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The Hound Of The Baskervilles [DVD] [1939]

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  • Actors: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene, Wendy Barrie, Lionel Atwill
  • Directors: Sidney Lanfield
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cornerstone Media
  • DVD Release Date: 10 May 2004
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001V017K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,794 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It is the year 1889, it is night, and we see a man running across the moors: breathless, frightened. Behind him we hear the baying of a hound, a sound so fearful it chills the soul. The man falls. From the desolate rocky landscape another man peers; he is bearded and rough looking, perhaps a convict escaped from the nearby prison. At the great house that looms in the darkness, Baskerville Hall, a servant woman opens the door, lantern in hand, and finds her master, Sir Charles Baskerville dead. Considered by many as the best film in the series, Rathbone and Bruce establish themselves as the indisputable Holmes and Watson. Richard Green, Lionel Atwill and John Carradine make up the rest of the cast in this atmospheric thriller.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. G. Stone on 10 May 2004
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What more can you ask from a black & white thriller?. When i first saw this film (I was 8) i was completely hooked. This was the first outing for Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and by far the best version. You can just image yourself cuddling up to a loved one on a rainy Saturday afternoon and watching this. The atmospherics and acting are superb.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nicky on 8 Feb. 2005
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Having enjoyed a friends Region 1 DVD I thought I'd get this one as it was the same. Wasn't it? No, for some reason the British DVD buying public don't need a remastered version just a VHS version shuffled out onto DVD. It was a huge disappointment.
The picture jumps, pops and fizzes all over the place and has a greenish tinge to it. No extras either. It wasn't like there wasn't a remastered version available, it's been out on Region 1 for some time.
That aside, this is a cracking film, hugely entertaining. Even if it doesn't stick faithfully to Sir Conan Doyle's story. Basil Rathbone in one of his best Holmes film, gives a brilliant performance and is ably supported by Nigel Bruce playing a rather dim-witted Doctor Watson. The film still has a creepyness about it, and there is a lot going on in it that's never fully explained and red herrings aplenty (Dr Mortimer denying he has a dog for instance).
My advice to you is, if you've got a region-free DVD, then get the remastered version as it's even better when cleaned up and adds to the moody atmosphere of the film. If you haven't then wait for the sales before buying this DVD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Williams on 24 Feb. 2005
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I have seen many adaptations of The Hound but this is the one I enjoyed the most. The fabulous set designs and constant mist transplant you to a bleak and threatening Dartmoor effortlessly. It is true to say that the older films do evoke a sense of nostalgia and crackle with charm but this film has more to merit watching it than that. I found the end of the film to possess great tension, tension that had me gripped unlike any other adaptation previously witnessed. Basil Rathbone's first turn as Holmes is assured and Nigel Bruce's portrayal as Watson (although purists disagree) is a joy to watch - providing just enough levity to this foreboding tale. The film was originally made as a Richard Greene vehicle and he Plays Sir Henry with a wonderful sense of naivety, but it is undoubtedly Rathbones film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mario on 8 Dec. 2014
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An amusing and satisfying whodunnit to which everyone knows the solution. Efficiently directed with no fat. Perhaps lacks a bit of something when Rathbone, a great enunciator and charismatic player, is off-screen, though Nigel Bruce does an almost Oliver Hardy turn at times as the definitive old-style Watson. John Carradine is dignified as the sinister butler. Still watchable and likeable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MH on 10 May 2013
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Very rare but a classic - scout it out and and enjoy. Rathbone and Bruce at their best - though it is not always true to the book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 May 2004
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To me this film has always been the one to watch. It may not be as true to the novel as say Jeremy Brett's tv film, But to me Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes makes up for this. Also the fact that the film is in black and white adds more darkness to the moor. It still has the main plot to that of Conan Doyle's book. The end of this film really has some good bit's. For one Basil Rathbone getting locked in where the hound had been kept. Something that was'nt in the book. But to me a much better ending. And the way the hound it self run's after Sir Henry and jumps on him will have you fooling off your set. At the end of the day your like it or not. If you want something more like the book buy Jeremy Brett's one. But to me this is still a very good watcher and all down to Basil Rathbone as Holmes. And when you think it's over 60 year's old it still look's good.
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This is a classic and in the collection because of that as well as B. Rathbone did a good job of acting in this film. I think J. Brett is better though , bit not by a lot.
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