Lost Horizon Blu-ray Review – Capra Magic!

Are you ready for another classic film that’s now available on glorious Blu-ray? This one’s from 1937 and director Frank Capra. So without further ado here’s my Lost Horizon Blu-ray Review.

  • Lost Horizon (1937)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Directed by Frank Capra
  • Running Time: 133 Mins
  • UK Rating U
  • Discs: 2 (Blu-ray & DVD)
  • Released By Sony Pictures
  • Blu-ray Released: N/A
Plot

The new British Foreign Secretary and diplomat Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) is tasked with rescuing 90 westerners from the city of Baskul in China. However when his plane is hijacked he is taken to Shangri-La. It’s a place where no one ever grows old and the people seem happy and content. Just what is the secret of this Utopia?

Style / Direction

The film is directed by Frank Capra whilst the cinematography is handled by Joseph Walker & Elmer Dyer. Capra delivers a truly magical tale that has its fair share of dramatic moments.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is composed by Dimitri Tiomkin.

Acting / Characters

Good acting performances all-round make this magical tale really comes to life.

Cast
  • Ronald Colman as Robert Conway
  • Jane Wyatt as Sondra Bizet
  • H.B. Warner as Chang
  • Sam Jaffe as High Lama
  • John Howard as George Conway
  • Edward Everett Horton as Alexander P. Lovett
  • Thomas Mitchell as Henry Barnard
  • Margo as Maria
  • Isabel Jewell as Gloria Stone
Conclusion – Lost Horizon Film Review

Without a doubt Lost Horizon is one of those classics everyone should see. Shangri-La is a place where there’s no pain or suffering and a place where nobody grows old. Frank Capra does a fantastic job of bringing this classic story to life.

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The film has undergone an extensive restoration resulting in a clean and sharp image. There are a few drops in quality but that’s simply unavoidable due to the condition of the original negative. It’s certainly worth watching the ‘Restoration Featurette’ and the ‘Before & After Comparisons’ to give you an idea of the work that went into restoring the film.

The Photo Documentary is a 30 minute detailed look into the story and film.

Extras
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  • Restoration Audio Commentary
  • Alternate Ending
  • Restoration Featurette – Including 3 Deleted Scenes (9 mins)
  • Photo Documentary (30 mins)
  • Theatrical Trailers

On to my movie rating for Lost Horizon (1937)

  • Movie Rating: MUST SEE
  • Blu-ray Picture: GOOD
  • Extras: EXCELLENT

Lost Horizon (1937) is available now on Blu-ray.

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Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version

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Summary: Lost Horizon (1937) Blu-ray Review

Director(s): Frank Capra,

Actor(s): Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, H.B. Warner, Sam Jaffe, John Howard

Genre: Drama

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating
  • Extras
4.3

Summary

A classic story that everyone should see.

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