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Genre: Television: British Mystery/Dr
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: DVD
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Atmospherically, "The Hound of the Baskervilles" is arguably the best of the 14 Holmes films, and the only one based specifically on a Conan Doyle story. It, and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," are the only two "period" films in the series and run longer, the remainder taking place in then modern-day England and America of the late 30s and early 40s and run about 90 minutes each. In both "Hound" and "Adventures," Holmes dons his deerstalker cap, popularized by original Strand Magazine illustrator Sidney Paget who made the image synonymous with the great detective. It is interesting to note that in the first of the non-period films in the series, Holmes reaches for his handy deerstalker, but is stopped by Watson. "Holmes," Watson said, "you promised." Leaving the deerstalker on the peg, Holmes grabs a "modern" hat instead.Read more ›
Previous screen versions of the Conan Doyle tales brought Holmes into the 20th century, but without emphasizing the modern trappings as much as Universal would in their series of films beginning in 1942. There is much to admire in this version, particulary Rathbone, the actor so perfectly cast that he would never succeed in distancing himself from the Great Detective of 221 B Baker Street. The screenplay by Ernest Pascal is generally faithful to the novel, and the cast is superb with such masters of menace as Lionel Atwill and John Carradine offering excellent support.
The fog-shrouded moors are impressive (though less so when compared to the moors of Universal's "The Scarlet Claw"), but the producers made one misstep by assigning Sidney Lanfield to direct. Better known for musicals and comedies, genres to which he would return in the future (including several Bob Hope comedies), Lanfield fails to conjure the sense of mystery for which the later Universal films, directed by Roy William Neill, would so brilliantly achieve. But if this version of the tale just misses the mark as a masterpiece, it is still very good indeed. It was also daring at the time by acknowledging, in its final line of dialogue, one of the master detective's less admirable habits.Read more ›
DVD quality is really quite good; of course, leaps and bounds beyond ANYTHING available to the home market EVER before. Nice, clean packaging with a thin-looking but richly written booklet included inside. The disc has the photo from the front imprinted, with almost a purple tint... for nighttime I suppose.
As I understand, this restoration was done a number of years ago, and was not digital... I believe it, although I will say I believe the restorers squeezed every square inch of detail out of their source material possible in the analog domain.
First, the flaws: there are still occasional nicks and scratches, although not many more than I see in my DVD of "It's A Wonderful Life."
The sound has some low-level hiss, and there is occasional pop and crackle, only occasionally (once? Twice?) of any significant volume.
About 18 minutes in there appears to be some minor damage, possibly the degrading of the nitrate print they were working from?
Additionally, there are about three places in the film where a single frame appears to be warped, creating a "blip" in the flow of the motion on the screen.
Also odd was my first playing: when it came to the end of the 9th chapter, instead of going on to the 10th it jumped back to the beginning of the 9th! This might have been my player, as I was unable to reproduce this either by scanning back or by playing through the movie from the beginning.
One other oddity is that in multiple places the background seems to "pulse," usually getting slightly darker, and it appears to be two "pulses" per second.Read more ›
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I bought this one used. Excellent shape. The best of the Sherlock Holmes series in my opinion. I would like to know how they created those moors. Fabulous!!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by mitchell
I first saw this movie on TV when I was 9 or 10 in 1963-64. We lived in Los Angeles, and local channel 9 would run the SAME movie, Monday through Friday, for one week at 7:00 or... Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Wally Conger
Many actors have tried, but none has surpassed Basil Rathbone's embodiment of Sherlock Holmes. The razor-sharp profile, hawk nose and cocaine eyes seem torn straight from the pages... Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Flipper Campbell
This film isn't perfect: the production values are a bit low and the supporting cast weak; it looks and feels like an early talkie. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by ixta_coyotl
Finally a pristine version of the 1939 Twentieth Century Fox classic, "The Hound of the Baskervilles," has been released on DVD -- fully restored, with unsurpassed audio and video... Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by Anthony Caton
The new DVD format release of this movie has just come out. The picture quality is excellent, and the "Bonus" material includes a great commentary by the same narrator... Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by Charles Hall
When I was about 10 or 11 years old I used to love to come home from school and tune into BBC2 to catch a new Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movie. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Darren Harrison
In regards to other reviewers queries this movie as well as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes were not restored like the Universal set's were. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Ryan Piekenbrock
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