Lost World

Lost World

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Director: Irwin Allen

Cast: Irwin Allen, Michael Rennie, Jill St. John, David Hedison

     
 

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story of an expedition to a remote plateau rumored to be the home of prehistoric beasts, already the basis of a 1925 sci-fi classic, is again brought to the screen in Irwin Allen's lesser version. Claude Rains stars as Professor Challenger, who leads a team of fellow scientists and adventurers deep into the Amazon jungle. The team must battle… See more details below

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story of an expedition to a remote plateau rumored to be the home of prehistoric beasts, already the basis of a 1925 sci-fi classic, is again brought to the screen in Irwin Allen's lesser version. Claude Rains stars as Professor Challenger, who leads a team of fellow scientists and adventurers deep into the Amazon jungle. The team must battle unforgiving jungle conditions before arriving at the isolated plateau that is their final destination. There they discover a strange group of prehistoric beasts and unexpectedly find themselves in a fight for survival. While the 1925 Harry Hoyt version is still considered noteworthy for its ground-breaking stop-motion effects, Allen relies on enlarged footage of modern-day animals dressed up as their prehistoric counterparts, a technique that has aged less gracefully.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Though vastly inferior to the 1925 silent version, Irwin Allen's production of The Lost World is still cheesy good fun for devotees of prehistoric monster films. Certainly, part of the film's problem is with its screenplay -- often a major culprit in films of this sci-fi genre. Writing an "undiscovered world" film is actually pretty tricky -- the wonders of the lost world have to take precedence over in-depth characterization or stunningly original plotting. At the same time, audiences won't be satisfied with mere cardboard characters or plot twists that are telegraphed far in advance. Charles Bennett's screenplay, while not particularly good (or overly concerned with logic), is far from dismal; its biggest flaw is that it relies far too much on special effects (not unusual in films of this sort). Unfortunately, the effects (i.e., the dinosaurs) are not very special, being for the most part lizards or iguanas modified with a couple of horns or some extra scales -- but very young children will find them cool enough, and older kids-at-heart will enjoy laughing at them. Allen's direction is fairly aimless, but he has assembled a good cast to enliven things. (If nothing else, World gives viewers a chance to see a red-haired, bushy-bearded Claude Rains, an interesting sight in and of itself.) Those who have little patience for prehistoric monster films might as well not even bother tuning in, but those who have a soft spot for these movies could do worse than The Lost World.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2007
UPC:
0024543459651
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
5,216

Special Features

Disc One: ; The Lost World - Footprints on Sands of Time featurette; Fox movietone news; Original theatrical trailer; Comic book; Still gallery; ; Disc Two: ; The Lost World (1925) black & white silent film

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Rennie Lord John Roxton
Jill St. John Jennifer Holmes
David Hedison Ed Malone
Claude Rains George Edward Challenger
Fernando Lamas Manuel Gomez
Richard Haydn Professor Walter Summerlee
Ray Stricklyn David Holmes
Jay Novello Costa
Ian Wolfe Burton White
Johnny Graham Stuart Holmes
Colin Campbell Prof. Waldron
Vitina Marcus Native Girl

Technical Credits
Irwin Allen Director,Producer,Screenwriter
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Charles Bennett Screenwriter
Duncan Cramer Art Director
Hugh S. Fowler Editor
James B. Gordon Special Effects
Winton Hoch Cinematographer
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Emil Kosa Special Effects
Ben Nye Makeup
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Bert Shefter Score Composer
Walter M. Simonds Art Director
John Sturtevant Set Decoration/Design
Paul Zastupnevich Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lost World: 1960
1. Chapter 1 [1:56]
2. Chapter 2 [3:32]
3. Chapter 3 [5:43]
4. Chapter 4 [4:59]
5. Chapter 5 [6:35]
6. Chapter 6 [4:22]
7. Chapter 7 [6:06]
8. Chapter 8 [4:55]
9. Chapter 9 [2:47]
10. Chapter 10 [3:15]
11. Chapter 11 [2:45]
12. Chapter 12 [6:24]
13. Chapter 13 [3:49]
14. Chapter 14 [3:36]
15. Chapter 15 [5:37]
16. Chapter 16 [5:03]
17. Chapter 17 [7:36]
18. Chapter 18 [7:36]
19. Chapter 19 [7:17]
20. Chapter 20 [1:59]

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