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Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde (1932 And 1941) [DVD] [1931]

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  • Actors: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Spencer Tracy, Holmes Herbert
  • Directors: Rouben Mamoulian, Victor Fleming
  • Producers: Victor Fleming
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 April 2004
  • Run Time: 205 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001EYSWQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,653 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Double bill of two classic adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', in which a scientist investigates the nature of good and evil. The first, made in 1932, stars Frederic March, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as both the cultured man and the neanderthal. The second version was made in 1941, with Spencer Tracy in the lead role, and a strong supporting cast that included Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner.

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Dr. Jekyll, a scientist with dreams of transforming the world, developsand drinks a potion that separates the good and evil aspects of man. But his experiment goes awry, and he metamorphoses into the twisted and sadistic Mr Hyde. As Hyde, he wanders the darkest streets of foggy London, turning the city into a nightmare as he preys on those he encounters.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By saltypepper on 27 July 2006
Format: DVD
This DVD contains both the 1941 Spencer Tracy version and the 1932 Fredric March version. Believe me, the latter is far superior to the former. In fact, in viewing Tracy's film, the only reason I could find for maintaining my attention was the incredibly magnetic Ingrid Bergman. Basically, Spencer Tracy's acting is not up to scratch. He doesn't actually seem to change much when he becomes Mr. Hyde. He doesn't seem particularly threatening and the film plods along rather than sweeping you up and carrying you with intrigue, terror and delight. In addition, there are lots of irritating Freudian arty scenes which simply do not belong.

But flip the disc over and you'll find the brilliant Fredric March version, never bettered since 1931. Notice how inventively shot it is for the 1930s: Dr. Jekyll is shown from a first person view for the whole of the start of the film including a wondrous mirror shot when he prepares himself. This is later used again when he abuses the very substances that will bring about his transition. The film, too, was pre-censor and is far more daring. The prostitute that Mr. Hyde stalks practically strips off for Dr. Jekyll when he takes her home.

But the reason why the film is so good is that it has insight without ever tripping over itself because of it. Fredric March's interpretation of Mr. Hyde as being primitive and ape-like is incredible. There is simply no resemblance between himself and Dr. Jekyll. People comment on how the make-up looks silly to the modern viewer. But they fail to notice just how much like a primate Mr. Hyde is being depicted as. March's performance itself is astounding. The scene when he beats the waiter in the bar for asking for a tip and then mocking him is terrifying: Mr. Hyde is truly mankind unhinged, at its most dangerous.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. E. Ward Davies on 15 Aug 2006
Format: DVD
two versions of "dr. jekyll and mr. hyde" for the price of one. a very good deal.

on side a, the 1932 film (filming was actually completed in 1931) is by far the best adaptation of the novel, and certainly far better than the one with spencer tracy.

fredric march gives an outstanding performance in the title roles. slightly too theatrical at times, but great nevertheless - especially as hyde. his evil side really shows.

for the time, there was some remarkable camera work during the transformation scenes. they still hold up extremely well after all these years. different lighting filters were used to change the colours on fredric march's face by over-lapping them or something like that.

previous editions have been censored quite heavily. i once read that the only copy available ran for about 80 minutes. luckily, this is not the case now. when released on video back in the mid-90s, the cuts had been restored and that is the version that is on this d.v.d.; running time is 92 minutes. this is a true classic, both in the horror genre and in cinema history.

sadly, the 1941 film with spencer tracy lets the side down. he is simply not suitable for the part. he is too gruff an actor and too rough round the edges to bring any kind of conviction or impact. ingrid bergman is better as the luckless ivy.

i saw this film back in the early 90s, but i have forgotten how cheap looking this is. the film sets are too small and they also look rather flimsy. the running time on this one is rather shorter than i expected. this runs for 108 minutes, but the time for general release was 122 minutes. still, this film is rather slow and boring no matter how long. not a success as far as i'm concerned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
It is so good to have these two famous versions of Stevenson's great story on one disc.
What surprised me, not having seen either for many years (they are seldom scheduled on TV) was just what a masterpiece the 1931 film is, with Fredric March excelling as the tortured scientist and his alter ego, with that almost forgotten actress Miriam Hopkins (a big star in her day) superb as the barmaid Hyde takes up with, and Rose Hobart (also a slightly bigger name back then, though, sadly, she fell foul of the Hollywood witch-hunts) excellent as Jekyll's fiancee. The acting overall is very good indeed, particularly for an early thirties horror film. Rouben Mamoulian's direction has an atmospheric, semi-expressionistic quality which gives the film even more of its ominous, fog-bound appeal.
Another plus is its (for the time) daring insistence on a major cause of Jekyll's impatient, mercurial nature being his sexual frustration. This is brought out intelligently and quite explicitly for early Hollywood. March and Hobart play these scenes to the hilt and they add immeasurably to the richness of this great film.
The later Tracy-Bergman-Turner version is interesting, and perfectly valid, with Tracy relying (as the better-cast Jack Palance did later still) on his own acting ability rather than the make-up man. (No sexism there, make-up always seemed to be done by a man, for some reason!)
Good to see Ingrid B playing a tart, since she so often tended to be cast as 'good girls', whereas she was obviously not all sweetness and light. (In fact the more proper she was, the more boring she usually became.)
This is an endlessly fascinating tale, still relevant, and in the earlier of these two versions you not only get a film fairly close to the spirit of the book, but a genuinely fine film in its own right.

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