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5.0 out of 5 stars HAMMER DO MR HYDE YEARS BEFORE THEY HAD HIS SISTER TURN UP
This HAMMER movie was a flop when it first came out i think a lot of it was to do with people wanting a monster style MR HYDE instead of an ordinary man.Watching the movie now it shows HAMMER put some money in this movie with lavish sets etc and was shot in scope which was rare for HAMMER at that time it also did not help the movie at the time with a change of title to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hammer tackle Jekyll and Hyde with mixed results...
Of all the classic horror movie staples, Hammer had perhaps their least success with Jekyll and Hyde, and Terence Fisher's 1960 effort The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll is a case in point. An original but nonetheless misconcieved departure from the premise of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella, this film isn't all that familiar to many Hammer fans, as since its initial...
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5.0 out of 5 stars HAMMER DO MR HYDE YEARS BEFORE THEY HAD HIS SISTER TURN UP, 16 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Two Faces of Dr Jekyll [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
This HAMMER movie was a flop when it first came out i think a lot of it was to do with people wanting a monster style MR HYDE instead of an ordinary man.Watching the movie now it shows HAMMER put some money in this movie with lavish sets etc and was shot in scope which was rare for HAMMER at that time it also did not help the movie at the time with a change of title to HOUSE OF FRIGHT for its U.S release dont ask me how they came up with this.The good things about the movie are CHRISTOPHER LEE, DAWN ADDAMS,and PAUL MASSIE give there parts they play a real touch of class.Now about the disc the picture looks fantastic as is the sound on the extra front we get the trailer for the movie which also looks very good and a booklet with photos and info on the movie.Once again COLUMBIA have done this movie proud and once again as with the GORGON if this comes out on blu-ray it will have to be one hell of a disc to better this.So if you enjoy this movie get this disc you wont see it better than this
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4.0 out of 5 stars The nutty and dandy professor, 2 Mar. 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Two Faces of Dr Jekyll [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Dr. Henry Jekyll (Paul Massie) has no life anymore, chained to his work and stuck in a loveless marriage to Kitty (Dawn Addams), he busy's himself working on a character altering potion. Firstly testing it on primates, Jekyll ignores the warnings from his friend Dr. Ernst Littauer (David Kossoff) and experiments on himself. The result brings out Jekyll's alter ego, Mr. Edward Hyde, a debonair gentlemen who holds within a sadistic dangerous streak. Hyde spells danger for anyone who gets too close to him, particularly Kitty, Jekyll's morally bankrupt friend Paul Allen (Christopher Lee) and more worryingly, Jekyll himself.

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll is by Hammer Film Productions. It's directed by Terence Fisher and is adapted by Wolf Mankowitz from the famous story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Tho very much a middle tier offering from the house of Hammer, this version of the often told tale puts a different slant on things to make it unique and always interesting. Jekyll here is a bland and reclusive person, the people closest to him cheat on him and he is powerless to stop it. Contrast with Hyde, handsome and charming and able to take what he wants either by cunning or brute force. This was a deliberate shift from the normal by Fisher and Mankowitz, they didn't want Hyde as some furry half man beast frothing at the mouth, they sided with evil lurking behind a charming facade. It's also notable for its ending too. Where they had the courage of their convictions to stay with a differing formula.

The problems come if one is searching for a horror film in the Hammer tradition. For although Hammer traits such as a smouldering sexiness hang over proceedings, the film is in truth lacking in terror. Something which is sure to annoy the horror purists. But if you can accept this as a more restrained psychological horror piece, one that deals in the duality of man, the pursuit of something more and the often treacherous nature of the human being, the rewards are there to be enjoyed. The cast are fine, Massie is competent without the ham, and Lee is elegantly vile to fit seamlessly into character. But the bonus is with a flame headed Dawn Addams who comes up with something more than the usual heaving bosom Hammer leading lady. The cast also features an early appearance from none other than Oliver Reed, suitably playing a night club pimp type bit of muscle. Shot in Megascope and Technicolor the film thankfully looks gorgeous and has transfered excellently on to DVD. With the sultry red lipped Addams and Jekyll's garden particularly benefiting from the pinging colours.

