The Hound of the Baskervilles is a fantastic story that has many versions be they films, TV or radio. This one is Hammer’s attempt and they make sure they have their big names starring. Yes this is The Hound of the Baskervilles Blu-ray Review (1959) Hammer Films.
That means Peter Cushing plays Sherlock Holmes and Andre Morell as Doctor Watson. A great line-up but now we need a strong actor to play Sir Henry Baskerville, I know Christopher Lee. Now with that cast it would be hard not to have something special happen.
As most of you will know the story I’ll be brief. The story of The Hound Of the Baskervilles comes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- The Hound of the Baskervilles Blu-ray Review (1959)
- Running Time: 87 Mins
- UK Rating: PG
- Released By: Arrow Video
Sir Hugo Baskerville is playing host at Baskerville Hall when one of the servants daughters escapes via a window. This prompts Sir Hugo to hunt her down with a pack of beagles over the moor. Forced to dismount his horse he follows on foot until finding and killing her in the abbey ruins.
A dog appears resulting in his death and so the legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles is born. Any Baskerville who ventures on to the moor alone at night will be killed by the hound!
Skip forward a few centuries later and the death of Sir Charles Baskerville is reported by his friend Dr Mortimer to none other than Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing).
Holmes takes the case and meets the new owner of Baskerville Hall, Sir Henry Baskerville (Christopher Lee) at his hotel. Sir Henry seems unconcerned by the legend of the Baskervilles until Holmes saves him from a tarantula.
Holmes says he is too busy to accompany Sir Henry to Baskerville hall, sending Watson instead. From here things become really intriguing but I won’t say any more.
Peter Cushing is outstanding as Holmes and it does make you wonder why Hammer did not have him play Holmes in a few more films. He really does play the character of Holmes incredibly well and is well suited bringing an air of authority to the role.
Andre Morrell is really good as Dr Watson and Christopher Lee what can I say, he is also outstanding as Sir Henry. His performance seems to add an extra level believability to what is already a great film.
Directed by Terence Fisher The Hound of the Baskervilles is done in the Hammer style and is instantly recognisable as one of their films. The music will sound very familiar it’s by James Bernard, think Dracula.
All in all this is a great version of one of the best Sherlock Holmes stories done in typical Hammer style and acted to the highest level by great actors.
I really do love this film and now it’s on Blu-ray!
The picture looks sharp and clear, the colours seem perfect, so all is great? Not quite there are some white dirt marks/flickers that persist throughout the film which really should have been removed. It does slightly detract from the overall enjoyment especially on those dark scenes on the moors, but it is certainly the best version of the film around.
Could have and should have done better.
Documentaries / Interviews Etc
- Release The Hound
- Andre Morell: Best of British
- The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes
- Actor’s Notebook: Christopher Lee
- Hound of the Baskervilles Excerpts
- Collectors Booklet
- Reversible Sleeve Cover
- Original Trailer
- Image Gallery
When it comes to extras Arrow Video know what they are doing, all interesting stuff for any Holmes or Hammer fans.
Conclusion – The Hound of the Baskervilles Blu-ray Review 1959
A great Hammer take on the most famous detective of all in one of the best stories. Add to that a truly great cast and we have an outstanding film.
The Blu-ray version is certainly let down by the failure to clean-up the white speckles of dirt and I hope this will be addressed if the film is ever re-released in the future.
So what is my movie rating for The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)?
- Movie Rating: MUST SEE
- Blu-ray: OK
- Extras: EXCELLENT
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) Hammer Version is available now on Blu-ray.
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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster with trailer…
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The Hound of the Baskervilles Blu-ray Review (1959) Hammer
Director(s): Terence Fisher
Actor(s): Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Andre Morell, Francis de Wolff, John Le Mesurier, Ewen Solon
Genre: Suspense, Horror
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Rating
A great Hammer take on the most famous detective of all in one of the best stories. The best version of the film, generally a good Blu-ray that should have been great