There have been many versions of the classic Conan Doyle story The Hound of the Baskervilles with many different actors taking on the role of Sherlock Holmes. The version I’m taking a look at today stars Ian Richardson from 1983, it’s been out on Bluray since 2016 released be Second Sight. So without further ado here’s my The Hound of the Baskervilles blu-ray review.
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983)
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Second Sight
- Blu-ray Released: 25 April 2016
Sir Henry Baskerville returns to England to take over the Baskerville estate following the death of Sir Charles Baskerville. The death is believed to have been caused by the dreaded hound that roams the moors.
Style / Direction
Overall I have no real complaints with this version its well shot and creates the perfect spooky atmosphere the story requires.
Music / Audio Effects
The music perfectly suits the genre of film generating tension when required and is by Michael J. Lewis.
Acting / Characters
A good cast delivers a good version of this classic tale. Ian Richardson as Sherlock Holmes seems the perfect choice as the world’s top detective. Meanwhile Donald Churchill also seems a rather good choice for Dr Watson. Watch out for Martin Shaw as Sir Henry Baskerville with a standout American accent to boot!
- Ian Richardson as Sherlock Holmes
- Donald Churchill as Dr. John H. Watson
- Martin Shaw as Sir Henry Baskerville
- Nicholas Clay as Jack Stapleton
- Glynis Barber as Beryl Stapleton
- Brian Blessed as Geoffrey Lyons
- Eleanor Bron as Mrs. Barrymore
- Edward Judd as Barrymore
- Connie Booth as Laura Lyons
- Denholm Elliott as Dr. Mortimer
- Ronald Lacey as Inspector Lestrade
Conclusion: The Hound of the Baskervilles Film Review
Another worthy version of Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.
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Conclusion: The Hound of the Baskervilles Blu-ray Review
Now to the picture quality and for the most part it’s pretty good although there are a few speckles every now and again but nothing that really distracts or breaks the immersion of this gripping story.
On to the extras and there is only an audio commentary by Sherlock Holmes expert David Stuart Davies. That said I don’t really feel there is really any need for any more extras in this case.
- Audio Commentary by Sherlock Holmes expert David Stuart Davies
Popcorn Cinema Rating:
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983)
MOVIE RATING: WELL WORTH WATCHING
BLU-RAY RATING: AVERAGE
EXTRAS RATING: OK
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983) Trailer
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
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Summary: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983)
Duration: 100 mins
Director(s): Douglas Hickox
Actor(s): Ian Richardson, Donald Churchill, Martin Shaw, Denholm Elliott, Connie Booth
Genre: Horror, Mystery
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- Blu-ray Picture Rating
Ian Richardson is the perfect choice as the world’s most famous detective.