A dam good story with wit and cautionary observations of the human condition, this isn't one for the blood and gore brigade. But it has many other qualities just waiting to be discovered by the more literary minded horror fan. 7/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hammer tackle Jekyll and Hyde with mixed results..., 9 Oct. 2011
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Of all the classic horror movie staples, Hammer had perhaps their least success with Jekyll and Hyde, and Terence Fisher's 1960 effort The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll is a case in point. An original but nonetheless misconcieved departure from the premise of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella, this film isn't all that familiar to many Hammer fans, as since its initial release (on which it flopped quite badly, particularly in the US) it has very rarely received TV screenings, and hasn't previously been widely distributed on VHS or DVD. It features Canadian actor Paul Massie as a bearded, socially paralysed Henry Jekyll whose experiments with his dual nature unleash his alter-ego in the form of a handsome, smooth-talking, sociopathic Edward Hyde; there's actually as much of Stevenson's plot here as there was of Mary Shelley's and Bram Stoker's in Hammer's first Frankenstein and Dracula movies (1957, 1958), which also attempted to pare down the scope and scale of their sprawling source material via very economical screenplays. However, here Dr. Jekyll himself is the one and only character who survives the translation to film, which, like all movie versions of this story, forsakes the mystery set-up of the original book in favour of putting the Jekyll / Hyde character(s) centre stage from the start.
Massie is a serviceable lead, but it seems odd that the title role wasn't given to Christopher Lee, who had recently played the Frankenstein Creature, Count Dracula, and the Mummy for Fisher, and seemed ideally positioned to continue his run of great movie monsters. By now cheesed off that Hammer had denied him the leading parts in both The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Man Who Could Cheat Death (both 1959), he was similarly unimpressed to be offered a mere supporting role here too; however, as Paul Allen, Jekyll's libertine of a friend who falls victim to the murderous Hyde, Lee gives one of his most enjoyable performances anyway, acting Massie off the screen. Dawn Addams is also very good as Jekyll's wife, a far more conflicted and morally dubious character than was usually the case with Hammer's whiter-than-white heroines.
Fisher reportedly had little enthusiasm for this project (an attempt by producer Michael Carreras and screenwriter Wolf Mankowitz to elevate the status of Hammer's output with the critics), but you wouldn't know it from the finished film, which is one of the firm's most expensive-looking of the period, with great photography from Jack Asher, and some very effective editing. However, the movie is short on outright scares (there's nothing here to match the visual effects used to transform Fredric March's Jekyll in Rouben Mamoulian's definitive 1931 version), and for all its tinkering with Stevenson's original tale, Mankowitz's script doesn't really do the business (explanations of exactly what the scientist is trying to achieve are far more muddled here than in many other adaptations, and Hyde himself is finally revealed to be nothing more than a rapist with revenge on his mind). Even so, with Lee in the title role and the Paul Allen part handed over to, say, Oliver Reed (who turns up all too briefly as a nightclub pimp), this could have been a reasonable success, but as it stands, it's considerably weaker than Hammer's later (and even weirder) take on the tale, 1971's Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, which is today regarded as a minor fan favourite. As for Lee, he was to eventually have even less success with Jekyll and Hyde than Hammer did, as his only real shot at the part(s), Amicus' I, Monster (1971), was to emerge as another over-ambitious misfire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An underrated and often-overlooked Hammer classic, 15 April 2010
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This review is from: Two Faces of Dr Jekyll [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
In Hammer's 1960 take on the famous story by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll (Paul Massie) develops a personality-changing drug and transforms himself from a crusty, bearded old sod into a young, handsome, but completely immoral, man-about-town using the alias of Mr. Hyde. When Jekyll/Hyde discovers that his beautiful but unfaithful wife, Kitty (Dawn Addams), is having an affair with his friend, Paul Allen (Christopher Lee), a compulsive gambler, he plots a wicked revenge....

Directed by the great Terence Fisher, this is one of Hammer's most beautiful-looking films that is well-acted by a fine cast. Paul Massie is good in his dual roles, and solid support is provided by Dawn Addams (who looks absolutely gorgeous) and the ever-reliable Christopher Lee and look out for a young Oliver Reed in a small role. There is also a pretty good music score by Monty Norman, who was credited with composing the James Bond theme.

"The Two Faces Of Dr. Jekyll" (a.k.a. "House of Fright" and "Jekyll's Inferno") may not be one of Hammer's best-known films but I consider it to be one of their greatest and most enjoyable films from the early-1960s. Hammer went on to film another version of the Jekyll & Hyde story in 1971 with "Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde", directed by Roy Ward Baker, which had Dr. Jekyll (Ralph Bates) changing into a beautiful but murderous young woman (played by Martine Beswick).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the bad press? This is a classic film., 6 May 2014
This review is from: Two Faces of Dr Jekyll [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll bombed at the box office and has been a forgotten little movie in the Hammer horror franchise. Reviews here and on various sites don't give the movie much love. However I could see little wrong with it. The sets are fantastic, the acting is great and the dialogue overall is very good. Perhaps for some this movie is too talky and doesn't feature much horror, those would be valid points, but the movie is never boring and always going in the right direction.

Paul Massie plays Jekyll and Hyde very well, and at least if nothing else the role was able to confirm that the man can act. Show stealer though comes from the legendary Christopher Lee. For me he made an average film, Rasputin The Mad Monk a great one, and he just ups his game here once again as Paul Allen, the failed gambler always looking to borrow some money. A memorable performance.

Dawn Addams offers great support as Massie's wife who is having an affair with Lee and there are plenty of classic Hammer characters along the way.

