The next film I’m taking a look at from the Hammer Volume Four: Faces of Fear boxset is The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll (1960). The boxset came out at the end of October 2019 so let’s find out how this film turned out. So without further ado here’s my The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll Blu-ray Review.
- The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll (1960)
- Genre: Horror
- Directed by Terence Fisher
- Running Time: 89 mins
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Powerhouse Films (Indicator)
- Part of the Hammer Volume Four: Faces of Fear Boxset
- Blu-ray Released: 28 October 2019
Dr Henry Jekyll conducts an experiment to reveal the other side of our personality that we all hide. Upon injecting himself with a drug he releases Mr Edward Hyde and soon finds he can’t prevent Hyde’s influence from taking control.
Style / Direction
The films directed by Terence Fisher whilst Jack Asher is responsible for the cinematography.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by David Heneker, John Hollingsworth and Monty Norman.
Acting / Characters
Paul Massie takes on the roles of Dr Henry Jekyll and Mr Edward Hyde. Personally I found him to be ok in the role where others have previously criticised his performance. However the best actor in the film is that of Christopher Lee as Paul Allen, a friend of Dr Henry Jekyll. He’s a womaniser and a gambler and in many ways he himself is a Jekyll and Hyde character.
- Paul Massie as Dr Henry Jekyll / Mr Edward Hyde
- Dawn Addams as Kitty Jekyll
- Christopher Lee as Paul Allen
- David Kossoff as Dr. Littauer
- Francis de Wolff as Inspector
- Norma Marla as Maria
Conclusion: The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll (1960) Film Review
There’s little doubt Hammer’s version of this classic story is a pretty decent effort. It ticks all the main criteria and does so in a style that’s not to everyone’s taste.
If you enjoyed my The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll Blu-ray Review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
- Yesterday’s Enemy (1959)
- Taste of Fear (1961)
- The Deadly Bees (1966)
- Asylum (1972)
- Horror Express (1972)
- Don’t Open till Christmas (1984)
- Borley Rectory (2017)
- Ghost Stories (2017)
Conclusion: The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll Blu-ray Review
As with all of the Hammer Powerhouse releases the image quality is pretty much perfect. I have no complaints with this release either. The picture is clean and sharp with no marks anywhere to be found.
Again the extras are well worth a look although I actually enjoyed the film unlike many of the Hammer experts.
- Audio Commentary by film historians Josephine Botting & Jonathan Rigby
- Identity Crisis: Inside The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll (19 mins)
- Hammer’s Women: Dawn Addams (11 mins)
- Paul Massie Interview (1967) (10 mins)
- Now and Then: Wolf Mankowitz (1968) (28 mins)
- Original Trailer
- Image Gallery
- 36 Page Booklet
On to my movie rating for The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll (1960)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH A LOOK
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: EXCELLENT
Amazon UK Links
The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll (1960) is available out now on Blu-ray.
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
That concludes my The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll Blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more classic Hammer films soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll (1960) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): Terence Fisher
Actor(s): Paul Massie, Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee, David Kossoff
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A decent Hammer horror offering of a classic horror story