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Lost Horizon

By Ronald Colman (Actor), Jane Wyatt (Actor), Edward Everett Horton (Actor), John Howard (Actor), Thomas Mitchell (Actor) & Frank Capra (Director)
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Record Label   Sony Pictures
Format   Black & White / DVD / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.4" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   May 27, 2008
Publisher   PROVIDENT #130
ISBN  0012500933  
EAN  0043396076396  
UPC  043396076396  

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In this restored Frank Capra masterpiece, A Christian missionary establishes Shangri-La, a fair and just secluded community in the remote mountains of Tibet. A plane crashes in the nearby mountains and the survivors are discovered by the inhabitants of Shangri-La, and their lives are changed forever.

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Wonderful film with a tangled history  Mar 28, 2010
I only wish that one of the deleted scenes included in the "extras" on this DVD had made it into the final print. It is a scene between the two female characters who unfortunately don't have an exchange in the released film. It would have made a great film better.
Beautiful Vision of Paradise  Mar 11, 2010
Lost Horizon is the most beautiful movie I have seen. It starts off with the characters boarding a plane to flee an uprising in China. Their pilot lands somewhere without their permission to provide supplies to some militants. They take off again and I can't remember what happens next but somehow their plane crashes in the Himalayas. At the crash site they are greeted by Tibetans and are led to a place high up in the mountains called Shangrila. Shangrila is a dreamlike paradise where people age extremely slowly and there is no disease or sickness. In Shangrila there is also no worries about being unemployed, people don't fret about their loved one cheating on them and there is no competition. It is so to say, the ideal society.

Lost Horizon is the most beautiful film I know of to come out of Hollywood. If they remade it these days they would probably do a bad job. They actually did remake the film in the 70s as a musical and it was a disaster.

A theme found in the film that is especially important is the fact that the brother of the main character wants to leave Shangrila with his female companion who also wants to leave. This is representative of how some people are. Hasn't there been tons of marriages made from heaven that ended because one person in the marriage was incapable of experiencing love and happiness. Some people crave the real world with its conflict and insecurity. Not me.

I think if humanity got its act together it could create a true Shangrila, and Lost Horizon would not be just a vision, but a reality.

Unfortunately we do not have the Lost Horizon film in its entirety. Parts of it were lost with only the audio track remaining. During these parts the film is played with the video replaced with still photographs of the characters and the audio track playing. Most of the film remains though and despite this it still holds up as a cinematic classic. In the special features is also included an audio track with stills from a scene that was put in the original version of the film where the main character relates a story of his stay in Shangrila to people on a cruise ship and plays a never before heard Chopin piano composition he had learned about there.
Capra at his most Capra-esque; Colman at his most Colman-esque  Jan 29, 2010
Ronald Colman, A Very Private PersonRonald Colman: Gentleman of the Cinema (McFarland Classics)The Prisoner of Zenda (1937 and 1952 Versions)Random HarvestA Tale of Two Cities (1935)The optimistic confidence that Capra expresses in his movies, such as "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" and "It's a Wonderful Life" are in display in this 1930's extravaganza re-telling of James Hilton's best-selling novel. Hilton and MGM weren't seeking to portray a realistic travelogue of the peoples of Tibet and lamasery life but rather to tell a wistful story of utopia. Yes, the movie has creaks and cracks to our modern eyes - it is strange to see Chinese portrayed by Westerners - but it is very much a product of its Depression era. Folks who lived in that period, who scraped and struggled to find work and keep their homes and their families intact, who had loved ones that fought and died in World War I, and who were aware of the growing militarism in Germany and Italy and what it might mean for the future - those folks would have walked out of the movie theatre wishing they too could find their Shangri-La. Only the most pedantic and socialist of those viewers would have focused on the inconsistency between the expressed utopian wish and the fact that the palatial lamasery and its inhabitants were supported by the Tibetan inhabitants of the Valley of the Blue Moon. Hey, people -this is a "feel good" escapist movie, not a political training film!

Those reviewers who state that Ronald Colman's (other reviewers please note this is the correct spelling of the actor's name!) performance of Foreign Consul Robert Conway was not his best should be advised that: 1) James Hilton wrote the character of Conway with Colman in mind and that 2) Colman's own daughter, Juliet Benita Colman, thought her father was playing himself. (Perhaps, therefore, those reviewers who found Mr Colman's performance not his best merely prefer the characters of Sydney Carton, Tony John, and/or Charles Rainier to the real English gentleman actor).

The opening sequence (of which I will not reveal the facts, so as not to place a spoiler in this review) was very realistic. The Chinese suffered horribly under the invasion of the Japanese in the mid-30s, a fact willingly ignored by many Westerners. Not so Robert Conway - listen to what he says to his brother after his statement regarding the saving of the Westerners in Bakul.

Parents who are concerned about the "nude" swimming scene of Jane Wyatt should know that the stand-in for the actress was filmed from the back, at a great distance, and in soft focus. The nude appearance is only for a second or two (the Hays Office would not have permitted more!).

In summary, I think this is a movie well-worth watching for its goals and its entertainment value. All this being said, I still want to strangle George Conway every time he appears on the screen. His character is so one-dimensional as to be a distraction every time he is before the camera.
America's Introduction to Tibet  Dec 15, 2009
A beautiful film about the spiritual path, faith and love. It's especially interesting because it shows Americans' views of Asia at the time. The footage of the Himalayas -- or what is supposed to be the Himalayas -- is quite stunning for the time. The dialogue is surprisingly decent too. Apparently the film was nearly lost until the American Film Institute recovered it. I'm not big on old movies, but this one is really worth watching.
lost horizon  Nov 29, 2009
I like it - some people might think I'm crazy - But, I still think utopia is possible.

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