman Shaner
  • Producers: John Temple-Smith, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Sandy Howard, Skip Steloff
  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Global Media
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VWUIH2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,850 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dr. Moreau Braddock (Michael York) a decent young Englishman is miraculously saved by the mysterious Dr. Montgomery (Nigel Davenport) after being thrown overboard a ship sailing in a remote area of the Pacific. Dr. Montgomery is accompanying a cargo of animals destined for a tropical island. At first an 'honoured guest' on the island he finds his contact with the natives increasingly disturbing for they are unlike any men he has ever seen. After it transpires that these 'men' are the result of experiments of the sinister scientist Dr. Moreau (Burt Lancaster) Braddock feels that he is in grave danger: from both these strange creatures and from Dr. Moreau himself. Unable to escape the confines of the island on his own Braddock knows not what to do or whom to turn to...

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Spain released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In The Island of Dr. Moreau, which is based on a novella by H.G. Wells, Braddock (Michael York) is a decent young Englishman who has unaccountably been saved from being thrown overboard from a ship sailing in a remote area of the Pacific by the mysterious Dr. Montgomery (Nigel Davenport). Dr. Montgomery is accompanying a cargo of animals destined for a tropical island. At first an 'honored guest' (prisoner) on that island, he is finds his contacts with the natives increasingly disturbing, for they are not like any men he has ever seen. Eventually it transpires that these 'men' are experimental reconstructions from wild animals made by a particularly sinister scientist, Dr. Moreau (Burt Lancaster). He feels that he is in danger from the animal/men and from Dr. Moreau himself and does not know where to turn. This story was also filmed in 1933 as The Island of Lost Souls, starring Charles Laughton as the monomaniacal Dr. Moreau and was remade yet again in 1996 with Marlon Brando in the title role. ...The Island of Dr. Moreau ( La Isla Del Dr. Moureau )


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Animal Magic 29 Jan 2010
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The turn of the 20th century. The ship the 'Lady Vain' is lost at sea, and three survivors find themselves cast adrift in a small wooden boat. After seventeen days at sea, they come across an island, by which time there are only two survivors. The ship's engineer Andrew Braddock(Michael York) pulls the boat ashore, and leaving his ill shipmate behind, goes looking for water. Braddock is startled by something or someone moving in the undergrowth, and falls into an animal trap. When he comes to, he is in bed, and meets a man called Montgomery(Nigel Davenport), who informs him that his companion has died of heat exposure.
Montgomery runs the house, but is employment of the owner, a certain Dr Moreau(Burt Lancaster), who welcomes Braddock with open arms, offering him the hospitality of his home. There is also a lady called Maria(Barbera Carrera), who Moreau informs Braddock was found abandoned as a baby in New Orleans. Braddock is enjoying the paradise island, but the strange animal noises he hears at night concern him. After seeing Moreau's servant M'Ling, in chains being dragged into an unknown out house, curiosity gets the better of Braddock, and he enters the building. What he finds brings a realisation that Dr Moreau has very good reasons for wanting to stay on an isolated island, as he is very active in conducting terrifying experiments, experiments which seem to have been going very wrong...
I must confess, this is the only film adaptation of H.G Wells story that I have seen. The 1932 version, 'The Island Of Lost Souls' is meant to be the definative version, but you could do a lot worse than visiting this adaptation, as although it doesn't follow the book to the letter, it is a pretty faithful version.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Not as shockingly powerful as Island of Lost Souls or as balls-to-the-wall silly as the Marlon Brando version, 1977's The Island of Dr Moreau is an effective adaptation of H.G. Wells' allegory of genetic manipulation, with shipwrecked sailor Michael York (who would play a thinly disguised version of Dr Moreau in an episode of Sliders a couple of decades later) discovering his brilliant host is using his island as a lab in his attempts to crack DNA and isolate the link between man and beast by trying to turn the local wildlife into men. Part-Albert Schweitzer, part-Josef Mengale, Lancaster's take on Moreau is very different from Laughton's - he at least has a purpose, and has convinced himself that the end justifies the means to the extent that he's immune to any moral considerations. Whereas Laughton's Moreau used his shipwreck survivor to test how human his creations were, Lancaster has something more radical in mind: since his creations inevitably revert to their animal form, what he needs is someone intelligent who can tell him what changes they're going through, so decides to reverse his usual modus operandi and turn a human into an animal. Cue some decent make-up effects from John Chambers before this perverted Eden starts its own inevitably violent fall...

Unfortunately the film suffers a bit from the studio's decision to cut it down to avoid an R-rating, losing the shock ending in the process (even though the film's poster was built around one character's transformation from human back to animal) and somewhat downplaying the grotesque nature of the creatures, though whether that's intentional or simply down to Don Taylor's direction lacking atmosphere is debatable. On it's own terms it's fine, even if it plays more as an adventure yarn than horror.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good film 20 Jun 2013
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This is the best version of The Island Of Dr Moreau which is out there. I think the film weakens slightly towards the end but all in all it is a good attempt to cover and explain what surely must be one of the greatest works from the giant of literature, HG Wells
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