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  • Actors: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Writers: James Hilton, Robert Riskin, Sidney Buchman
  • Producers: Frank Capra, Harry Cohn
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Columbia/Tristar Vid
  • VHS Release Date: Jan. 5 1999
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00000493Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #916 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
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James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon proposes a perfect hidden community within the uncharted Himalayas, a land where peace reigns and the inhabitants live for hundreds of years. So indelible is this mythical land that its name has entered the culture: Shangri-La. Director Frank Capra, riding high during his mid-'30s hot streak, spared no expense in creating Hilton's paradise onscreen, taxing the coffers of Columbia Pictures and the patience of mogul Harry Cohn. The results, however, are magical: shimmering, seductive, and maybe a bit foolish, truly the creation of an idealist (understandably, the spectacular art direction won an Oscar). And Capra's hero is an idealist, too. Ronald Colman, at his most marvelously elocutionary, plays a wise diplomat whose plane crashes in the snows of Tibet. He and the other survivors are guided to Shangri-La, where they wrestle with the invitation to stay. The young Jane Wyatt plays Colman's love interest, but leaving a more lasting impression are H.B. Warner, as the benevolent Chang, and Sam Jaffe, in great old-age makeup, as the wizened High Lama. This version has been restored as closely as possible to Capra's original cut; the film had circulated for many years in a trimmed form. Lost Horizon was remade, notoriously and hilariously, as a big-budget musical in 1973; it was a complete flop. --Robert Horton

Special Features

It seems almost inconceivable that a film as great as Lost Horizon would be nearly lost to the ravages of age and studio neglect. Fortunately, Columbia has compensated for past misdeeds with this superlative DVD release, which restores Capra's classic to near-complete form and provides a thorough--and thoroughly fascinating--account of the film's production and eventual restoration. Of particular interest to film buffs will be the engaging photo essay and accompanying narration by film historian Kendall Miller, whose affectionate (and infectious) obsession with Lost Horizon is expressed here for the benefit of posterity. Equally engrossing is the full-length restoration commentary by UCLA film preservation expert Robert Gitt, whose efforts to restore this film were nothing less than heroic. Unfortunately, Gitt is teamed in the commentary with retired Los Angeles Times film critic Charles Champlin, whose contribution is amiable but superfluous. That quibble aside, this edition of Lost Horizon is one of the most rewarding DVDs of any classic Hollywood film. Although several of Frank Capra's other films have achieved a higher profile, Lost Horizon just gets better as the years go by, and with its wealth of supplemental features, this DVD is a definitive archival tribute. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Frank capra was not always thought of in the U.S. as having been its greatest of filmmakers. By the 50's with a new group of writers in hollywood and its neo realism, the maker of Its a Wonderful Life seemed passe? Is this a fair assessment. The jimmy stewart film was a flop. Audiences didnt respond although the bank scene and the economic scenes with its stark realism make the later reflections more substantial of what makes life special, the contrast in the lead characters experience. However it was thought to be overtly christmassy, christian, propagandish? Does that make it a bad film, an authors view? Such a film, which many intellecuals and more serious writers didnt care for, effects our view of this filmmaker. His nostalgic sentimental view of the past(although theres often an economic realism of lower class life, an ability to see the common plight of average people and their anxieties few american directors match in his time)..and a christian structure on the film..which put the rest of his career on hold..was that why not many films of substance were produced by him in the 50's? Who knows..but lets pretend he never made this film..in the 30's by the time LOst Horizon was made he was one of the better regarded filmmakers in
the U.S> THis british film, produced at Columbia, has the theme of a pearl type existence here on earth on or near a mountain top, the summmit of revelation, a place of Buddhist pilgrimmage where a heavenly existence dwells. Age and sickness are in retreat..perhaps the very laudatory reviews of his films in the highly regarded Spectator in England in the 30'sa is the reason why Columbia boss and its director decided to go ahead and spend lavishly onthis film, which almost bankrupt its studio..but over the years made its money back.
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I had seen this many times on TV while growing up. It was the truncated version so seeing the 'restored' movie with still images in places where film had been too corrupt or unavailable was interesting.
I gave it only a 3 because the quality of the restored film ... in most of the film, the picture is crystal clear ... but there are places where it's washed out or muggy, plus the still shots where film could be found.
The story holds up well.
If anything, I don't think adding in the edited film that had been cropped over the years added much to the story.
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I was surprised how much this classic touched me. Afterwards, it reminded me of John Lennon's lyrics: "Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans." For example, one stranded traveller, who is initially bequiled by the gold he found at Shangri-La, gradually has his heart opened wide by the children of Shangr-La, and he sees/feels the real riches around him. The old sage's only rule, "Be kind" was simple and great. I didn't balk at the fact that the two "Hollywood nymphets" (as referred to by another Amazon.com reviewer) were not Asian; because the old sage, himself, was a Belgian missionary and many of Shangri-La's inhabitants were supposed to have been lost foreign travellers who had been rescued. The idea of Shangri-La as a sanctuary for the meek who shall inherit the earth after the strong destroy the strong mysteriously forebode World War II's horrors that happened not too many years after this 1937 film was released. With today's Global Positioning Satellite technology, a hidden, physical Shangri-La could probably never be in the cards. However, it can dwell where it most should--inside us. (No, they don't make 'em like they use to.)
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LOVE this film - even though it was written in 1935 or so , every moment of it is perfection . I read the book in highschool as required reading , and love the film even more. This version is great , although if you already own the VHS copy , and are looking for improvements in quality , there is none - it is identical . The only thing is , there is an alternate ending to view , and commentaries that make it well worth the reasonable price .
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One of the earliest movies I remembered enjoying was "Lost Horizon". I remember watching it on a Sunday afternoon on TV and finding myself engrossed in this story of a planeful of assorted refugees who are flown to a remote paradise in the Himalayas. Dinner was ready before the movie was over but, some years later, I was finally able to see the end. There is a very real poetic beauty to this film (as there also is to the book which I felt compelled to read). For years, in my adolesence, I held out hope that explorers would eventually discover a real Shangri-la. Such is the rapture that can engulf you with this movie.
There is a great deal going for this movie starting with great acting from Ronald Colman through the supporting cast of Sam Jaffe, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, etc. The directing is great as well. Could anyone other than Frank Capra have made this movie? There is action right from the beginning as the characters are hijacked and when the group is led through the mountains to the secret location. There is comedy, romance, and drama as well. But most of all there is hope.
This is a movie that came out at a time the world was about to go crazy and we were reminded that if we could get away from all the craziness we could still find peace and sanity. In time the movie has come to symbolize the Shangri-la that exists for all of us. As we are caught up in the stresses and strains of modern living, we dream of an escape to serenity. For many the struggle to find it is difficult, for others it may seem to find them, while others find it but fail to recognize it. Well, if you're having trouble finding your peace, you might just discover it in this movie.
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