- Actors: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton
- Directors: Frank Capra
- Format: Dolby, Letterboxed, PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 5 (Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: U/A (Parental Guidance)
- Studio: Enlighten
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: B009YEUZSU
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The Lost Horizon
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British diplomat Robert Conway and a small group of civilians crash land in the Himalayas and are rescued by the people of the mysterious, Eden-like valley of Shangri-la. Protected by the mountains from the world outside, where the clouds of World War II are gathering, Shangri-La provides a seductive escape for the world-weary Conway.
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Lost Horizon is a visually stunning movie. Yes, there are times when the back-projection or sets don't look realistic, but it's an 80-year old movie. I belive that it's better to watch the movie without knowing about the plot. Its a thrilling journey which kicks off from the opening scene. Lost Horizon is the least Capraesque movie. It doesn't have the underdog protagonist, the screwball comedy, the optimism, or the celebration of all things American. Instead, there's a bit of communist philosophy due to which it was criticized during release. Capra's direction, the cinematography, acting are all top-notch. The pacing is a bit uneven. Some scenes seem to stall the story, and some seem too rushed. But that's understandable considering that this is not a complete movie. I wonder if the orignal cut would have been too indulgent.
Overall, Lost Horizon is not my favorite Capra movie. I do like It happened one night and Mr Smith goes to Washington more. But it's still his most ambitious movie. This DVD is recommended for the good print and clear audio, but it has no bonus features. Sony is releasing the 80th Anniversary Blu-ray this year with a new 4k restoration containing an newly discovered 1 minute scene (from the first meeting with High Lama) and bonus features. Fans would want to wait for that; for others this DVD would suffice.
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-- Five reasons why you should get the new Blu-Ray:
1) It has one additional minute of new material not in the 1999 DVD.
2) Much better picture and sound than the 1999 DVD.
3) It comes packaged in a 32 page hard-cover book.
4) SDH subtitles for everything: even the audio commentary has it's own subtitles
5) Really cheap. They're practically giving it away.
-- 1937 (March) When it was newly released, Frank Capra's 'Lost Horizon' was 132 minutes long
-- 1937 (September) Columbia Pictures cut it to 118 minutes (and promptly "lost" 14 minutes)
-- 1942: Cut to 110 minutes
-- 1948: Restored to 118 minutes
-- 1952: Cut to 92 minutes and sold to television
-- 1986: Restored to 132 minutes by American Film institute and UCLA
-- 1999: DVD release of 132 minute version
-- 2017: Blu-Ray release of 132 minute version, updated and digitally remastered in 4-K
Frank Capra's 132 minute 1937 version no longer exists.
But the people responsible for the 1986 restoration got lucky and found the original 132 minute soundtrack (audio only).
They then assembled every available print and fragment of the film in existence, and painstakingly synchronized the surviving visual elements to the 132 minute soundtrack.
They even found the video for 7 of the 14 minutes "lost" in 1937, matched them to the soundtrack, and restored them to 'Lost Horizon'.
The restored print had 125 minutes of video and 132 minutes of audio.
Their solution for the missing 7 minutes was to use still photos of the missing scenes matched to the 7 minutes of audio.
Good News: Following the release of the 1999 DVD, one additional minute of "lost" video was discovered and appears for the first time in the 2017 restoration:
It's in chapter 8 where Ronald Colman first meets the High Lama played by Sam Jaffe.
Additionally a better-looking 16mm print of the cut version was discovered.
These two discoveries were the inspiration for the new restoration released in 2017.
They were able to use modern 4-K digital restoration techniques, unavailable in 1986, to clean up the picture and sound for Blu-Ray.
The "new" restored print has 126 minutes of video and 132 minutes of audio.
6 minutes of still photos.
The blu-ray gives you a choice of five languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Italian), plus subtitles in 23 languages.
The story is about five people, trying to escape from war torn China in 1935, and whose plane is hijacked and flown on a mysterious flight path further west into China and Tibet. The plane eventually runs out of fuel and crashes deep in the Himalayan Mountains, killing the pilot. The passengers are miraculously rescued and taken to Shangri-La, an idyllic valley sheltered inside the ring of several mountains from the otherwise bitter high altitude mountain cold. Initially anxious to return to civilization, four of the newcomers grow to love utopian Shangri-La where humans live hundreds of years, where human relationships are voluntary, no masters and no slaves, and where there is no formal government or formal religion, nor laws, nor money, nor force and violence. The people try to be kind to each other. My kind of place.
In 2017, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the film on Blu-ray, transferred from 4k scan restoring another minute of previously lost footage, for a total run time of 133 minutes. This cut of the film includes audio corresponding to footage that remains unrecovered, accompanied by promotional stills and behind the scenes photos. The bonus features and commentary from the 1999 release were retained for the Blu-ray edition.
For its time period, this was a very well done movie, and because of its theme, you will not find Hollywood making a film of this theme in the 21st century. If you are into collecting and enjoying older movies, this 133 minute version is a keeper.