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An eccentric scientist (Claude Rains) returns from the Amazon with news of a distant plateau where creatures from the dawn of time still prowl the jungle. To prove his story, he gathers a team of explorers, including a journalist (David Hedison), a playboy-adventurer )Michael Rennie), a beautiful socialite (Jill St. John), and a pilot (Fernando Lamas) with a secret plan of revenge. But an unexpected attack on their camp leaves the group stranded in a world of dinosaurs and other exotic creatures, where humans are no longer the lords of the earthÂ¿they are helpless prey.
The Lost World (Special Edition) is a terrific two-fer that includes Irwin Allen's glossy, 1960 adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's novel as well as the fantastic, 1925 silent version of the same story. In essence, The Lost World is Doyle's tale of an expedition to a mysterious plateau deep in the Amazon rainforest, where cantankerous adventurer Professor Challenger leads an expedition to prove the existence of prehistoric creatures living far from the civilized world. Allen's film, as with his many movie and television productions focusing on disasters (The Poseidon Adventure) and science fiction (Land of the Giants), is full of relationship complications within a large ensemble of characters, creating drama and tension even before terror strikes. An attractive cast including Claude Rains as Challenger, Michael Rennie, David Hedison, Jill St. John, and Fernando Lamas makes Allen's The Lost World fun to watch, especially if one self-consciously overlooks the cast's persistently clean and pressed wardrobe (and perfect hair) despite the jungle heat and assaults by cannibals.
Part of the film's charm is also its most ludicrous element: "dinosaurs" played by various, wriggling tropical lizards, a far cry from the stop-motion animation creatures--that actually look like dinosaurs--in Harry O. Hoyt's amazing take on The Lost World 35 years before Allen's. An impressive spectacle that conveys a certain beautiful wildness, the film stars Wallace Beery as an imposing Challenger, trapped with his team on the aforementioned plateau. In constant danger from carnivorous monsters (as well as flesh-eating monkey-men), the group's relationship strains have greater poignancy and the stakes seem higher all around. Where Allen's film is lulling, Hoyt's is galvanizing, but each is unique and well worth a visit. --Tom Keogh
It's one of those corny flicks you used to watch as a kid, and as an adult, it brings back those memories from your childhood, that you would give anything to relive! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Whitetiger
The 1960 version and a very good version of the 1925 film. Despite its faults, the 1960 film is well loved by those who saw it in the 1960's, either at the movies or on television.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Lost World, 1960 film
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Arthur Conan Doyle's tale of Jurassic daring-do on top of an Amazonian plateau where time hasn’t changed for millennia was always going to be a Hollywood blockbuster with big... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dublin Mark In London
Well, it's not The Day the Earth Stood Still. But they are still lost in this production and it has some great stars.Published 1 month ago by gregory mcneil
This is a review of the recent British Blu-ray. The good news; it is a very pleasing presentation looking like it was shot on a larger format than CinemaScope. Read morePublished 3 months ago by killer b