Ross Hunter's Lost Horizon 1973
I like reading books about bad movies and this movie would always come up as a textbook example of a big budget financial and critical disaster.
When I first read these books in the 80's, most of those bad movies mentioned took on sort of a mythical quality because home video hadn't progressed enough to put these oddities out and they were infrequently run on TV. The result was grinning in anticipation when something like Plan 9 From Outer Space would finally be shown on TV.
But crack open a Golden Turkey Awards Today and most of the movies mentioned are only a Netflix away. But Lost Horizon was a notable exception and still carried that mythical "bad movie holy grail" vibe for me.
Aside from a couple network showings and a laserdisc release, Lost Horizon has pretty much been kept under wraps. I did get a DVD dupe from a laserdisc but I have a tough time watching 4:3 widescreen on an HDTV so I never really watched it.
but I found that recently Lost Horizon was recently made available as a manufacture on demand title from Sony home video. Brand new 16:9 transfer and even some extras.
So now that I have it, I will have to see how bad it really is. Because I sometimes find after all the "this movie is crazy bad" buildup, I didn't think it was so bad.
Lots of good names in this movie too. Michael York, Sally Kellerman, George Kennedy, Olivia Hussey, Liv Ullman, etc.