The restless, questing intellect of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spurred him far beyond the ingenious puzzles he constructed for Sherlock Holmes. Doyle, a devotee of the occult and fantastic tales of adventure and discovery, introduces his readers In The Lost World to the character of Professor Challenger, an eccentric paleontologist on a quest for prehistoric creatures. The 1925 film version of THE LOST WORLD was the first feature-length movie to use stop-motion animation to any great degree.
True to its title, the original, 10-reel version of THE LOST WORLD effectively disappeared from circulation in 1929—all known positive prints destroyed—a move by First National Pictures to help clear the way for another film utilizing special effects and Willis O’Brien’s cutting-edge animation techniques: KING KONG. For more than 80 years, only abridged editions of THE LOST WORLD remained in existence until now. This Blu-ray edition (published by Flicker Alley, and also available in a DVD MOD version) of THE LOST WORLD is the most complete reconstruction of the film. The 2K digital restoration features newly-discovered scenes and special effect sequences, incorporating almost all original elements from archives and collections around the world.
The film follows Professor Challenger, played by the inimitable Wallace Beery, as he and a crew of curious explorers embark on an expedition in search of a mythical, prehistoric plateau in South America. Along for the adventure are eminent scientist Summerlee (Arthur Hoyt, the director’s brother), sportsman Sir John Roxton (Lewis Stone), journalist Ed Malone (Lloyd Hughes) and Paula White (Bessie Love), whose father disappeared on the same plateau. The party is not there long before the “lost world” of the jungle begins to reveal its secrets: a primitive ape-man, a Pterodactyl flying through the air, a massive Brontosaurus feeding upon the trees, the vicious Allosaurus, and many more monstrous beasts of the Jurassic age.
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