Warners Restoring 1932 DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE For DVD

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  1. Larry Sutliff

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    Anyone who is familiar with the previous VHS and Laser releases of the classic 1932 Rouben Mamoulian DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE will probably know that the version released in both formats had a few problems. For instance, the Paramount logo was replaced by the MGM lion at the beginning of the film; a very racy shot of Miriam Hopkins nude in bed was missing; and a few missing frames near the end of the film made one of Hyde's most powerful speeches incomprehensible, thus ruining one of the best scenes in the film.
    I was more than happy when I saw this info posted on the AOL Classic Horror Forums(AOL is good for at least one thing!), and then reposted on Ron Adams Creepy Classic site:
     
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    I know that I will have a copy in my hands next march

    great stuff indeed

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    This is excellent news. I've only seen this version of the film once and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    If I remember correctly, WB was going to release a DVD with the '31 and '41 version in a single set. Is this still the mode of operation or will they be seperate releases?
     
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    Based on what I know, both versions are being released together which I thought was in January.




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    Yes, both the 1932 and 1941 versions will be released on a double feature DVD. The release date is January 6th, 2004.
     
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    I believe I've seen all, or at least most, of the A-list Hollywood features based on the phenomenal Stevenson novel(la), and I count the March version as the very best of them -- this is outstanding news. I wasn't aware there were two versions (pre and post-code) -- here's a question:

     
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    Great news, while I personally prefer the Spencer Tracy version, the Fredric March 'Jekyll & Hyde' is still the greatest version of the story on film, and I can't wait to have both on dvd next year.[​IMG]
     
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    This is outstanding news, if it all pans out.

    I asked about this film years ago during an HTF Warner chat and the reply was simply that there were no plans to release the film at that time, as it needed restoration.

    I had almost given up hope of this ever being released on DVD, and then when the double-feature release announcement arrived, I feared that the March version would just be dumped on disc as an unrestored extra.

    Now it seems as though this exceptional film, not only the greatest of the Jekyll and Hyde films but also one of the very best horror films ever made, will reach the format in respectable fashion.

    Thanks for the news, Larry!
     
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    Warner Bros seems to go the distance when releasing a DVD. They are still the tops in my opinion.
     
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    I've known about the upcoming double feature for a few months now, though I wasn't sure of how much effort Warner was going to put into the '32 version.

    Fantastic news for one of the all-time great Horror films. [​IMG]

    Needless to say this will be mine in Jan. [​IMG]
     
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    I misspoke -- the '32 Jekyll & Hyde is close to being finished. Anyone know the appoximate time in the film of the Ivy nude scene? I might be able to check it out in the next few days.
     
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    here is more from the Bits about Dr Jekyll and MR Hyde along with other news

    http://www.thedigitalbits.com/#mytwocents

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will include both the 1932 Paramount uncut long version and the 1941 MGM remake, along with commentary by film historian Greg Mank, the Bugs Bunny animated short Hyde and Hare, and the theatrical trailer

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    Thanks, Larry.
     
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    Okay, well, the shot where Ivy gets in bed isn't what I think of as NUDE -- you don't see her nipples -- but you do fleetingly see the side of her body and the side of her bare buttocks. Doesn't look like anything was cut... the camera pans up from her dress on the floor and shows her covering herself up in bed.

    More racy to me is moments later, when when Lanyon walks in on her and Jekyll, after she grabs him and kisses him. You can see the side of her breast, but the nipple is covered.

    The complete running time is exactly 95 minutes and 50 seconds. IMDB lists the running time of the restored VHS version at 97 minutes, but that's incorrect -- I'm going by a time-code encoded tape.
     
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