Saturday, 2 April 2011

The Two Faces of Doctor Jekyll

This one surprised me, for despite the copy watched being an awfully washed out and dreadfully butchered pan and scan copy I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The central idea, to make Hyde a smooth and suave gentleman works outstanding well and I could almost believe that the intention of the source material was for it to be that way all along. This is of course nonsense but illustrates how well the film was made.

Christopher Lee shines as a human being for once and, in face, all of the characters are brilliantly portrayed. Paul Massey as Jekyll is good and the technique of voice adjustment is clever but once the comparison is seen does sound dreadfully like someone doing a fake voice!

So terrible prints aside and these niggles mentioned ignored, this is actually quite a Hammer Gem.

Well recommended.

Paul Out.




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