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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT218-BR

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1959)(SPECIAL PROMOTION) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Miles Malleson, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Andre Morell, Marla Landi, David Oxley, John LeMesurier
Directed By:  Terence Fisher
Composed By:  James Bernard

“The best Sherlock Holmes film ever made, and one of Hammer’s finest movies…Cushing gives one of his very best performances, ably supported by Morell…Lee is in equally good form as the Baskerville heir, and Jack Asher’s muted Technicolor photography is superb.” – Time Out London

“With sensitive direction and a sumptuous look that defies its modest budget, this is perhaps the best version of Hound of the Baskervilles on film, with the fastidious Peter Cushing making a consummate Sherlock Holmes, and Christopher Lee in one of his few appearances as a leading man.” – Glenn Erickson, DVD Talk

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous story gets the gorgeously gothic Hammer treatment in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), starring Peter Cushing as a wry and brilliant Sherlock Holmes, André Morell as an unusually sensible Dr. Watson, and Christopher Lee as Sir Henry Baskerville, seemingly threatened by a ghastly family curse. Horror stalwart Terence Fisher directs, and James Bernard provides the atmospheric music.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.66:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1959 / Color
85 MINUTES
NOT RATED

Special Features: Isolated Music & Effects Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians David Del Valle and Steven Peros / Audio Commentary with Film Historians Paul Scrabo, Lee Pfeiffer, and Hank Reineke / Actor’s Notebook: Christopher Lee / Hound Mask Creator Margaret Robinson on The Hound of the Baskervilles / Christopher Lee Reads Excerpts from The Hound of the Baskervilles / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on August 28, 2017 3:37 AM
Growing up in the sixties we didn’t have access to things taken for granted today. No video recorders, no DVDs, no streaming services and for the most part no cable even. If we wanted to see something we watched it when it was on. It also meant that there was plenty of classic films to be found on select VHF stations, collections bought in packages that those stations ran. It was on one of these stations that I was able to watch all of the classic Universal horror films and the wonderful series of Sherlock Holmes movies starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. But one night I was able to see a different version of Holmes, a more recent one, and loved it as much as I did those in the series. It featured Peter Cushing in the lead role and was titled THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.

The film opens in the past with the story of Hugo Baskerville, an entitled rogue if there ever was one, and his demise due to the famed hound from hell that roamed the moors seeking revenge against him. Time has passed and we move forward to the present (in this case late 1800s, early 1900s). The new heir to Baskerville Hall is Sir Henry (Christopher Lee) and an attack on his life has already been made. Holmes is hired to protect him but instead send Watson (Andre Morell) to stay by his side while he finishes business in London.

Watson obliges and does his best to protect Sir Henry but mysterious things are afoul in the area. A convict has escaped from Dartmoor Prison nearby and has yet to be captured. A woman is seen prowling the moors and Sir Henry finds himself attracted to her. Lights are lit in the hall where no one should be. And the baying of a hound is heard at night.

Clues mount up, Holmes arrives in more ways than one and the mystery of the hound is sought out. It’s a story with plenty of those clues giving hints as to what is going on but never quite revealed until the final scene. In other words, a great mystery.

The movie succeeds in so many ways it’s difficult to pinpoint just which should take credit. Produced by Hammer Films, the studio already responsible for pairing Lee and Cushing in their versions of Frankenstein and Dracula, made the smart move of pairing them here together again. Director Terence Fisher does an amazing job of bringing the best out of all his actors. The sets and locations are perfect. The story moves along at a pace that holds your interest and never releases it. In short it is a near perfect film and perhaps the best made revolving around Sherlock Holmes. So sad to think of how wonderful it would have been to see Cushing star in more films based on the character.

Twilight Time is releasing this one and as always they’ve done a fantastic job. The quality of the transfer is wonderful to see. This time around they also offer more extras than usual. Those include an isolated music and effects track, audio commentary with film historians David Del Valle and Steven Peros, audio commentary with film historians Paul Scrabo, Lee Pfeiffer and Hank Reinke, ACTOR’S NOTEBOOK: CHRISTOPHER LEE, hound mask creator Margaret Robinson on the film, Christopher Lee reading excerpts from the book and the original theatrical trailer. Once again Twilight Time this is a limited edition and restricted to just 3,000 copies. If you love Cushing, Lee, Holmes or Hammer by all means jump on a copy of this right away. If you just love a good movie it’s worth having as well.

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