Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

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Director: David Attwood, Richard Roxburgh, Ian Hart, Richard Grant

Cast: David Attwood, Richard Roxburgh, Ian Hart, Richard Grant

     
 
Probably the most filmed of all Sherlock Holmes stories, Arthur Conan Doyle's 1901 novel The Hound of the Baskervilles was given another go-round with this BBC television production. Richard Roxburgh, best known as the libidinous nobleman in the 2001 theatrical feature Moulin Rouge, is cast as The Great Detective, with Ian Hart as Holmes' friend,

Overview

Probably the most filmed of all Sherlock Holmes stories, Arthur Conan Doyle's 1901 novel The Hound of the Baskervilles was given another go-round with this BBC television production. Richard Roxburgh, best known as the libidinous nobleman in the 2001 theatrical feature Moulin Rouge, is cast as The Great Detective, with Ian Hart as Holmes' friend, assistant and chronicler Dr. John Watson. The game is afoot when Holmes and Watson head to gloomy Baskerville Manor near the forbidding Grimpen Moor, the new home of young Sir Henry Baskerville (Matt Day). A number of curious events have led the detectives to the conclusion that Sir Henry's life is in danger -- that, in fact, he may at any time be torn asunder by a gigantic, vicious hound. Is this the fulfillment of "The Baskerville Curse," brought about by villainous debauchery of Sir Henry's ancestor, or is the would-be murderer a human being, using the legend of the Hound as a smoke-screen? Taking quite a few liberties with the original, The Hound of the Baskervilles was a nonetheless entertaining "shorthand" version of the Doyle classic. Making its British broadcast debut on December 26, 2002, the film was curiously premiered over Canadian television some five weeks earlier, on November 18. In the United States, The Hound of the Baskervilles was first seen as part of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre anthology on January 19, 2003.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Sherlock Holmes's most famous adventure gets a slightly revisionist interpretation in The Hound of the Baskervilles, a 2002 BBC-TV movie that aired in the U.S. on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre, featuring Richard Roxburgh as Holmes. Of all Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes stories, the Baskervilles novel is the closest to gothic horror, as the great detective investigates a hellish and perhaps supernatural hound that has been the curse of the wealthy Baskerville clan. In this new adaptation, the gothic-horror elements are accentuated through stylish editing and cinematography, a Danny Elfman-esque score by Rob Lane, and some superb location shooting on a craggy, fogbound moor. The revisionist aspect pertains to the relationship between Holmes and his friend and chronicler, Dr. Watson. Holmes is traditionally portrayed as the stronger character, of course, with Watson the slower-witted, sturdy, and affable sidekick. But here the strong-willed Watson (Ian Hart) is a more potent force, standing up to Holmes and displaying some solid detective skills of his own, an interpretation that is particularly effective for the Baskervilles story, where Holmes is absent for a significant narrative stretch. The great detective, meanwhile, is shown as being more distanced and cold, with his famous deerstalker cap and pipe replaced by a top hat and cigarettes. Also along these revisionist lines: a suggestion that Holmes's taste for theatrical revelations of his solutions often puts his clients' welfare at risk. All in all, this version of The Hound of the Baskervilles seems to ignore the many previous screen adaptations of the book so as to interpret it afresh, and it succeeds as an effective and intriguing reengagement with a classic.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/21/2003
UPC:
0794051173126
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; 5.1 Surround Sound; "Making of" documentary; Interviews with the cast and crew

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Roxburgh Sherlock Holmes
Ian Hart Dr. John Watson
Richard E. Grant Stapleton
Matt Day Sir Henry Baskerville
John Nettles Dr. Mortimer
Geraldine James Mrs. Mortimer
Neve McIntosh Miss Stapleton
Ron Cook Barrymore
Liza Tarbuck Mrs. Barrymore
Peter Roberts Sir Charles Baskerville
Paul Kynman Selden
Daniel Webb Insp. Lestrade
Richard Hawley Clayton
Jim Norton Coroner
Casper Zafer Warder 1
Malcolm Shields Knight
Tom Freeman Father Christmas

Technical Credits
David Attwood Director
Charmian Adams Art Director
Greg Brenman Executive Producer
Steve Christian Executive Producer
Allan Cubitt Executive Producer,Teleplay
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Sally Woodward Gentle Executive Producer
Christopher Hall Producer
James Keast Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Lane Score Composer
Gareth Neame Executive Producer
Rupert Ryle-Hodges Producer
Paul Tothill Editor
James Welland Cinematographer
Donal Woods Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Hound of the Baskervilles [5:32]
2. An Acute and Experienced Detective [7:20]
3. An Effort to Conceal [11:10]
4. Baskerville Hall [8:06]
5. Watson Walks to Moor [14:25]
6. A Dinner Party [8:04]
7. Holmes Keeps Watson in the Dark [:13]
8. A Party at Baskerville Hall [11:36]
9. Sir Henry Is in Danger [10:13]
10. The Truth Is Revealed [11:39]

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The Hound of the Baskervilles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the greatest rendition of the book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Suspense around every creaking corner. This movie will never fail to frighten and amaze you. You will be shocked about every scene and sequence. Even if you have already read the book you will be shocked and perminatly stunned by this wonderful and suspenseful Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson never ending adventure. The end is just as good as anypart. Each part, though, keeps on getting better and bolder as you follow the story line of one of the most popular and greatest Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best film version of Conan Doyle's novel by far. I particularly liked the interpretation of the relationship between Watson and Holmes. Watson is no fool here as he is often portrayed in film. Holmes liked to mystify, and Watson, loyal and intimate friend, was often kept in the dark. Despite Watson's great admiration for Holmes, Watson recognizes the egoism that is a strong factor in Holmes' personality and finds it repellant. That Watson expresses his dissatifaction with Holmes' treatment of himself and others in this film is refreshing and I think on the mark. Even knowing the story I found the film very suspensful and extremely entertaining.