The author of The Time Machine and War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells remains one of the disquieting visionaries of classic science fiction. Dr. Moreau, expelled from his homeland for his cruel research, finds an isolated island which frees him to continue his animal transplants that create hideous creatures with man-like intelligence. For an age in which bio-engineering has become a reality, The Island of Dr. Moreau is today a prophetic tale. 2 cassettes.
A shipwreck in the South Seas, a palm-tree paradise where a mad doctor conducts vile experiments, animals that become human and then "beastly" in ways they never were before--it's the stuff of high adventure. It's also a parable about Darwinian theory, a social satire in the vein of Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels), and a bloody tale of horror. Or, as H. G. Wells himself wrote about this story, "The Island of Dr. Moreau is an exercise in youthful blasphemy. Now and then, though I rarely admit it, the universe projects itself towards me in a hideous grimace. It grimaced that time, and I did my best to express my vision of the aimless torture in creation." This colorful tale by the author of The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds lit a firestorm of controversy at the time of its publication in 1896.