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Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1972)

Ralph Bates , Martine Beswick , Roy Ward Baker  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim, Lewis Fiander, Susan Brodrick
  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker
  • Writers: Brian Clemens, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Producers: Albert Fennell, Brian Clemens
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OSJV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde" on IMDb

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In Victorian London, young Dr. Jekyll attempts to create an Elixir of Life using female hormones stolen from the glands of fresh corpses. But when Jekyll drinks the experimental potion himself, he is transformed into a beautiful woman with an unstoppable taste for mayhem. Can both the fiends share a rampage of ghastly murder and perverse desire, or will the ultimate battle of the sexes rage with Dr. Jekyll An Sister Hyde? Ralph Bates and Marine Beswick star in this gender-bending twist on the classic tale that horror fans consider one of the most provocative shockers in Hammer history - presented here complete and uncut, with footage not seen in the original theatrical release.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I knew there'd been quite a few versions and variations on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, both in film and on television, but I never realized how many until I did a little research. There are at least thirty listed on the internet movie database, many of which I hadn't even heard of, much less seen. Of the one's I'm familiar with, the versions with John Barrymore (1920), the Fredrich March (1931) and Spencer Tracy (1941), all three stick fairly close to the original source material. In Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971), the story is carried one step further, which should be evident from the title (I will say I wasn't really surprised to learn this film came out at the time it did, as the late 60's/early 70's brought with it a time of challenging social mores and just generally sticking it to the establishment...this ain't your father's Jeykll and Hyde).

Directed by Roy Ward Baker, who did films for both Hammer Studios (Quatermass and the Pit, Scars of Dracula) and its' rival Amicus (Asylum, The Vault of Horror), the film stars Ralph Bates (Taste the Blood of Dracula, Lust for a Vampire), along with three time Bond girl Martine Beswick (Dr. No - actually, her part in this one was pretty minimal, but I'll still count it, From Russia with Love, and Thunderball). Also appearing is Gerald Sim (The Man Who Haunted Himself), Lewis Fiander (Dr. Phibes Rises Again, and Susan Broderick, who really has few credits, this film being her most notable role.

As the film begins, Dr. Jekyll (Bates) is working on a universal panacea, or, one serum to cure many different diseases (the film appears to be set in sometime in the early 19th century, so there was plenty of work to do in this area).
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LOVELY BUT LETHAL February 27, 2002
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In a clever gender-bending twist on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale, the research done by Dr. Henry Jekyll(Ralph Bates) involves experimentation with female hormones. The inevitable Jekyll-into-Hyde transformation takes place, and he changes into a ravishing female version of himself(movie siren Martine Beswick). Hammer Films' 1971 "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde"s plot unravels slowly as the camera winds down foggy, moon-lit London streets. The edgy pace picks up, however, hustling to a typically thrilling ending. Once promoted as the new, younger Christopher Lee, Ralph Bates has the lead role. Sadly, he died young at age 51 of cancer. The distaff Hyde is played by exotic Martine Beswick, who was lovely as Bond Girls in 2 films. She danced in "One Million BC" for Hammer, and was awarded the lead in it's sequel, "Prehistoric Women". Today she runs a furniture moving business in London. Hammer veteran Roy Ward Baker directed "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde". He is perhaps best known for the early Titanic classic "A Night to Remember". This Technicolor DVD is 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. It is uncut, with 3 provocative minutes never seen in American theaters. You get a trailer, radio spots, bios, and a fascinating audio commentary with the director, writer, and Beswick. Their memories of the inner workings of Hammer Films is delightful. This is a great spin on an old tale, and Bates and Beswick are excellent as two halves of the same whole.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than FROM HELL April 4, 2005
Give this one a chance, for very few movies (horror genre or otherwise) have been built upon an uncanny resemblance between two stars, one male, one female, and DR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE has a sort of gritty vitality that lifts it out of the ordinary Hammer league. Partly this is to the credit of Roy Ward Baker, but mostly it is due to the inspired playing of Ralph Bates and his female counterpart Martine Beswicke, each of them looking glorious and evil in what has become the signature role in both careers. Bates must have been an awfully small man; Martine B towers over him like King Kong over Fay Wray--not that you see them both in the same shot, but you can measure them visually because both use the same sets and in a lot of cases, Ralph Bates barely comes up to the doorknob of the Edinburgh laboratory where Jekyll does his foul work.

