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Lost Horizon [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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UPDATE 16th APRIL 2014: The Blu Ray version of this movie just arrived at my door from America (Courtesy of "Twilight Time" and boy what a difference. The picture clarity, sharpness and colour is amazing for a movie from 1973. The Cinemascope frame is even superior to the DVD version from the states (and that is pretty good quality) The sound is DTS HD Master 5.1 and very good too. Also the blu ray is Region Free so plays on UK Blu Ray machines. Actually it's surprising how many of the American discs are region free or have region B (UK) encoding.Read more ›
This is indeed a fantastic film not known to younger generation. It is beautifully filmed, a good story, nice setting and nice music.
The evacuation scene seemed to be prophetic of the scene at Saigon!
The supplier through Amazon.co.uk was good and reliable. Highly recommended for both the DVD and the supplier.
A huge flop in 1973, Lost Horizon tells the story of a mixed group of people, ( Peter Finch, George Kennedy, Sally Kellerman, Michael York and Bobby Van , ) who escape from an uprising in China . Their plane however is hijacked, and instead of returning home, they crash land in The Himalayas, and are rescued by a friendly party led by Chang- ( John Gielgud). He leads them to his home of Shan- Gri -La, a peaceful and beautiful sun drenched valley, where the winter winds and snow of the mountains, are replaced by sunshine, green fields and tranquil rivers.
Slowly the group mellow to the stress free existence the valley offers them, where everyone appears contented and happy with their lives.
However, over time, the party learn that their crash was not an accident, and that they have been brought there deliberately so that Peter can replace the dying Hi Llama ( Charles Boyer.) as their new leader.
Torn between staying or trying to leave, Peter argues with his brother Michael, who is determined to leave rather than feeling he is a prisoner, and who wants to take home his new love ( Olivia Hussey ). The secret of Shan-Gri-La is revealed to Peter when he decides to leave his own love behind - Liv Ullman, and escape with his brother, only to have Olivia age to her true 100 years of age once she is away from the influence of the valley. It seems that the tranquil life lets the inhabitants of Shan-Gri_La live to a very great age whilst still looking young, but the price is a lifetime away from the outside world.
Consumed with grief, Michael throws himself off a mountain, and Peter returns to Shan-Gri-La to take up his position as their new leader.Read more ›
It's easy to see the appeal of the project in the turbulent 70s, when studios were torn between low-budget films aimed at the disaffected youth market and big-budget flops trying to lure their parents back into theatres with nostalgia. Despite hints at the Vietnam war and political unrest back in the civilised world, it's the same story with the same universal appeal to people's desire for an eternal haven of peace on Earth that never translated into ticket sales when dramatised.Read more ›
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The cover isn't in English, but the sound track is.
Though it flopped at the box office, - still people were talking about it in the 70s, and I for one love it. Read more
Lost horizon is one of my favourite movies and it is just class to finally have it on blu-rayPublished 5 months ago by Mr Sean Roddy
What starts as a dramatic remake of the 1937 classic morphs into a Hal David & Burt Bacharach musical once the cast settle into Shangri-La. Campy? Possibly. Delicious? Read morePublished 8 months ago by JayEle