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The Lost World (1960/20th Century Fox)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Film: C+



To have plenty of product to show off their CinemaScope format, Fox and Irwin Allen produced a cycle of Sci-Fi/Adventure films that did for those genres what Elvis Presley did for the Musical; not much, but the film were interesting even when they were hokey and silly.  One such film was a 1960 remake of the 1925 silent, stop-motion classic (0included in this DVD set!) The Lost World, based on the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, best know for creating Sherlock Holmes.


This version offers Michael Rennie, David Hedison, Jill St. John, Fernando Lamas, Claude Rains and Ray Strickland.  Like MGM’s new version of H.G. Welles’ The Time Machine the same year, the film was sold as a fantastic, wholesome literary adaptation that should inspire readers of all ages to pick up a book.


The visual effects are not stop motion, but very dated, as is some of the acting.  The cast keeps this interesting, even when the screenplay by Allen and Charles Bennett has many lulls throughout.  Most interesting is St. John, giving a straight out performance without the terrific, subtle sass and wit that informed hits like Tony Rome and Diamonds Are Forever.  This film helped her career more than anyone else here, though Hedison eventually worked for Allen long term on the hit TV version of Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea.


It is not always thrilling, but in its 96 minutes, is at least interesting and worth a look.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is soft and even color-challenged, in part because the DeLuxe color of the print used is in trouble of fading, though it is only just about to do so.  The shoot by Winton C., Hoch, A.S.C., a John Wayne regular who became the same for Allen, the scope compositions are often very good for such a film.  The Dolby Digital 4.0 mix is the best, recreating the four-track magnetic stripe stereo of the better 35mm prints.  Extras include stills, press book with click on enlargement options, comic book and Fox Movietone reel on the film, Footprints In The Sands Of time featurette on DVD 1 and the 1925 original restored on DVD 2.  The 1.33 X 1 black and white (with some tinting) picture on that looks pretty good for its age.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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