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Sherlock Holmes: The Hound Of The Baskervilles [DVD]

Jeremy Brett , Edward Hardwicke , Peter Hammond    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Kristoffer Tabori, Ronald Pickup, Rosemary McHale
  • Directors: Peter Hammond
  • Producers: Brian Mills
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008N74K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,252 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This near two-hour Granada Television production of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Conan Doyle's most popular Sherlock Holmes tale, stars series regular Jeremy Brett as the Baker Street detective and Edward Hardwicke as his close ally, Dr John Watson. A thrilling blend of detective yarn and Gothic horror, the tale concerns the apparent return of an old curse upon the Baskerville family in the terrifying form of a gigantic killer hound. Fans of Hardwicke get an opportunity to see his Watson on a solo mission for part of this story, though Brett--easily the best of all screen actors to play the sleuth--is never far from the narrative. The supporting cast is very good, and the beast itself, revealed in a famously terrifying finale, is indeed a spooky revelation. --Tom Keogh

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Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett) returns to investigate one of his most famous cases. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead with an expression of utter terror on his face, the locals ascribe his demise to the ancient family curse - a hell-hound, said to roam the moors. With the aid of Doctor Watson (Edward Hardwicke), Holmes sets out to discover whether there is any substance to the legend - before Sir Henry Baskerville, newly arrived from America to claim his inheritance, also falls prey to the family curse.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Series At It's Height 29 Nov 2006
While budgetry problems due to an overspend on the Return story Silver Blaze make this look a bit cheap in places (notably Watson and Baskerville pursuing the figure on the moor), this is an excellent and faithfull retelling of the original story for the screen. Brett is at his height as the sleuth, and this film really does give Watson the chance to stretch his legs and for Edward Hardwicke to expand his role as the capable actor he is. Solid performances all the way round for the guest stars, and despite some scenes short on budget, the whole thing looks fantastic.

The Hound itself when seen could be said to be slightly less than chilling, but is the superior on eof all the productions I have seen, and the sound and reaction of the actors, is what makes this, truly chilling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunted Holmes. 27 Oct 2004
In his foreword to Bantam's "Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories," Loren Estleman called the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson literature's warmest, most symbiotic and most timeless ever: rightfully so. Not surprisingly, film history is littered with adaptations of Conan Doyle's tales and Holmes pastiches (stories using the protagonists but otherwise based on independent screenplays); and I don't think any of Conan Doyle's four original novels has been adapted more frequently than "The Hound of the Baskervilles." Yet - and I'm saying this with particular apologies to the fans of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce canon - none of the prior versions of any Holmes story can hold a candle to the ITV/Granada TV series produced over the decade spanning the years 1984 through 1994, starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes and first David Burke, then in near-seamless transition Edward Hardwicke as a refreshingly sturdy, pragmatic and unbumbling Dr. Watson; and this certainly includes any and all adaptations of "The Hound of the Baskervilles."
Thus, this version of Conan Doyle's spookiest tale stands out positively not only when compared to some of the other movie adaptations starring Jeremy Brett, which tend to over-emphasize a gothic atmosphere not present in the stories *those* movies are based on (particularly so, "The Last Vampyre" and "The Eligible Bachelor"), but also when compared to earlier versions of "The Hound of the Baskervilles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the hound of the baskervilles 2 Jun 2013
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not the greatest of conan doyles novels as i have seen every episode starring jermony brett and find the one hour episodes much more thrilling
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