Sunday, February 21, 2010

Why is it not on DVD or Blu-Ray? Island of Lost Souls

Every now and then I'll get in the mood to watch some movie I haven't seen in a dog's age, only to find that it's not on DVD. Recently I was amazed that Universal's "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf" (1973) wasn't on DVD, but not surprised since it's Universally (pun intended) panned and not considered a classic.

Then today I found out "The Island Of Lost Souls" (1933) is not on DVD!

This Paramount released thriller, based on "The Island of Doctor Moreau" by H.G. Wells, is a classic. It starred Charles Laughton as the sadistic doctor and an animalistic Bela Lugosi as the Sayer of the Law. Paramount sold the rights to Universal in 1958 for distribution to TV and the property is stilled controlled by Universal. They came out with a VHS version as part of their Universal Classic Collection in 1997, but since then nothing.

I think this is a shame. There is no reason to keep this film under lock and key in this day of DVDs and being able to watch instantly over the Internet. What do you think?

Until Next Time,

Stay Insane!

1 comment:

Matthew Coniam said...

It's so annoying! I don't know what it's like in the States but over here even the old video tapes of it you can sometimes track down are the worst condition multi-generational dupes I've ever seen on legitimate release - virtually unwatchable.
For some reason, Paramount is the last major studio to capitalise on its early thirties horror heritage. Can't get Murders in the Zoo over here either.