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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Double Feature (1932/1941) (1931)

Spencer Tracy , Ingrid Bergman , Friz Freleng , Rouben Mamoulian  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Mel Blanc, Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins
  • Directors: Friz Freleng, Rouben Mamoulian, Victor Fleming
  • Writers: John Lee Mahin, Percy Heath, Robert Louis Stevenson, Samuel Hoffenstein, Warren Foster
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 209 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000EYUD4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,224 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Double Feature (1932/1941)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary on 1932 version by film historian Greg Mank
  • Looney Tunes short Hyde and Hare

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Fredric March won an Oscar® for playing the protagonist (and antagonist) of Robert Louis Stevenson's story. Dr. Henry Jekyll is an honorable man of science, albeit frustrated at the enforced celibacy of a delayed wedding date. Hyde is the fearsome creature he turns into after drinking a potion, and Hyde's appetites (mostly expressed with Miriam Hopkins's Cockney dance-hall wench) are decidedly unrestrained. March's performance is pretty theatrical, but it's fun to watch; his Hyde twitches and squawks and lopes around like an ape in a tuxedo. Rouben Mamoulian's direction has plenty of the brio of early-thirties Hollywood, and the transformations from Jekyll to Hyde are ingenious for the time. This film followed Dracula and Frankenstein into theaters by a few months, and it stands well with those horror classics--and it's a darn sight more fun (and much more down and dirty) than the 1941 MGM version of Stevenson's tale. --Robert Horton

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Classy MGM was not the studio most likely to make a horror movie in 1941, and in fact its production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ended up looking more like a glossy costume drama than a B-movie frightfest. The mood of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of a divided doctor is ably captured in Joseph Ruttenberg's Oscar-nominated cinematography--more so, perhaps, than in Spencer Tracy's lead performance. Tracy wasn't especially happy about playing the role, although his transformations from good Dr. Jekyll to evil Dr. Hyde are convincing enough. One of the main reasons to see this version of the story is the young, impossibly beautiful Ingrid Bergman, then still a year shy of Casablanca. Bergman was cast in the good-girl part, but proved a shrewd judge of material, even this early in her Hollywood career; she finagled her way into playing the floozy instead, thus securing a more colorful acting platform than Lana Turner, who ended up in the more respectable role. Director Victor Fleming's previous movie was a little number called Gone with the Wind, and the Big Picture approach to that project may have influenced his work here--this Dr. Jekyll is just a bit too stately, too polished to really engage. The picture is so dignified it never cuts loose with the kind of wild invention that marked the 1932 version of the story, which won Fredric March an Oscar. It's the tale as imagined by Jekyll, rather than Hyde. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Classic Hollywood versions of the story about a doctor who transforms into a murderer.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: NR
Release Date: 7-JUN-2005
Media Type: DVD

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for the 1932 Version February 8, 2004
Format:DVD
This is a two-sided DVD that contains two versions of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. As many other reviewers here have said, the 1932 Frederick March version is far superior to the 1941 Spencer Tracy version. The older version, directed by a 34-year-old Rouben Mamoulian, is a masterpiece and part of movie history. The later version, directed by Gone With the Wind and Wizard of Oz director Victor Fleming, seems like an uninspired copy of the earlier one. Frederick March understood the role and seemed to revel in it. But, oddly, while he overacts a bit as Jeykyll, he seems totally believable as the monstrous Hyde. Tracy seemed uncomfortable with both personalities, playing Jekyll as too much of a saint and Hyde as too much of a leering sadist. March conveys the personality of Hyde as joyfully enervated by the full release of Jeykll's baser instincts. His Hyde has fun with his own badness. Tracy's just drowns in it.
The special effects in the older version are also superior, and there is lyrical Freudian symbolism in the sets, statues, paintings, etc, that really adds to the drama and continually reminds us of Mamoulian's power as a visual director. The newer version attempts some symbolism (for example, the two whipped horses transform into the two leading ladies) but its symbolism is so heavy handed that it makes the earlier film seem profoundly subtle by comparison.
Even the makeup in the older version is superior. In the Tracy version, Mr. Hyde's appearance seems inconsistent from cut to cut within the same scene. And the use of a masked double for Tracy, even in non-stunt scenes in the London fog, is painfully obvious. You don't even need to pause the DVD to see it.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC VINTAGE HORROR..... November 9, 2003
Format:DVD
There's the silent 1920 version with John Barrymore, there's the lamentable 1941 version with Spencer Tracy (and an excellent Ingrid Bergman), and then there's Rouben Mamoulian's classic 1931 version which brought Fredric March an Oscar as Jekyll/Hyde. This, to me, is the best. Not only is March's Hyde a hideous monster but the carnality between Jekyll/Hyde and the Cockney bar wench Champagne Ivy (Miriam Hopkins) is more explicit. This was Pre-Code Hollywood. Rather faithful to Stevenson's story, the film is brilliantly cast and directed. The atmosphere of 1800's London is thick with Victorian attitudes on one end and soaked with sex and sin on the other. It is between these two worlds that Dr. Henry Jekyll finds himself torn after experimenting with mind (and personality) altering drugs that bring out the bestial Mr.Hyde. The transformation scenes are well done for 1931. London's tawdry side of town is where Hyde seeks out the lustful Ivy and takes her forcibly as his mistress. Jekyll had already met her while "slumming" with a friend. Her image stuck with him as her bare garter-clad leg dangled seductively in his mind while her voice purred, "You'll come back, won't you?" But it's Hyde who goes back and dooms the helpless Ivy to a life of hell. In one of the scarier moments, Hyde hisses at the terrified Ivy "I'll show you what horror is!" And proceeds to do so. March deserved the Oscar for his masterful portrayal of the dual personality that is Jekyll/Hyde and Hopkins is perfect as Ivy. Rose Hobart is Jekyll's wealthy fiancee and the rest of the cast is grand. The classic organ score adds the right creepiness and morbid tone for this beautiful b&w melodrama. A welcome addition to DVD and a collector's dream, 1931's "Dr.Jekyll & Mr.Hyde" is a horror classic and not to be missed by afficianados.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'd make just one change... July 4, 2009
Format:DVD
... and that would be the deletion of the 1941 version of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde and replacing it with the 1932 version of the same film. The 1932 version was made before the production code went into effect and allowed you to see Mr. Hyde in all his debauchery along with Miriam Hopkins as the girl of the street caught in his grasp. The two are available as a double feature in Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Double Feature (1932/1941).

