THE LOST WORLD
Reviewed by: Donny Broussard
Jill St. John
What's it about
A group of dinosaur hunters set out to find proof that prehistoric lizards are alive and well in the lost world.
Is it good movie?
When I got Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World” in my mailbox I got excited. It had been years since I had seen this flick and I could remember watching it on late night television. Dinosaurs have always fascinated me, and movies about dinosaurs are usually fun. Especially when the dinosaurs are real lizards with prosthetic spikes and horns glued onto them like they were in this science fiction classic.
Zoology professor George Edward Challenger (Claude Rains) organizes an expedition consisting of reporter Ed Malone (David Hedison), big game hunter Lord Roxton (Michael Rennie), rich girl Jennifer Holmes (Jill St. John) and her brother David Holmes (Ray Stricklyn), and pilot Gomez (Fernando Lamas) that intends to find proof of living dinosaurs. Soon after they arrive in the lost world the group finds a really hot native and a real live dinosaur, but it doesn’t take long for the natives to find them and carry them off to their camp. The group then has to do their best to escape the natives while trying to avoid becoming dinosaur food.
All of the actors in this film were spot on especially Rennie and Hedison. The sets were beautiful also and the cinematography was top notch. But the best part of this film was watching the lizards in full dinosaur wardrobe duke it out against each other and chase the little humans around.
Now I don’t feel like I can talk about this film without mentioning how awesome the film on disc two is. The 1925 black and white silent film “The Lost World” is great! The print of the film looks dirty which adds a certain artsy quality, and the actors were so good that it didn’t take me long to forget that I was watching a silent film. And the dinosaurs in this version were done using claymation and looked amazing. I wish filmmakers would start making movies like this again and use claymation or traditional effects instead of 3D graphics.
Video / Audio
Video: The 2.35:1 widescreen transfer looked awesome.
Audio: Was loud and clear.
The Lost World – Footprints on Sands of Time was a cool little featurette that had a back in time narration that sounded like it was lifted off of “Leave it to Beaver.” It gave a brief history of the giant beasts that populated the feature.
Fox Movietone News was a neat advertisement that was similar to a short trailer but somehow not a trailer at all.
The Original Theatrical Trailer is also on this disc in all of its retro goodness.
There is a lost world Comic Book that is pretty cool but would have been much cooler in print.
The requisite Still Gallery is also on hand for your viewing pleasure.
On disc two is The Lost World (1925) black and white silent film, which kicks much ass. This feature is worth the price all by itself making it one of the best special features I’ve seen in a while.
If, like me you think dinosaurs are awesome then this film is for you. It is packed with great acting, giant lizards, natives that worship a volcano, and a smoking hot cave woman. For me all was good in the lost world.