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  • Actors: Ian Richardson, Glynis Barber, Martin Shaw, Denholm Elliott, Brian Blessed
  • Directors: Douglas Hickox
  • Producers: Otto Plaschkes
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Ilc
  • DVD Release Date: 12 April 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000066CT9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,143 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Another case for the Baker Street sleuth. Sherlock Holmes (Ian Richardson) is called in when Sir Charles Baskerville seemingly falls prey to the family curse: a hell-hound which is said to haunt the moors of Devon. However, rather than investigate personally, Holmes opts to send his trusted colleague Doctor Watson to take up residence at Baskerville Hall, in an attempt to get to the bottom of the mystery. But what will Holmes be up to in his friend's absence?

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Of all the Sherlock Holmes tales written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles (one of the four novels) remains the best-known. Adding a dash of the supernatural to the Great Detective's adventures, it is certainly one of the most dramatic and an obvious target for screen interpretation. Prior to Jeremy Brett indelibly making the role his own to modern TV audiences, Ian Richardson made for a suitably incisive and enthusiastic Holmes in this enjoyable 1983 adaptation. The much-filmed tale finds Holmes and Watson drawn in to the mysterious curse afflicting the well-heeled Baskerville dynasty. Is a monster stalking the heir to the Baskerville fortune, or is the culprit a far from demonic force? As Holmes, Ian Richardson is blessed with the avian features that, like Basil Rathbone or Peter Cushing, effectively capture Sidney Paget's original likeness. Though Holmes' more anti-social facets are dispensed with, Richardson is engaging in such a well-explored role, recalling the razor-sharp wit and intelligence of Rathbone. Attracting a distinguished British cast (Brian Blessed, Denholm Elliot, Martin Shaw) and decent production values (though with a few Hammer Horror moments), this will not disappoint fans of Victorian literature's finest detective, nor those in search of a classic, chilling thriller. --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alistair Duncan on 12 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
First of all I have to say that Ian Richardson makes an excellent Sherlock Holmes. After that things start to fall apart with this adaptation of the Baskerville story.
This version does not take as many liberties as the most recent BBC version but it does change some aspects of the story. The principal villain, Stapleton, actually kills a character directly, as well via the hound, which never happened in the book.
There are also some probelms with the casting. The casting of Martin Shaw (with his terrible American accent) as Sir Henry Baskerville was a major mistake. Also a mistake was the actor chosen to portray Watson. This actor (who's name I forget) plays more of a bumbling Watson which was something I hoped had begun and ended with Nigel Bruce's portrayal in the Rathbone era. It is clearly apparent in the books that Watson is very intelligent (he would have to be in order to be a doctor) but once again he is almost turned into the comic relief.
As stated earlier, this is not a bad adaptation which is better than the BBC's recent effort but to my mind the definitive version of this story is that featuring Jeremy Brett.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
The tale of The Hound of the Baskervilles has such sturdy bones that it's probably the most filmed of the Great Detective's cases. Let's see...I've watched at one time or another Richard Roxburgh, Peter Cushing, Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Peter Cook, Matt Frewer and Ian Richardson play Holmes as he pursues the solution to this monstrous plot. One or two I've enjoyed less than the others. One was really grim; an attempt at comedy that had many things but humor, unless you find uproarious a chihuahua with the bladder the size of a bull mastiff's urinating on a person's foot.

With this version, Ian Richardson plays Holmes, Donald Churchill plays Watson, Martin Shaw plays Sir Henry Baskerville and Denholm Elliot plays Dr. Mortimer. Grimpen Mire continues to play Grimpen Mire, and that dark, fog-swept Dartmoor bog is not a place you'd want to venture into, even if a slavering hound weren't bounding after you.

Just to restate the plot: Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. John Watson are visited in their rooms at 221B Baker street by Dr. Mortimer. Mortimer tells Holmes the story of the Baskervilles and the curse that was laid upon them. Mortimer's best friend, Sir Charles Baskerville, has died under suspicious circumstances. Now the heir, Henry Baskerville, is arriving from Canada. Mortimer believes Sir Henry is at risk and pleads for Holmes to intervene. Holmes says he cannot leave London for a few days, but agrees to meet Sir Henry. Homes then agrees there are unusual aspects to the case and has Watson accompany Sir Henry to Baskerville Hall. Watson is to report back by mail until Holmes can arrive. And now we enter the world of swirling fog, of nights without moonlight, of swamps that can suck an unwary man under, of servants who seem too silent, and of neighbors...
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Evans VINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
When this story was first shown in 1983, the BBC had made a production starring Tom Baker as Sherlock Holmes in the same adventure, only a year previously. Thankfully this is a vast improvement on the BBC adaptation, with Ian Richardson proving to be an excellent choice in the role. As with actors such as Christopher Plummer and Peter Cushing, Richardson plays the role in a fairly straight fashion, preferring not to emphasise the more eccentric aspects of the character as Jeremy Brett would ultimately do when his vision of the character emerged in the Granada adaptations a few months later. Like Plummer in Murder By Decree, this Holmes is an expert at adopting disguises to fool people, and Richardson clearly enjoys this aspect of the character. He also seems to relish the scenes in which the character shows Watson up.
The late Donald Churchill is largely unmemorable in his role as Doctor Watson, drawing his inspiration from the kind of bumbling image of Watson adopted by Nigel Bruce in his films with Basil Rathbone in the 1940's. This is a shame as actors such as James Mason and later David Burke and Edward Hardwicke showed that Watson could be played as an intelligent man. Besides would he have ever made a Doctor if he had not been.
With regard to the supporting cast, Martin Shaw fresh from the success of The Professionals, is cast against type as the American Sir Henry Baskerville. Although the actor was clearly keen to move away from the image of Ray Doyle, he never looks entirely suited to the role, and one cannot help feeling that an American actor would have been far more suitable. In contrast to Shaw, Brian Blessed is suitably cast as the loud and aggressive Lyons. Other actors such as Denholm Elliott and Connie Booth also play their parts well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By London Fog on 6 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
Shot on location in Devon, the cinematography of this film is absolutely stunning, capturing perfectly the gloomy, foreboding atmosphere conveyed so brilliantly in what is undoubtedly Sir Arthur's masterpiece. The moor was everything I imagined it to be, replete with fog and some unidentifiable aura of mystery, a place which becomes the perfect setup for the gothic horror tale about to unfold. We can imagine, no matter how many times we have read the book and know perfectly well what occurs, that some dark, evil purposes are afoot, and as Holmes mentions in HOUN, if the devil were to meddle in the affairs of men, this is precisely where it would occur. Even the London scenes were richly atmospheric, the detail paid to historical accuracy and the brilliant colours of autumn one of this film's most striking features.

Then there is the actual case, which on many instances followed the plot faithfully, leaving in scenes omitted from most other adaptations - only to deviate from the story or move events forward too soon, so that the pacing did at times seem a bit awkward. That being said, this surpasses most others and makes the attempt throughout to never stray too far from the source material. In fact, many of the tweaks were not so much an attempt at surpassing Doyle, but to flesh out vital side characters such as Laura Lyons and her husband, the latter of which is merely mentioned in the book. We are also - for once - given a Sir Henry who is not portrayed as the complete imbecile he appears as in far too many adaptations to name, but a confident, adventure seeker intent on fulfilling his position as heir to Baskerville Hall. The other supporting cast are equally strong, and I particularly loved the absent minded Dr Mortimer (who most will recognize as Marcus from Indiana Jones).
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