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A twisted treasure from Hollywood’s pre-Code horror heyday, Island of Lost Souls is a cautionary tale of science run amok adapted from H. G. Wells’s novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. In one of his first major movie roles, Charles Laughton (The Private Life of Henry VIII) is a mad doctor conducting ghastly genetic experiments on a remote island in the South Seas, much to the fear and disgust of the shipwrecked sailor (Richard Arlen) who finds himself trapped there. This touchstone of movie terror, directed by Erle C. Kenton (House of Frankenstein), is elegantly shot by Karl Struss (The Great Dictator), features groundbreaking makeup effects that inspired generations of monster-movie artists, and costars Bela Lugosi (Dracula) in one his most gruesome roles.
Audio commentary by film historian Gregory Mank, author
New video conversation among filmmaker John Landis and more
New interviews with horror film historian David J. Skal
New interviews with Devo founding members Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh
Subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Christine Smallwood
Great early horror film based on a great novel. If you like creepy, this is for you!Published 2 months ago by Howard W. Celnik
This first film version of H.G. Wells' Island of Dr. Moreau stars Charles Laughton as Moreau, a dedicated but sadly-misguided scientist who rules the... Read more
Another stunning release from Criterion. Absolutely the best presentation of the film I have ever seen. Highly recommended!Published 6 months ago by wolfster
The film is great in my opinion. The quality on this DVD not so much, my old Universal VHS version has better picture and sound quality.Published 6 months ago by Matt H.
One of the first great SiFi talky classics which encorporates biometrics with socialogical overtones occuring in an isolated environment. Read morePublished 7 months ago by cmcc