Island of Lost Souls Island of Lost Souls

Island of Lost Souls

Erle C. Kenton

 
Island of Lost Souls (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1932
  • 70 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #586

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 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 man (Richard Arlen) who finds himself trapped there. This touchstone of movie terror, directed by Erle C. Kenton, features expressionistic photography by Karl Struss, groundbreaking makeup effects that have inspired generations of monster-movie artists, and the legendary Bela Lugosi in one of his most gruesome roles.

Credits

DirectorErle C. Kenton
Associate producerE. Lloyd Sheldon
AdaptationPhilip Wylie
Based on The Island of Dr. Moreau byH. G. Wells
ScreenplayWaldemar Young
CinematographerKarl Struss
MakeupWally Westmore
Art directorHans Dreier
Special photographic effectsGordon Jennings
SoundM. M. Poggi and Loren L. Ryder
Assistant directorRussell Matthews
Assistant cameramenPaul Cable, Cliff Shirpser and Fleet Southcott
Camera operatorsGeorge T. Clemens and Otto Pierce
MusicArthur Johnston and Sigmund Krumgold

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration of the uncut theatrical version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Gregory Mank
  • New conversation between filmmaker John Landis, Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker, and genre expert Bob Burns
  • New interviews with horror film historian David J. Skal; filmmaker Richard Stanley, the original director of the ill-fated 1996 adaptation; and Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh of the band Devo
  • Short 1976 film by Devo, featuring the songs “Secret Agent Man” and “Jocko Homo”
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by writer Christine Smallwood

    New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus

Film Essays

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Island of Lost Souls: The Beast Flesh Creeping Back

By Christine SmallwoodOctober 25, 2011

An Erle C. Kenton–directed Paramount feature based on the 1896 H. G. Wells novel The Island of . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Monsters!

February 08, 2012


Press Notes

Press Notes: Best of 2011

January 13, 2012

It’s the time of year when the list makers do their heavy lifting, looking back over the . . . Read more »


Press Notes

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Press Notes: Island of Lost Souls

November 09, 2011

“Most of the classic horror films of the early 1930s have been released and rereleased on home . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

Cast Away

By Chuck StephensOctober 27, 2011


Photo Galleries


Film Essays

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Island of Lost Souls: The Beast Flesh Creeping Back

By Christine SmallwoodOctober 25, 2011

An Erle C. Kenton–directed Paramount feature based on the 1896 H. G. Wells novel The Island of . . . Read more »


Video


Photo Galleries

10 Things I Learned: Island of Lost Souls

By Susan ArosteguyOctober 20, 2011