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New on Disc: 'Island of Lost Souls' and more …

31 Oct, 2011 By: Mike Clark

Island of Lost Souls

Criterion, Horror, $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Kathleen Burke, Leila Hyams.
Souls is a screen adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells. Filmed partly on Catalina Island, the decidedly pre-Code Souls was conceived in that great expressionistic early ‘30s Paramount style.
Extras: The set includes interviews with Gerald Casale and Mike Mothersbaugh of Devo, who made Souls’ “Are We Not Men?” catchphrase their own in the 1970s, as well as interviews with the likes of John Landis and others, plus an essay booklet and a punchy, funny commentary by historian Gregory Mank.
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Cape Fear (Blu-ray)

Universal, Thriller, $19.98 Blu-ray, ‘R’ for strong violence and for language.
Stars Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis.
The Blu-ray of Martin Scorsese’s remake looks and sounds fantastic. Wesley Strick’s smart script is all about dysfunction and how Robert De Niro’s Max takes advantage of the lack of trust among his targeted family’s members.
Extras: An outstanding feature-length making-of documentary is carried over from the standard DVD.
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The Legend of Lylah Clare

Available via WBshop.com’s Warner Archive
Warner, Drama, $19.95 DVD, NR.
Stars Kim Novak, Peter Finch, Ernest Borgnine.
This Kim Novak camp fest is talky and way overripe but with a distinctively funny flavor all its own. Lylah deals with the Hollywood myth-making machine in the manner of Sunset Boulevard and Fedora. Overall, the movie has a sustaining dose of that elusive “something.”
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