Saturday, July 16, 2011

Island of Lost Souls on Blu-ray and DVD!

I've been hinting about it for months on the Classic Horror Film Board (since I got the word from my inside source); now the cat's out of the bag as Criterion finally made the announcement we've all been waiting for: Island of Lost Souls will be released on both Blu-ray and DVD on October 25th. Below are the disc features:

-New high-definition digital restoration of the uncut theatrical version (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)

-Audio commentary by film historian Gregory Mank, author of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff and Hollywood's Maddest Doctors

-New video conversation among filmmaker John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Videodrome), and genre expert Bob Burns

-New interviews with horror film historian David J. Skal (The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror); filmmaker Richard Stanley (Hardware, original director of the ill-fated 1996 remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau)

-New interviews with Devo founding members Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, whose manifesto is rooted in themes from Island of Lost Souls

-Theatrical trailer

-Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Christine Smallwood

Certainly, this is the best news for fans of classic horror in quite some time, and the perfect release for this Halloween! Having being named the "The Film Most in Need of a DVD Release or Restoration" for the past six years by voters during the annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, it looks like voters will have to start thinking about a new film for next year's ballot!

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