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Ronald Colman and Jane Wyatt star in this lavishly-produced classic about the enchanted paradise ofShangri-La where time stands still. After nearly 50 years, Frank Capra's timeless masterpiece, LOSTHORIZON (based on the best-selling novel by James Hilton) was restored to its original length of 132 minutes in 1986. The film, which was widely circulated among the armed services during World War II, was cut 22 minutes after its initial release in 1937 to reflect the wartime perception of the Chinese and to tone down the film's pacifism. Film historian Robert Gitt conducted nearly 13 years of detective work tracking down the lost footage. With extraordinary art direction, the set of Shangri-La is considered the largest ever built in Hollywood, winning designer Stephan Goosson an Academy Award(r) (LOST HORIZON won two 1937 Academy Awards(r): Art Direction-Set Design and Film Editing). Furthermore, the budget for the picture was staggering and cost almost four times the amount of any Columbi
It seems almost inconceivable that a film as great as Lost Horizon would be nearly lost to the ravages of age and studio neglect. Fortunately, Columbia has compensated for past misdeeds with this superlative DVD release, which restores Capra's classic to near-complete form and provides a thorough--and thoroughly fascinating--account of the film's production and eventual restoration. Of particular interest to film buffs will be the engaging photo essay and accompanying narration by film historian Kendall Miller, whose affectionate (and infectious) obsession with Lost Horizon is expressed here for the benefit of posterity. Equally engrossing is the full-length restoration commentary by UCLA film preservation expert Robert Gitt, whose efforts to restore this film were nothing less than heroic. Unfortunately, Gitt is teamed in the commentary with retired Los Angeles Times film critic Charles Champlin, whose contribution is amiable but superfluous. That quibble aside, this edition of Lost Horizon is one of the most rewarding DVDs of any classic Hollywood film. Although several of Frank Capra's other films have achieved a higher profile, Lost Horizon just gets better as the years go by, and with its wealth of supplemental features, this DVD is a definitive archival tribute. --Jeff Shannon
Ronald Colman and Jane Wyatt were excellent in the movie! Great story line.Published 10 days ago by DAVID G. FONG
I first saw this movie as a kid on the late show. It was great to watch as a kid & great to watch as an adult. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Dwight R. Rhoads
Saw this movie when I was a child. I remembered the scene of the hero's return at the end.
Was a pleasure to watch a movie with such simple and basic layout of the best... Read more
Quite Simply, one of the best movies I have ever seen, bar none. Do yourself a favor and view this incredible movie!Published 19 days ago by Talking Fingers@aol.com
The movie is good, but not as good as the book. I do recommend that people watch the movie.Published 21 days ago by Jerry D. Ernsberger Jr.
This version of "Lost Horizon" includes the best restored footage possible along with edifying commentary on the search for that footage. Read morePublished 24 days ago by MrDowntown45
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I don't think Capra's "Lost Horizon" had anything to do with "Lost." Superficially, maybe - group of people, plane crash, exotic location. Shangri-Las is a utopian society in the Himalayas. The island of "Lost" is full of dangers from without and within. ... Read More
Dec 5, 2010 by M. Dean | See all 3 posts