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Island of Lost Souls: Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

4 November 2011 10:10 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

In 1896, acclaimed author H.G. Wells released his novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau, a chilling tale that was equally disturbing and controversial. Since then, Hollywood has consistently tried to bring the story to the screen, often with mixed to mediocre to flat out awful results. One of these films, however, serves the original story justice while at the same time existing on its own merits and that film is 1933's Island of Lost Souls.

A long thought lost classic from the beginnings of the sound era (resurrected and brought to the High Def world by the always wonderful Criterion Collection), Island of Lost Souls is a tremendous horror/thriller that manages to work on one level as a genre picture, but also has a layer of social commentary that touches on some subjects that is still to this day a bit taboo, making it even more so in the 30's when it was released, »

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La Screenings Alert: James Bond and Laurel & Hardy!

17 June 2011 3:03 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The Cinematheque has lots of great stuff. This weekend is no exception.

A bit last minute on this announcement, but, since we love the American Cinematheque here in Los Angeles so much, it’s still worth noting for those of you without plans this weekend. They’re always screening movies — real, interesting movies — the way they were meant to be seen. And this weekend they’ve got several events worth considering.

Tonight, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, they screen two Laurel and Hardy shorts alongside one of their features, Way Out West.

In what half of their fans consider their best feature, Stan and Ollie travel, well, out west to deliver the deed to a gold mine to the daughter of its late owner. Naturally, they don’t reckon with perennial nemesis Jimmy Finlayson trying to snatch it for himself. Endlessly entertaining, with Rosina Lawrence, Sharon Lynne, Stanley Fields, »

- Danny

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