Beswicke's dark eyes and pouting, petulant lips will remind 21st century fanboys of Angelina Jolie, maybe a little slighter, but even scarier in the part of Sister Hyde. It's a little kinky I suppose that she's "really" a man, but Ralph Bates never really gets himself in any sex situations he can't extricate himself from. I guess that would have been too much even for the decadent 70s phase of Hammer films in which nudity and Lesbianism became de rigueur (Bates had just come off LUST FOR A VAMPIRE when assigned this film).

Listening to Ward Baker, Brian Clemens and Martine on the commentary track makes you realize how much was lost first by Ralph Bates' curtailed career, then by his death. He really was a marvellous actor, even if he was short (he was able to project on screen so that audiences read him as tall and commanding).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning chiller from Hammer September 27, 2005
One of Hammer's finer productions of the 1970s, DR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE offers a refreshing slant on the oft-told Robert Louis Stevenson tale. With direction from Roy Ward Baker (THE VAMPIRE LOVERS) and a sweeping lush musical score by David Whitaker, this is an enjoyable ride.

Ambitious and naive Doctor Jekyll (Ralph Bates) sets out to create vaccines for dangerous diseases but instead stumbles across a serum taken from the glands of young females. Using himself as a human guinea pig, he takes the potion and is transformed into a female version of himself. Using the alias of Mrs Hyde (Martine Beswick), his widowed sister, he sets out to harvest the glands of young female victims. With the body-count rising and Jekyll/Hyde's life spiralling out of control, madness is only around the corner... Adding complications is Jekyll's young female neighbour Susan (Susan Broderick) who develops a crush on him, while her brother Howard (Lewis Fiander) becomes infatuated with the elusive Mrs Hyde.

Ralph Bates and Martine Beswick handle the complicated title roles well, and really do look like each other. The transformation sequences are handled with great skill and the final scene (where the two continually morph) is amazing. Susan Broderick and Lewis Fiander make the most out of thankless, one-dimensional roles. Art director Robert Jones recreates the gaslight setting of the story with great success. With Julia Wright, Ivor Dean, Tony Calvin, Dorothy Alison, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Gerald Sim and Philip Madoc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever Title, Sublime Result.
After reading Marcus Hearn & Alan Barnes' THE HAMMER STORY and visiting Chris Woods' cheeky BRITISH HORROR FILMS website (google it, the film reviews are a scream! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chip Kaufmann
5.0 out of 5 stars FILM PHREAK SPEAKS!
I honestly don't know where Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde ranks among the affections of Hammer Film philes, but I consider it to be among the best of the Hammer gothics I've had the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kristofer Upjohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this On Sammy Terry also...
I Saw this On Sammy Terry, With His Signature Laugh Seeming a Little More Playful Than Usual, and at the Time I wondered Why! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Michael David Mullett
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Hammer Movie that needs another look.
I have most Hammer movies but never got this. It looked kinda of stupid.
But I was wrong. Its a well written, acted and directed movie. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by Bela
3.0 out of 5 stars A different twist, but still Jekyll & Hyde
Hammer spun the wheel and created a Sister Hyde in this early '70s horror flick. The tale is the same
old one with a few twists and a tad of nudity. Read more
Published on December 19, 2010 by Jane Loeffler
4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for a Region 1 DVD release
Anchor Bay thoughtlessly ended distribution of this unique and excellent Hammer Horror classic. That was over 6 years ago and I missed getting my copy. Read more
Published on January 29, 2010 by walker
3.0 out of 5 stars WANTED MORE.........
after all these years of trying find and purchase this item, but disappointed because i thought there was
a longer uncut version of Dr. Jekyl Sister Hyde... Read more
Published on October 12, 2009 by LEVI
3.0 out of 5 stars Mister, Mister, Who's Ya Sister?
A twist on the original Robert Louis Stevenson tale, where instead of experimenting on personality changes, Dr. Read more
Published on June 21, 2009 by Scotman's Critic's Corner
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted Sister
This atmospheric mix of the greatest hits of Victorian crime (The Ripper, Burke & Hare) plus a unique take on Stevenson's classic from the pen of master Brian Clemens is a solid... Read more
Published on January 4, 2009 by EddieLove
4.0 out of 5 stars Whether Male Or Female, Dr. Jekyll Is A Vicious Serial Killer
Was this the best theatrical version of Jack the Ripper I've ever seen? Or was it the best theatrical version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Read more
Published on September 16, 2008 by J. B. Hoyos
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