Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1932) [DVD - Region 1]

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1932)
[DVD - Region 1]

Half Man. Half Monster. The Embodiment of Total Terror!

One man is a paragon of virtue. The other is a murderous creature of the London night. They are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. And they are the same person.

Best Actor Academy Award winner Fredric March plays the man/monster in the expressionistic, pre-Code 1932 version (Side A), morphing before your eyes into a fiend that impacted the look of Creature Features to come. Spencer Tracy headlines the 1941 film of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of mind and madness (Side B). It's a glossy, star-powered work whose Freudian undercurrents include a dreamscape in which carriage horses whipped by Hyde transform into the women in his life (Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner). Two of the very beast from horror's archives. Two ways to watch appease your inner monster.

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