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Lost Horizon

2 h 13 min1937X-RayUHDU
Frank Capra's enduring masterpiece, based ont he best-selling novel by James Hilton had a running time of 132 minutes upon it's initial release in 1937. For a WW2 re-issue 24 minutes were cut to tone down the film's pacifist message. Film preservationist Robert Gitt, working over a period of 25 years, has utilised footage from around the world to restore a number of missing scenes. With extraor..
Frank Capra
Ronald ColmanJane WyattEdward Everett Horton
English [CC]
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Supporting actors
John HowardThomas MitchellMargoIsabel JewellH.B. WarnerSam JaffeDavid TorrenceMargo Stilley
Frank Capra
Columbia Pictures
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4.4 out of 5 stars

1383 global ratings

  1. 69% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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Richard BraybrookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant, considering how old this film is!
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I liked the premise of the film, I do not know why they have not made an up to date version, apart from the "very wet!", pathetic, musical version made in the 70's, which was not well received. With today's CGI, it could be quite magical, come on Hollywood, get the project going!
2 people found this helpful
Colin MReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well produced copy
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For such an old film the quality is still quite good and the insertion of stills where sections are missing but the dialogue still exists is a good idea although it does take a little getting used to. If you remember the film then your memory can fill in some of the blanks. Who ever produced the copy did a very good job and although some sections are grainy that is to be expected given its age.
3 people found this helpful
Black_RodReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pre-War Black and White Wizard of Oz for Adults
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Great piece of black and white escapism for an autumn afternoon. The plot is quite intriguing and sometimes feels like an episode of Star Trek (the original TV series).
The film is 80 years old now so the view of the world may not be the completely PC in the way it references its surroundings, though some of the topics it references are surprisingly contemporary.
2 people found this helpful
Andrew P. WilliamsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lost Horizon a classic Capra story
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I first saw this film on the TV very many years ago when I was a child (I'm now 58)so I was delighted to see that a restored version is available on DVD. It's astonishing how films of this quality were left to disintegrate so that there is no longer available a complete original negative, when things which should have been chucked out at birth are still in 1 piece. Having said that, the restoration is excellent, as far as was possible to achieve. Quite possibly this was the finest thing Ronald Colman ever did, in a very distinguished career of fine performances - heroic, noble, intelligent and at times painfully poignant. They really don't make them like him anymore.
21 people found this helpful
bridgesilverReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good film, shame about the dvd
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Was warned that there were a couple of sections in this film that would be stills only due to the reproduction, but there was more than I initially thought, and must have stopped about 5 or 6 times, and took a while to get going again which was annoying. Hence only 3 stars.
However, that did not detract too much from the film, rather like a lot of annoying commercial breaks, and certainly not the film or the performances especially Ronald Coleman.
I am still glad I have it, as some of the film has been lost through time, and I suppose this is the best that now remains of this lovely film.
5 people found this helpful
Square PegReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 April 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not just a film history curiosity
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Based on the enormously popular book by James Hilton - well, it was popular in the 30's - Frank Capra has added adventure and romance to give this rather philosophical tale energy and excitement. The story of a paradise being kept within the security of a mountain range is a tad whimsical, I suppose, but keep in mind the dark times during which the novel was written and the film then made, and it strikes me as poignant and painful. Ronald Colman is completely credible as the heroic lead, handsome in his western civvies as much as in flowing robes, and I loved Jane Wyatt as his romantic foil - she is fresh and just a bit naughty. Supporting characters provide comic relief, but also suggest a range of reactions to living in Shangri-La.
2 people found this helpful
MarilynReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 September 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very happy that the original film survived its poor state.
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Although there were innovative places in the restoration of the film where there was dialogue but only character stills, they were short lived and didn't spoil the film. I was pleased to be able to watch it and would recommend it as a classic watch.
6 people found this helpful
DavidReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 May 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Must See Movie
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This is one of those films which you must see, a definite classic, great sets and great acting, the only negative was that whilst most of the stills used to cover the lack of moving pictures work well, one section lost me a bit as the images used did not help me understand what was happening in sound only
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