Severin Films’ acclaimed documentary Lost Soul – The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr Moreau will make its US Blu-ray and DVD debut on July 14, packed with more special features than Dr Moreau’s abominable animal/human hybrids.
Discs will contain over an hour of out-takes, additional interviews with John Frankenheimer (who replaced Stanley as director) and Barbara Steele, concept art gallery with Stanley commentary (including illustrations by cover artist Graham Humphreys), ‘Boar Man Diary’ featurette, location featurette and more. The Special ‘House Of Pain’ Edition will also contain a DVD of the long-thought-lost 1921 German version of Moreau THE ISLAND OF THE LOST with English subtitles, plus more interview featurettes. A third disc will contain a brand new audiobook recording of H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau read by Richard Stanley.
In 1995, visionary writer/director Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) got the green light for his dream project: An epic adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The Island Of Doctor Moreau starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. But only days into production, a perfect storm of natural disasters, monstrous egos and disturbing imagery – along with chaos, insanity and witchcraft – would trigger perhaps the most infamous behind-the-scenes catastrophe in modern movie history.
The story, originally broken in The Guardian (later expanded upon in his book The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made), has been described as “one of the all-time greatest cinematic train wrecks” (Variety) in this “wonderfully weird and gripping” (Entertainment Weekly) documentary featuring never-before-seen footage, startling new interviews with actors Fairuza Balk, Marco Hofschneider and Rob Morrow, studio executives, crew members – and Stanley himself.
Alas, no word yet on a UK release.