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Island Of Lost Souls (1974/Prison Drama)

 

Picture: C-     Sound: C     Extras: C-     Film: D

 

 

Not to be confused with the H.G. Welles film or book of the same name, no matter how bad either of the later two Island Of Dr. Moreau films might have been, René Cardona’s Island Of Lost Souls is a very bad, badly dubbed and obnoxious drama about an island-bound prison where the prisoners are tortured and worse daily.  Though Cardona has done some odd films, all were more watchable than this.

 

This one was based on a popular book by Jose Leon Sanchez, while The Island Of Lonely Men was the title in the trailer, so is the change a matter of homophobia, sensationalism or both?  No matter what they title, there is nothing gay here, but there is also plenty of corruption and mutilation.  The production values are odd and the film gets tired very quickly. 

 

The letterboxed 1.85 X 1 image is soft, from a print with some better color than expected, but softness and agedness throughout otherwise.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is dubbed, but not all the way, with English translations disappearing within the last reel or two of the film!  The English dubbing is too forward, as is the music, which includes the prisoners playing music that sounds like it is including a kazoo!  The combination is odd and makes for a unique presentation.  Extras include trailers to this and four other VCI titles, plus text on some of the cast and director.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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