Island of Lost Souls [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1932]

  • SKU: 19447743
  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • Rating: NR
  • 4.0 (2)
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Special Features

  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Gregory Mank
  • New conversation between filmmaker John Landis, Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker, and genre expert Bob Burns
  • New interviews with horror film historian David J. Skal; filmmaker Richard Stanley, the original Director of the ill-fated 1996 adaptation; and Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh of the band Devo
  • Short 1976 film by Devo, featuring the songs "Secret Agent Man" and "Jocko Homo"
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by Writer Christine Smallwood

Synopsis

Island of Lost Souls
This first film version of H.G. Wells' Island of Dr. Moreau stars Charles Laughton as Dr.Moreau, a dedicated but sadly misguided scientist who rules the roost on a remote island. Shipwrecked sailor Edward Parker Richard Arlen finds himself on Moreau's island, agreeing to stick around until another boat can come along and take him home. But that's not quite what Moreau has in mind: he'd rather Parker stay on the island and marry the exotic Lota (Kathleen Burke), who curiously possesses the characteristics of the panther. In fact, all the island's natives seem more animal than human, especially the hirsute Bela Lugosi. And why not? They are animals who've been transformed by Moreau into humanlike creatures via surgery. Moreau's plans to mate Parker and Lota are complicated by the arrival of Parker's fiancee Leila Hyams, who has been brought to the island by ship's captain Stanley Fields, one of Moreau's flunkies. When Moreau kills Fields for this insubordination, he makes the mistake of breaking one of the rules he himself has imposed on the island: That no creature shall kill another. Island of Lost Souls does its job of inducing goosebumps so well that one can forgive the cherubic excesses of Charles Laughton in his portrayal of Dr. Moreau. The film would be remade under Wells' original title in 1978, with Burt Lancaster in the Laughton role. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Charles Laughton
    Charles Laughton - Dr. Moreau
  • Bela Lugosi
    Bela Lugosi - Sayer of the Law
  • Richard Arlen
    Richard Arlen - Edward Parker
  • Leila Hyams
    Leila Hyams - Ruth Thomas
  • Kathleen Burke
    Kathleen Burke - Lota, the Panther Woman

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