Island of Lost Souls (H.G. Wells) (Masters of Cinema) (Dual Format)

Release Date: 28 May 2012 | Certificate: Suitable for 12 years and over
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Originally rejected by the BBFC on its original release for being "against nature", this first and best screen adaptation of H. G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau is a taboo-flaunting, blood-curdling spectacular, and one of Hollywood's wildest, most notorious, pre-Code pictures.

Shipwrecked and adrift, Edward Parker finds himself a guest on Dr. Moreau's isolated South Seas island, but quickly discovers the horrifying nature of the doctor's work and the origin of the strange forms inhabiting the isle: a colony of wild animals reworked into humanoid form via sadistic surgical experiments. Furthermore, Parker quickly begins to fear his own part in the doctor's plans to take the unholy enterprise to a next level.

Featuring a peerlessly erudite and sinister performance by Charles Laughton (Spartacus, Hobson's Choice, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mutiny on the Bounty) as the diabolical doctor, a sterling appearance by Bela Lugosi (Dracula, The Raven, Ninotchka) as the half-beast-half-man "Sayer of the Law", and sensationally atmospheric cinematography by the great Karl Struss (Murnau's Sunrise, Mamoulian's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), Island of Lost Souls now returns to claim a central position among the most imaginative and nightmarish fantasies from Hollywood's golden age of horror.

Newly restored high-definition digital transfer officially licensed from Universal Pictures
Newly created SDH subtitles on the feature for the deaf and hard of hearing
An exclusive video piece in which horror critic and historian Jonathan Rigby discusses the film and its source novel
More extras to be announced nearer the release date
PLUS: A lavish booklet featuring rare production imagery, and more!
Release Date: 28 May 2012
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over


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