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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV, 1954) (Plus Bonus ""Lights Out"" Episode)


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  • Actors: Michael Rennie
  • Directors: Allen Reisner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LXHFPE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,344 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Gore Vidal wrote the script for this excellent adaptation of Robert Louis Stevensons' classic horror story that first appeared in the legendary anthology series ""Climax."" Includes bonus ""Lights Out"" episode, ""Lost Will of Dr. Rant.""

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on January 28, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is released from Alpha Home Entertainment. The DVD contains two episodes: "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (B&W 48 minutes) and "The Lost Will of Dr. Rant" (B&W 22 minutes).

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" stars Michael Rennie as the titular character, whose secret experiment unleashes the "beast" within him. This Robert Louis Stevenson tale is in fact an episode from the anthology TV show "Climax!" (aired on July 28, 1955) and adapted for TV by Gore Vidal. The original music is by Jerry Goldsmith.

Unlike more famous 1931 and 1941 feature-film versions (starring Fredric March and Spencer Tracy respectively), this TV episode dispenses with the good doctor's melodramatic love story and focuses on the consequences of Jekyll's experiment. Only the bare-bone elements of the original story has made it to this version, and despite the efforts of the players (including Cedric Hardwicke and Mary Sinclair), the result is not very impressive. Michael Rennie (perhaps best known for his performance as "Klaatu" in "The Day the Earth Stood Still") is very good as Dr. Jekyll, but his portrayal of the hedonistic Mr. Hyde is a bit disappointing with minimum amount of special make-up. Probably this couldn't be helped because it is said most of the show's episodes were broadcast live, so the crew had to do without elaborate effects.

"The Lost Will of Dr. Rant" is based on M. R. James's short story "The Tractate Middoth" and this short work is in fact from the TV show "Lights Out." The episode was aired on May 7, 1951, starring Leslie Nielsen, Pat Englund, Russell Collins and Eva Condon.

The story begins when John Eldred, an anxious old man looking for a rare edition of the Talmud, arrives at a Boston library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bela on August 24, 2014
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One of the best versions ever made! Michael Rennie most known as the alien in classic Earth Stood Still one of the best sci fi
movies ever made stars in the remarkable TV version that was filmed live in the 50's! Most people today couldn't get past the
quality since it was filmed in the early stages of TV so it's not HD! but the quality is much better than some of these I have seen
and it's worth adding to your collection. Rennie plays both good and evil really good and has some big names co starring like
Sir Cedric Hardwicke and others you have seen in many TV shows. I'm surprised this even got aired back then. It's as good as
the Jack Palance TV and better than almost any movie ever made. It's a shame more of these shows are not shown today.
Don't do by the cover that makes it seem like a bad b-movie version. I give it a grade A. Oh and it is in glorious black and white!
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By Shay D. on February 21, 2012
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PRETTY GOOD MOVIE! I FOUND IT TO BE WEIRD AND ENTERTAINING! FRIENDS AND I WATCHED,
WE HAD A GOOD LAUGH!
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