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The Hound of the Baskervilles (2010)

Ian Richardson , Douglas Hickox  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian Richardson
  • Directors: Douglas Hickox
  • Format: Color, 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: Unrated
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0044LYRGO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,892 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"But without the imagination, Watson, there would be no horror." - Sherlock Holmes

Acclaimed actor Ian Richardson dons the deerstalker hat in this lively interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth. Nothing will stop the relentless and always elegant detective in his search for the truth about a legendary beast out for blood. The Lord of the Baskervilles is dead, seemingly killed by the slavering jaws of a supernatural monster of the moors. Arriving in the fog-drenched English countryside, Holmes and Watson battle hatred and treachery to unravel the eerie mystery of an ancient curse that aims to destroy the last Baskerville heir. Also stars Donald Churchill, Denholm Elliott, Martin Shaw, Glynis Barber, Brian Blessed, Eleanor Bron, Edward Judd, Connie Booth and David Langton.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable. April 26, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
This is certainly the best version of this classic tale that I've seen. Ian Richardson is superb as Holmes and the other characters are well-acted and believable. There is also some hauntingly good dialogue and an unforgettable soundtrack which adds to the wonderful atmosphere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable triumph of storytelling. April 15, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Without doubt, this is by far the finest screen version of Conan Doyle's famous story I have (so far) seen. Ian Richardson (who will no doubt be familiar to fans of House of Cards and To Play the King) is perfect as Holmes. The film boasts just the right cast (whether central characters or bit parts, they all give strong performances), the moor's thin line between beauty and deadly is just right, the soundtrack is unforgettable, there is myriad memorable dialogue and the whole thing flows very well. There is not a dull moment. Recommended to fans of Sherlock Holmes, Doyle or just horror in general.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A white-haired older man stands smoking a cigar by the wicket gate, checking his pocket watch. His nervous agitation is apparent with the passing of time, and his concern is not unwarranted. From the darkness there suddenly erupts a violent, snarling black hound. Sir Charles Baskerville flees into the garden-house and there his housekeeper and her husband find him sprawled on the ground, dead of a heart attack. The matter is brought to the attention of Sherlock Holmes in his London flat. Ordinarily a case which most investigators would overlook, its interest lies mainly in the story behind that night, and a legend of a mysterious hell-hound who has haunted the Baskerville family for centuries. It began several hundred years prior, when Sir Hugo Baskerville kidnapped a local girl from the parish. She escaped through an upper window and fled into the darkness. In a drunken rage, Hugo went after her, pledging that he would sell his soul to the devil to find her.

The only surviving heir to the Baskerville estate is newly arrived from America. Sir Henry believes that the traditions of the estate are nonsense, and there is no such hound. Dr. Mortimer believes that Henry is placing his life in danger, and requests that Holmes intervene. Intrigued by the case but finding it not pressing enough to warrant his immediate attention, Holmes sends his accomplice Dr. Watson to Baskerville Hall. The manor has its fair share of secrets, from the strange comings and goings of the staff to the eccentricities of local neighbors. An escaped convict is loose on the moors. Gypsies are encamped nearby. Watson has become very suspicious, but his investigations only turn up further questions. Sinister characters, a dark and cold manor house, a supernatural foe, and a master detective.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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(Spoiler Warning!)

The title of this review is a line lifted directly from the Doyle novel, and when it is spoken by Ian Richardson in the film, as he stands in his Inverness cape lighting a cigar, you are no longer aware of your surroundings, and you somehow manage to escape into this world of mystery of horror which is exposed quite beautifully in this T.V. adaptation from the early '80s. Being a tremendous fan of Holmes and having enjoyed a number of the other "Hound" adaptations (1939, 1959, 1988 and even the 2002 version), I felt as though I was missing a part of Holmes history by failing to see the two Ian Richardson television movies.

For starters, like every "Hound" adaptation, the screenwriter wishes to do something a bit different. The changes from Doyle's novel are many in this adaptation. Perhaps the biggest diversion from the plot is creating the role of Geoffrey Lyons, the artist husband of Laura Lyons who is only mentioned in passing in Doyle's original. Brian Blessed does an admirable job with thew role, and it is his character who when Laura Lyons is murdered, is suspected of the murder. Now, to many Doyle purists this added plot line may be extremely taboo and unwarranted. I am certainly a Holmes purist myself, however unlike the plot diversions in the 2002 film, these didn't seem to bother me. With this new murder, it allows Richardson not only more to do as Holmes, but adds intrigue. By this point in the Doyle novel, we are already privy to the identity of the murderer. Another change to the story, but one which adds a bit of excitement is the murderer's attempt on Sir Henry Baskerville's life in London.

