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The Hound of the Baskervilles (2003)

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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000797E7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hound of the Baskervilles" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Making of The Hound of the Baskervilles (12 min.)
  • Interviews with cast and crew (27 min.)

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David Attwood's fresh and thrilling BBC adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles grabs the viewer by the throat from its opening scene. The plot of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous story should be familiar: Sherlock Holmes (Richard Roxburgh) and Dr. Watson (Ian Hart) take on the case of Sir Henry Baskerville (Matt Day), hoping to protect him from the terrifying fate that has befallen his family for generations. But if you think you know how the story ends, think again.

While Jeremy Brett remains the definitive Holmes on screen, Roxburgh is also outstanding, as are Hart as an unusually passionate Watson and Richard E. Grant as the neighbor Stapleton. Trivia note: Roxburgh continued his take on the Holmes legend in 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

Based on the best-known of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's four novels, this blood-curdling adaptation finds Sherlock Holmes and his faithful associate, Watson, searching the English moors for a brutal killer. Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge) is wholly convincing as the world's best-known detective, and Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) is his well-meaning but occasionally befuddled colleague. DVD features include a making-of documentary that reveals how sophisticated special effects can enhance the fear factor. Over 1-1/2 hours. DVD.

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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptation July 10, 2003
Format:DVD
This is one of the best adaptations of the famous Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes book. It does take numerous liberties with the text but it's a handsomely mounted production featuring an excellent cast. Ian Hart is great as a more lively than usual Watson. Richard Roxburgh wouldn't have been my first choice as Holmes (co-star Richard E.Grant would have been my pick), but he does a fine job. The direction, costumes, lighting, special effects and excellent location work combine to make for a great looking production.
The DVD itself is well worth purchasing. The widescreen transfer and audio are excellent, and the various interviews and 'making of' feature are informative.
I mark this down one star because of the scriptwriter choosing to include Holmes' drug use. It doesn't add anything to the story and I assume that it was only added to be controversial. Holmes did not use drugs during a case...the character only succumbed to the needle to relieve his boredom between cases, and I don't recall his drug use being part of the original novel. At least we get to see Watson's disgust with Holmes' habit, but it doesn't excuse including it in this adaptation.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, My Dear Watson April 11, 2003
Format:DVD
After Jeremy Brett, any other Sherlock Holmes is likely to be considered a pale copy. In this case, there is nothing in this production that was not done far better in the Brett version.
In contrast to Brett's wonderful quirkiness, Richard Roxburgh is curiously colorless. Watson is similarly undistinguished and also suffers from looking far too young to have been through what Watson had by the time he met Holmes and began their famous relationship.
Besides the weakness of the main characters, the production suffers from the obvious implication that the people who made it were woefully ignorant of the source work. The dialogue is far too modern (as when Holmes says "I could MURDER a bottle of Montrachet," or Watson explains that "Parties are not Holmes's thing.") Such dialogue is straight out of the 1990s, not the 1890s.
Anyone who reads Doyle's original stories will know that Holmes and Watson were in a sense soulmates. They shared a friendship (more than that, really; a nonsexual devotion that was perhaps unique to men of the Victorian Age) that this production misses entirely; in fact, Watson at one point declares that he does not trust Holmes. Such a feeling would have made the famous Holmes-Watson relationship impossible.
In this production, Holmes has been turned into a hopeless cocaine addict. Anyone who has read the original stories knows that Holmes would never have used cocaine during a case; he was in fact known to fast during a case, because he did not want the requirements of digestion to hamper his mental efforts. He would have found the idea of shooting up during an investigation repugnant. Rather, the [chemical substance] was his escape from the boredom he experienced between cases.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Wrong Version September 3, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This is a wonderful story and production...originally. However, the BBC Video (company) version I purchased which is 100 minutes in length had been edited so much that there were entire scenes missing right from the begining! I know because I taped the original when it aired on Masterpiece Theatre.

Buyer beware: This is not the full length version of the otherwise excellent program.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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When I heard that there is a new version of this Holmes story, and it contains Richard E Grant, I thought HE plays the great slueth himself. I thought then, well, Jeremy Brett is no longer with us, but he could be as good as him. Wrong! Not that Mr. Grant is not good. It turned out that Richard Roxburgh is Holmes, and sorry to say this, but his rendition is simply bland and colorless. He looks more like Lestrade, that famous but curiously unmemorable inspector.

But why not Richard E? Roxburgh, though a good actor, is not tall enough to be Holmes. (Richard E Grant is very tall.) But well, let's forget that now. Whoever plays Holmes must speak like Holmes. However, Holmes' delightfully ironic attitudes are gone in this version. To make matters worse, Ian Hart's Watson is too young to be convincing, and their speeches and manners are too modern. Look at one scene in which the doctor examines a dead body using a pair of white rubber gloves, as if he is a coroner in 'X-Files' and you can see that the produces didn't think much of the details. The two principal characters are so impossible that the film has no chance from the beginning.

There's more. I am not against changing the situations or story if the adaptation really needs it. However, this version went too far, especially in the second half of the book. Though the creepy atmosphere is effectively presented on the screen, the film treats some characters very clumsily. Sir Henry Baskerville, newly arriving at England, is too grim and even arrogant when his manners should be more Americanized; the butler Mr. Barrymore at the Bakerville Hall does not look mysterious enough; most incredibly, Selden the convict jumps through the window, breaking the glass like Buster Keaton.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make it one more for my Hounds House Hoard
This is not my favorite, but it's enjoyable & I had to add it to my collection. Peter Cushing is my main man when it comes to Sherlock Holmes, of course. Read more
Published 1 month ago by WeesieR
5.0 out of 5 stars My Wife's Video
My Wife ordered this and liked it very much. I never got into it but she liked it so I watched a bit too.
Published 2 months ago by D. Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantazzle!
It was greatastic! I didn't think it was going to work on my different region DVD player, but it sure did!
Published 3 months ago by Jack
1.0 out of 5 stars The Hound of the Baskervilles with Richard Roxvurgh&Ian Hart
Can't review the DVD but I can give Amazon no rating for delivering a DVD that had European coding that did not work on American DVD. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JM OLIVIER
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Great adaption! Performances are good by all cast. Love the fact that Watson is not a bumbling fool but an asset
Published 5 months ago by Terry Whittingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Have seen old films of The Hound of the Baskervilles and this is by far the best. Enjoyed by the whole family.
Published 8 months ago by Arlene M. Dial
5.0 out of 5 stars The wind rushing through the old mines on the moors as backdrop...
Suspenseful adaptation of one of Sherlock Holmes' most outstanding cases. Didn't know if I would like Richard Roxburgh as compared to the iconic Jeremy Britt, but gave it a chance... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars This Hound is no puppy!
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have been impressed by this adaptation of his novel. Sherlock Holmes is ever so brilliant and dear Watson is masterful. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bellina
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Changes Can Be Upgrades!
Maybe the world does not need yet another review of this version of "The Hound of the Baskervilles", but I feel compelled to say, I was extremely impressed by this movie. Read more
Published 12 months ago by AcerAcer
5.0 out of 5 stars Baskerville fan
Me and my mom have one thing that we agree on is sherlock Holmes she had never seen this version of the story and it deliverd well if you are a sherlock holmes fan you'll love this... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Anonimus
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