The Lost World

 (168)7.01 h 44 min19257+
Professor Challenger (Wallace Beery) and a group of explorers venture deep towards an uncharted South American plateau where Pterodactyls, ape-men, the vicious Allosaurus and many more beasts await in "The Lost World." Utilizing Willis O'Brien's pioneering special effects and animation, this new restoration is the most complete version of this monumental science fiction classic ever released.
Harry O. Hoyt
Wallace BeeryBessie LoveLewis Stone
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Jrum C.Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cheap oldster a reel keaper!
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Cutting to the chase: For the dvd with cover showing the 2 sparring critters ("magnificent restoration"), I spent the grand sum of 99c for a 'very good' copy. What I received was the 63 min. Lumivision release (w/ angry T-Rex alone on cover) . . . Just watched, and I must say am impressed with this version. Sure, there are later/greater/longer/pricier releases out there, but this one is more than satisfactory. "By arrangement w/ Geo. Eastman House", this release was significant in its day. The print is fairly clean, the synthesized score is surprisingly effective (and 2 audio options: music or music + sound effects), there is a lengthy screen essay by S. MacQueen, the original trailer, assorted stills, and WOW!: excerpts from Willis O'Brien's earliest films (with the Edison Co). Certainly not a slap-dash release, though navigating is certainly of the 'old school' method. Oh! And it comes in a CD case to boot. Am decidedly not a scholar of this film, but for $5 total, I am pleased with this release. (but of course if 'MNO', I woulda spent $35 on the latest completest bluray (!) edition).

('mno': "money no object")
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David N. KrafchickReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The best version
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Some silents just work. This Lost World is great. Wallace Beery plays Professor Challenger and is perfect. Lewis Stone is the only other name I recognize. Willis H OP'Brien of King Kong fame does the dinosaurs. they are a little stiff, but they are way better than lizards the use in the 1960 version with Claude Rains as Challenger. That version also has a 72 ,inter version of the silent film. but the definitive version is this one by Kino that runs 93 minutes. Another bonus is the music option which include The Alloy Orchestra. I saw them live for the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde silent with John Barrymore. It puts a great musical spin on the silent. Enjoy!!
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Harold E. NiverReviewed in the United States on June 3, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun move.
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Great movie for those who enjoy Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He wrote more than just Sherlock Holmes.
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Young Master ChuzzwickReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Lost Cinematic Chapter...
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To begin with make sure that you purchase the Image Collection version which should have a running time of 93 minutes - this is the restored version!
And what a restoration! The cinema archeologists have spliced together versions from a number of sources which results in a mixture of different-coloured shaded segments of the movie, and the inter-titles have been tastefully modernised in keeping with the original typography and visual style. So aesthetically it's a bit of a jumble: but bear with this because the film itself is a treat. It's presented in 4:3 but looks fine on a widescreen HD screen. There is a choice of original or contemporary soundtrack and in Dolby Surround, and there are some nice extras, which I'll describe below...
The film itself is a 1925 version of Conan Doyle's Victorian dinosaur melodrama, and is remarkably faithful to the book. It follows the story and the characterisation closely, pleasingly so at times - especially given the more familiar Hollywood approach of taking enormous non-sensical liberties with the soure material! The only real departure from the book is a different dinosaur for the denouement...but no need to spoil that!
Of course the main attraction for the viewer is the dinosaurs and Willis O'Brien and his team's wonderfully pioneering stop-motion work. Despite dinosaur knowledge having advanced since 1925 - no self-respecting dinosaur drags its tail around in the dirt these days - the models are lovingly brought to life and not too much of a flight of fancy. The close-ups of the Allosaurus snarling with a mouthful of saliva are really special. In particular there is a dinosaur stampede featuring several different kinds of dinosaur all interacting at once: quite a cinematic tour de force. As with the team's more famous King Kong several years later the integration of live actors with models, whilst technically ropey, is actually just as effective as today's green-screen CGI fests. This is no doubt also due to the actors and director working closely with the model makers in order to achieve a coherent emotional whole with the finished film.
Amongst the extras there are galleries of the original posters and other contemporary magazine article/advert spreads. But the real treat are the stop-motion outtakes. These are lovely little dinosaur vignettes in their own right, eerily paving the way for entertainments which combine education with nothing but dinosaurs (the BBC's Walking With Dinosaurs). The scene involving a Triceratops protecting its baby is particularly endearing. The other revelation is seeing the animators with the models - which are surprisingly big!
All in all both an important cinematic document - little seen or known about - and an enjoyable yarn even after almost a hundred years!
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Barbara UnderwoodReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
The first "Jurassic Park" blockbuster
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It might come as a surprise to today's general movie-goer that back in 1925 audiences were already thrilled and delighted by a special effects action/romance/adventure spectacle not at all unlike the modern-day "Jurassic Park" type of films. This DVD really brings back the glory days of the silent era when all the genres of movies we have today actually developed and even reached their peak of sophistication, and "The Lost World" is a good example of how talented and skilled filmmakers already were back in the 1920s. Based on the famous novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Lost World" is a fictional adventure story based on a few facts, such as the discovery of a high mountain plateau in an unexplored jungle where unknown plants and animals were believed to exist. But then fancy and fantasy take over, and the explorers find aggressive, prehistoric dinosaurs roaming the plateau, and that's when the fun and excitement begins, culminating in a grand climax of a captured dinosaur wreaking havoc in the streets of London with scenes that could rival those of "King Kong" made only several years later. Watching these scenes, it is obvious that a great deal of dedicated effort went into the lengthy animation scenes, especially as many different kinds of prehistoric animals are featured in "The Lost World".

