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The Lost World (1960/1925)

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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 earth¿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

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  • Actors: Michael Rennie, Jill St. John, David Hedison, Claude Rains, Fernando Lamas
  • Directors: Irwin Allen
  • Writers: Irwin Allen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Bennett
  • Producers: Irwin Allen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SAGGL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 28, 2007
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Irwin Allen's 1960 version of The Lost World may be shot in CinemaScope, but stylistically it fits right in with his 60s sci-fi TV shows (indeed, stock footage from the film found its way into his Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea series, as did co-star David Hedison). Originally intended to feature state-of-the-art stop-motion animation from Willis O. Brien, the special effects genius behind the groundbreaking 1925 version as well as King Kong, the ever-economical producer opted instead for the tried and trusted and, most important of all, much cheaper technique of supergluing fins and horns on real lizards and having them double for dinosaurs despite looking like nothing so much as lizards with fins and horns superglued on them. However, even had he spent the extra time and money, this modernised version was never going to be the definitive one: 'dinosaur' action is fairly thin on the ground and the novel's finale that sees a pterodactyl on the loose in London is unceremoniously dropped. Instead there's a lot of wandering around the Fox ranch and backlot, cameo appearances from the odd poisonous giant plant left over from Journey to the Center of the Earth, a tribe of natives with a yen for human sacrifice, a fortune in diamonds and the obligatory erupting volcano finale, though it retains a certain nostalgic Saturday kids matinée appeal even if most of today's kids wouldn't sit still for it. Claude Rains gets to grandstand as Professor Challenger while Michael Rennie's aristocratic big game hunter seems almost like a blueprint for George Lazenby's take on James Bond, with Jill St. John tagging along for no good reason other than Arthur Conan Doyle's thoughtless failure to provide any female roles in the original novel.

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Rob on May 23, 2006
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Although Lost World includes one of my favorite long, lost actors, Michael Rennie, it's no comparison to it's contemporary, Journey to the Center of the Earth. In fact, it's amazing they were released in the same year. Journey is so much more a classic, yet it seems more dated. Lost World is inferior, but it has a more modern touch since Irwin Allen would dominate the special effects field for the next fifteen years. George Pal, on the other hand, though he had a few good productions in the Sixties, seems more at home in the Fifties. Lost World does have its moments, even working with a lower budget, but at least they wisely spent some of their dough on getting a good cast. Claude Rains is a delightful curmudgeon, and as noted, Michael Rennie is a guy I'd take on any expedition. The lizards as dinosaurs always had a split effect on me: They LOOK big and real, but they don't look like dinosaurs. However, the fight between the monitor lizard and the caiman (or whatever) made an interesting match-up! Just don't tell PETA. But overall, I would say the best special effect was Jill St. John's bra.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 19, 2007
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Relishing this movie once again, amused by certain "Monday-Morning" condescending reviews, I'm reminded how personal a movie experience can be. Never mind the Nip/Tuck "dinosaurs," I relive again that year I turned 13, riding the bus in the rain to the other end of town! By myself! Standing in line at the single (now there's history) ticket booth , the fresh popcorn, the Milk Duds, the black cherry soda dispensed from that Rube Goldberg-like machine -- first cup, then ice, then syrup, then carbonated water (hopefully, in that order!!) Forget your sophisticated comparisons with current CGI tech. Movies like this summon one's lost youth and, therefore, are priceless.

As for the 1925 version, with a bit of perspective brought on with age it provides its own fascination. The "outtakes," consisting of unused stop-motion scenes, provide a very pleasant surprise. At 6:23 into this section, a single frame of O'Brien himself, caught posing one of the figures, stands frozen like a museum display, dedicated to the long-gone notion that, if you want to film it, you have to build it first.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Joseph F. Pandolfi on July 16, 2007
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I haven't seen this movie in 20yrs. It's an Irwin Allen film which means it's usually fun. The dinosaurs aren't. If i remember correctly there dressed up lizards. But it's a fun story with giant spiders, a lost tribe and an animal skin clad women. what more do you want from a 47yr old movie. The end of the film is the only real special effects they spent money on.The color of the film is bright and crisp. I do lean towards these types of movies so I hope you all enjoy it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2002
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I remember seeing this movie as an early teenager and found it to be excellent for the time. Compared to movies today it seems very poor but it was a classic "B" movie for the times. I recommend it for anyone's video library
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GABRIELE GILBERT on September 15, 2007
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you just have to love irwin allen films,and this film the lost world from 1960 is just a fun gem to watch.starring david hedison,michael rennie,claude rains,fernando lamas,jill st. john.with a cast like this what can go wrong.the so called dinosaurs are just lizards with added wardrobe horns and so on.the movie is very entertaining with the brilliant cast.all in all what makes this a special treat is the print is just absolutely gorgeous.the 1925 movie is an added bonus worthy of its version of the lost world and a damn good one for a 1925 silent treat yourself to a fun dinosaur movie the special 2 discs the lost world,it's worth the money and time to add to any irwin allen collection of pure adventure films........
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The film was made in Cinemascope so a wide screen DVD would be a must- now that Fox has upgraded Allen's " Voyage To the Bottom of the Sea" we can only hope this one is next.
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