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The Hound Of The Baskervilles [1977] [DVD]

Dudley Moore , Roy Kinnear , Paul Morrissey    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dudley Moore, Roy Kinnear, Penelope Keith, Peter Cook, Denholm Elliott
  • Directors: Paul Morrissey
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • 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: Prism Leisure Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JY7B
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,547 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It could have been a stroke of genius reuniting Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore in a send-up of The Hound of the Baskervilles. In the event, director Paul Morrissey goes for Carry On-style humour: plenty of coarse word-play and camp innuendo, but little wit or subtlety. Cooke is a rather androgynous Sherlock Holmes, while Moore inexplicably attempts a Welsh accent to portray Dr Watson (his cameo as Holmes' mother is far less contrived). The support cast is a compendium of British comedy acting of the period--all now departed, and clearly relishing the one-liners and musical-hall farce. There are excellent contributions from Max Wall, Joan Greenwood (priceless in the seduction scene), and--in one of his last major screen appearances--Terry Thomas, as well as a winning "madame" from Penelope Keith. Don't expect even a free adaptation of Conan Doyle's novel, just let the humour take its enjoyably silly course.

On the DVD: The Hound of the Baskervilles film reproduces very decently in the 4:3 aspect ratio, with stereo sound that's not too artificial in effect. Special features consist of nine biographical overviews, the re-release trailer, and a six-minute interview with director Morrissey. Die-hard fans of "Pete and Dud" will most welcome the inclusion of the original theatrical feature, playing for almost 80 minutes and featuring extra footage of Moore's wonderfully inept piano playing. --Richard Whitehouse

Product Description

Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Kenneth Williams "The Hound Of The Baskervilles" as you've never seen it before. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore (Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson) give us their unique interpretation of the Conan Doyle classic, supported by an all-star cast of British comedy greats. What is the curse that hangs over the Baskerville family? What is the terrible beast that roams the moor? Exhausted by his most recent case, Holmes sends Watson to Baskerville Hall to solve the mystery on his own while he takes a well deserved rest in London's nightspots. Watson, on his first solo case, investigates the strange goings on at Baskerville Hall and begins to suspect everyone he questioins, including himself, until frustrated at every step, he has to call for the great detective to help him out. Their discovery at Grympen Mire of the real Hound of the Baskervilles is too horrible to tell. Special Features Star Biographies Trailer


