The Hound of the Baskervilles

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Considered by fans and critics alike as the best of the many adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic whodunit, director Terence Fisher's Hammer version of The Hound of the Baskervilles is rich in mood, thrills and some fantastic performances. Peter Cushing's turn as everybody's favorite sleuth from Baker Street is one of his all time best, as is Andre Morell's performance as Dr. Watson. Beautifully filmed in Technicolor by Jack Asher, this often told tale comes alive like never before with its exquisite ...
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Considered by fans and critics alike as the best of the many adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic whodunit, director Terence Fisher's Hammer version of The Hound of the Baskervilles is rich in mood, thrills and some fantastic performances. Peter Cushing's turn as everybody's favorite sleuth from Baker Street is one of his all time best, as is Andre Morell's performance as Dr. Watson. Beautifully filmed in Technicolor by Jack Asher, this often told tale comes alive like never before with its exquisite style and remains to this day as the quintessential version. This MGM Home Entertainment disc presents the film in a very attractive letterboxed transfer (1.66:1) and with its original English mono soundtrack. French and Spanish mono tracks are also available. The disc also contains multiple subtitle options. Also included on the disc is a very nice 13 minute interview with Christopher Lee (who plays the cursed Sir Henry Baskerville in the film), as well as Lee reading excerpts from the story itself. The film's original full-screen black and white trailer is also available. Whether you're a fan of Hammer films in general or a fan of Sherlock Holmes in particular, this disc should be on the top of your must-own list.
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Special Features

Featurette with Christopher Lee; Original theatrical trailer; English mono; French mono; Spanish mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Hound of the Baskervilles is the preferred version of many Sherlock Holmes aficionados, particularly those who treasure the character as he appears in the works of Arthur Conan Doyle. Peter Cushing gives the detective the same aloof confidence that he has in the novels, subtly sneering as he cracks the case that lesser minds could not. The supporting cast is similarly serious: as Watson, Andre Morell discards the buffoonery of Nigel Bruce's incarnation of the character, and Christopher Lee provides an authoritative air of nobility as Sir Henry Baskerville. The film has the stylish look common to Hammer Films' best efforts of the late 1950s. Director Terence Fisher has a good feel for what makes the material work, keeping the most cinematic aspects of the original story and creating new elements as required. The film's biggest liability is the unconvincing look of the hound itself, but even that does little to mar Hound's overall qualities.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • UPC: 027616875785
  • Original Release: 1959
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Cushing Sherlock Holmes
Andre Morell Dr. Watson
Christopher Lee Sir Henry Baskerville
Marla Landi Cecile
Miles Malleson Bishop Frankland
David Oxley Sir Hugo Baskerville
Francis de Wolff Dr. Mortimer
Ewen Solon Stapleton
John Le Mesurier Barrymore
Sam Kydd Perkins
Helen Goss Mrs. Barrymore
Michael Mulcaster Convict
Michael Hawkins Lord Caphill
Technical Credits
Terence Fisher Director
Jack Asher Cinematographer
Roy Ashton Makeup
James Bernard Score Composer
Peter Bryan Screenwriter
Michael Carreras Executive Producer
Alfred Cox Editor
Len Harris Camera Operator
Anthony Hinds Producer
John Hollingsworth Musical Direction/Supervision
Anthony Nelson Keys Associate Producer
Bernard Robinson Production Designer
Don Weeks Production Manager
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Legend [9:52]
2. "A Two-Pipe Problem" [6:45]
3. Tarantula! [11:41]
4. Sherry & Small Talk [4:28]
5. Mired in Mystery [6:25]
6. Someone's out There! [4:44]
7. Holmes!/Sir Henry! [7:48]
8. Depths of Humanity [2:07]
9. "He Was Ill!" [2:14]
10. Fighting Evil [4:35]
11. Moors, Mist, Passion [4:15]
12. "Everyone Is Suspect" [4:57]
13. Terror Under Ground [7:50]
14. The Curse Is on You! [6:50]
15. "Elementary..." [:56]
16. End Credits [:35]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Actor's Notebook: Christopher Lee
      The Hound of the Baskervilles Excerpts Read by Christopher Lee
         Mr. Sherlock Holmes
         The Hound of the Baskervilles
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Remarkably Weak

    Arthur Conan Doyle's story, The Hound of the Baskervilles", is barely recognizable in this version. I may be a purist, but I really don't like movies that stray from the original story as far as this one has. The 1939 version with Basil Rathbone or the 1984 version with Jeremy Brett are far superior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful conerawork

    Thus film is shockingly good for most Hammer films. However, Cushing like in all his roles seems bitter and it adds unecessary stress on the Sherloch character. Lee is fabulous s Henry Bskerville. I believe this is the only romantic lead he had ever done. He should have done more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb photography, no joke!!!

    I'll not discuss the movie. I'm only going to say that this dvd has the clearest images out of my entire collection of about 200 dvds. There countless images with ''Rembrant like'' contrast with vivid color in low light. By the way ''Scarface'' with Pacino has about the poorest video clarity in my collection.

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    Posted October 27, 2009

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