As the casting, Ian Richardson shines as Holmes, even through the changes to the plot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best film version of the story to date: 4 stars! March 28, 1999
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Douglas Hickox is among the few directors who have understood the mystic horror of Doyle's terrifying masterpiece. Directing a brilliant Nicholas Clay, Hickox presents the audience with the best film version of the story to date: 4 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars do not let the naysayers dissuade you February 12, 2012
First, of the 6 'hounds' I have on DVD, this is the only one that seriously attempts to remain true to the novel. Yes, Hickok brings in the character of Lyons (Brian Blessed), the husband, who appears only by reference in the novel. But that character is not only interesting, but consistent with Conan Doyle's intent. Churchill is not the most interesting Watson (there are Burke and Hardwicke, of course) but he had played Watson on BBC in many of the short stories, and he is consistent and believable. In particular, his reaction to being tricked by Holmes is very believable. Richardson, who many might think too acidulous for the role, turns in a stellar performance, unfortunately limited by the nature of the novel (as all Holmes' fans know, this story was not intended originally for Sherlock Holmes; that is why he appears so little). Of the two Holmes films Richardson made, this is the one to have. Martin Shaw as Sir Henry is brilliant, not so much in himself, as by reference to all the nincompoops who have been cast in the role (including the BBC Jeremy Brett film). The minor roles (Denholm Elliott, Connie Booth, Nicholas Clay--known to most Holmes' fanciers as the doctor in 'resident patient', and, above all, Ronald Lacey as Lestrade) are very, very well-taken. So it is all great? Does it really deserve 5 stars?

There are two 'semi-obligatory musical interludes' (as Ebert used to say), not long, and not in slow-mo but still oppressive (the first meeting of Stapleton's wife-sister and Sir Henry, the second with Sir Henry, Beryl, and the 'Gypsy'). Perhaps one or two other times, the music becomes pre-adolescent. Color photography does not do Conan Doyle any favors, but I become use to it as I watch. And, actually, the color is handled very well (this is not a Hammer production).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ian Richardson makes a very compelling Sherlock Holmes
Ian Richardson makes a very compelling Sherlock Holmes. I wish that this actor had made more Sherlock Holmes films. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine who done it
Very good movie suspenseful and entertaining does not deviate from the original story, Ian Richardson and Donald Churchill do a superior acting job time period sets are beautiful,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Mask
3.0 out of 5 stars I thinks there is a better version out there
OK. I thinks there is a better version out there.
Published 2 months ago by ReneinMiami
3.0 out of 5 stars The Hound of another Baskerville
I bought this one just to have it. It's okay, but nobody can top Peter Cushing whether it's more true to the charactor or the story.
Published 3 months ago by WeesieR
5.0 out of 5 stars Never tire of Sherlock Holmes
This is a very good interpretation of Sir Aurthor Conan Doyles Hound of the Baskervilles. However Dr Watson seems to have the higher IQ in this story. Excellent actors all.
Published 8 months ago by sharyne
4.0 out of 5 stars With Ian Richardson, it needs little else...
Of course, a classic story. And, Ian Richardson!! What a wandering gypsy he makes!! There's a classic scene on the moors where he, as the gypsy, taunts Watson because he doesn't... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jude Barnes
2.0 out of 5 stars done 2 death
I bought it because David Langton was in the cast but his part was so !!! small it wasn't worth mentioning & this story is past its best
Published 13 months ago by ozzie girl
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it!
i love this movie! i've been searching for this version of it for many years & i'm so happy i found it here on amazon. thank you so much!
Published 13 months ago by Amber Edgeman
5.0 out of 5 stars good flick!
We liked this rendition of Sherlock Holmes very much. hound was scary too. A nice addition to home movie collection and sherlock Holmes collection
Published 14 months ago by Mystery Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Baskerville fan
this is one of the most unique versions i;ve evrer seen but has all the elements and one scary dog only problem watson's a ditz
Published 19 months ago by Anonimus
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