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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under - rated work of genius 12 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The acting in this film is just fabulous.Dudley Moore always had a talent for soaking up his enviroment and adapting it in his comedy.A good example of this is when he plays "Shylock Holmes's" mother in the film.He got the ideas for this character from the "Daganham diologue" of his own mother.There is some unmissible insanity in this film.I see it as a real stroke of luck that all these theatricals got together for the only time in their lives and bothered to make it.I give it five stars because(1)Dudley's superb acting and fitting piano-playing throughout the film(2)Peter looks just gorgeous(3)the pure insanity of the acting and(4)I never get bored of it.Oh,and just one final thought,it's lovely to see so many comic geniouses(most of whom are sadly dead)captered in this underrated masterpiece.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ole Pete 'n' Dud (and Kenny Williams too) 15 Mar 2011
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Quality nonsense, contemporary 1970s references and surreal flights of inspired fancy and fantasy. A complete hoot. This probably one of the maddest films ever made. I had no idea what to expect. Numerous cast members had commented over the years that they'd enjoyed working on it, though the professional experience of the performer does not alway translate into an equally enjoyable experience for the viewer. In this case it did for me. Days after watching it, memorable scenes are still popping into my head, causing untoward solo-tittering in inappropriate situations. A veritable who's who of British comedy drama from the mid 20th century pass before your eyes. If you spot the odd over the top performance, that'll be one of the more restrained offerings. Thank you Pete 'n' Dud.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Botch Job! 22 Sep 2004
Format:DVD
This is one of my favourite films so I was really looking forward to it's release on DVD. I'm not overly bothered about extras when a film makes it's debut on this format but I like to have a pristine version of the film. Unfortunately one of the best scenes in the film - when Holmes visits his mother - has been truncated. All the priceless dialogue between Holmes and his mother has been lost. The scene fades out just after the line "Don't mention death infront of Iris!". So we lose all the stuff about Mrs Holmes health, the visit by her brother Bernard, her row with Mrs Brett and her stroke!
The company that put this out should be ashamed.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Silly Film 11 Jan 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Just so camp and silly, some people might not get it but for those who do, what a joy.
Cast includes apart from Pete and Dudley - Kenneth Williams, Terry Thomas, Denholme Elliot, Max Wall, Irene Handel, Roy Kinnear, Joan Greenwood, Spike Milligan, Penelope Keith.
The cast must have had tremendous fun making this ridiculous version of 'The Hound'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty funny, twisted britcom from Pete and Dud. 13 Jun 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's The Hound of the Baskervilles is a rather marvellous comedy, all in all. Written by Cook, it sticks mainly to the plot of the sherlock holmes original, and is full of amusing sight gags, ridiculous dialogue and a fair few funny walks too. Probably not as good as anything the pair produced as Derek and Clive, this is still damn fine entertainment.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars msjessel needs to view the special features 26 April 2005
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the P&S version is certainly a hack job; luckily, the
widescreen version (accessible as the 'original theatrical
release in glorious mono') is both widescreen and has the
missing part of the holmes-with-his-mother scene
it could of course have been better, given the list of
characters involved, but it is certainly a fun romp
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hound of the Baskervilles. 4 May 2014
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This is a great must see for true cook and Moore fans.Also a funny little cameo from Spike Milligan..had me laughing my socks off.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cook and Moore and More 25 April 2014
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Anyone who enjoyed the slightly off the wall humour of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore will love this movie Arthur Conen Doyle it certainly isn't , but anarchic and crazy it certainly is. One legged Bow Street Runners are exactly historical accurate but maybe they should be ! I loved it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great product and service.
Published 1 month ago by Mr Anthony C Dennison
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
Very very funny wobderful its Classic vintige stars in it. Very much if not better than the best of the Carry On's at thr hieght of their popularity. Read more
Published 18 months ago by kingsley lewis
1.0 out of 5 stars "This is a job for an imbecile!" "Quite right, Holmes! Let me deal...
Reviled as one of the worst films ever made when it came out in 1978 and no better with age, Paul Morrissey's catastrophic spoof of The Hound of the Baskervilles starring Peter... Read more
Published on 11 July 2012 by Trevor Willsmer
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Doggy ...
This Spoof version of the classic Sherlock Holmes story has a strong cast of well-knowns and is completely devoid of laughs despite trying very, VERY hard in its pursuit of comedy. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by Shrewlord
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad doggy !
This Spoof version of the classic Sherlock Holmes story has a strong cast of well-knowns and is completely devoid of laughs despite trying very, VERY hard to be funny. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by Shrewlord
5.0 out of 5 stars hound of the baskervilles
This DVD came the next day. In excellent condition, have enjoyed watching it.
I will be using this seller again. Thank you so much. A very happy customer
Published on 25 July 2011 by Carolyn
3.0 out of 5 stars classic comedy
another interpretation of a classic this time with a comedy twist
cook and moore and others excel quite well
Published on 8 Dec 2010 by angloaustralian
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hound Of The Baskervilles [1977] [DVD]
The Hound Of The Baskervilles [1977] [DVD]

The Hound Of The Baskervilles x 2 ...70 minutes version cut ..and
the 81 minutes verion not cut .. Read more
Published on 18 May 2010 by Norman Pitkin
2.0 out of 5 stars Criminal waste of talent
I bought this DVD after reading of it in Kenneth Williams' Diaries The Kenneth Williams Diaries. I was prepared for a poor production from what he wrote on p.549: "... Read more
Published on 27 July 2008 by A. Vincent
1.0 out of 5 stars it makes you proud.... not.
What a criminal waste of time, talent and money this festering mutant turkey turned out to be. Don't buy it, you'll regret it.
Published on 25 Jun 2008 by Grushenko
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