The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

DVD - 2002
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the reappearance of a seemingly supernatural hound, bent on destroying the House of the Baskervilles in accordance with an ancient curse.
Publisher: [S.l.] : BBC Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2002
ISBN: 9780790774206
0790774208
Branch Call Number: HOUND OF THE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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EuSei Jun 10, 2016

From what I have read of Conan Doyle, this is one of the closest Holmes of all I have watched. Although the actor doesn't physically resemble Holmes, the whole aura of the movie reminds me of the books' settings. Holmes is, nevertheless, misrepresented when they show him using cocaine in the middle of the case, which was never the case. As he explained in The Red Haired League: "My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplace of existence." Cocaine and morphine were constantly used by Holmes in between cases, to help him bare the lack of challenge of daily life. In The Sign of the Four he is described as taking "a seven per cent solution" of cocaine (intravenous) three times a day for many months." (But how he did not become an addict is not explained.) His persona is perfecly explained by him in that short story: "My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation."

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