Lost Souls

Lost Souls

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Director: Janusz Kaminski

Cast: Janusz Kaminski, Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin, Sarah Wynter

     
 

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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 BurtonSee more details below

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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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2001
UPC:
0794043520723
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Widescreen version of the film; 5.1 Dolby surround sound; DTS surround sound; Commentary by director Janusz Kaminski and director of photography Mauro Flore; Deleted scenes with commentary; Cast and crew filmographies; Original theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM features:; Script-to-screen; Original website

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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