Lost Horizon [DVD] [1937]

Columbia Pictures became a major Hollywood studio with the release of Lost Horizon, so it comes as no surprise that the picture is given a very detailed and thoughtful DVD release. The source material is a bit of a hodgepodge and so is the full-screen (standard) black-and-white transfer (aspect ratio of 1.33:1). However, most of the sections are exceptionally clear. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and the subtitles are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. The theatrical trailer is also included. The "Special Features" section has several excellent components, including "Restoration: Before and After Comparison," which goes beyond the usual showcase of amazing clean-ups and patches to include alternate opening credits for the various releases as well as deleted scenes. An alternative ending is also included. The half-hour "Photo Documentary" is narrated by film historian Kendall Miller and covers the film's major scenes, background on the casting, and insight into what has been cut from the print since its initial release. The final feature is the incredibly detailed "Restoration Audio Commentary," recorded in 1998 by Charles Champlin and Robert Gitt. It can be a little dry and repetitive at times, but overall it is invaluable. Columbia Pictures enters territory usually reserved for The Criterion Collection with this restored classic.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Digitally remastered audio and anamorphic video
  • Production notes
  • Interactive menus
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • Alternative ending
  • Restoration: Before and After Comparison
  • Three deleted scenes
  • Photo documentary with narration by historian Kendall Miller
  • Restoration commentary [1988] by film critic Charles Champlin and U.C.L.A. film restoration expert Robert Gill
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Scene selections

Synopsis

Lost Horizon

Cast & Crew

  • Ronald Colman
    Ronald Colman - Robert Conway
  • Edward Everett Horton
    Edward Everett Horton - Alexander P. Lovett
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    H.B. Warner - Chang
  • Jane Wyatt
    Jane Wyatt - Sondra
  • Sam Jaffe
    Sam Jaffe - High Lama
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