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    Added on: 21/3/2005 10:45
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    Hound of the Baskervilles, The (UK)

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    The 2002 BBC version
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 0 mins
    Retail Price: £15.99
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    With 17 previous screen adaptations behind it, this 2002 BBC version of The Hound of the Baskervilles might have been inhibited by the sheer weight of expectation. But in this production--marking the centenary of Arthur Conan Doyle`s novel--director David Attwood rings the changes subtly and strikingly, helped by Allan Cubitt`s tautly argued script and Christopher Hall`s vivid production: the viewer feels the "presence" of the moors as never before. Richard Roxburgh is a thoughtful, understated Sherlock Holmes--self-absorbed yet observant of life around him. There`s nothing bumbling or ineffectual about Ian Hart`s Dr Watson--a resourceful thinker who, often sceptical of Holmes, complements him in human awareness. Richard E Grant dons a plausibly sociopathic manner as Stapleton, and there`s a touching portrayal of his put-upon sister from Neve McIntosh. John Nettles and Geraldine James contribute sterling character parts as Dr and Mrs Mortimer, and Matt Day is a suave, not too sophisticated Sir Henry Baskerville. It adds up to a convincing rethink of a hallowed tale.

    Special Features:
    12-minute making of documentary, interviews with the cast members, running commentary from Attwood and Hall

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Directed By:
    David Attwood

    Written By:

    John Nettles
    Matt Day
    Richard E. Grant
    Ian Hart
    Richard Roxburgh


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    7 / 10
    I love Sherlock Holmes. Having found this movie, and for a mere 1.85 Pounds, was a delight!
    This is a rather recent adaptation of the BBC to one of the most famous stories in Doyle`s repertoire.
    The acting is excellent and the costumes are pretty impressive, as well.
    The video transfer is very good. The transfer shows no compression signs nor scratches. For a movie that was originally made for TV - this is excellent quality.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is very good, too. The surrounds are frequently used and help create the eerie atmosphere of the Moor.
    The menus are animated with sound.
    The extras include a commentary by the director and producer, a behind the scenes featurette and several interviews.
    Bottom line - a very good adaptation of a cult story. Recommended.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 26/3/2005 10:41