It is fortunate that we now have a nearly completely restored version (minus about 10 minutes) of this special film which was a worldwide sensation in 1925, and can still stand up to modern-day movies of the same genre. While some scenes are obvious props or paintings, and sometimes the animals' movements and volcanic eruptions are just a little less realistic than modern digital or computer-generated images, the overall impression of "The Lost World" is that it was a great achievement and landmark in cinema, and paved the way for King Kong, Godzilla, Jurassic Park and many other similar movies along the way. There are two excellent musical accompaniments to choose from on this DVD; a traditional orchestral score, and a more adventurous score by the Alloy Orchestra with unusual sound effects which I actually found to be more suitable at times, such as in the action scenes with the dinosaurs. Along with excellent music and near-perfect picture quality, there are also some bonuses such as the reproduction of the original souvenir program booklet with various interesting articles and pictures, as well as a good audio commentary by an expert on Arthur Conan Doyle. His commentary gives in-depth insight into Doyle's story, how the book differs from the film, but also explanations about how the special effects and animations were done. Even for those of us not especially crazy about dinosaurs, "The Lost World" is still an exciting and fun adventure, and an important, historically significant film for all sincere film enthusiasts.
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calvinnmeReviewed in the United States on July 8, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
Image Entertainment version is very good
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There had been dinosaurs in films before this 1925 feature, such as "The Dinosaur and the Missing Link" and "The Ghost of Slumber Mountain", both made before 1920. However, this was the first film to feature realistic looking dinosaurs on a large scale, setting the ground work for "King Kong" eight years later. Apparently, there are several versions of this film in circulation. In this case it pays to get the more expensive version from Image Entertainment. It has the longest running version of the film to date, and for all of the splicing that likely went into compiling it, the film actually flows quite smoothly. For all the abuse the original went through over the years, this version is pretty clear with only a few scratches in the film here and there. Plus you get a couple of treats you probably don't get on cheaper versions - a running commentary and the roughly 15 minutes of omitted scenes of dinosaur animation. When you view the omitted scenes you can quickly find the one flaw that caused their deletion - the cameraman has caught a frame or two of someone actually moving the dinosaurs through the stop-animation process. Otherwise they are very clear close-ups of the creatures.

Besides being a pretty good silent picture, this film is interesting for several reasons. First, it is interesting to see what people thought that the various dinosaurs looked like in 1925. Plus, for me, it was interesting to see Lewis Stone in an early film and to notice that he looks the same age - approximately 50 - in every film role I've ever seen him in, from this film up through the Andy Hardy pictures. The one real annoying feature of the film is the presence of the solitary caveman in the lost world. Why is he alone? Is he the last of his kind? The first? Is his chimpanzee companion a "relative" or just a companion? Nothing is ever said about it.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Purchase the blu ray instead. Much better quality and worth the money
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I bought this for my son for Christmas and he was disappointed by it. The fact that there was audio issue. Specifically where there wasn’t any music. And the dvd run time listed for it was at hundred and six minutes equals to an hour and fourty six minutes long. However the actual runtime is seventy plus minutes. And the quality should’ve been better made.
Arthur VReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lost World: Digitally Remastered
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Not near as complete or as much specials as the Image release from the Blackhawk Films Collection.
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