Lost Horizon had a troubled production and release history. Capra's original 3 hrs 30 minute long cut is lost. This DVD contains the 2 hrs 11 minute long version, which was restored in 1973. This restored version has 7 minutes of scenes where only the audio was found, and the surviving stills or production photos are used.
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.