Sunday, July 31, 2011


In what promises to be the horror DVD scoop of the year, the cinema conservators at THE CRITERION COLLECTION will at long last release Earle C. Kenton's ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932) featuring Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi. The release will come in both standard DVD and the high-quality Blu-ray format with a suggested retail price of $39.95 for Blu-ray (there is a discount if pre-ordered).

This is huge news for those of us who are tired of watching our beat up video tape and our downright lousy gray market versions after all these years. The controversial and downright disturbing ISLAND OF LOST SOULS will be remastered with uncompressed sound in the Blu-ray version. I saw this on a late-night TV spook show not long after I had read FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #28, which contained the Filmbook of the movie (Part 1, anyway). It is one of the few horror movies that has left an indelible impression on this aged Monster Kid.

As shown below, in the informations supplied at THE CRITERION COLLECTION website, the disc will be loaded with extras, including an odd interview with the founders of the Pop group, Devo, whose "manifesto" was influenced by ISLAND OF LOST SOULS.

While it will be tough to wait it out, the release date is, appropriately enough, during the Halloween season -- October 25. Now, can THE UNINVITED be too far off?

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