When the silent classic The Lost World (based on a novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who is better known for creating Sherlock Holmes) was originally released in 1925, it had a running time of 104 minutes. Unfortunately, however, for many decades, the movie was only available in horribly truncated versions, each with a running time of 60 minutes or less. To remedy this situation, Image Entertainment has now released a new DVD that pieces together scenes from several prints of The Lost World to arrive at a running time of 94 minutes. Because no negatives of The Lost World have survived, all the footage on Image Entertainment's DVD comes from prints of varying quality. Serge Bromberg and David Shepard examined this footage, chose the best quality material available, and then painstakingly cleaned the images and minimized scratches and other abrasions. The result is quite likely the best looking and most complete version of The Lost World that will ever be available.
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