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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde
Actors: Jack Palance, Denholm Elliott, Leo Genn, Torin Thatcher, Rex Sevenoaks
Director: Charles Jarrott
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2002     2hr 0min

Studio: Mpi Home Video Release Date: 08/27/2002 Run time: 124 minutes Rating: Nr

     
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Actors: Jack Palance, Denholm Elliott, Leo Genn, Torin Thatcher, Rex Sevenoaks
Director: Charles Jarrott
Creators: Allan Wallace, Dan Curtis, Michael Santangelo, Roy Moe, Victor Ferry, Ian McLellan Hunter, Robert Louis Stevenson
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/27/2002
Original Release Date: 01/07/1968
Theatrical Release Date: 01/07/1968
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

"So you wanted to meet Mr. Hyde eh?"
Michael Ziegler | Philadelphia, Pa United States | 10/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This 1968 atmospheric and chilling Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows fame) production, made for television, is without a doubt, the best version of the Stevenson story ever done. Jack Palance stars as the submissive, shy, Jekyll and presents an image of Hyde that you will never forget! Portrayed in a Satanic, violent manner, the appearance of Hyde is clever in make-up design. He is not portrayed as a monster but rather as an unabashed hedonistic barfly, somewhat agressive, comical and evil at the same time. Hooked on the excitements that the night can provide; He eventually becomes "addicted" to being Hyde, enjoying the power and rule over women that it brings him. He eventually comes close to criminal prosecution and reforms back to the quiet life that Jekyll provides. However, his associate in chemical research demands money after he discovers that Hyde is Jekyll and Jekyll is Hyde. This leads Jekyll to rely on the drug transformation once more (his leftover bottle) to kill his associate and in doing so, also signs his own death warrant (he is dependent on his associates process of a certain drug to be combined with his own) Seeking escape he contacts a friend of Jekyll and agrees to meet at Jekyll's classroom in the medical academy. This is where a truly monsterous confrontation takes place with police in pursuit and the end will put a scare into you! Palance deserved an emmy for this but was robbed!"
Gothic, atmospheric version
Michael Ziegler | 08/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A chilling and atmospheric version. I wish it could have been taped on film rather than video, but that's a small matter. If you're looking for one of the best adaptations of the Jekyll and Hyde story, look no further than here. Jack Palance turns in a magnificent performance, capturing the meekness and nervousness of Jekyll, and then contrasting it with the energy and violent glee he invests in Mr. Hyde. Palance also does great in portraying the struggle between Jekyll and Hyde for dominance. He is also surrounded with Billie Whitelaw as a dancer Hyde seduces then abuses, named Gwen. She is terrific and sensual. Denholm Elliot also delivers a strong performance as Jekyll's friend. Much fog abounds and one gets the feeling of being in London at the time of Jack the Ripper. Also, worthy of note, is that Hyde is portrayed as charasmatic and devilishly handsome rather than hideous."
Atmospheric Victorian Thriller!
Robert C. Fockler III | North Canton, Ohio United States | 08/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was the first version of the story I ever saw so I may be a bit biased. As a long time student of this genre and of this story in particular, I can say that while not the Stevenson novella verbatim, it is still much closer than other adaptations. Of particular note are the references to drug addiction of young people in Victorian London. Mr. Palance gives a bravura performance in the dual role. Is it my imagination or does the Mr. Hyde make-up created by Master Make-Up Artist Dick Smith resemble classic depictions of Satan or perhaps the Satyr? Dan Curtis assembled an excellent cast in a sterling production. The new DVD version offers enhanced picture and sound quality as well as various subtitles for your viewing enjoyment. You may consider this video/DVD a valued asset to your collection of this strange story of one man's facination with man's dual nature. Perhaps there is a bit of Edward Hyde in all of us!"
A Faithful representation of the book
Miles Hoffmann | Famous Potatoes, United States | 09/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

". I first saw this TV presentation back in 1969. Then, a local PBS station, in 1978, rebroadcast this presentation in which I've made a VHS tape of that broadcast. Now, after searching, this broadcast is available on DVD.

Jack Palance did a superb performance in the title role. His portrayl as the timid doctor and as the monster were well acted. No other actor (even the original actor who was supposed to have this lead role if it wasn't for a strike that happened during the production, Jason Robards) could have filled the shoes as did Jack Palance.

The classic British scenery and atmosphere made the story more believable and more realistic-not as cardboard as the movies were of old and new.

Classic storytelling at its best."