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Dr Jekyll&Mr Hyde

4

An appropriate double-sided DVD release for two takes on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic about the duality of man.

Rouben Mamoulian's still-stunning 1931 Paramount version opens in POV and delivers innovations in make-up and effects throughout. It also features an unforgettable turn from Fredric March, his Oscar-winning Jekyll a charitable doctor who plays God to assuage his bubbling carnal frustrations... And turns sinister and simian as Hyde.

Victor Fleming's all-star MGM remake (1941) is positively workmanlike, with Spencer Tracy's unlikeable Jekyll merely dishevelling his hair to unleash the beast within. More melodrama than horror, it lacks the style or subversive humour of Mamoulian's benchmark movie.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: June 1st 2004

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