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The Lost World [DVD] [2001] [US Import]

Bob Hoskins , James Fox , Stuart Orme    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bob Hoskins, James Fox, Tom Ward, Matthew Rhys, Elaine Cassidy
  • Directors: Stuart Orme
  • Writers: Adrian Hodges, Arthur Conan Doyle, Tony Mulholland
  • Producers: Christopher Hall, Delia Fine, Emilio Nunez, Jane Tranter
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JDQP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,294 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Not the Steven Spielberg blockbuster, this Lost World is a splendid BBC TV dramatisation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous adventure story. Bob Hoskins makes an unusually genial Professor Challenger, far less of a bully than Doyle's character, but his slightly stereotyped companions are nicely filled out by a solid cast. James Fox is Challenger's more timid but still covertly adventurous rival, Tom Ward is the moustachioed big game hunter who faces an Allosaurus with an elephant gun, and Matthew Rhys plays the tagalong reporter hoping to impress his faithless fiancée.

As usual, the adaptation adds a woman--orphaned jungle girl Elaine Cassidy--to the expedition, and an interesting villain (religious fanatic Peter Falk) beefs up the travelogue by marooning Challenger's gang on the South American plateau where dinosaurs, cavemen and Indians coexist eventfully. The Walking with Dinosaurs-style effects work well for the TV frame, but the real success is in integrating the Boys' Own adventuring with subtle eco-awareness, complex character interplay and the reliable wonder of soaring Pteranodons and Carnosaur attacks. --Kim Newman

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rip-roaring entertainment at its best! 11 Jun 2002
I'd heartily recommend this title to anyone. This is the special feature length drama first shown on BBC at Christmas 2001. Far better than the disappointing Jurassic Park sequel with which it shares its title, instead this "Lost World" is a marvellous and intelligent reworking of Conan Doyle's classic adventure story. It has a host of exemplary performances from the cast, topped by some excellent effects and direction.
The DVD picture quality is crystal clear, as is the sound, and though the extras (a 30 minute documentary) are a little thin on the ground, the film itself is well worth the price. The story zips along at a cracking pace, and is beautifully structured, with some great shock moments coming at regular intervals. The scene where the travellers cross a tree trunk over a sheer drop (my own favourite) is packed to the brim with tension, and it is good to see how subtle digital effects can be when they are used well. The CGI dinosaurs themselves are never less than convincing, with the Allosaurs' attack on the native village standing up as a classic of its kind.
I honestly can't recommend this highly enough! Go out and buy it now - you won't regret it I promise!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! 30 May 2002
By A Customer
Excellent BBC production of Conan Doyle's Lost World. The effects of the dinosaurs were outstanding...although I think I know where the allosaurus came from.
Bob Hoskins as Challenger was good,although I think Claude Rains in the 1960's film was far better!
The casting of Tom Ward of Roxton was spot on:he made Roxton come very much alive, & very typical of the great white hunter of that time...shoot anything that moves!!
It was great to see Peter Falk back on the screen as the bible spouting Theo Kerr.
A definite must have DVD...parents you have been warned!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This is the story of a great adventure. At the beginning of the 20th century four very different men leave London on a strange expedition: they follow the map of a long dead missionary, who thought that he had seen dragons somewhere in the middle of the Brasilian rainforest ...
Professor Challenger is convinced that these dragons are dinosaurs, his dour collegue Summerlee thinks that it is a hoax, Lord Roxton likes the adventure and the reporter Edward Malone wants to impress Claire, the girl he is in love with. Somewhere in the Brasilian jungle they are joined by Alice and her uncle, a missionary - for reasons that you have to see for yourself! The expedition finds the "lost world" on a plateau deep in the rainforest. And then the real adventure begins and Tyrannosaurus Rex is not the only danger they have to face ...
I loved the film, because it is not only action and special effects, but has some deeper levels as well. Darwin's theories come into it and also the idea that being human means that you have to make choices and that you are responsible for them. That makes it really, really interesting to watch. Much more than Spielberg's "Jurassic Park", which has more action, no psychological depth at all and spends not much thought on the scientific and philosophical questions of Doyle's story.
And the acting is excellent! I especially like Bob Hoskins as Challenger. His enthusiasm and his awe in view of the things he sees and experiences in the "lost world" seems so genuine that you are absolutely drawn into the story and see it all with his eyes. And Matthew Rhys as the awkward Edward Malone is quite good as well. The look of dumb shock on his face, when he is faced with another catastrophe (which happens quite often ;-)) is absolutely hilarious!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
The BBC's 2002 version of Arthur Conan Doyle's oft-imitated The Lost World is better than most (not saying much considering the low budgets and abysmal special effects of most versions over the past half century) but it still takes plenty of liberties with the source material. Bob Hoskins' irritable Professor Challenger and James Fox's Professor Summerlee are faithful enough, but once again a new female character has been written into the story for purely demographic reasons in the form of Elaine Cassidy's daughter of Peter Falk's missionary, though this does at least allow the script some contentious discussion of Creationism vs. Darwinism to help stake its claim to a higher intellectual plateau than its cheap-and-cheerful rivals. But of course, it's the dinosaurs that people are really interested in. They're mostly to be found in the second half (the show was originally broadcast in two parts over Christmas) and if you can't quite help shaking the suspicion that this version was only produced was because the BBC still had all that costly computer software left over from Walking With Dinosaurs on their hard drives it's impressive enough to leave little ground for complaints even if it's not quite Jurassic Park standard. Indeed, it's in many ways the perfect choice for a BBC adaptation: part period costume drama, part nature and science documentary, and even if the definitive version has still yet to be made, this will do well enough in the meantime.

Though not exactly packed with extras - a half-hour making of and an audio commentary - the DVD boasts a good widescreen transfer.
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