Lost Souls

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Overview

The Exorcist gets an update in the Winona Ryder horror thriller Lost Souls. New Line has done a fine job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer, though for some reason this film suffers from an excessive amount of grain and dirt. Most of the color patterns and black levels are even, though the film has a very "drab" look to it (not unlike the Tim Burton horror film Sleepy Hollow). Edge enhancement, digital artifacting, and shimmer are all absent from this print. Audio for Lost Souls includes both a DTS soundtrack as ...
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Overview

The Exorcist gets an update in the Winona Ryder horror thriller Lost Souls. New Line has done a fine job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer, though for some reason this film suffers from an excessive amount of grain and dirt. Most of the color patterns and black levels are even, though the film has a very "drab" look to it (not unlike the Tim Burton horror film Sleepy Hollow). Edge enhancement, digital artifacting, and shimmer are all absent from this print. Audio for Lost Souls includes both a DTS soundtrack as well as a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mix. Both tracks are clean and concise, using surround effects effectively. Both the DTS and 5.1 tracks are clear of any distortion or hiss. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. Although this edition of Lost Souls is not a coveted "platinum edition" (as is often found in the New Line catalog), it still boasts a strong array of extra features. A commentary track by director Janusz Kaminski and director of photography Mauro Fiore enlightens the viewer on behind-the-scenes stories and some technical aspects of the production. Also included on this disc are five short deleted scenes, as well as five alternate takes, some cast and crew filmographies, and a theatrical trailer for Lost Souls. Those interested in demonic possession, Winona Ryder, or a well-produced DVD will be satisfied with this edition of Lost Souls.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by director Janusz Kaminski and director of photography Mauro Fiore, deleted scenes with commentary, cast and crew filmographies, and DVD-ROM materials.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Several recent horror movies have connected a satanic resurgence with the coming of a new millennium, but the most spine-chillingly convincing of these is Lost Souls, a visually stylish supernatural thriller directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List. With nods to its genre forefathers The Omen, Rosemary's Baby, and The Exorcist, the film follows waiflike Winona Ryder as a young woman whose onetime demonic possession makes her uniquely suited to ferreting out Satan's minions, who are preparing for the Dark Prince's return. Ben Chaplin plays an up-and-coming author who, initially skeptical when Winona tags him as the Antichrist, finally realizes that he’s destined to play a pivotal role in the tumult to come. This densely plotted thriller is genuinely unsettling; Good's triumph over Evil is by no means assured, or even probable. Kaminski heightens the tension with his atmospheric imagery, which is the film's primary asset. But the principal players -- among them John Hurt, Philip Baker Hall, and Elias Koteas -- also aid the director's efforts to promote unease with their carefully calibrated performances. Lost Souls may not be fresh in concept, but, like its esteemed predecessors, it is certainly striking in execution.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • UPC: 794043520723
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,321

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Winona Ryder Maya Larkin
Ben Chaplin Peter Kelson
Sarah Wynter Claire Van Owen
Philip Baker Hall Father James
John Hurt Father Lareaux
Elias Koteas John Townsend
Brian Reddy Father Frank
John Beasley Mike Smythe
John Diehl Henry Birdson
Victor Slezak Father Thomas
Brad Greenquist George Viznik
W. Earl Brown William Kelson
James Lancaster Father Jeremy
Technical Credits
Janusz Kaminski Director
Cinesite Animator
Chris Cornwell Art Director
Christopher Cronyn Co-producer
Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Larry Dias Set Decoration/Design
Mauro Fiore Cinematographer
Pierce Gardner Executive Producer, Original Story, Screenwriter
Anne Goursaud Editor
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Score Composer
Donna Langley Executive Producer
Mindy Marin Casting
Conny Marinos Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Jill M. Ohanneson Costumes/Costume Designer
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Nilo Otero Asst. Director
Meg Ryan Producer
Nina R. Sadowsky Producer
Betsy Stahl Executive Producer, Original Story
Carl Stansel Set Decoration/Design
Garreth Stover Production Designer
Sloane U'ren Set Decoration/Design
Jason Weil Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
1. Main Titles [2:39]
2. In Torment [3:28]
3. Henry [6:00]
4. Kelson [7:56]
5. "I Know Who He Is" [1:44]
6. "He Could See Me" [1:31]
7. Projections [5:08]
8. "Prove Me Wrong" [4:28]
9. Taped Evidence [4:26]
10. A Visit With Evil [4:50]
11. "God Will Forgive Me" [8:57]
12. "You Are That Man" [6:46]
13. The Sign of the Devil [6:41]
14. Searching for Answers [7:34]
15. Tomorrow [3:28]
16. "We Won" [3:56]
17. Lareaux's Exorcism [3:18]
18. "It's Out Turn" [2:57]
19. 4:55 [3:12]
20. End Credits [3:30]
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Menu

Side #1
Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer
Cast & Crew
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NEEDED MORE ACTION

    This movie had a great story and great actors, but there was just no action. I was very disappointed because I had read reviews on how good this movie was, and I thought the opposite. It's not the worst movie out there, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Check it out, it's worth it.

    Many people have said the worst things about this film for various reasons: it ''rips-off'' The Exorcist, it has a ''bad story'', Winona ''sucks''. Well, I suppose I can agree on the latter. This might definitely be one of the worst of Winona's performances, but that's no excuse to ignore ''Lost Souls''. Not only does this manage to be genuinely scary, but the directing and special effects are brilliant, the score is chilling and Ben Chaplin does a good job. Fundamentalist christian reviewers might try to convince you how this flick tends to show Christianity ''in the worst way possible'', but that couldn't be further from the truth. ''Lost Souls'' stands out as one of the few demonology-related horror films which manage to evaluate faith and religion from all sides, remaining consistent and compelling. Ignore Winona's unfortunate performance, and you've got your money well spend. The Exorcist? FORGET IT - this, at least, is credible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Cast and cinematography: Plot could Have Been Better Though

    If you ignore the inadequacies in the story structure, you have yoursel a very entertaining film. The cast is wonderful! Especially Ryder!

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