Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV, 1954) (Plus Bonus Lights Out Episode)

Gore Vidal wrote the script for this excellent adaptation of Robert Louis Stevensons' classic horror story that first appeared in the legendary anthology series "Climax." Includes bonus "Lights Out" episode, "Lost Will of Dr. Rant."
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 58 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: January 30, 2007
  • Originally Released: 1954
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 4,742
Rating: 7/10 -- Less an outright horror film than its predecessor and more a straightforward psychological study. Most of the earlier sex is replaced by a stubborn, straightlaced morality. Full Review
Movie Metropolis
Dec 30, 2003
Rating: 3/4 -- MGM gave the familiar story the big-budget, big-star treatment, but in the process drained it of all of its biting social and psychological implications. Full Review
TV Guide
Sep 26, 2007
Rating: 5/5 -- Quite eerie classic thriller with Tracy surprisingly good in title role(s).
Video-Reviewmaster.com
Jun 2, 2007
Rating: C -- The entire effort was misconceived, one that offers more ham than steak. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jan 6, 2004
Rating: 2/5 -- Spencer Tracy is miscast and overrated in one of the weakest adaptations of the story to date.
Flipside Movie Emporium
Aug 6, 2002
Well shot by Joseph Ruttenberg, and the transformations are effectively handled, but it's generally shallow and anaemic. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
Rating: 66/100 -- Conventions of the time did not allow director Victor Fleming to examine the powerful sexual undertones of Stevenson's tale, robbing the film of much of its potential insight Full Review
Slant Magazine
Aug 3, 2010

Description by OLDIES.com:

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1954, B&W): Locked in his mysterious laboratory for weeks on end, the reclusive Dr. Jekyll works feverishly on a secret experiment, investigating the human soul and conscience. The good doctor believes that by isolating the good and evil impulses in the brain, he may bring about the end of mankind's wicked deeds. But the desire to play God backfires when Dr. Jekyll, under the influence of a chemical potion, becomes the fiendish monster, Mr. Hyde. Ashamed, but increasingly addicted to the hedonistic pleasures Hyde provides, Dr. Jekyll cannot contain the beast within.

Michael Rennie, who three years earlier played the Christ-like Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), creates a tainted, guilt- ridden hero and multi-layered villain, breathing new life into the old Robert Louis Stevenson classic. Renowned British actor Sir Cedric Hardwicke is best remembered for his featured roles in such classics as Things to Come (1936), King Solomon's Mines (1937), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) and many others.

"Lights Out" Presents The Lost Will of Dr. Rant (1951, B&W): In this special episode of "Lights Out," the groundbreaking television horror series from the earliest days of broadcast history, an anxious old man searching for a rare edition of the Talmud finally tracks the tome down at a research library in Boston. But before he can get his hands on it, a hideous apparition intervenes. Five years before his starring role in the 1956 classic, Forbidden Planet, Leslie Nielsen appears as a librarian who soon finds himself in the middle of a ghostly mystery.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 8,978
  • UPC: 089218525598
  • Shipping Weight: 0.30/lbs (approx)
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