This DVD comes with only a trailer as a bonus but this is uncut and we get a delightful 24 page booklet on the movie's production. Well worth a purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Lost' Hammer classic resurfaces, 22 April 2010
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This review is from: Two Faces of Dr Jekyll [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
This curio is one of a batch of Hammer films recently released by Sony. Some might say about time too. I hope I'm not damning it with faint praise by referring to it as a curio, as its a very fine film, lovingly restored and the whole package is made that little bit bit special with the inclusion of a glossy 24 page booklet about the film written by Hammer fount of knowledge Marcus Hearn. I can only hope that many more Hammer filmsare given such a great treatment in the near future, as its nice to know that someones taking British horror films seriously.
It's not a cast iron classic like Fisher's 'Dracula' and 'The Mummy'. Part of the reason for this is Paul Massie's performance, just as Jekyll and Hyde as the characters he's playing. Having said that I did find myself warming to his mannerisms as the film progressed. The two real performances of note come from Christopher Lee and Dawn Addams. Lee plays Jekyll's amoral, fair weather friend Paul Allen with real relish, wallowing in the characters seediness, and Addams is also great as Jekyll's unfaithful, scheming wife Kitty, a long way from the prim, virginal heroines that sometimes inhabit Hammer's output.
Probably the most interesting aspect of the film is the way it neatly subverts Robert Louis Stephenson's original story. Here we have a dull, worthy and emotionally retarded Jekyll who lives life vicariously through his alter ego Hyde who in comparison is handsome, debonair and amoral. There is a suggestion near the end of the film from Hyde, as the character wrestles for his identity, that Jekyll has used him to gain revenge on his cheating wife and disloyal friend. There is also a quite chilling little scene where Jekyll is writing of his trauma in his diary, when Hyde becomes the dominant party again. Suddenly the words 'I have returned' are written on the page, quite brilliant.
So, really a bit of a lost gem here, but probably destined to be remembered alongside other Hammer films such as 'The Gorgon' and 'Phantom Of The Opera' as a diversion from their Dracula and Frankenstein cycles. Please buy this release though, as it might encourage more presented in the same loving way. 5 out of 5 for the whole package
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hammer tragedy, 6 April 2012
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Over the years, "The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll" built a bad reputation among Hammer horrors: bad lead actor, unsympathetic characters, and nauseous storyline. In effect, I think viewers make the mistake of analyzing this film along the prism of a regular "Hammer horror", while "Jekyll" is in fact a highly charged melodrama, with a compelling story of misplaced love and undermined self-confidence among some very minor "horror scenes". In this version, Jekyll is a human wreck desperate to regain his wife, who happens to be in love with her hubby's best friend (and worst creditor). His turning into Hyde is just a way for him to extract from his mellow character the passion whom he believes will help him "get her back". Needless to say he is thoroughly misguided. This very interesting (and original) premise for this movie lied in Hammer producer Michael Carreras's fears that Hammer Horror films were becoming too formulaic and predictable ("The Mummy" and "The Brides of Dracula" come to mind). By going the route of "The two faces of Dr. Jekyll", Hammer showed a more thoughtful aspect to its productions. Versus "The Mummy" or "Frankenstein", the characters of these movies have a soul indeed and are well-developed, even if they are not particularly nice human beings. As for the actors, the whole film rests on the shoulders of Paul Massie, and contrary to what I have seen or heard, I found him moving as Jekyll and compellingly dangerous as psychotic Hyde. His ability to change his voice at will makes the impersonation even more remarkable. Dawn Addams is appropriately luscious as Kitty Jekyll while Christopher Lee plays the low-life lover with gusto. I also have to mention the amazing sexual innuendo of the film (after all this is only 1960) particularly with a very evocative snake dance featuring the lovely Norma Marla, and the score, haunting and beautiful. Terence Fisher directs with elegance and purpose, Bernard Robinson's sets are as usual superb and Molly Arbuthnot's dresses very elegant. A great, underrated Hammer movie, more of a tragedy than a horror film. Recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Faceless dr.Jekyll, 17 Oct. 2010
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I bought this film earlier this year,being a hammer fan,i wanted to see the film and was very disappointed.Despite Terence Fisher directing,its what "halliwells film guide",and i would agree with calls,"a surprisingly flat and tedious remake".The film is quite solemn,and talky,with a debatable performance from Paul Massie in the lead roles of Jekyll and Hyde.(who for me hams it up,rolling his eyes,staring wildly into the distance)Christopher Lee though,offers one of his best performances ive seen,in a supporting role.The film was a flop on its release,and i can see why.Hammer's later,"Dr.jekyll and sister hyde"and amicus's"I,monster" are much more interesting versions of this classic stevenson novel,in my opinion.With 2 out of 5,from"radio times"film guide and "mediocre"from "time out"film guide,this film was a major disappointment for all the talents involved.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hammer completists only??, 12 Dec. 2010
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I am becoming one of those completists and have nearly all available Hammer films (tho by no means all). Talking of that, this is by no means the worst or the best, somewhere in the middle. Lovely print and sound quality good. The story is so well known it's hard to find a different take on it, and this does try. (How does Dr Jekyll have full beard, and seconds later as Edward Hyde appear clean shaven? Answers on a postcard please). Massie works hard, Dawn Addams is beautiful, Chris Lee is no handsome roue, and I think he's miscast, but he works hard. Censorship problems couln't have helped the making of the film, as the very helpful booklet tries to explain. (Why can't we have more of these please?). All in all I recomend this to Hammer lovers, but personally I'll go for Martine and "Sister Hyde" every time.
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