Frea ks (1932) was misunderstood at the time of its release, but is now highly regarded as a horror classic. Director Tod Browning really had a vacuum to fill after Lon Chaney's death ended their successful partnership. This film is an example of his finest work post-Chaney. It is about Hans, a little person in a circus attracted to a beautiful but evil woman who marries Hans for his money and plans to murder him. When the other circus "frea ks" find out about Hans' bride's plans, they extract a cruel but fitting revenge. This film is available in a more deluxe edition that includes commentary. Audiences were troubled by this one when it came out because people with actual disabilities were used rather than actors and actresses in makeup.

The Haunting (1963) is more effective in this version than in the 1999 version with all of the special effects. You actually never see anything in this film - you just hear the sounds and experience the horror of Julie Harris' character as she stays in a haunted house along with a group of people as part of an experiment framed by a psychiatrist. This is currently available separately as
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of cinema
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Frederick March is the most successful and recognizable version of the book ever adapted. It ranks right up there with Dracula and Frankenstein. Read more
Published 2 days ago by duspan
5.0 out of 5 stars Two classics.
You can compare the two, Spencer Tracey was great, but I am a Frederic March fan. I love his version.
Published 13 days ago by James M. Dunleavy
3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok...
This story has been made into many movie versions, but this one missed the mark a bit. As an educator, we read this novel in British Lit but this wasn't a good accompaniment to... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Amber L. Tottingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great variety of great movies
I love all of these movies and to find them all in one package is awesome. Not one of these movies is a dud, so I'm thrilled to get them together at such a reasonable price. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debra VanSandt
3.0 out of 5 stars GREATEST CLASSIC HORROR FILMS
I haven't viewed this collections as yet, but have seen them individually in the past; happy that I was able to get them altogether. Each one is a "favorite".
Published 1 month ago by travelwilma
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Very well done and I like the black and white. It was Edgar Allan Poe-ish and I liked that. Would recommend.
Published 2 months ago by Hope54
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1932
In the beginning Bach’s Toccata and Fugue is played, similar to the Phantom of the Opera. This Jekyll has a character flaw of impatience and being foolhardy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Gutowitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Science vs Extremism
Since this is a Mystery-Classic, it seems rather fantastic for a scientist to perform grusome experiments in order to prove a theory to the world/or society.
Published 2 months ago by GRANNY 946
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movies
great recordings of the original old movies with great color enhancement. I just wished I had the original 3-D glasses for the house of wax.
Published 4 months ago by mack
5.0 out of 5 stars Good films but 1941 is not complete
The five stars are for having the two films in good quality. But specifically, for the 1941 version I would put a 1 star only as it was shown on german TV with longer scenes... Read more
Published 5 months ago by JC Bernardo
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anyone know where I can get the 1913 version?
They have it on VHS at the Turner site: http://turnerclassic.moviesunlimited.com/product.asp?sku=688813++
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