Not the Steven Spielberg blockbuster, this Lost World is a splendid 2001 BBC TV dramatization of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous adventure story. Bob Hoskins makes an unusually genial Professor Challenger, far less of a bully than Doyle's character, but his slightly stereotyped companions are nicely filled out by a solid cast. James Fox is Challenger's more timid but still covertly adventurous rival, Tom Ward is the mustachioed big-game hunter who faces an allosaur with an elephant gun, and Matthew Rhys plays the tagalong reporter hoping to impress his faithless fiancée.
As usual, the adaptation adds a woman--orphaned jungle girl Elaine Cassidy--to the expedition, and an interesting villain (religious fanatic Peter Falk) beefs up the travelogue by marooning Challenger's gang on the South American plateau where dinosaurs, cavemen, and Indians coexist eventfully. The Walking with Dinosaurs-style effects work well for the TV frame, but the real success is in integrating the adventuring with subtle eco-awareness, complex character interplay, and the reliable wonder of soaring pteranodons and carnosaur attacks. --Kim Newman
This is the Ultimate 'Lost World' Dinosaur movie experience. Had this been released in the theaters it may have been just as big, if not bigger, than the Jurassic Park Lost World. Read morePublished on March 18 2003 by Gary Shultis Jr.
Quite watchable made-for-TV (A&E Network) adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's sci-fi adventure. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2002 by D. Hartley
The word Widescreen is used to promote this two DVD set.It's all over the packaging as an exclusive feature of this edition. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2002
Note: This DVD release is not in a widescreen format as advertised, regardless of what the packaging or Amazon.com listing indicates. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2002 by Charles Prepolec
I'v never read the novel (plan to some day), but this is the only movie version that I actually enjoyed. The whole film was exellent. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2002 by Craig Bard
The original novel is a fabulous romance -- by turns hilarious, mysterious, frightening and moving -- in which four Edwardian gentlemen travel into a prehistoric hell and... Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2002
The Lost World (2001) is high quality. I spent four hours over two days watching this on tv with all the commercials in between. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2002 by Mr. T. Pace
If you didn't see this wonderful Lost World minseries A&E did, buy the DVD or video. Or do like I did-buy it after having seen it on A&E. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2002 by Captain Hornblower