A twisted treasure from Hollywood's pre-Code horror heyday, Island Of Lost Souls is a cautionary tale of science run amok adapted from H.G. Wells's novel The Island Of Dr. Moreau. In one of his first major movie roles, Charles Laughton is a mad doctor conducting ghastly genetic experiments on a remote island in the South Seas, much to the fear and disgust of the shipwrecked sailor man (Richard Arlen) who finds himself trapped there. This touchstone of movie terror, directed by Erle C. Kenton, features expressionistic photography by Karl Strauss, groundbreaking makeup effects that have inspired generations of monster-movie artists, and costars Bela Lugosi in one of his most gruesome roles.
- Starring: Bela Lugosi, Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams, George Irving
- Format: Black & White, Dolby
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of Discs: 1
- Rating: Not Rated
- Label: The Criterion Collection
- Release Date: 10/25/2011
- Run Time: 70 minutes
- Catalogue #: 586
- Audio Commentary Featuring Film Historian Gregory Mank
- New Conversation Between Filmmaker John Landis, Oscar-winning Makeup Artist Rick Baker, and Genre Expert Bob Burns
- New Interviews with Horror Film Historian David J. Skal; Filmmaker Richard Stanley, the Original Director of the Ill-Fated 1996 Adaptation; and Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh of the Band Devo
- Short 1976 Film by Devo, Featuring Songs "Secret Agent Man" and "Jocko Homo"
- Stills Gallery and Theatrical Trailer