Liberty Int’l Snatches Up DVD Rights to Lost World Series

Liberty International Ent. Inc. has acquired the DVD rights to 66 one-hour episodes of the syndicated series Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, which features rampaging CG dinosaurs and other digital effects.

The deal gives Liberty worldwide distribution rights excluding the U.S. The Canadian release of the DVD box set containing the first 22 episodes is scheduled to hit stores this month.

Liberty has also acquired worldwide broadcast rights (excluding the U.S.) for the series, which is based on Doyle’s literary classic about intrepid explorers who journey to an isolated plateau where prehistoric life has managed to endure for millions of years.

The story was first put on film by stop-motion animator Willis O’Brien in 1926. It has since seen numerous cinematic retellings and provided the inspiration for such iconic productions as King Kong, Syd and Marty Krofft’s cheeky ’70s TV series Land of the Lost and Steven Speilberg’s blockbuster Jurassic Park franchise.