The Hound of the Baskervilles
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THIS Hammer film, despite massive wanderings from the original story, just FEELS right. It's spooky. Holmes is eccentric and impatient and perfect. Watson is wonderfully portrayed. The Baker Street rooms are fantastic. And the music--this is the stuff that made me duck my head under the covers when I watched old horror films as a kid.
There are plenty of different versions of "Hound" out there to see. Many have their "moments" of brilliance. But for pure enjoyment, you can do no better than Cushing's version. (I'm still dying to see his 1968 BBC version, almost impossible to get ahold of.) A pleasant, fun, and memorable "Hound of the Baskervilles."
And the few DVD extra features, thanks to Christopher Lee, provide added fun, too.
It is wonderful to see a side of Christopher Lee that is never shown in other films. He proved he can be a fine human character as opposed to the supernatural creatures he is usually associated with.
The only acting choice I have trouble with is the principal female character as played by Marla Landi. She has a heavy accent that is very difficult to understand. For most of her scenes, I had to turn on the subtitles to know what she was saying.
I've never seen a film or TV version completely faithful to the original book, but this version is true to the SPIRIT of the story and is a really engrossing and entertaining film. This should be the true test of the film, does it hold interest, is it well acted and does it entertain. The answers to all of these questions is YES. For anyone wanting an exact reproduction of the original book, it would be better to lock yourself in a quiet room and play the story on the screen of your own imagination. Then you will get the Holmes you dream of and the exact details of the book. For anyone else, this as a fine and satisfying experience.
The film starts out very strongly with a recounting of the legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles. David Oxley is excellent as the menacing and evil Sir Hugo. Cushing is wonderful as Holmes, and Lee is a suitable Henry Baskerville. André Morell is not the world's best Watson, but is quite capable in the role.
Unfortunately, I think too many liberties were taken with the original material. The history of the Baskervilles is changed, the origin of the Stapletons, and even the kindly Doctor Mortimer who brings Holmes in on the case has had his personality altered to make him arrogant, pompus, and difficult. The film is also horribly condensed, which may annoy some Holmes followers.
Still the film's atmospherics are very well handled, and of course we have Cushing and Lee. The DVD version is in widescreen, and the transfer is tack sharp. Best of all, there is a wonderful interview with Lee, and he recounts his relationship with Cushing, and the making of this film. Also included are audio excerpts of "Hound" read by Lee.
Although I personally feel that the Rathbone version is superior and follows the original story better, this version is still worth a look. Oxley's performance as Sir Hugo is memorable, and Cushing is an interesting Holmes. The extras with Lee earn it another star.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fine quality and delivery! Excellent version of "The Hound.." Cushing made a great Sherlock!Published 2 months ago by BillMacaulay
Love Peter Cushing, but this was pretty lame, Much better in the 1959 version.Published 3 months ago by Mitch Hellum
I really liked the movie, but two things kept it from being total thumbs up. The camera, lighting, & sound reminded me of the poor quality of "soap operas" my mother... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Connie Bedwell
Sorry but this version was very slow and somewhat boring .. I fought myself from sleeping .Published 4 months ago by Ronald Delgado
I am a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's SHERLOCK HOLMES and have watched many film adaptations featuring the famous sleuth. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Z Hayes
With the recent death of film legend Christopher Lee in June 2015, I was compelled again to watch this Hammer classic in Lee's honor. This was not Mr. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A Minstrel in the Gallery