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Posted on Friday 29 March 2013 at 9:29 pm

"Of course you know the legend of the fiend dog which haunts the family?"

I've been fighting a cold or a nasty round of hay fever all week. It has never gotten really bad, but it has been bad enough I've only been able to work half days around naps and general resting and haven't done much else. I decided to stop fighting it today and just relax in bed all day. This somehow led to a Hound of the Baskervilles marathon in between naps. I'm not sure why I decided to watch hound, hound, and more hound since it isn't even my favorite Holmes, but I've watched the Basil Rathbone w/Nigel Bruce, Peter Cushing w/Andre Morell, and Jeremy Brett w/Edward Hardwicke straight-forward versions, the Benedict Cumberbatch w/Martin Freeman reinterpretation and the Peter Cook w/Dudley Moore comedic version. I think I'm Hounded out for now, though my public library has the Richard Roxburgh w/Ian Hart straight-forward version I could pick up tomorrow if I change my mind and decide I want more.

Also, I'm slightly concerned about what might be in my dreams tonight...


donutsweeper at 2:51 am on 30 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry you've been sick. :(

The Roxenberg/Hart version is actually my favorite one. Not as faithful as the Brett/Hardwicke one, which has some nice bits, but I really, really love it. There's a dynamic to the Holmes and Watson relationship that really comes out in their portrayals.

By the way you've missed yet another version, the Russian one is fairly decent as well, if you're ever in the mood for subtitles.

Edited at 2013-03-30 02:52 am (UTC)
bratty_jedi at 10:49 am on 30 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the link! I was aware of the Russian version and had heard good things about the series generally but didn't know it was available online.
donutsweeper at 3:13 pm on 30 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
failte_aoife at 8:13 am on 30 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Hope you're feeling better :)

I don't think I've ever watched the Basil Rathbone-version but I quite like the version with Roxburgh even though he doesn't quite convince me as Holmes (but Hart is a great Watson and I love Richard E. Grant's Stapleton, he's properly scary). It's also not that faithful to the source but I have to admit that Hound isn't one of my favourite stories in the first place (I generally enjoy the short-stories a lot more than the novels) and what they cut out were mostly side-plots that bored my anyway...
bratty_jedi at 10:55 am on 30 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
When I'm in a goofy mood, I like the Rathbone Nazi fighting episodes and the like. When I'm being serious, I don't really like the Rathbone films. His Hound is probably his best because it sticks closer to the canon than his norm. His Holmes is never bad but the plots and scripts with which he is working are usually weak and Nigel Bruce's Watson is terrible. I like them both better in the radio shows they did, though even there Bruce's Watson gets on my nerves.

I like the shorts better than the novels, too, and Valley of Fear is my favorite of the novels so I really don't understand my decision to watch Hound.

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