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  • Actors: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Raymond Adamson, Alastair Duncan, Ronald Pickup
  • Directors: Brian Mills
  • Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, John Hawkesworth, T.R. Bowen
  • Producers: June Wyndham-Davies, Michael Cox
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Mpi Media Group
  • VHS Release Date: October 11, 1989
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301480473
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,180 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

This nearly two-hour Granada Television production of the most popular Sherlock Holmes tale--adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1902 novel--stars series regular Jeremy Brett as the Baker Street detective and Edward Hardwicke as his close ally, Dr. John Watson. A thrilling blend of detective yarn and Gothic horror, The Hound concerns the apparent return of an old curse upon the Baskerville family in the terrifying form of a gigantic killer hound. Fans of Hardwicke get an opportunity to see his Watson on a solo mission for part of this story, though Brett--easily the best of all screen actors to play the sleuth--is never far from the narrative. The supporting cast is very good, and the beast itself, revealed in a famously terrifying finale, is indeed a spooky revelation. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

This is a beautiful film.
Jeffrey M. Reed
It is really attractive that I can not stop reading it until the end.
The acting was very good and the scenery beautiful.
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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on April 10, 2003
Format: DVD
"Yes, the setting is a worthy one. If the devil did desire to have a hand in the affairs of men ..."

With these words, Sherlock Holmes comments on the mystery presented to him in "The Hound of the Baskervilles." And the "if" is a big one indeed, as he immediately makes clear: Asked by Dr. Watson whether he is inclined to place belief into the supernatural explanation of the phenomenon haunting the Baskerville family, Holmes points out that the devil's agents may well be of flesh and blood, thus instantly discounting the idea of the supernatural, and explains that there are two questions only to be resolved in this matter - whether any crime has been committed at all, and if so, what that crime is and how it was committed. Similarly, in "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire," Holmes dismisses all allegations of the work of bloodsucking fiends as "rubbish" and proceeds to prove in his seemingly effortless and strictly logical manner the perfectly natural solution to the events recounted to him by his client.

And herein lies the distinction between the movies contained in this collection and Arthur Conan Doyle's literary originals; and at the same time, the movies' overriding common element. For what is presented here is not necessarily, as in the shorter episodes of the TV series starring Jeremy Brett, a faithful rendition of Conan Doyle's originals, but rather, a set of five more or less classic gothic tales which happen to feature the famous detective from Baker Street and his companion Dr. Watson (Edward Hardwicke, who took over from David Burke after the TV series's first season).
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By John Cox on May 4, 2003
Format: DVD
First let me start off by saying that Jeremy Brett is the greatest Holmes of all time, and this Granada television series is the best production of the classic tales, period. Okay, having said that, I think it was a mistake on the part of MPI to release these five 2 hour "feature films" before they completed the rest of the series, because these are, by far, the weakest productions of the series. There's something about stretching these classic stories into 2 hours that just doesn't work, and Brett's illness takes a toll on his performance here. I fear people may be turned off to the Brett/Granada Holmes before the release of the outstanding second season, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, on DVD in June/July, 2003. If you've never seen a Brett/Granada Holmes, RUSH to buy the first season, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which has been out on DVD for some time now, and pre-order the second season. Then, when you become a hardcore junkie like me, you can get these. These movies DO have their merits, but don't let this be your introduction to this masterful series.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By John Bray on November 25, 2003
Format: DVD
In these five feature-length films, we see Holmes at his best (though the quality of the films themselves varies). With The Sign of Four, the Granada team decided to avoid the question that plauge Sherlockians 'how many wives did John Watson have?' by avoiding the subject all together. This was a risky move, but it proved to streamline this series dramatically, and ended on a most worthy note. The portrayal of Jonathan Small by Jonathan Thaw (TV's Inspector Morse) ranks as one of the best guest appearances on this series. Outside the Mary Morstan subplot with Watson, this is very faithful to the original narrative. Better than Ian Richardson, by far better than Charlton Heston's Crucible of Blood, and stronger than anything Rathbone and Bruce had to offer. Can you imagine Bruce's bumbling, mumbling Watson trying to carry a picture? Oh, that's right they tried that with their over-blown Hound.
The Hound of the Baskervilles found in this DVD set can be a bit dry, and a bit slow at times. It is obvious that Brett is in ill-health. However, his performance is solid, and the moments he interacts with Hardwicke's Watson, we see a relationship between Holmes and Watson that no other team has captured. While Holmes delights in foiling Watson, such as in the opening scene over Dr. Mortimer's stick, it is Watson who steals the show. Hardwicke plays Watson as a world-weary, older brother of Holmes who understands him, and who is much needed by the world famous sleuth. Incidentally, for those who feel this particular version is too slow, I challenge you to see what happens when one tries to make a 'hipper, darker' version of the story, such as the 2002 production with Richard (Moulin Rouge) Roxburgh. The result is a gore-fest with little of the original story left in tact.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2005
Format: DVD
Thanks to MPI media, the critically-acclaimed Granada Television "Sherlock Holmes" series are now ALL available on DVD!

The Feature Film Collection is not a collection of one-hour episodes, like the "Adventures," "Return," "Casebook," and "Memoirs" series. Rather, these are 5 individually-produced feature film length (roughly two hours) "movies." All excellent, two of the movies represent quite possibly the most famous Holmes stories of all: "The Hound of the Baskervilles," and "The Sign of Four."

Suffice it to say these are the finest and most authentic productions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes ever made. Most fans consider the late Jeremy Brett to be the quintessential Holmes, and Edward Hardwicke is a fine actor in his own right and a most excellent Dr. Watson.

Jeremy Brett was a gifted actor and should rightly be credited with "bringing to life" one of the 20th Century's most beloved fictional characters.

People may quibble about liberties taken here and there with the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, but for the most part the "Feature Film" movies, like all the series, is very high quality; well-written, produced, and acted.

Again, technofiles may complain about the "transfer" as they have on other releases, but I believe MPI has done the best they can and the DVD is still FAR superior to owning these on videocassette. These DVDs are short on "frills" - meaning there's very little in the way of extras, but who cares? I'm buying these for the episodes.

Don't purchase these as an introduction to the series, start with the "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." Then purchase other DVD packages, "Casebook," "Feature Film Collection," and "Memoirs," all of which are excellent.

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