THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (DER HUND VON BASKERVILLE)

Richard Oswald’s DER HUND VON BASKERVILLE, the last silent film starring Sherlock Holmes, has been less a legend than a rumor among cinephiles and Sherlockians. This seven-reel film, with its long pedigree extending back to a German stage play written while Germany was at war with England, has been regarded as the most important of the ‘Hound’ made in Europe. Long considered lost, it was the last silent Sherlock Holmes film ever made, produced when German studios were the envy of the world. Seen here in two versions, one with English titles and one entirely in German with titles based on the original German censor records, Hund lives again accompanied by a new ensemble score from the incomparable Guenter Buchwald.

 

Starring Carlyle Blackwell Sr. (Sherlock Holmes) and George Serov (Dr. Watson), this version of DER HUND is a deluxe makeover made during the dying days of the silent era. Much has been refined, but we are still in a world of secret passages behind sliding panels that lead to torture chambers, death traps, and a hiding place for the malodorous hound. No version of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES would be complete without Holmes and Watson pursuing Stapleton and his hound on the moor.

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The project to restore and preserve THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES is a collaboration between Filmoteka Narodowa and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, overseen by film preservationist Rob Byrne. This exciting rediscovery comes from an original 35mm Czech distribution print in near-mint condition and materials, unseen until now from a private collection.

 
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This Blu-ray/DVD publication also includes the earlier adaptation THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1914). This remarkable and complicated film restoration has been made available for the first time, courtesy of the Filmmuseum Muenchen (Munich Filmmuseum), accompanied with a music score by Joachim Bärenz. In addition there is included an illustrated booklet essay by film historian Russell Merritt and an original commentary by film historian Rob Byrne, giving a complete picture of how this film came back for new audiences to enjoy.

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Format: Blu-ray & DVD-NTSC Combo / Region All & Region 0 (No Regional Code)

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (DER HUND VON BASKERVILLE)
(Germany, 1929)

Director: Richard Oswald
Producer: Fred Lyssa
Writer: Georg C. Klaren, Herbert Juttke
Cinematogpraher: Frederik Fuglsang
Art Director: Willy Schiller
Filmed: Staaken Studios in Berlin
Production Company: Erda-Film
Distributor: Süd-Film
Cast: Carlyle Blackwell Sr., George Serov, Alexander Murski, Livio Pavanelli, Fritz Rasp

  • 66 minutes
  • 35mm
  • B&W
  • Silent

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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (DER HUND VON BASKERVILLE)
(Germany, 1914)

Director: Rudolf Meinert
Producer: Josef Greenbaum
Writer: Richard Oswald
Cinematogpraher: Werner Brandes, Karl Freund
Cast: Alwin Neuß, Friedrich Kühne, Hanni Weisse, Erwin Fichter, Andreas von Horn

  • 55 minutes
  • 35mm
  • B&W
  • Silent


Total Running Time: 02:01:00

Language: English intertitles

Musical Score: Guenter Buchwald, Joachim Bärenz

Booklet Text: Russell Merritt (pages, in English)

Published By: Flicker Alley

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