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The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002)

Cast: Richard Roxburgh, Richard Roxburgh, Ian Hart, more...
Director: David Attwood, David Attwood
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: BBC Warner
Genre: Foreign, UK
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English
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Probably the most filmed of all Sherlock Holmes stories, Arthur Conan Doyle's 1901 novel The Hound of the Baskervilles was given another go-round with this BBC television production. Richard Roxburgh, best known as the libidinous nobleman in the 2001 theatrical feature Moulin Rouge, is cast as The Great Detective, with Ian Hart as Holmes' friend, assistant and chronicler Dr. John Watson. The game is afoot when Holmes and Watson head to gloomy Baskerville Manor near the forbidding Grimpen Moor, the new home of young Sir Henry Baskerville (Matt Day). A number of curious events have led the detectives to the conclusion that Sir Henry's life is in danger -- that, in fact, he may at any time be torn asunder by a gigantic, vicious hound. Is this the fulfillment of "The Baskerville Curse," brought about by villainous debauchery of Sir Henry's ancestor, or is the would-be murderer a human being, using the legend of the Hound as a smoke-screen? Taking quite a few liberties with the original, The Hound of the Baskervilles was a nonetheless entertaining "shorthand" version of the Doyle classic. Making its British broadcast debut on December 26, 2002, the film was curiously premiered over Canadian television some five weeks earlier, on November 18. In the United States, The Hound of the Baskervilles was first seen as part of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre anthology on January 19, 2003. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Not for Holmes fans by EKissane July 7, 2003 - 2:14 PM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Good production values and an active, interesting Watson, but otherwise, this BBC production misses the mark. Holmes himself is presented as an unsavory and not particularly competent junkie. The novel's ending has been changed to be increase the gore level and the body count while discrediting Holmes' methods.

I'm not an obsessive fangirl, and I appreciate new angles on old characters, but this felt like an exploitative and unsatisfying take that betrays the spirit of the characters and story in exchange for a modern shock value.

The BBC series is a far more enjoyable contribution to the Holmes canon.

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