Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Lost Empire (DVD Review) - Polyscope Media Group

Directed By: Jim Wynorski
Written By: Jim Wynorski
Starring: Melanie Vincz, Raven De La Croix, Angela Aames
Color/83 Minutes/Not Rated
Region 1
Release Date: April 22, 2014

The Film
For as much as I disliked Jim Wynorski's Gila, I think his directorial debut from 1985 is ridiculous B-Movie gold. THE LOST EMPIRE takes the "throw ideas against the wall and see what sticks" idea to the extreme as it appears the wall was covered with super glue because damn near everything stuck. There's a bit of women-in-prison, horror, jungle adventure and more. If you asked me exactly what the hell was going on I couldn't come close to accurately describing it. That is part of the fun with THE LOST EMPIRE, seeing exactly where this movie is going next. THE LOST EMPIRE isn't a good movie from a technical standpoint. It's cheap, has more than a bit of ADD and did I mention it's cheap? This is low budget, and at times it shows. Goddamn it is a fun ride though. 

The Audio & Video
THE LOST EMPIRE is brought to DVD by Polyscope Media Group, and looks decent. The widescreen transfer is slightly windowboxed. Colors look good but not great. Overall the transfer shows the films slight age and budgetary constraints but isn't terrible by any means. The audio track is just as simple, but is mixed well and gets the job done. 

The Extras
-Audio Commentary with Jim Wynorski
-Still gallery

The Bottom Line
If you fancy yourself a B-movie connoisseur you need to see THE LOST EMPIRE and once you see it you'll realize your shelf feels empty without it.


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